TAKE ACTION: Save Canada’s Two Grandest Old-Growth Forests!

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:

Save Canada’s Two Grandest Old-Growth Forests!

To BC’s political leaders, the Ministry of Forests, and the Ministry of Environment:

I am asking you to ensure the protection of the endangered Central Walbran Valley and Edinburgh Mountain Ancient Forest, both near Port Renfrew.

Both areas are currently at risk of logging by the Teal-Jones Group, which is planning to log two new cutblocks on Edinburgh Mountain and eight new cutblocks in the Central Walbran Valley.

These two ancient forests are considered to be the grandest old-growth forests in Canada, with some of the largest trees on Earth. They are also about the last sizeable, largely intact tracts of endangered old-growth forests south of Barkley Sound. Most of the old-growth forests in the Central Walbran and Edinburgh Mountain are open to clearcut logging, despite some limited protections, and will be heavily tattered and fragmented should logging proceed. See more info about these areas at: http://www.ancientforestalliance.org/news-item.php?ID=903

Both areas are popular recreation areas for hikers, campers, anglers, hunters, and mushroom pickers, and are also home to numerous species at risk.

The calls of the threatened Marbled Murrelet were recently recorded in the Walbran near the Castle Grove - the upper slopes of which are currently at risk of logging. The Walbran has long been known as an important nesting area for Marbled Murrelets, being the site of the first recorded nest of the species in Canada in 1990, and the pace of old-growth habitat loss on western Vancouver Island flies in the face of the BC government’s own recovery strategy for the species. Find out more about the recent murrelet recordings at: http://www.ancientforestalliance.org/news-item.php?ID=906

Old-growth forests are vital to sustain species at risk, tourism, clean water, wild salmon, climate stability, and recreation. Satellite data show that over 75% of the original, productive old-growth forests have been logged on BC’s southern coast, including over 90% of the high productivity, lowland ancient forests. See some maps at: http://www.ancientforestalliance.org/old-growth-maps.php

I am therefore calling on the BC government to:

- Not issue any cutting permits in the Central Walbran Valley, including the pending Cutblock 4424 near the Upper Castle Grove, and in the Edinburgh Mountain Ancient Forest.

- Ensure the timely protection of these two areas through expanded Old-Growth Management Areas (OGMA’s), core Wildlife Habitat Areas (WHA’s), Land Use Orders (LUO’s), or any other legal tools at your disposal, with the ultimate goal of legislated protection through new provincial conservancies.

- Undertake a science-based plan to protect endangered old-growth forests across BC, while ensuring a sustainable, second-growth forest industry.

I consider these issues to be vital provincial election issues.

Thank you for carefully considering my message.

Sincerely,

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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 Harry Bains
  • NDP Environment Critic Spencer Chandra-Herbert
  • Green Party MLA Andrew Weaver