Walbran Valley

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.
In 1988, we launched a nation-wide campaign to preserve the Carmanah Valley, which is adjacent to the West Coast Trail and the Walbran Valley. Our volunteers built hiking trails into the heart of the Carmanah Valley and its now world-famous Sitka spruce groves.
Then in 1990, the BC government agreed to include the lower half of Carmanah Valley in the Carmanah Pacific Provincial Park. In response, we opened a rainforest research station in the upper Carmanah Valley and continued to call for protection of entire Carmanah Valley. A group of concerned citizens began to build hiking trails in the Walbran Valley.
In 1991, many concerned citizens blockaded logging roads near Fletcher Falls in the central Walbran Valley and called for preservation of the entire Walbran Valley. In 1992, BC's provincial government deferred logging for 18 months in lower Walbran Valley and all of the adjacent Logan and Cullite valleys. The Commission on Resources and Environment (CORE) was created to study and recommend land-use changes on Vancouver Island. 
The upper Carmanah Valley, lower Walbran Valley, Cullite and Logan valleys were added to Carmanah Pacific Provincial Park in 1994. However, the upper Walbran Valley and the Fletcher Falls area of the central Walbran Valley were given over to logging companies.
The Wilderness Committee continued the campaign to preserve the entire Walbran Valley, and in 1998 we set up a rainforest research station in the central Walbran Valley near Fletcher Falls. Since that time, concerned citizens have continued to expand the trail system in the central Walbran Valley through a popular grove of very large very old redcedar trees, known as the Castle Grove.
In 2014, flagging tape was discovered in the old-growth forest of the central Walbran Valley that concerned citizens feared were marking out proposed cutblocks - but the logging company, Teal Jones, denied having any logging plans in the area.
Then in 2015, Wilderness Committee Vancouver Island Campaigner Torrance Coste obtained maps from the company showing that they were indeed planning to log eight cutblocks of ancient forest surrounding the iconic Castle Grove.
Now the fight is on to save the Walbran Valley's remaining ancient forests.  
Google Map of Recreation Areas & Proposed Logging Cutblocks in the central Walbran Valley
Logging company Teal Jones' approved cutblock #4424 is shown in purple-red and seven other proposed cutblocks (with cutblock ID numbers labelled) are shown as red polygons. The proposed logging road extension is shown in a thicker red line. Trails in the area are shown as thin purple lines, boardwalks shown as thick purple lines, flagged access route to cutblock #4424 shown as a purple-red line, and proposed Castle Grove loop trail shown as a yellow line. Important points of interest are displayed as various icons and can be clicked for more information, including big 'Elder' trees (tree icons). The thick dark green line shows the newly updated boundary of Carmanah Walbran Provincial Park (updated March 31, 2015). The lightly shaded light green area is the Central Walbran Ancient Forest that is being proposed for protection by the Wilderness Committee. The legend can be shown by clicking on the icon at the top left inside the map.  For a comprehensive full map with legend, please click on "larger frame" icon at the top right corner of the map.

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Save the Walbran Valley: Ancient forests forever!

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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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