Globally important old-growth rainforest in the Walbran Valley is at risk, and we need urgent action to protect it!
Last fall, after finding new surveying tape in the unprotected central Walbran Valley, we contacted logging company Teal Jones to ask what its plans were. We stressed the ecological importance and scarcity of old-growth forests, and we asked that the company select another location in its large forest tenure.
Then, Teal Jones sent us a map that showed eight new cutblocks on the north side of the Walbran River – the most extensive valley-bottom old-growth stand in the entire Walbran Valley. The company has completely disregarded our request and is now targeting one of the last contiguous intact old-growth forests on southern Vancouver Island.
The Wilderness Committee is a grassroots environmental charity. We are Canada's largest citizen-funded wilderness preservation organization, with over 60,000 members and supporters. We have offices in Vancouver, Victoria, Winnipeg and Toronto.
For 35 years the Wilderness Committee has been successful in helping to protect some of the most beautiful places in Canada. We have also won significant legal victories for endangered species such as Canada's southern resident killer whales.
We would like to take this opportunity to celebrate our members, supporters, the tireless volunteers and the photographers who are out there documenting wild areas and wildlife.
There are many reasons to stand up against new pipelines, coal facilities, gas plants and refineries, and against the influence that fossil fuel industries have on our governments. But behind the immediate and obvious impacts to our air and water, our rejection of these fossil fuel projects is based on an intuitive and realistic vision of the future – a world that leaves us shouting "YES!"
This report is about painting the vision of a world we can all support, one where doing a decent day's work doesn't jeopardize our children's ability to live in a stable, life-supporting climate.