For too long, decisions that affect the well-being of our communities
have been made by people who do not live here, and who have little or no
personal interest in the future of the Islands.
Forestry issues have profound and immediate effects on our communities and families. The people who make the islands their home must take responsibility for charting a future that will ensure the vitality of our communities.
Solutions must consider the Islands as a whole, addressing both the TFLs and the TSA. We recognize that the issues involve both timber and 'non-timber' forest
The present approach to forest management is indicative of the "boom and bust" syndrome. While it is not our intention to create an industrial haven, we can provide a greater degree of comfort and security for the Island Community, while ensuring
the same for our children.
We respect Haida cultural aspirations and environmental concerns.
We believe that:
- a balance can be found to accommodate economic, cultural and environmental values.
- more employment and economic benefits can and must be derived from the use of fewer timber resources.
- local prosperity and meeting the demands of global markets need not be mutually exclusive.
- forest stewardship is best done by the communities that depend on them for sustaining their own households.
- harvesting options must be guided, in part, by value versus volume.
- all interests need to know with certainty what will be logged and what will be retained for future generations.