MLA Macdonald weighs in on Mount Macpherson logging issue

Columbia River–Revelstoke MLA Norm Macdonald is expressing his views on controversial plans to log in the trail area used for Nordic skiing, mountain biking and other trail sports.

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The logo for a new Save Macpherson initiative protesting planned logging in the Mount Macpherson area.

Columbia River–Revelstoke MLA Norm Macdonald is expressing his views on planned logging in the Mount Macpherson recreation area.

The controversial plans to log in the trail area used for Nordic skiing, mountain biking and other trail sports saw significant discussion in 2015, but was on the back burner until a new ad hoc Save Macpherson group launched a new protest effort earlier this month. In addition to the online protest, the group is planning a rally on May 21 at Mount Macpherson.

Read about the new protest in this story, and get the back story by looking at archives from Revelstoke Mountaineer stories on the subject starting in early 2015.

In a May 10 media release, MLA Macdonald called for more inclusive decision making when it comes to land use decisions. Here is his media release:

Macdonald stands with Revelstoke: It’s time to return to local decision making on our land base

VICTORIA — In the wake of new online campaign to save Mount Macpherson from logging, provincial politicians are getting an earful from Revelstoke residents and from those who travel from across the country to recreate in this special area, says Columbia River Revelstoke MLA Norm Macdonald.

“I have always fought for a return to local decision making,” said Macdonald. “I believe strongly that the best decisions are made by those who are closest to the land. And my email inbox has been filled with messages that say exactly that.”

Save Macpherson (savemacpherson.org) is an ad hoc group raising awareness about the imminent logging at Revelstoke’s Mount Macpherson recreational site, and calling on government to create more inclusive land use policies in British Columbia.

Macdonald has spoken out about Mount Macpherson on a number of occasions including a recent MLA report that was published on February 13th, 2016.

“Today, I spoke with Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Steve Thomson once again about Mount Macpherson. I made it clear to him that the people of Revelstoke were committed to saving this important recreational and community asset.

“Revelstoke has a long history of standing strong for its values, and of speaking out for what is right. It is an honour to represent a community that so actively participates in our democracy. And I believe that it is this type of citizen engagement that ensures that our democracy remains healthy and strong.”

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