Recent Updates from the Victoria Field Office

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By Torrance Coste & Scott Doherty
The Vancouver Sun, March 21, 2017
 
Early this month, a paper mill on Vancouver Island was forced to shut down for six days because of a “lack” of raw material to run the mill.
13 weeks 4 days ago

2016 has been a challenging year for so many reasons. Yet the hardest times always serve a purpose. 

16 weeks 14 hours ago

It’s the first week of the month, which means it’s time for #WalbranWednesday!

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Victoria Field Office

The Victoria office of the Wilderness Committee was established in 1989 to protect Vancouver Island’s unique wild places. Since then, we have led many successful campaigns to protect our wilderness, including the Sea to Sea Green Belt, the Sooke Hills and Carmanah Valley.

Our Victoria Office remains a strong a vibrant part of the Wilderness Committee, and the activist community in Victoria. With two full-time staff members, a door-to-door canvass team and a bunch of volunteers we are working hard to protect Vancouver Island's old-growth, our special marine ecosystems and species, and to stop climate change at its root causes. 

Please join us! Volunteer, donate or just stop by our lovely office in Fan Tan Alley!

Come buy your holiday gifts, cards and calendars at the Wilderness Committee. Our store is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday. Come visit!

To sign up for e-mail action alerts from our Victoria office, please complete the full form below:

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The Walbran Valley harbours some of the finest ancient forests remaining on southern Vancouver Island. This amazing big-tree forest has been the subject of Wilderness Committee preservation campaigns since the 1980s.

Currently, over 14 per cent of British Columbia is protected as parks, including provincial parks, national parks, conservancies and ecological reserves. It has taken generations to build the BC park system, which is the envy of every other province and territory in Canada. But BC's park system is far from completed.

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).

Wild Pacific salmon – Sockeye, Coho, Chinook, Chum and Pink – are the lifeblood of the West Coast, supporting Orcas, Grizzlies, other wildlife, forests, First Nations, coastal communities and tourism. Wild salmon are in trouble.

Since the early 1980s the Wilderness Committee has been working with like-minded environmental groups to protect the intact ancient forested valleys of Clayoquot Sound on the west coast of Vancouver Island. We are seeking protection for 68,000 hectares of ancient forests.

Make Your Voice Heard

Tell Teal Jones what stewardship looks like

Write now!

It’s time to let a logging company know that destroying ecosystems is not stewardship. 
For the last year and a half, you’ve helped us fight Teal Jones, the Surrey-based corporation that is trying to liquidate the last of the old-growth rainforest in the Walbran Valley. 
 
You’ve marched and rallied, written letters, and phoned dozens of elected officials. 
 
And this is working. While Teal Jones did destroy significant old-growth rainforest to the south of the Walbran Valley last year, they’ve yet to move into the Central Walbran Valley – the north side of the river where the most intact forest stands. 
 
Now, Teal Jones is asking for input on its Forest “Stewardship” Plan.
 
It’s time to restate our opposition and let this company know that we haven’t gone anywhere and we’ll never let them take out this irreplaceable ancient rainforest. 
 
Teal Jones has a permit to log intact rainforest in the central Walbran Valley, but so far your opposition, and that of municipal governments and BC businesses has kept them out.
 

Photo: Southern Walbran Valley after Teal Jones' clearcuts (WC Files) 

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