Campaign Publications: Stop Old-Growth Logging

04/21/2016 (All day)

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Wanted: Leadership in BC's forests 

The growing scarcity of old-growth forests on Vancouver Island is an environmental crisis. It’s also the subject of our latest educational report, Vancouver Island’s Last Stand.

Co-produced with our friends at Sierra Club BC, this report highlights the crisis in Vancouver Island’s forests and advocates for better management of these incredible ecosystems. Decades of overharvest and continued old-growth logging, combined with job-killing raw log exports, have pushed many Vancouver Island ecosystems – and forestry-dependent communities – to the brink.

We make recommendations on how to shift course and save the Island’s forests and the species and livelihoods that depend on them.

It's time for the BC government to come to the table and address issues like the link between coastal rainforests and climate change. It's time to give First Nations and small communities more control over decision-making when it comes to forests.

And it's time to end old-growth logging.

This publication is just the beginning of a renewed push to protect that last remaining old-growth on Vancouver Island.

If you would like additional copies of the report to distribute in your community, please contact and let us know how many you require.

Join us as we advocate for a truly sustainable forest economy that works for the environment and for citizens, not just for a handful of corporations.

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02/22/2016 (All day)

The Walbran Valley lies just a few hours outside of Victoria, BC on southwestern Vancouver Island, in the unceded territory of the Pacheedaht First Nation. 

This very special region is home to one of the most spectacular intact tracts of old-growth rainforest left in British Columbia.

Despite its importance, much of this incredible forest is still unprotected from logging and is at risk of being destroyed forever.

Read this small 4-page publication for a brief introduction to the Walbran Valley and its ancient trees, and find out how you can join the movement to protect the area's old-growth forest from logging.

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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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