Name: McKelvie Valley
Location: Northwestern Vancouver Island in Nootka Sound
First Nations Territory: Mowachaht/Muchalaht First Nation
Size: 2,170 hectares
Public/Private Land: Public
Company: Western Forest Products – Tree Farm License 19
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The McKelvie Valley is the last, unprotected, intact watershed in the Tahsis region. This rare and unique watershed is home to rare, ancient Douglas-fir stands, provides high quality habitat for the endangered marbled murrelet, ensures clean water for the town of Tahsis, and is an important spawning ground for wild salmon.
Unfortunately, Western Forest Products has plans to blast a road into the heart of the valley and to carry out upwards of 25 clearcuts in its pristine old-growth forests. Community residents, including the Mayor and Council have spoken out in opposition of these plans as Tahsis is a former logging community that has been working to transition to a tourism-based economy since Western Forest Products closed the town’s sawmill in 2001. Today, the area is renowned for sport fishing, kayaking, diving, hiking, caving, trail bike riding, and wildlife viewing tours. Plans to move ahead with clearcut logging in the McKelvie Watershed puts Tahsis’ economic recovery, water quality, salmon, and other wildlife at risk.
But, there is hope for the McKelvie. Three Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations are championing the creation of a network of “Salmon Parks” in the Nootka Sound region with the goal of protecting and restoring forests and salmon streams, including in the McKelvie Valley. This is an innovative conservation solution readily available that the BC government could support.
Join the AFA and Tahsis residents in calling on the BC government to immediately place moratoria on logging in old-growth forest “hotspots” like the McKelvie Valley and to support Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas, such as “Salmon Parks, to protect BC’s last remaining ancient forests.