Stop Old-Growth Logging

British Columbia, Canada is home to some of the Earth's most spectacular, ancient temperate forests, including the world's largest Douglas-fir tree (the Red Creek Fir) and second-largest western red cedar tree (the Cheewhat Cedar).

These old-growth forests are diverse: from wet rainforests with towering, mossy Sitka spruce trees and gnarly red cedars with trunks wider than a car's length; to dry forests with contorted Garry oak and arbutus trees and massive Douglas-firs; to high elevation, slow-growing yellow cedars and mountain hemlocks covered in beard lichens.

These ancient forests provide essential habitat for endangered wildlife such as the spotted owl and marbled murrelet.

The Wilderness Committee is calling on the BC government to ban the logging of the remaining ancient forests of BC. Second-growth forests should be the sole supplier of the province's lumber mills and should be logged at a slower, more sustainable rate than they are now. To protect the wood supply for BC's lumber mills, log exports to off-shore mills must be halted.

Other jurisdictions, including New Zealand, Thailand, Sir Lanka, Philippines and Finland have banned old-growth logging in recent years. BC must now do the same.

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We’re sending off 2016 with a kick on #WalbranWednesday

Call your MLA

After several setbacks this year from the Kinder Morgan pipeline decision, to the ongoing destruction in the Peace River Valley for the Site C dam, it’s easy to feel like your voice doesn’t matter.

It does.

More than ever you are part of the thin green line that must never ever give up.

On Dec 7, it’s the ancient forests of the Walbran Valley calling for our help. To date, no logging has been done on the intact north bank of the Walbran River, and the valley has become a major catalyst in recharging the conversation against ending old-growth logging on Vancouver Island.

That’s why our final #WW of the year, we’re going big!

The continued foot-dragging from our provincial lawmakers is unacceptable, so this #WalbranWednesday we’re targeting every MLA in BC!

Make the call >>

Protect old-growth forests on Vancouver Island

During this year's Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) convention (September 26-30), delegates – mayors and councillors from across the province – were set to vote on a motion to oppose old-growth logging.

The motion was brought forward by Metchosin council, and has already been passed at the Association of Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities (AVICC) earlier this year.

But in the lead-up to the convention, the UBCM resolutions committee decided that old-growth logging is a regional issue and should be dealt with as such by regional bodies like the AVICC.

The endangered old-growth on Vancouver Island and the South Coast, is an issue that impacts all of BC, and councillors from Metchosin and other municipalities know it. At the UBCM convention they will fight to have the motion discussed and voted on at the convention, and they need your support!

This is a huge opportunity for municipal leaders to formally stand together and state the simple fact that old-growth logging has no place in healthy communities.

This is the official motion that they’ll be championing:

C27   Protection of Old-growth Forests
Whereas old-growth forest is increasingly rare on Vancouver Island, and is gone for centuries once logged;

And whereas old-growth forest has significant economic, social and environmental value as wildlife habitat, tourism resource, carbon sink and much more;

And whereas current plans on provincial Crown land call for logging the remaining old-growth forest, outside of protected areas, Old-Growth Management Areas, and similar reserves, over the next 10-20 years:

Therefore be it resolved that the old-growth forest on provincial Crown Land on Vancouver Island be protected from logging;

And be it further resolved that AVICC send a letter to the provincial government—Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations—as well as relevant government organizations requesting that the Vancouver Island Land Use Plan be amended to protect all of Vancouver Island's remaining old growth forest on provincial Crown land.

Our municipal leaders need our encouragement to:

a) support the adoption of the motion above as an official resolution, and

b) endorse this motion when it goes to a vote. 

    Send your mayor and councillors a message today and encourage them to do the right thing for BC!

    Points to consider in your message:

    • Old-growth forests provide cultural resources utilized by First Nations since time immemorial that are not found in second-growth forests.
    • Old-growth forests provide habitat for several endangered and at-risk species, some of which only live in ancient rainforest.
    • Old-growth forests store more carbon than younger forests – it an era when climate change is the single biggest crisis facing humanity, we have a moral responsibility to protect old-growth.
    • Around 90 per cent of Vancouver Island’s old-growth forest has already been logged, and an immediate halt to old-growth logging is required to ensure the survival of these ecosystems.
    • Vancouver Island municipalities and the BC Chamber of Commerce have already passed motions opposing continued old-growth logging – businesses and communities know that sustainable second-growth forestry is the only future for this industry!
    • Old-growth rainforests are integral to BC’s “super, natural” reputation, and the protection of ancient rainforests will benefit all municipalities in BC.

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    Photo: Unprotected Castle Giant (Shane Johnson)

    Save the Walbran Valley: Ancient forests forever!

    Write a letter now!

    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 Riverthe 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.

    Cutting down 1,000-year-old trees and destroying the intact ecosystems that support them is an archaic practice that must end. Our provincial government has a duty to step up and protect what little remains, in a way that works for ecosystems and ensures First Nations’ access to traditional resources.

    Teal Jones is choosing to re-ignite the War in the Woods, but the provincial government has the power to stop this. And it’s up to us to pressure them to do so.

    Please write your letter now and demand that Premier Christy Clark deny permits for old-growth logging in the Walbran Valley.

    Click here to write your letter now >>

    Grassroots campaigning and public pressure have a history of success when it comes to protecting old-growth forests. The Carmanah Valley and a portion of the Walbran were protected in 1993, after a fierce Wilderness Committee campaign and support from concerned citizens like you.

    We can do this again, and protect what’s left of the Walbran Valley’s ancient forest. 

     


    Photo: Teal Jones clearcut in the Walbran Valley (WC Files)

    It's Time for the BC Government to Ban Raw Log Exports

    Write a letter now!

    The export of raw logs is a crisis in BC. Despite outcry from forest communities, unions, policy experts, political leaders, environmental groups and thousands of citizens, this controversial practice has reach record levels in recent years.

    The spike in raw log exports, facilitated by the BC government, has been a disaster for BC’s environment and our forest economy.

    The province – and especially the coast – has seen dozens of mill closures and thousands of lost jobs. BC is the only province that exports raw logs in large volumes, and as a result, it has less jobs and creates the less value per tree harvested than any other province in Canada.

    We’re sending trees, money and jobs out of BC – and we’re doing it at a faster rate than ever before. If we put the logs we exported in a single year onto logging trucks and lined those trucks up end to end, they would stretch from Vancouver to Thunder Bay, Ontario!

    This is a problem that our provincial government has a responsibility to address.

    So far, it’s been municipal governments that have shown leadership on raw log exports.

    The Association of Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities (AVICC) is a body comprised of the mayors, councillors and regional directors for all cities, towns and districts on Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands, Discovery Islands and the Sunshine Coast. In April 2015, the AVICC passed a resolution to call on the provincial government to re-examine raw log export policy.

    This local government pressure is important, but now it’s critical that we let our provincial leaders know that we stand behind this call for action on the raw log export crisis!

    Please take action today: tell our provincial policymakers to honour the call from forest industry workers, municipal governments, environmental groups and concerned citizens and ban raw log exports once and for all!

    You can write a letter now urging the BC government and opposition party members to take action on our forest policy and ban raw log exports in BC!

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    Photo: Raw logs on the Fraser River, ready for export. (Paul Joseph via Flickr)

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