McKelvie Valley

In May 2019, the Ancient Forest Alliance visited the village of Tahsis on the northwest coast of Vancouver Island in Mowachaht/Muchalaht territory to explore the McKelvie Valley, the last unprotected, intact watershed in the Tahsis region, at risk from clearcut logging by Western Forest Products. Here are some photos from day one, where AFA campaigners TJ Watt and Rachel Ablack were joined by town Mayor, Martin Davis, and local mountaineer Ramsay Dyer. The McKelvie watershed is a spectacular ancient forest “hotspot” of high conservation, recreational, scenic, and cultural value. It features rare, endangered ancient forests; rich wildlife habitat; and McKelvie Creek, a salmon spawning ground and the community’s source of drinking water. Despite community opposition, Western Forest Products plans to blast a road into the McKelvie and clearcut its pristine old-growth forests, putting Tahsis’ tourism economy, water quality, salmon and other wildlife at risk. But, rather than handing out logging permits, there is an innovative conservation solution that the BC government can support to protect the McKelvie Valley instead. 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. See our video here: https://youtu.be/7v4q0E2o_Ik


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