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Nanoose Bay logging to recommence

Nov 29 2011

There was an uneasy silence in a small patch of forest near Nanoose Bay Monday as protesters and loggers prepared for the next move.

The Snaw-naw-as First Nation, which has a provincial logging permit to cut 15,000 cubic metres from District Lot 33, was granted an injunction and enforcement order in B.C. Supreme Court Friday, preventing protesters from entering active logging areas.

Local residents and environmental groups, who wanted an injunction to delay logging in the 64hectare patch of rare coastal Douglas fir forest, were turned down.

Protesters say they are unlikely to risk arrest by defying the injunction.

"I intend to obey the injunction brought against me and others," said Kathy McMaster, who was named in the injunction.

Brent Edwards, Snaw-naw-as administrator, said the band is organizing crews to avoid more delays.

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