Got wood?

Which is worth more – human beings or a forest?

It’s not an academic question, with so many charities asking for your donation right now. The devastation of Stanley Park has left the city’s Parks board with the unhappy task of asking for your help at the same time that people are going hungry and homeless on our chilled city streets. Out of a million trees in the park, a few thousand need to be replanted. Meanwhile, a few thousand human beings need something to eat and a place to sleep…

Meanwhile, Vancouver blogger Darren Barefoot has an excellent idea for dealing with all that fallen timber: give it to artists to carve crafts, furniture and art. Canada already has a terrible reputation for selling raw logs to other countries that export them back to us as finished products (at a value-added price). This would not only be good for the city; it might even set an example for our local captains of industry.

2 Comments so far

  1. Rebecca (unregistered) on December 21st, 2006 @ 5:13 pm

    What about that dude in the summer that was trying to get rid of 10,000 cedar trees?

  2. Maktaaq (unregistered) on December 22nd, 2006 @ 8:24 pm

    10,000 cedar trees? At work we need cedar bark for first nations lessons, dangit! Why’d I only find out about this now?

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