Canada | Opinion

Letter: Learn from Menominee Nation on forest management





"The editorial correctly observes that B.C.'s public forests must be managed for the future. The Menominee native Americans in Wisconsin are an excellent example of people doing this.

In 1854, they were confined to their current reservation of 235,000 acres. To survive off the limited land base, the tribe decided it must manage its forest for future generations. The rate of logging must never exceed the forest's ability to replace itself.

Today there is more standing timber (1.9 billion board feet) on the Menominee Forest than when they started (estimated 1.2 billion board feet) in 1854. During the same period, more than 2.25 billion board feet have been cut. The initial volume has been logged twice."

Get the Story:
Ray Travers: Wisconsin tribe has much to teach us (The Victoria Times-Colonist 10/18)