Letters to the Editor -
I agree that the expropriated fibre resources of AbitibiBowater should benefit all of Newfoundland and Labrador, but Bishop's Falls, Grand Falls -Windsor and Badger should be included in that benefit.
I am a domestic woodcutter in central Newfoundland, specifically in the Bishop's Falls area where I reside. I am a senior on a fixed income and I depend on wood to help heat my home during the winter months.
After the closure of AbitibiBowater, the Government of Newfoundland Labrador ex-propriated the fibre resources from that company. I have always in the past had no problems with obtaining a domestic woodcutting permit from the company and was able to cut my wood for the coming cold winter months.
Since the expropriation I have been trying to obtain my permit from the Department of Forestry, finally this week I have been blessed with a permit for an area that actually has wood to cut on it.
However, my frustration continues with the government.
The types of wood the domestic woodcutters in Bishop's Falls, Grand Falls -Windsor and Badger are allowed to cut under our Crown land woodcutting permits have restrictions on them. I, and I'm sure many other domestic woodcutters in this area, would very much like to enjoy the same guidelines that the domestic woodcutters in Botwood, Leading Tickles, Point Leamington, Cottrell's Cove, Lewisporte, Twillingate and many points in between seem to enjoy.
The domestic woodcutters who purchase Crown land woodcutting permits in Bishop's Falls, Grand Falls -Windsor and Badger are restricted from cutting spruce and fir while Crown land woodcutting permits in the other areas mentioned above have no such restrictions.
Why are spruce and fir excluded from a Crown land woodcutting permit for the Bishop's Falls, Grand Falls - Windsor and Badger areas?
I, and many likeminded persons in these areas, feel it is discriminatory when Crown land woodcutting permits in areas so close to ours include the cutting of spruce and fir and our permits do not.
The last time I checked, Bishop's Falls, Grand Falls - Windsor and Badger are a part of Newfoundland and Labrador and as such should benefit from our fibre resources as equal communities of our province.