The BC Green Party is calling for immediate logging deferrals of all high-productivity old growth in BC. The government is running out of time to protect our ancient forests.
The government's Old Growth Strategic Review Panel report was released in April of 2020. The report called for immediate action to defer logging of all at-risk old-growth forests, among other recommendations for sustainable forest management.
Despite the Premier's 2020 election promise to implement all of the panel's recommendations, the rate of old-growth logging has actually increased under the B.C. NDP government. The province approved significantly more old-growth logging in 2021 than it did the previous year: 84,669 hectares of old-growth forest compared with 59,228 hectares the year prior.
On June 17, 2021, Leader Sonia Furstenau introduced the BC Green Party's petition to protect old-growth in BC. When introduced, the petition had 30,151 signatures from British Columbians, plus an additional 8,674 signatures from people outside of BC. In 2009, then opposition MLA John Horgan introduced his own petition to protect old-growth. Now after his party has been in power for four years, we are calling for him to fulfill his promises and take action to re-imagine the forest sector and support meaningful reconciliation.
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