223 international scientists call for urgent action to protect British Columbia’s endangered temperate rainforests
A total of 223 scientists from nine countries have signed a letter urging the provincial government to take immediate action to protect B.C.'s remaining temperate rain forests!
“BC’s temperate rainforests are globally rare, they offer habitat for many imperiled species and, globally, the vast majority of these unique rainforests has already been logged. Protection of remaining intact tracts of these carbon-rich, climate saving forests is a global responsibility." – Dr. Dominick DellaSala, chief scientist at the Geos Institute in Ashland, Oregon
Veteran B.C. forester, Anthony Britneff, weighs in on the continued logging of ancient giants and the B.C. government’s attempt to skew the stats on how much old growth forest remains.
“It is incumbent upon our provincial government to stop the arithmetic trickery and to bring intellectual honesty and scientific thinking to a resolution of the old-growth issue on Vancouver Island.”
Environmentalists accuse B.C. government of fudging the numbers to log some of the world’s biggest trees
Check out this article which explains why statistics released by the BC NDP about the protected status of old-growth forests on BC's coast are misleading and how this is impacts efforts to protect the last of BC's coastal giants.
B.C. Timber Sales is reviewing its best management practices for legacy trees with the intent of strengthening a policy brought into question by old-growth logging near Port Alberni.
The Crown agency (BCTS) and the B.C. government have been roundly criticized in recent weeks by conservationists and local First Nations for continuing to allow logging of ancient fir and cedar in the Nahmint Valley.
Check out this article from Radio Canada International highlighting the contentious logging of pristine old-growth forests, including the 9th largest Douglas fir tree in Canada, in the Nahmint Valley near Port Alberni. Blame is being directed at the BC NDP, since its own logging agency, BC Timber Sales, is responsible for planning and auctioning off the cutblocks.
Check out this CBC News article about the logging of ancient forests and near-record-sized trees in the Nahmint Valley, with quotes from Brenda Sayers of the Hupacasath First Nation.
Since the AFA uncovered the intense old-growth logging currently underway in the valley, which is targeting the grandest and highest-productivity monumental groves, the issue has generated widespread media coverage and viral social media attention among millions of people.
Check out this article in the Alberni Valley News about logging in the Nahmint Valley near Port Alberni. 300 hectares of prime old-growth forest, including near record-breaking-sized trees, are currently being logged throughout the valley, despite BC Timber Sales (the BC government's logging agency which auctioned off the cutblocks) having a policy in place meant to protect exceptionally large trees.
WATCH more CHEK News coverage about the growing outrage in BC after one of Canada’s widest old-growth Douglas-fir trees was cut down in the Nahmint Valley near Port Alberni.
The piece features interviews from BC Green Party MLA and forest critic Adam Olsen, the AFA's TJ Watt, and Forest Minister Doug Donaldson.