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aceska at CUE.BC.CA
Fri Nov 22 05:05:55 EST 1996
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No. 150 November 22, 1996
aceska at freenet.victoria.bc.ca Victoria, B.C.
Dr. A. Ceska, P.O.Box 8546, Victoria, B.C. Canada V8W 3S2
J.E. (TED) UNDERHILL - CHANGING OF THE GUARD
From: Kerry Joy <kjoy at galaxy.gov.bc.ca>
J.E. (Ted) Underhill died at the beginning of November in Vic-
toria at age 77. Ted worked in British Columbia Parks as the
first park's naturalist from 1958 to 1982. He researched and
built many of the fine displays presented to park visitors in
nature houses throughout the park system. Many of those displays
live on in concept form and are still on display today. His
seemingly unlimited enthusiasm, innovation, and energy inspired
many others to provide British Columbia Parks with fresh ideas
for interpretation programs, signs, and brochures. In his spare
time, Ted wrote many popular books on natural history,
wildflower and mushroom identification, and wine making. These
were illustrated with his own photos, drawings and paintings.
Many of the interpretation pamphlets B.C. Parks produces for
public use today were originally written and illustrated by Ted.
GRADE 3 PROJECT: MOSS ON TREES - CORRECTION [BEN # 147]
From: Rachel c/o Robyn Ryman <ryman at interlog.com>
I am amazed to see that I am part of your Newsletter. The prin-
cipal of my school and my teacher thought it was very cool too!
My Mummy said to tell you that the URL is not quite correct as
you missed out our school's name. Here is the correct one:
BRITISH COLUMBIA GOVERNMENT WORRIED ABOUT OUR FORESTS IN 1937
From: Official Bulletin of the Society for Preservation of
Native Plants of British Columbia, 5(1937): 4-5.
(The following segment is selected from statements made by the
Chief Forester to the Forestry Committee, XIXth Session of the
British Columbia Legislature, November 3, 1937)
Present conditions are a definite menace to the future of:
(1) Our recreational interests
(2) Our forest industries
1. The TOURIST TRADE is important, and to maintain it satisfac-
torily, forest cover must be maintained to meet the requirements
of the HUNTER, the FISHERMAN and the man who delights merely to
CAMP and regain his health in God's great outdoors.
"When the land along the banks of the stream is denuded of
timber, the moisture is not held in the ground and in the
streams throughout the year, which condition causes many
of the valuable fisheries' streams to dry up in the hot
summer months." (Major Motherwell, Chief Supervisor of
"It is a well-known fact that where an area has been
logged off and no suitable cover is provided for the game,
there is very little possibility of obtaining or seeing
game in such logged-off areas until the second growth
appears." (Mr. R.F. Butler, Game Commission)
2. FOREST INDUSTRIES: Today the South Coast region of B.C.
supplies 55% of the total lumber production in Canada; last year
the lumber was worth 36 million dollars.
With only 3% of the area of British Columbia tillable; with her
small population; with her greatest manufacturing industry
dependent upon forest products, - will she realize before it is
too late that there is only one course open to her? She has no
other choice than to manage her forests.
Our Economic Council finds that out of every dollar now circu-
lated in the Province by our primary industries, including all
our manufacturing, 37 cents is derived from forest resources.
(a) Our great Douglas fir lumber industry will be definitely on
the down grade within fifteen years at the present rate of
(b) There are 1.5 million acres of logged-over land in the Coast
District, at least half of which are leaving to our children
in a barren or only semi-productive condition.
(c) Probably 60% of the areas being logged under present condi-
tions will remain barren or unsatisfactorily stocked for a
long time. If we permit this piling up of barren areas, the
province is going to suffer serious economic and social
(d) We are now losing a million dollars a year in labour on logs
exported, over which we have no control.
In 1910 the Royal Commission of Forestry found that "there must
be exercised a firm control over methods under which the present
crop is removed."
To date, little control has been exercised over logging on the
coast. The application of this finding to present day logging
operations means that British Columbia must make up her mind
where private privileges end and obligations commence.
The question at issue is simply this: where the public interest
is so greatly involved, has the logger the right to remove his
timber in such a manner as to destroy the chances of the new
crop on the land for decades to come?
Mr. H.R. MacMillan, first Chief Forester of this Province, now
one of the Province's leading lumbermen, said in public this
"We have not yet taken steps to ensue the permanency of
our forest industries ..."
"The adoption of forest policies adequate to maintain
employment is as important as the setting up of social
"We should have a forest policy and put it quickly before
the public, clearly, forcibly, constantly."
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