Why is a moratorium needed now?


In a recent review of BC Timber Sales’ sales schedule, environmental organizations Elphinstone Logging Focus and Sierra Club BC revealed the BC government’s plan to auction more than 1,300 hectares of cutblocks in old-growth forests across Vancouver Island this year. That’s the equivalent of 29 Cathedral Groves.

More than 100 hectares of the old-growth in jeopardy is adjacent to Juan de Fuca Provincial Park and south of Port Renfrew, a community that depends on eco-tourism.

We must put a stop to this before our old-growth forests disappear completely, which would  force BC to transition to a second-growth industry anyway. By acting now, we can preserve what old-growth we have left, while simultaneously setting up the forestry industry to thrive.

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