Tahsis: Endangered Old-Growth Above Town

In May 2019, the Ancient Forest Alliance visited the town of Tahsis on the northwest coast of Vancouver Island in Mowachaht/Muchalaht territory to see first-hand the old-growth forests at risk of being logged by Western Forest Products. On Day 2 of our visit, Mayor Martin Davis, local community members, and AFA campaigners hiked into an unprotected old-growth forest on the steep hillside directly above town. This old-growth forest hosts scores of ancient Douglas-firs – of which only roughly 1% remain in British Columbia. Beyond the obvious ecological impacts that logging or road building would have here, locals are also concerned about increased risks of falling boulders and landslides, flash floods, and fires to the town below (old-growth forests can act as a “firebreak” to help slow or stop the spread of forest fires). The town is pushing to protect the surrounding old-growth forests, including the McKelvie Valley watershed, and looking to emulate Port Renfrew’s success by promoting ‘big tree tourism’. Stand with residents of Tahsis and the AFA by speaking up for ancient forest “hotspots” of high conservation and recreational value like those seen here: https://www.ancientforestalliance.org/send-a-message/
Also, see and share our Community Spotlight video on Tahsis here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7v4q0E2o_Ik

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