THUNDER BAY – NOMA is launching a REAL tree-hugger campaign that will remind Provincial leaders that legislation and regulation must balance all three pillars of sustainability. The Northwestern Ontario Municipal Association (NOMA) are attempting to return balance to the discussion regarding sustainable forestry in Ontario. The campaign will also highlight the many faces of the forest industry through stories of individuals whose lives and livelihood are dependent on sustainable forestry.
Real Tree-Hugger campaign offers balance
NOMA President Ron Nelson states, “In recent years we have seen increasing opposition to forestry activities and a related reduction of available fibre under the guise of environmental protection, with little consideration of the economic and social needs of our communities”.
“Recent activities by some environmental groups appear to assign a higher value to the environment,” comments Nelson, “Than they do to economic and social development needs. Their attacks on the forest industry represent an assault on the people across Northwestern Ontario who depend on sustainable forestry to provide for their families.”
“The citizens of Northern Ontario who live, work, and play in our forests need to remind these activists in their big city offices that we are the REAL treehuggers. We fully understand the importance of sustainable forestry to ensure the ongoing support of jobs in our communities and we are committed to the three pillar approach to sustainable development,” comments Nelson.
NOMA represents the interests of 37 municipalities from Kenora and Rainy River in the west to Hornepayne in the east. It provides leadership in advocating regional interests to all orders of government and other organizations.