BEN # 72
aceska at CUE.BC.CA
Wed Mar 16 11:57:58 EST 1994
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No. 72 March 16, 1994
Address: aceska at cue.bc.ca Victoria, B.C.
Dr. A. Ceska, P.O.Box 8546, Victoria, B.C. Canada V8W 3S2
COMING EVENTS - VICTORIA
March 17, 1994 [Thursday] - Dr. Harriet Cuhlein will present a
lecture on "Traditional foods of indigenous people's and
endangered heritage." Newcombe Auditorium, 8:00 p.m. FREE
March 20, 1994 [Sunday] - SVIMS (South Vancouver Island
Mycological Society) field trip with Bruce Norris. Meet at
11:00 a.m. in the Mill Bay mall - Royal Bank.
March 22, 1994 [Tuesday] - Royal British Columbia Museum. Dr.
Adolf Ceska will make a video presentation "Palaverer's
diary or How to make money with your video camera." Noon
hour, 12:30 - 1:30 p.m., Classroom. No charge.
March 27, 1994 [Sunday] - Royal British Columbia Museum, Weekend
Showcase: "Native Plant Festival." 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.,
Friends' Gallery. Admission fee.
CORE: ANSWERS TO THE FREQUENTLY-ASKED QUESTIONS
From: Times-Colonist, March 8, 1994, page A5
On February 9, The Commission on Resources and Environment
(CORE) recommended a Vancouver Island Land Use Plan to the
British Columbia government, following a year of negotiation
among all key sectors of interest on the Island. The Commis-
sioner of CORE, Stephen Owen, answered some frequently-asked
Does the plan protect too much or too little of the Island?
"Some people claim that, by recommending protected status for 13
per cent of Island, the plan exceeds the 12 per cent target of
the government Protected Areas Strategy (PAS). Others feel that
the 7.8 per cent of low and middle elevation forested ecosystems
protected by the plan is far too low."
"At the present time 10.3 per cent of the Island is included in
Protected Areas (parks, ecological reserves and recreational
areas) with some types of ecosystems being well represented and
others poorly represented. Under the plan, 13 per cent of the
Island would be protected."
Does the plan meet the goals of the Protected Area Strategy?
"On Vancouver Island, representation of some types of land, such
as alpine and bog ecosystems, already exceeds the 12 per cent
target. However, only about 6 per cent of middle and low eleva-
tion forests are currently protected."
"The plan increases the representation of low to mid-elevation
ecosystems from 6 per cent to 7.8 per cent. This figure falls
short of the 12 per cent target."
What impact will the plan have on jobs ?
"During the last 10 years, the forest industry on Vancouver
Island has lost thousands of jobs, mainly as a result of tech-
nology that requires fewer workers for timber harvesting and
processing operations. ... The timber on the island is being cut
significantly in excess of sustainable levels. By promoting
diversification ... the plan offers an opportunity ... to create
more permanent jobs and to protect against short-term job loss."
LIBERAL PARTY LEADER'S COMMENTS ON CORE
From: Times-Colonist March 15, 1994
Liberal Opposition Leader Gordon Campbell said the government
shouldn't proceed at all with the CORE report.
"CORE has been a process that has polarized people to the ex-
treme, people's families feel threatened ... and there has been
no coming together of the common interests of people."
[A huge demonstration of loggers from all over Vancouver Island
will take place in Victoria on March 21.]
SUMMER JOBS--PACIFIC NORTHWEST FOREST ECOLOGY
Field crew and crew leader positions are available to assist
with ecological studies of the effects of alternative methods of
forest harvest in the Gifford Pinchot and Umpqua National
Forests of Washington and Oregon. Tasks will include estab-
lishing permanent plots, sampling understory vegetation, measur-
ing trees, assessing site characteristics, quantifying
amounts/types of coarse woody debris, and additional measure-
ments to characterize vegetation composition and structure.
Familiarity with the flora of western Oregon and Washington;
previous experience in sampling vegetation or coursework in
botany and ecology; ability to identify plants and
collect/catalog specimens; attention to detail and legible
handwriting; ability and willingness to work long hours under
harsh field conditions.
Salary: $1400/month or more, depending experience and qualifica-
Duration: 13 June through early- to mid-September 1994
Closing date: 31 March 1994
To apply: Send handwritten letter; resume; copies of either
college transcripts or professional work products; and names and
phone numbers of two references to:
Charlie Halpern, Division of Ecosystem Science and Conservation,
College of Forest Resources, AR-10, University of Washington,
Seattle, WA 98195; phone: 206-543-2789 .
email: chalpern at u.washington.edu
TIMBERCREST DEVELOPMENT IN DUNCAN APPROVED [re: BEN # 36]
From: Cowichan Valley Naturalist's Soc. Newsletter, March 1994
February 16th, 1994 Council unanimously approved the rezoning of
the Timbercrest property. This means two portions will begin
immediate construction and will have Single Family Dwellings.
Two other portions have a maximum build out density of 113
units. This density includes Townhouses.
The area remaining has a no-build covenant for 2 years and is
6.9 hectars in size. The Environmental Assessment states that
9.4 hectares is necessary for preservation of the Garry Oaks.
The scientific evidence and the results of the study have
clearly been ignored by this council. Council has no plans to
manage the Parks area nor the no-build area.
[From BEN # 36 : An interesting Garry oak site in Duncan (Van-
couver Island) is threatened by a near-by subdivision. Although
the stand bears signs of heavy grazing (dominant ground cover is
orchard grass - Dactylis glomerata), it has some interesting
native plants, such as a large population of upland yellow
violet (Viola praemorsa). On the transition between the forest
edge and wetlands we found a large population of tall woolly-
heads (Psilocarphus elatior - the 3rd extant population in B.C.
I know) and a smaller population of needle-leaf navarretia
(Navarretia intertexta - less than 10 populations known in
TOTAL SYNTHESIS OF TAXOL
From: Nature Vol. 367, 17 February 1994
The total synthesis of taxol has been accomplished by the scien-
tists from the Department of Chemistry, The Scripps Research
Institute, and from the Department of Chemistry, University of
California in San Diego.
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