Ancient creatures

Trees in old-growth forests are the oldest creatures on earth and they have so much more to teach us. Our short-term approach to forest management does not allow the time it takes to understand life at the scale of 200, 300 or 400 years. Trees are not just fibre for our exploitation, they are the foundation of life on Planet Earth. Perhaps that is why 18,000 people have emailed me about old trees. Because we know deep down in our hearts that the government’s current approach to forestry is perilous.


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  • Ian MacKenzie
    commented 2019-05-17 06:51:40 -0700
    I am ashamed to admit that in my younger days, when I was earning my way through university working for the BC Forest Service doing survey work I must have contributed to this destruction. That was in the early 1950’s, before the forest service became a political tool. At that time the annual allowable cut was supposedly based on the principle of truly sustainability. No Longer! It now has become a cut and run operation promoted and sustained by government policy. We have become the Lebanon of the North. When will we cut down the last tree to make a 2×4 or ship away the last cargo of unprocessed logs to another country? I AM NOW ASHAMED OF MY GOVERNMENT WHICH CONTINUES POLICIES OF CLEARCUT AND UNSUSTAINABILITY DESPITE KNOWING THE TRUTH OF THE SITUATION.
  • David Polster
    commented 2019-05-13 14:03:56 -0700
    Old growth trees sequester more carbon than young trees.
  • Adam Olsen
    published this page in Tell us why this matters 2019-05-13 10:32:24 -0700
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