Vancouver Island's few remaining ancient old-growth forests, and the communities and ecosystems that depend on them, are facing threats like never before.
We are calling on the BC NDP government to implement a moratorium on the few old-growth hotspots left on Vancouver Island and to immediately transition to a sustainable forest economy.
The forestry sector has faced increasing mill closures and the large-scale export of raw logs, leading to the loss of good local jobs. Climate change is intensifying the wildfire seasons, pest outbreaks, watershed impacts and habitat degradation.
We are at a crossroads.
We can keep ignoring the problem until the jobs are all gone, the old growth forests are cut down and we are left scrambling to pay the costs for mismanaging these resources.
Or we can have the political leadership to tackle the problem and work with everyone involved on a solution.