The Alward Government's new provincial forestry plan won't take its toll overnight, but it could spell environmental disaster down the road.
That's according to Margo Sheppard, who has spent more than 30 years working as an environmental planner. She tells CHSJ News conversations on job growth and the economy are overshadowing those on environmental sustainability when we're facing a climate crisis of unknown proportions.
The plan would decrease the amount of protected old growth forest from 30-percent to 23-percent while allowing 20-percent more softwood to be cut on public land annually.
The government saying the strategy was created to create and maintain new jobs and manage forests in a sustainable way. Sheppard counters, saying it will impact wildlife, erosion control and more.