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Haida Gwaii adventure camp in danger due to logging

Mount Moresby Adventure Camp. Courtesy of Facebook/Mount Moresby Adventure Camp Society.

Mount Moresby Adventure Camp. Courtesy of Facebook/Mount Moresby Adventure Camp Society.

An outdoor adventure education camp on Haida Gwaii could be in danger due to logging.

The Mount Moresby Adventure Camp has been an institution for children and teens on Haida Gwaii for over a decade, offering a variety of outdoor programming.

Toby Sanmiya is the Executive Director of the Mount Moresby Adventure Camp Society.

While the society owns the infrastructure and camp property, the surrounding forests are Crown land.

In 2014, the society was told by the province that the Teale-Jones Group could be issued a permit to log 16 hectares of forest that surrounds the camp.

Sanmiya says without a forest, there can’t be a forest stewardship program, adding the camp property isn’t big enough to fit all their programming.

He says the community has a great deal invested in the camp.

Angus Wilson is the Superintendent for School District 50.

He says the adventure camp program is an integral part of the student’s education.

The Council of Haida Nation, former camp attendees, and the local community have begun a letter writing campaign.

They’re urging the province to offer up an equivalent parcel away from the camp.

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