This film is the final in our series commemorating the 25-year anniversary of the Clayoquot Sound protests and presents an overview of the key issues relating to BC’s old-growth forests and the solutions urgently needed to protect them. These solutions, including science-based old-growth protection legislation; policies that ensure sustainable, value-added second-growth forestry; and support for First Nations’ sustainable economic diversification, are entirely possible, but require political will from the NDP government and support from British Columbians from all walks of life.
The argument against old-growth forest protection is typically based on the assumption that ‘locking up’ forests is bad for business. Nothing could be further from the truth.
BC’s old-growth forests play an important role in the province’s multi-billion dollar tourism industry, attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors from around the world every year and supporting increased sustainable business and employment opportunities in nearby towns.
Watch this important video about the inspiring, cutting-edge, First Nations-led efforts of the Tla-o-qui-aht, Ahousaht, and Hupacasath people to protect Vancouver Island’s old-growth forests. While the BC government has yet to officially recognize and support these Nations’ initiatives, there is hope – with your support for Indigenous conservation efforts.
“Trees grow back! As long as we replant the trees, why shouldn’t we cut down the old-growth forests?”
This is a common contention, which is addressed in this latest video by filmmaker Darryl Augustine about some of the key differences between BC’s old-growth forests and the ensuing second-growth tree plantations that they’re being replaced with.
Twenty-five years ago, more than 12,000 people participated in what become known as the largest act of civil disobedience in Canadian history: the Clayoquot Sound protests. While this story is legendary, not everyone knows that Clayoquot Sound is not saved and that the large-scale logging of old-growth forests continues across most of BC. Meanwhile, raw log exports undermine BC forestry employment opportunities. Watch this video clip about the protests by film-maker Darryl Augustine to learn more.
Here is the latest video by filmmaker Daniel J Pierce who has spent years documenting the controversies surrounding old-growth logging by Island Timberlands – this time at McLaughlin Ridge and the Cameron Valley Ancient Forest near Port Alberni, featuring the campaign led by the Port Alberni Watershed-Forest Alliance, whom the Ancient Forest Alliance has been working with for many years!
This great video by Wyatt Visuals, featuring researcher Ira Sutherland and Tla-o-qui-aht canoe carver Joe Martin, describes their work to measure the ecosystem services of Vancouver Island’s old-growth forests, including for First Nations cultural uses, in Nuu-chah-nulth territory in 2014.
"Big Lonely Doug", a recently found old-growth Douglas-fir tree standing alone in a clearcut on southern Vancouver Island, has been officially measured to be the second largest Douglas-fir tree in Canada. Last week, renowned forest ecologist Andy MacKinnon, who manages the BC Big Tree Registry run by the University of British Columbia and is also the co-author of the best-selling "Plants of Coastal British Columbia, Washington, and Oregon", measured the goliath tree.
This short video, part of the series “Heartwood: A West Coast Forest Documentree” by Daniel Pierce of Ramshackle Pictures, features groups coming together in solidarity in Cathedral Grove in October 2013 to fight Island Timberlands’ old-growth logging near Port Alberni.
BC's old-growth forests are world renowned for their beauty and grandeur, where moss-draped trees can grow as wide as living rooms and as tall as downtown skyscrapers. However, a century of unsustainable overcutting has largely eliminated the biggest and best trees in the biologically-diverse valley bottoms and lower elevations that historically built BC's forest industry.