Campaign Publications: Stop Old-Growth Logging

06/27/2013 - 07:00


New Tribal Parks Declared in Clayoquot Sound

On behalf of our Nation, we would like to welcome all of you to Tla-o-qui-aht Tribal Parks! Tribal Parks are land designations on our Ha'huulthii (territories), managed by our people to better harmonize human needs and environmental well-being.

With two new additions this year, there are now four declared Tribal Parks in Tla-o-qui-aht territory: Wah-nah-jus – Hilth-hoo-is (Meares Island), Ha'uukmin (Kennedy Lake Watershed), and the newly declared Tranquil Tribal Park and Esowista Tribal Park.

Instead of following the heavy industrial model of unsustainable resource extraction, we aim to benefit from our territories by enjoying and respecting them, rather than exploiting them. This is where you come in!

One of our priorities for economic activity within our Tribal Parks is sustainable, low-impact tourism. We hope to develop this into a vibrant economic sector that is a point of pride for our people, and a way for you to experience the power of our territory – the lands and waters surrounding the town of Tofino on the west coast of Vancouver Island.

Read this report to learn about the ways traditional governance and teachings factor into modern Tribal Parks management, and find out about the exciting recreational opportunities – including zipline tours, hiking, and paddling – that are here for you to explore!

– Tla-o-qui-aht Tribal Parks Staff




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06/21/2012 (All day)

Our Opportunity to Leave a Legacy

Growing up on Vancouver Island, I've fallen in love with the parks and protected areas that make our home famous. These places have helped shape my identity, and like many, I have taken them for granted.

For a time, I thought the whole Island was protected and that it would be forever.

Of course, this perception is false. The staggering majority of Vancouver Island is not protected at all. With each passing generation, more of our Island paradise has disappeared.

I believe that we need to act now to double the amount of protected area on Vancouver Island. This will put us near 25 per cent of the Island protected.

We know that doubling Vancouver Island's protected areas will require a broad effort and participation by everyone. This educational report illustrates how important it is that we do it now—the places we cherish are at risk every day.

Torrance Coste | Vancouver Island Campaigner
Wilderness Committee

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04/15/2010 (All day)

Two-thirds of BC’s land base – 60 million hectares – is covered in trees. Only about 22 million hectares of this vast forest was ever suitable for logging, and much of this has already been logged. These logged forests once harboured the biggest trees and the best wild life habitat in BC. Now big stumps mark where the great giants once stood tall.

Plantations, where second-growth trees were planted after the original wild forest was logged are now growing throughout much of BC and some areas are being logged for the second time.

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03/14/2007 (All day)

Have you been fortunate enough to visit Vancouver Island's famed old-growth forests? If you've experienced even just a few of these special places, then you know that the old-growth forests of Vancouver Island are among the most spectacular landscapes to be found anywhere on Earth. Read this report  and get informed how you can help in protecting these wonderful wild lands.

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05/31/2005 (All day)

The Wilderness Committee is in this report launching our strategy to see 41% of Vancouver Island set aside as protected areas based on the application of Conservation Areas Design, which builds on the principles of conservation biology. The report also lays out strategies to promote more value-added manufacturing, resulting in an increase of sustainable forestry jobs so we would get much more out of each tree logged...Read this educational report

08/26/2004 (All day)

One of BC's most beloved parks, MacMillan Park, which is part of Cathedral Grove, is threatened from overuse, logging at its boundaries, blow-down of its towering ancient Douglas firs and a five-acre parking lot proposed to be built in critical elk winter feeding range. Located alongside Highway 4, the only highway leading to Port Alberni and Clayoquot Sound, MacMillan Park's main problem is that it is too small. This paper lays out WCWC's 2004 campaign to protect and expand this most famous of BC's provincial parks.

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09/30/2001 (All day)

This report, published in fall 2001, advocates the expansion of MacMillan Park, commonly known as Cathedral Grove on Vancouver Island. It sits next to the highway from Qualicum beach to Tofino, and harbours centuries old giant firs, making it into a popular stop for tourists. The report cites overuse, logging activities in adjacent areas and government's plans to build a huge parking lot next to the park, as threats to the park's rare trees.

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02/28/1994 (All day)

In February of 1994, Stephen Owen's Commission on Resources and the Environment (CORE) tabled its Vancouver Island report. The howls of discontent arose from both environmentalists and loggers. Because it pleased no one, is the CORE report then a balanced compromise solution that will work? No!

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10/31/1993 - 17:00

Continuing down Vancouver Island's "status quo development road" will lead us to a place where others regret being. When resources are depleted, wild ecosystems destroyed and soils and waters degraded, a region becomes permanently impoverished. Although we are not the "Brazil of the North", we certainly could become the "Newfoundland of the West!"...Read this educational report