Branch defended

In his letter to The Morning Star, Jeff Miller applauds the Campbell government’s decision to dismantle the B.C. Forest Service and to eliminate its research branch.

The research branch was conducting world-class research on forest ecology, forest genetics, and forest growth and yield.

In addition, the research branch played a leading role in the areas of forest nutrition, regeneration technologies, and site rehabilitation.

All of these programs were providing the long-term information required to improve our understanding of sustainable forest management, and the impacts of climate change on B.C.’s forests.

Who will provide this information in the future? Certainly not the private sector and, for a variety of reasons (too long to list here), probably not our universities.

I fear it is you who is living in the Jurassic Era and not the researchers at the former Kalamalka Research Station.

Wayne Johnstone, PhD

Vernon