Video: Excerpt from the Montreal Economic Institute documentary
MONTREAL, Oct. 3, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - They are machine operators,
forestry engineers, hunters, professors, technicians and lodge owners.
They all have great respect for the forests, which they do their best
to cultivate the way one would care for an immense garden. In contrast
to the alarmist talk we often hear on the subject, the Montreal
Economic Institute (MEI) went out to meet these people and today
releases an enlightening documentary on the forestry industry seen
through the eyes of those who make their living from it.
In this report, we learn that the forest, as a resource that regenerates
itself, can be cut and returned to production without threatening its
existence. In fact, trees that are too old would eventually wither and
die if they were not harvested. Conserving for the sake of conserving
helps no one, not even animals that need forests at different stages of
maturity to feed themselves.
"As soon as you fly over the land and you listen to these people speak
about the forest, the reality begins to appear very different from the
shocking image suggesting massive deforestation. You discover instead a
dynamic ecosystem in which humans both take from and give back to the
environment. By seeing to the renewal of the resource the way they do,
those who use the forest protect the region's economy and their
children's future," explains Jasmin Guénette who travelled north of
Dolbeau-Mistassini to film this short video.
The latest figures from the Food and Agriculture Organization confirm
that our forests are doing fine and that they are being exploited
responsibly. Indeed, according to the FAO, Canada's forest cover has
not changed from 1990 to 2010.
Filmed in the summer of 2013, the 6-minute documentary can be viewed at www.iedm.org.
The Montreal Economic Institute is an independent, non-partisan,
not-for-profit research and educational organization. Through its
publications and conferences, the MEI stimulates debate on public
policies in Quebec and across Canada by proposing wealth-creating
reforms based on market mechanisms.
Video with caption: "Video: Excerpt from the Montreal Economic Institute documentary". Video available at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QbmD_9XEq-E
SOURCE: MONTREAL ECONOMIC INSTITUTE
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