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British Columbia Provincial Government

Vancouver, BC: A forest fire in 2004 burned down a 1912 shack, 19 buildings, and 65 hectares of valuable timber belonging to John Edwards. The 79-year-old bushman filed a lawsuit against the provincial government for failing to protect his ancestor's buildings. Edwards sought compensation after a forest fire swept through his property in Lonesome Lake, a remote valley in northwest BC. Edwards has spent his entire life on the property built by his father and ventures out only a few times a year to restock on supplies in nearby Bella Coola. The British Columbia Provincial Government has agreed to pay Edwards a $325,000 settlement. In return, Edwards has promised that when he ceases to live there, the land will be placed in trust for the animals and wilderness. (Dec-17-06) [TIMES COLONIST: FOREST FIRE]

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Published on Dec-19-06


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