These are monumental steps’: B.C. government approves old-growth logging deferral on Vancouver Island
CTV News Vancouver Island – The BC NDP has approved the Pacheedaht, Ditidaht and Huu-ay-aht First Nations’ request to defer logging in Fairy Creek and the Central Walbran Valley for two years.
The Narwhal – The Pacheedaht, Ditidaht, & Huu-ay-aht First Nations formally gave notice to the BC government to defer old-growth logging for two years in the Fairy Creek and the Central Walbran Valleys while they prepare resource stewardship plans for their territories.
The emerald-green ancient forests of the Fairy Creek Valley in Pacheedaht territory from above. Last week we took to the skies to document old-growth forests and logging across the west coast of Vancouver Island and, when you’re in the air, it’s clear just how incredibly rare a sight this is – a roadless valley free from clearcuts. But how long will it remain that way?
Chek News – Western Screech Owls, which are protected under Canada’s Species at Risk Act, have been spotted in the Caycuse and Fairy Creek Valleys, putting even more pressure on governments to intervene to stop old-growth logging in these areas.
CBC British Columbia – Critics of the plan have expressed concern that deferrals were not being made soon enough — that old-growth is being logged right now, and said these actions need to be taken immediately.