Conservationists Show Four-Ton Stump in Bid to Save Trees
EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) _ Canadian conservationists took a four-ton tree stump on the road - all the way to Scotland - in a campaign to stop clearcutting in one of the world’s few remaining temperate rain forests.
″Stumpy,″ as it is called in leaflets and posters, is the base of a 400- year-old Western red cedar from Clayoquot Sound on Vancouver Island, British Columbia.
The tree began growing in 1588, the year the Spanish Armada sailed to invade England. It was felled in 1988, but could have lived to be 1,600 to 2,000 years old.
The massive stump rested on a truck-trailer Sunday while Scottish supporters sold ″I Love Stumpy″ badges.
Clayoquot Sound (pronounced CLACK-wit), about 200 miles northwest of Seattle, has one of the world’s few remaining temperate rain forests. Some of the trees are 300 feet tall and 60 feet around, and have been living for 1,000 years.
Environmentalists oppose logging practices approved by the provincial government that allow the cutting of the old-growth trees from Clayoquot Sound. They say the area is being devastated by clear-cut logging, in which every tree in a designated area is cut down.
″The result is a wasteland,″ said Valerie Langer of Tofino, British Columbia, the site of anti-logging protests that led to more than 800 arrests last summer.
″Animals and birds face extinction and rain erodes the soil into the rivers which become polluted, killing the salmon and other wildlife,″ she said.
Miss Langer and fellow Canadian Garth Lenz, directors of Friends of Clayoquot Sound, plan to take Stumpy to Austria, Germany and the Netherlands after their British tour.
″We are not against all commercial logging but we do oppose clear cuts,″ Lenz said.
The stump’s trip across Canada by truck and across the Atlantic by freighter was financed by Greenpeace, the international conservation organization.
A 15-year campaign by the Friends of Clayoquot Sound has led a number of British companies, especially those in the wood pulp and paper industry, to halt timber imports from the area, Lenz said.