Safeguarding Public Resources

In Canada, 89 per cent of the land base is publicly owned. This gives governments a tremendous opportunity to manage our natural resources for sound ecological purposes and the public good. The Wilderness Committee works to protect public lands from inappropriate industrial development. From stopping old-growth logging, dams or harmful mining projects, our campaigns focus on sustainable management of Canada's natural public resources and a fundamental respect for Aboriginal title and rights.


BC Forestry

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 wildlife habitat in BC. Now, big stumps mark where the great giants once stood tall.

BC Mining
The Wilderness Committee has tackled contentious mining issues since our beginnings back in the 1980s. We have been part of successful campaigns to protect northwest BC's magnificant Tatshenshini River from the proposed Windy Craggy open-pit copper mine and to protect Fish Lake on the Chilcotin Plateau from the proposed New Prosperity open-pit gold and copper mine. But in August 2014, when news broke of the massive tailings dam failure at Imperial Metals’ Mount Polley gold and copper mine in British Columbia’s Cariboo country, the ground shifted – shaking public confidence in mining industry promises to protect the environment.

BC's Rivers at Risk

Rainbow, Burnt Bridge, Chipmunk, Tzoonie, Volcano and Statlu are not just colourful names - they are some of the many wild creeks and rivers found throughout British Columbia. They are also just a few of the over 700 water bodies that have been staked by private power corporations over the last seven years in BC.

Peat Mining in Manitoba

Canadians are increasingly aware of the severe environmental issues associated with peat. For centuries peat was used as a source of fuel, and in modern times it is commonly used as a growing medium in amateur gardening. Unfortunately, peat mining is an incredibly destructive and unnecessary industry.

Stop Old-Growth Logging

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).

Stop the Site C Dam

Nestled in the northeast corner of British Columbia, the Peace River Valley is home to Treaty 8 First Nations’ hunting, fishing, and trapping grounds, fertile agricultural lands and farms, old growth boreal forests, and is one of the most important wildlife corridors in the Yellowstone to Yukon migration corridor chain.