Politicians, environmentalists, industry divided on B.C.’s forestry plan

CBC British Columbia – After weeks of arrests and attempts to block old growth logging on Vancouver Island, the province’s anticipated forestry announcement proved to be a disappointment Tuesday to protesters and environmentalists.

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B.C. premier’s new forestry plan adds fuel to old-growth fire

National Observer – Environmental groups already riled by the pace of protections for ancient forests in B.C. were further provoked after the province failed to announce any new old-growth logging deferrals in its new vision for forestry Tuesday

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Comment: B.C. NDP must keep its old-growth promises

Times Colonist- An excellent opinion piece by forest ecologist, biologist, former Ministry of Forests professional forester, and co-author of six guidebooks on BC plants, Andy MacKinnon.

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Ottawa dollars can save B.C.’s old-growth forests

National Observer- The federal government’s recent $2.3 billion investment in conservation is a tremendous opportunity for the BC NDP. With a ballpark figure of $200-$300 million coming to BC, this funding is key to ‘unlocking’ the protection of BC’s highest-value ancient stands.

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‘We don’t have time’: scientists urge B.C. to immediately defer logging in key old-growth forests amid arrests

New scientific maps have been released showing where the most at-risk old-growth forests are that require immediate deferral based on the advice of the BC NDP’s own expert panel

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‘A Garage Sale for the Last Old Growth’

The Tyee – As BC’s watchdog slams the province’s own logging agency for wrecking ecosystems, advocates demand action.

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Systemic errors in managing Nahmint’s old growth, says B.C. watchdog

Ha-Shilth-Sa – B.C.’s forestry watchdog has released a report critical of logging practices in the Nahmint valley, pointing to inconsistencies in protecting the area’s old growth forest.

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B.C. forestry watchdog finds lack of compliance in Nahmint logging

Alberni Valley News – A British Columbia forestry watchdog has found that old growth and biodiversity near Port Alberni are at risk.

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