Saturday, January 9, 2010

Loggers' clear-cutting causes floods, droughts for ranchers downstream; Vancouver, BC

Struggling rancher at loggerheads over clear-cutting:
Randy Saugstad is waiting for the flood. Then he'll be waiting for the drought. The Williams Lake-area cattle rancher says the Liberals' controversial makeover of the province's logging regulations is going to spell disaster at his off-the-grid beef operation.
So he's been fighting Tolko Industries, the Vernon-based logging company that last month started cutting trees in the watershed above his ranch.
On Dec. 23, Saugstad used his pickup truck to block Tolko's crew from putting in a bridge. On Wednesday, he received a letter from high-powered Vancouver law firm Bull Housser Tupper promising to sue him for damages if he does it again.
'All I can do is wait until they finish logging, and then in the spring when the flooding starts, I can go to court,' says Saugstad, 59.

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