Storm-ravaged Stanley Park could be heli-logged
Manyforest companies have expressed interest in helping clean upStanley Park afterthe windstorm that damaged or felled thousands of trees last week, Vancouver Park Board officials say.
The windstorm on Dec.15 knocked down or damaged an estimated 3,000 trees, including some that were centuries old.
The B.C-based forestry giant Interfor is one of the companies that has offered to help. The company's vice-president,Rick Slaco, saidan assessment of the damage was needed to determine how many trees need to be removed.
Slaco said Interfor wouldn't charge the city for the cleanup, butwould want to keep the wood it removes from the park.
He estimates a single telephone pole sized log could be worth about $200. But Stanley Park operations manager Bill Manning said it was still too early to put a value on the timber.
Vancouver Mayor Sam Sullivan said Wednesday that he plans to approach the federal and provincial governments to help pay for the restoration of the world-renowned park.
The park board has also launched an adopt-a-tree fundraising campaign to help cover the costs of the cleanup. So far, more than $40,000 has come in from across the country.