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Send an instant message to the NDP government, demanding they take immediate action to protect old-growth!

Home to some of the world’s largest trees, BC’s old-growth forests are not only iconic, they support unique wildlife; provide clean water for communities, wild salmon, and other wildlife; store vast amounts of atmospheric carbon; support BC’s tourism industry; and are central to many First Nations cultures.

Tragically, despite being severely endangered, the large scale industrial logging of old-growth forests is continuing, which jeopardizes the sustainability of ancient forest ecosystems and forestry jobs. On BC’s southern coast, at least 79% of the original productive old-growth forests have been logged, including well over 90% of the lowland ancient forests where the richest biodiversity and largest, most magnificent trees are found.

Please take a moment to send a message to the BC NDP government, calling for immediate action to protect the most intact and endangered ancient forests, a science-based plan that ensures the long-term ecological integrity of BC’s ancient forests, and support for BC First Nations and sustainable forestry jobs.

Protect BC's Ancient Forests

  

To Premier Horgan and Ministers Donaldson, Heyman, Fraser and James,

I am writing to express my concern over the continued logging of BC’s endangered old-growth forests and the large-scale export of raw logs to foreign mills.

Old-growth forests are vital to sustain unique endangered species, climate stability, tourism jobs, clean water, wild salmon, and the cultures of many First Nations. However, despite their environmental and economic benefits while standing, old-growth forests are endangered due to a century of unsustainable industrial logging.

On BC’s southern coast, at least 79% of the original productive old-growth forests have already been logged, including well over 90% of the lowland ancient forests where the richest biodiversity and largest trees are found.

On Vancouver Island, the last remaining, intact areas of old-growth forest are rapidly disappearing. Without swift action by the BC government, these old-growth ‘hotspots’ with the greatest ecological and recreational value will be lost forever, reduced to small, isolated fragments among vast landscapes of second-growth forest.

I am therefore calling on the BC government to take immediate steps to protect old-growth forests by:

• Placing an interim halt on logging in old-growth ‘hotspots’ to ensure the largest and best stands of remaining old-growth forests are kept intact;
• Implementing the long overdue Big Tree Protection Order to protect Canada’s biggest trees;
• Turning “non-legal” Old-Growth Management Areas into legally-binding reserves;
• Directing BC Timber Sales to discontinue issuance of old-growth cutblocks; and
• Creating a provincial land acquisition fund to purchase and protect endangered ecosystems on private lands.

I also urge the BC government to undertake the following long-term measures to protect the ecological integrity of BC’s old-growth forests while maintaining jobs and supporting communities:

• Implement a science-based, legislated plan to protect BC’s endangered old-growth forests.
• Provide financial support for First Nations’ sustainable economic development as an alternative to old-growth logging and formally recognize First Nations’ land use plans, tribal parks, and protected areas.
• Curb raw log exports and provide incentives for the development of value-added, second-growth wood manufacturing facilities to sustain and enhance forestry jobs.

Thousands of concerned British Columbians from diverse segments of society; multiple chambers of commerce, including the BC Chamber of Commerce; the Union of BC Municipalities; the Public and Private Workers of Canada, representing thousands of forestry workers; and many others are all calling on the provincial government to protect old-growth forests. The time has come for the BC government to act.

I strongly believe we need to protect BC's old-growth forests and transition to a sustainable, second-growth forest industry. I urge you to enact these bold legislative and policy changes for the sake of our wildlife, water, the climate, communities, First Nations, and future generations.

Thank you for carefully considering my message.

Sincerely,

**your signature**

8,704 signatures

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• BC Premier John Horgan
• BC Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development, Doug Donaldson
• BC Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy, George Heyman
• BC Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation, Scott Fraser
• BC Minster of Finance and Deputy Premier, Carole James
• BC NDP MLAs Lana Popham, David Eby, Mitzi Dean, and Rob Fleming
• BC Green Party Leader Andrew Weaver
• BC Green Party MLAs Sonia Furstenau and Adam Olsen

Ask the following decision-makers to take immediate measures to protect the most intact and endangered ancient forests, create a science-based plan that ensures the long-term ecological integrity of BC’s ancient forests, and support BC First Nations and sustainable forestry jobs:

Premier John Horgan: premier@gov.bc.ca
Forest Minister Doug Donaldson: flnr.minister@gov.bc.ca
Indigenous Relations Minister Scott Fraser: irr.minister@gov.bc.ca
Environment Minister George Heyman: env.minister@gov.bc.ca

All at: Parliament Buildings, Victoria, BC V8V 1X4
(be sure to include your full name and address so that they know you’re a real person)

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