Provincial Old-Growth Protection Strategy

The Ancient Forest Alliance is calling for the provincial government to establish a BC Old-Growth Protection Strategy that would ensure comprehensive, legislated protection for BC’s ancient forests on public/Crown lands. The science-based plan would incorporate timelines to immediately end old-growth logging in “critically endangered” forests, and quickly phase out old-growth logging where there is a “high risk” to biological diversity and ecosystem integrity.

The AFA is calling on the provincial government to undertake a Provincial Old-Growth Protection Strategy that will:

  • Inventory the old-growth forests in BC and protect them where they are scarce (ie. Vancouver Island, southern Mainland coast, southern Interior, etc.
  • Ensure the sustainable logging of second-growth forests, which now constitute the vast majority of forest lands in southern BC.
  • End the export of BC raw logs to foreign mills in order to ensure a guaranteed log supply for BC mills and value-added processing facilities.
  • Assist in the retooling and development of BC coastal sawmills and value-added facilities to handle second-growth logs.
  • Undertake new, democratic land-use planning processes to protect endangered forests based on new First Nations land-use plans, ecosystem-based scientific assessments, and climate mitigation strategies through forest protection.

See the details of the “Old-Growth Protection Act” as recommended by the UVic Environmental Law Clinic (ELC) in their 2013 report: http://www.elc.uvic.ca/press/documents/AnOldGrowthProtectionActforBC-2013Apr10.pdf

Sign the petition to protect BC’s endangered old-growth forests at www.AncientForestPetition.com

Change in Theme Options or on the cause edit page
Change in Theme Options or on the cause edit page
Change this in Theme Options
Change this in Theme Options