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BEN # 69

Adolf Ceska aceska at cue.bc.ca
Wed Jan 26 20:19:48 EST 1994

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No. 69                               January 26, 1994

Address: aceska at cue.bc.ca            Victoria, B.C.
 Dr. A. Ceska, P.O.Box 8546, Victoria, B.C. Canada V8W 3S2

From: Robert Froese <taganov at unixg.ubc.ca> on ECOLOG-L [abbrev.]

Saturday, January 29, 1994 from 8:30 to 4:30
in the Scarfe Building, Room 100, on the UBC Campus
University of British Columbia, Vancouver, B.C., Canada
Free admission

Speakers at this day-long forum will include:

Clark Binkley, Dean of Faculty of Forestry
Mike Fenger, Forestry Specialist, Ministry of Environment,
     Lands and Parks
Gordon Weetman, Professor of Silviculture, Faculty of Forestry
John Borrows, Director, First Nations Law Programme
David Cohen, Associate Professor, Faculty of Law
Gary Bowden, Resource Economist, Clayton Associates

In  the Afternoon the following Panel will discuss public policy
issues, and address the question "Did the Process Fail?"

Carol Reardon, Lawyer, West Coast Environmental Law Association
George Hoberg, Associate Professor, Dept of Political Science
William Stanbury, Professor, Faculty of Commerce and
     Business Administration
Hamish Kimmins, Professor of Forest Sciences

There will be an opportunity to ask questions after  every  ses-
sion. Facilities will be available for Coffee, snacks and Lunch.

For  further  information  either contact the originator or call
UBC Continuing Studies directly at (604) 222-5203.


Question <mohenly at malahat.Library.UVic.CA>: Just  curious.  Were
representatives  from  the Friends of Clayoquot invited to speak
as part of this "comprehensive" analysis?

Answer  <taganov at unixg.ubc.ca>:  Nope.   Neither   were   repre-
sentatives  of International Forest Products, Macmillan Bloedel,
or MLA's. The focus of this forum is to provide  an  opportunity
for semi-academic analysis of many of the issues involved in the
controversy over forest land use in the Sound.

Admission  is  free, however, and any interested person, regard-
less of political or philosophical  conviction,  is  welcome  to
attend and join in question and answer sessions.

Question  <fleck at horton.colorado.edu>:  I  don't  want  to  play
net.cop here, but if we're going to have this thread on  ECOLOG,
could  *somebody*  please provide some basic background informa-
tion? (E.g., what's a clayoquot? What's the conflict? Why should
we care?)

Answer (Vicki Husband, Sierra Club): Clayoquot Sound is  260,000
hectares  of  mostly  pristine  wilderness  on the west coast of
Vancouver Island. It is the most southerly extent  of  any  sig-
nificant  remaining  old growth temperate rainforest. In January
1992 the British Columbia government set up  the  Commission  on
Resources  and  Environment (CORE). They were to look at solving
land use problems on Vancouver Island, but the issue  of  Clayo-
quot was deliberately excluded from their mandate.

On  April  13, 1993, the NDP government announced their decision
on Clayoquot [see BEN # 54]. One third protected, two thirds  to
be logged (in terms of old growth forest/merchantable timber 74%
was  committed  for logging). There was no consultation with the
Nuu Chah Nulth Nation who live in Clayoquot Sound.

During the summer of 1993, the environmental group,  Friends  of
Clayoquot  Sound organized a major protest on logging road lead-
ing to an active logging site [see BEN # 62].  Over  850  people
have  been  arrested and charged with criminal contempt of court
(the largest civil disobedience action in Canadian history). The
court is still processing the blockaders and many have  gone  to
jail. There has been a major public outcry over the treatment of
the protesters.

In  November  of 1993 the government signed an interim agreement
with the Central Region Tribes who  claim  rights  to  Clayoquot
Sound. (The agreement is yet to be ratified.) The agreement gave
the  Aboriginal  people  a  right to veto logging decisions that
might threaten their values.


The brand new mycological society will meet for the  first  time
on  February  3,  1994,  at  7:30  p.m., at the Pacific Forestry
Centre, 506 West Burnside  Road,  Victoria.  Paul  Kroeger,  our
guest  from  the  Vancouver  Mycological Society, will present a
slide show. BEN readers may remember Paul's account of the  mass
mushroom poisoning of 77 Vancouver policemen [BEN # 29].

For more information phone Hannah Nadel at 544-1386.


The BOTANY BC 1994 meeting is tentatively scheduled for the week
of  June  20  to  25 in Tlell, Queen Charlotte Islands. For more
information contact 
Trudy Chatwin <tchatwin at wildlife.env.gov.bc.ca>  or
Dr. Jim Pojar <jpojar at mfor01.for.gov.bc.ca>. 
Dr. Hans Roemer <hroemer at galaxy.gov.bc.ca> made a cost  estimate
and came to $600/person,  if you  bring your own tent, and about
$1100/person, if you go on a Post Meeting boat trip.

From: A. Ceska <aceska at cue.bc.ca>

I was interested to find out what is the original host plant  of
a weevil found on introduced Eurasian watermilfoil.

Sallie Sheldon <SHELDON at middlebury.edu> wrote me:
"It  looks  like  the native host is Myriophyllum sibiricum = M.
exalbescens, Northern watermilfoil. We have seen E. lecontei  on
M. sibiricum in Vermont, and Rob Creed went to Alberta summer 92
and  looked  for  the weevil there (M. spicatum hasn't gotten to
Alberta yet). It is also possible that it  is  on  other  native
watermilfoils. The problem is that normally weevil densities are
low,  the  larvae are endophytic, and the adults are small, thus
it is not easy to find them."

Robert Creed <creed at middlebury.edu> wrote:
"We believe that the North American host of E. lecontei  is  one
or  more of the 'native' watermilfoils, i.e., the ones that were
here prior to the introduction of Eurasian watermilfoil. We have
collected it on M. sibiricum in Vermont, Alberta and  Washington
state.  Ray Newman has collected it in Minnesota. We have yet to
find it regularly on any other species. I have found two  adults
on  M.  alterniflorum  in  Vermont. I am skeptical of any native
host use in Vermont due to the abundance of M.  spicatum,  i.e.,
M.  spicatum  host  use  might influence subsequent use of other
milfoil species."

While looking for the weevil in the literature, I realized  that
the  correct  name  of the beetle is Eubrychiopsis lecontei. The
name was misspelled in the  Aquaphyte  and  the  Aquatic  Botany
title and in the BEN I twisted it even more.

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