I recently read and was appalled by the news article about an 800-year-old red cedar tree in Carmanah Walbran Provincial Park on Vancouver Island, BC being hacked up and hauled away by poachers.
It appears that the same poachers had unsuccessfully tried to chainsaw the tree down and steal it one year ago. In doing so they had damaged the tree quite significantly and BC Parks eventually had to cut the tree down as it created a hazard to public and park safety.
What is surprising is that BC Parks “left on the ground to decompose and provide habitat for insects and wildlife”.
Knowing full well that this would provide poachers with the perfect opportunity, was that really the smartest thing for BC Parks to do?
The poachers, of course, returned, conveniently cut the tree up and hauled it away; and in the process destroyed other wilderness as they dragged pieces of the tree away.
This is a perfect example of short-sightedness, ignorance and stupidity on behalf of BC Parks who spent the tax payers money to not only facilitate the tree theft but also further destruction of the habitat around it.
While this story was taking shape an anonymous posting was made on YouTube of a snakehead fish being spotted in what appeared to be a lake in Burnaby, BC.
To me, the story of the the illegal logging and theft of the cedar tree was a little sad; the enabling actions of BC Parks in their ignorance was a bit ridiculous; but what was really appalling was the fact that CBC radio dedicated almost an entire day covering the ever-so-trusted YouTube post of some random snakehead fish in some random lake; while not a sentence of airtime was dedicated for the 800-year-old cedar tree.
CBC did cover the story on their web site and so did the National Post; but the story of the snakehead fish did not only get the attention from local journalism cornerstones like The Vancouver Sun and The Globe And Mail, it reared it head all the way out East in the Toronto Star!