The Central Walbran Valley and Edinburgh Mountain Ancient Forests are at Risk of Being Clearcut – Send your letter below!
The two largest tracts of ancient forest left on southern Vancouver Island, the Central Walbran Valley (500 hectares) and Edinburgh Mountain Ancient Forest (1500 hectares), both near Port Renfrew, are threatened by the Teal-Jones Group.
The Teal-Jones Group is a Surrey-based company that logs endangered old-growth forests for pulp, paper, and solid wood products. The company is planning eight new cutblocks (clearcuts) and a new road in the Central Walbran Valley, and two new cutblocks and a new road on Edinburgh Mountain.
The Walbran Valley is home to perhaps Canada’s finest stand of old-growth redcedars, the Castle Grove.
Edinburgh Mountain is where “Big Lonely Doug”, Canada’s 2nd largest Douglas-fir tree – alas, completely surrounded by a 2012 clearcut – still stands.
Both the Central Walbran Valley and Edinburgh Mountain Ancient Forest are largely still intact and are just a few kilometers from the world-famous West Coast Trail. Both areas are home to Canada’s most magnificent old-growth temperate rainforests of giant western redcedar, Douglas-fir, Sitka spruce, and hemlock trees. Species at risk in the region include Queen Charlotte Goshawks, marbled murrelets, screech owls, and red-legged frogs in the forest, while coho salmon and steelhead trout spawn in the rivers.
The areas are popular with hikers, campers, anglers, hunters and mushroom pickers, and are located on public (Crown) lands in Tree Farm Licence 46 near Port Renfrew in Pacheedaht Nuu-cha-Nulth territory.
New recordings of the calls of the Marbled Murrelet, a threatened, old-growth dependent seabird, were recently taken in the Central Walbran Valley and were submitted to BC’s Ministry of Environment in hopes that the new findings will halt logging plans in Canada’s grandest old-growth temperate rainforest. The very first nest of the species was found in the Walbran Valley in 1990 and the area is still considered to be an important nesting area for hundreds of Marbled Murrelets
Old-growth forests are vital to sustain endangered species, climate stability, tourism, clean water, wild salmon, and the cultures of many First Nations.
On BC’s southern coast, satellite photos show that at least 75% of the original, productive old-growth forests have been logged, including well over 90% of the high productivity, lowland ancient forests where the largest trees grow.
The Ancient Forest Alliance is calling on the BC government to implement a comprehensive science-based plan to protect BC’s endangered old-growth forests, and to also ensure a sustainable, value-added second-growth forest industry.
See NEW photos from a recent exploration in the Central Walbran Ancient Forest: http://on.fb.me/1KpgI2e
See PHOTOS, VIDEOS, and MAPS of the Central Walbran and Edinburgh Mountain Ancient Forests and find out more info at: http://www.ancientforestalliance.org/news-item.php?ID=903
Find out more about the threatened Marbled Murrelet in the Walbran Valley at: http://www.ancientforestalliance.org/news-item.php?ID=906
SPEAK UP! Please tell BC’s elected decision-makers to stop the destruction of Canada’s grandest old-growth forests and to ensure their protection!
SEND a MESSAGE below:
Messages are sent to:
- BC Premier Christy Clark
- BC Minister of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations Steve Thomson
- BC Minister of Environment Mary Polak
- NDP Leader of the Opposition John Horgan
- NDP Forests Critic Norm Macdonald
- NDP Environment Critic Spencer Chandra-Herbert
- Green Party MLA Andrew Weaver