Protect last of Vancouver Island's old growth forests

It's insane and immoral there is no legislation protecting the last of BC's old growth forests. These forests not only protect the environment, they are essential components of eco-tourism businesses. They are far more valuable left standing, rather than being cut with logs shipped overseas.

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  • commented 2017-03-21 21:10:13 -0700
    Thanks Mike S for your comment about old growth forests points to an urgent need to manage these ecosystems with great care, wisdom and longer range vision than just the short term value of the timber alone. You mention the tourism value of old growth and indeed this has long been undervalued in our decision making and planning. Alas the hard job of effective planning and collaboration processes have broken down in these last decades. We no longer have a clear understanding of what to do and what areas need to be protected. As Greens, we advocate for a revitalized land use planning process guided by research and with all stakeholders at the table, including government, industry, local communities, First Nations, tourism and recreation operators, guides, other affected groups, and the values of biodiversity, ecological well-being and future generations all included in that collaboration.
  • commented 2017-03-21 17:41:49 -0700
    Old Growth Forest should remain as protected parks for people to enjoy for centuries to come generating Billions in Tourism dollars for generations to come . Not cut them down for millions of dollars in a few years, never to be enjoyed again. That being said if an old growth forest is cut down it should not be logged again for 1000 years .
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  • commented 2016-12-14 20:06:48 -0800
    Thanks, Rita for your input.
    Bill Masse
  • commented 2016-12-10 16:05:09 -0800
    We strongly agree Rita with your call for protection of Old Growth Forests in BC. There is more value in these forests than just fibre for export. We have a limited remaining area of truly Old Growth remaining. We need to negotiate with First Nations, forest companies, private land holders, logging contractors and local communities who are impacted by the decision to protect these forests and/or harvest some areas in these forests by the best sustainable and ecological practices. The issue of raw log exports from the Old Growth and second growth forests should be an election issue in May, as this is a serious symptom of a broader failure of government forestry policies. We are losing the value of what we are harvesting as exports of raw logs grows each year in BC. Yet to simply ban the export of raw logs is too simplistic of a response. We need to understand why it is we are not adding value here in BC to our resources and what underlying causes are discouraging the further development of a value-added forest industry in BC.
  • commented 2016-10-26 13:40:31 -0700
    I would like to see inclusion to protect remaining old growth forest in all of British Columbia along with restrictions on logging in community water sheds.
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