Am I being cynical or just realistic?
In the almost two years since the Old Growth Strategic Review Panel report was released, little action has been taken, but we all know of the many, many old trees that have been taken.
They say that where there’s a will, there’s a way.
The BC government didn’t seem to have the will to save ancient forest ecosystems, but they sure did have the will to create a new $92,000,000 ministry that is tasked with implementing the report. Looking at Minister Josie Osborne’s mandate letter, for the life of me I can’t see anything that couldn’t have been accomplished with the ND majority, current ministries and the sincere desire to follow through on the panel’s recommendations.
This new level of bureaucracy will take some time to get up and running. It is obligated to collaborate with ministries who are currently responsible for old growth ecosystems. Unless I’m wrong (and I sincerely hope I am), this is yet another ministry that will be strangled by red tape and conflicts of interest while ancient trees fall, one after another, after another.