Last week, the Clark government announced a new policy concerning mining, logging, and the recreational use of the Great Bear Rainforest.
The so-called GBR agreement follows a pattern of inviting selected Environmental Non-Governmental Organizations and First Nations representatives into the backrooms where resource allocation decisions between industry and government are crafted.
The deal has divided environmentalists, as did the first of its kind that created what’s now known as the Great Bear Rainforest, prompting praise and criticism on both the front and editorial pages.
Ingmar Lee lives along British Columbia’s mid-coast, in an area the GBR encompasses. He’s a long-time, BC-based environment defender whose past efforts to save the forests and watershed ecosystems of Vancouver Island include being among the few who took to the trees in the iconic Cathedral Grove, (and remaining for two years) fighting the destruction of the suburban forest for highways in Langford, scaling the BC Legislature flag pole to garner press in opposition to the Enbridge pipeline scheme, and dismantling seismic explosives in the heart of Sandhill Crane nesting grounds on Denny Island. Ingmar also created and maintains the Facebook site, 10,000 Ton Tanker, the only sustained media effort to bring attention to regular foreign oil tanker traffic within BC’s supposed tanker moratorium area.
Ingmar Lee in the first half.