|Eastern Tiger Tail|
As I've said many times before it is a regenerating forest originally obliterated by mining.And I can still show you some stains on the rocks that remain from that time. Some older members of the area can remember when diesel fuel was burnt off the river from spills at the railyards. And old RR equipment still sits in those yards likely polluting the ground with petroleum wastes. The RR was a Crown Corporation at one time. a unique Canadian invention that permitted the Government to run a company at arms length and pour millions of dollars of taxes into it to preserve jobs, and to make the economy look good.
Forestry clear cut the forests for lumber, and fuel for the smelters with little thought to the future.
But some people fought for tough legislation to curb the mining companies. The RR has not much improved although it is no longer a welfare project but now a private company. It has just moved onto greener pastures (no pun intended). And the remaining area is probably of little interest to forestry companies because the forest is now too young.
In the light of the results or lack of results at Cancun, we never learn or accomplish anything until we actually threaten our politicians with that one thing they fear- no legislative seat and the need to find a job.So work for recall legislation in your community, and invite your reps at all levels to join the unemployment line.
Boom & I are lucky in that here the forest is re-generating and at least a small group of people will ensure that it continues to. And we intend to enjoy the forest and all its bounty. So enjoy this little taste of summer with the compliments of Boom & I of the Vermilon River.