The fact clear-cutting at-risk ancient forests continues apace in British Columbia indicates Canadian forestry certification standards assuring consumers lumber products are sustainable are a mockery and need to be investigated, says a coalition of environmentalists.
Canada’s National Observer- A new economic study shows ancient trees in the contentious Fairy Creek region on southern Vancouver Island are worth considerably more standing to nearby communities than if they were cut down.
National Observer – Environmentalists struggling to save diminishing ancient forests on Canada’s West Coast are hopeful after B.C. announced a new old-growth advisory panel staffed by respected foresters and scientists.
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.
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.