By Gagandeep Ghuman
Published: June 17, 2013
They were supposed to tell a tale of how forestry evolved and shaped the province, but the yarn the log books now spin is one of neglect and collective amnesia.
Log books were first commissioned by the Squamish council almost a decade ago at an estimated cost of $200,000 to celebrate the rich history of forestry, but the books–and the story they tell–are still in the dark for lack of funding.
Walk along the muddied path, parallel to the train at the West Coast Railway Association Park, and you will catch a glimpse of how the present shames the past.
Standing amidst the grass that slowly creeps up are the plinths, empty and barren, stripped of their purpose: To hold the 14 log books that capture the history of West Coast forests.
But log books are nowhere to be seen. [manual_related_posts]
Look closely, and you will notice a long, yellow container. This is where the log books have remained locked for the past three years, waiting to literally see the light of the day.
From the Loggers Sports Ground to the adventure centre, and then back to the Loggers Sports, and now finally to the West Coast Railway Park for the past two years.
“We hope to get funding in place this fall to install them,” Ken Tanner, the manager of the West Coast Park, told the Reporter last year.
Artist Glenn Greensides created the log books in 2004 at the Loggers Sports Ground.
Carved wooden pages with images and words were attached to the logs creating the effects of a giant wooden book. Each of the 14 books represented a chapter in the history of West Coast Forests.
The books were placed in a shed on the grounds for a long period of time. In 2007, the council moved them to adventure centre.
But soon, the decision makers felt they needed to move them from the adventure centre to free up space for tourism operators who wanted to advertise there.
The then SSC director, Rob Kirkham, also felt the adventure centre was not the right place for them.
“It’s dark there and they are jammed together. They don’t really fit in there,” Kirkham said.
And they went from the adventure centre into a container where it’s probably quite dark and they are jammed together.
Tanner has been trying to find a donor who can help with the getting the log books out, but hasn’t found anyone yet.
He estimates it would take $30,000 to move them out of the container and place them on the plinths so they can tell the story they were supposed to tell.