Doubling BC's Parks

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.

We believe that there is much more to be done. Too many worthy BC wilderness areas that should be protected park land are not protected at all, and risk being ruined by industrial development. Around the world there are many countries, provinces and states that have a much higher level of park protection than BC has. New Zealand, for example, has protected 30 per cent of its land area for the purpose of preserving wild nature. 

The Wilderness Committee is calling for a province-wide doubling of BC's wilderness parks system. We are gathering information on new park candidates. We have published several education reports on the park system expansion project, and we are mapping out the boundaries of potential new parks.

BC is the most bio-diverse province in Canada. Let’s work together to hand down this natural living treasure to future generations!

Photo: The Red Creek Fir on Vancouver Island is Earth's largest Douglas-fir tree, yet it is still not protected within a provincial park.

 

Google Maps of Proposed Parks by region for British Columbia

Click on proposed areas on maps for names of proposed areas. For larger maps with legends, click on "View [map name] in a larger map" below each map.

 

Google Map of Proposed Parks for Northwest BC



View Proposed Parks for Northwest BC in a larger map

 

Google Map of Proposed Parks for Eastern BC

Includes Inland Rainforest, Kootenays and Peace River Regions

 
View Proposed Parks for Eastern BC in a larger map
 
 
 
Google Maps of Vancouver Island, South Mainland Coast, Southern Interior and Great Bear Rainforest (Mid & North Coast) to come...
 

Recent Developments

3 weeks 6 days ago
This is a TV news story about the 2017 BC election platform policies of the three leading parties regarding the protection of old-growth forest.
13 weeks 4 days ago
Download our latest educational report  Vote Wild! education report outlines the pressing environmental issues in BC and how voters can make them high-priority in the lead-up to the BC election.
15 weeks 6 days ago
Joe Foy of the Wilderness Committee says the investment doesn't make up for 'years of neglect'

Take Action

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)

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