TAKE ACTION: Tell the new NDP Government to Protect BC’s Endangered Old-Growth Forests While Ensuring Sustainable Forestry Jobs!

BC’s old-growth forests are among the most magnificent forests on Earth. Home to some of the world’s largest trees, old-growth forests are not only iconic – they support unique plants, animals, and cultures. But the status quo of old-growth liquidation is still underway in major parts of BC, putting our forests and sustainable forestry jobs at risk. Send a message below to the new NDP Provincial Government, demanding they take action! 

Despite their environmental, cultural, and economic benefits, our magnificent ancient forests are increasingly endangered by industrial logging. On BC’s southern coast, at least 75% of the original productive old-growth forests have been logged, including well over 90% of the lowland ancient forests where the richest biodiversity and largest, most magnificent trees are found.

Protecting old-growth forests is critical because they:

  • Support unique wildlife.
  • Provide clean water for people, wild salmon, and other wildlife.
  • Store vast amounts of atmospheric carbon.
  • Support the tourism industry.
  • Are central to many First Nations cultures.

The “War in the Woods” over these ancient forests has been raging for almost 40 years, but right now we have an amazing opportunity to finally lay this conflict to rest!

After 17 years of BC Liberal rule, the New Democratic Party (NDP) was recently elected into a minority government, with the balance of power held by the BC Green Party in a governing agreement. This new governing arrangement presents the greatest opportunity in BC’s history to protect the province’s remaining endangered old-growth forests while ensuring a sustainable, value-added, second-growth forest industry to sustain BC forestry jobs.

The Ancient Forest Alliance is calling on the new BC government to implement a major policy shift, which includes:

  • A new Old-Growth Protection Act that will protect BC’s endangered old-growth forests based on science.
  • Financial support for First Nations’ sustainable economic development as an alternative to old-growth logging and formal recognition of First Nations’ land use plans, tribal parks, and protected areas.
  • An interim halt on logging in old-growth “hotspots” (areas of high conservation value) to ensure the largest and best stands of remaining old-growth forests are kept intact while a larger plan is developed.
  • Readily available, actionable policies to reduce old-growth logging, such as 1) implementing the long overdue Big Tree Protection Order, which would protect the biggest trees on the coast with buffer zones; 2) turning “non-legal” Old-Growth Management Areas into legally-binding reserves; 3) directing BC Timber Sales (the BC government’s logging agency) to stop issuing old-growth cutblocks; and 4) creating a provincial land acquisition fund to purchase and protect endangered ecosystems on private lands.
  • Sustaining and enhancing forestry jobs through regulations against raw log exports while providing financial incentives for the development of value-added, second-growth wood manufacturing facilities.

Thousands of concerned British Columbians from diverse segments of society; multiple chambers of commerce, including the BC Chamber of Commerce; the Union of BC Municipalities; the Public and Private Workers of Canada, representing thousands of forestry workers; and many others have all called on the provincial government to increase the protection of BC’s remaining old-growth forests. It’s now time for the BC government to act!

SEND a MESSAGE to the BC government here:

Protect BC's Endangered Old-Growth Forests and Sustainable Forestry Jobs

To Premier Horgan and Ministers Donaldson, Heyman, Fraser and James,

I am writing to express my concern over the continued logging of BC’s endangered old-growth forests and the continued large-scale export of raw logs to foreign mills.

Old-growth forests are vital to sustain unique endangered species, climate stability, tourism jobs, clean water, wild salmon, and the cultures of many First Nations. However, despite their environmental and economic benefits while standing, old-growth forests are endangered due to a century of unsustainable industrial logging.

On BC’s southern coast, at least 75% of the original productive old-growth forests have already been logged, including well over 90% of the lowland ancient forests where the richest biodiversity and largest trees are found.

We need bold legislative and policy changes in British Columbia to protect endangered old-growth forests and ensure a sustainable, value-added, second-growth forest industry.

I am therefore calling on the BC Government to:
• Create a new Old-Growth Protection Act to protect BC’s endangered old-growth forests based on science.
• Provide financial support for First Nations’ sustainable economic development as an alternative to old-growth logging and formally recognize First Nations’ land use plans, tribal parks, and protected areas.
• Place an interim halt on logging in old-growth “hotspots” (areas of high conservation value) to ensure the largest and best stands of remaining old-growth forests are kept intact.
• Take immediate action to protect old-growth by 1) implementing the long overdue Big Tree Protection Order; 2) turning “non-legal” Old-Growth Management Areas into legally-binding reserves; 3) directing BC Timber Sales to discontinue issuance of old-growth cutblocks; and 4) creating a provincial land acquisition fund to purchase and protect endangered ecosystems on private lands.
• Sustain and enhance forestry jobs through regulations against raw log exports while providing financial incentives for the development of value-added, second-growth wood manufacturing facilities.

Thousands of concerned British Columbians from diverse segments of society; multiple chambers of commerce, including the BC Chamber of Commerce; the Union of BC Municipalities; the Public and Private Workers of Canada, representing thousands of forestry workers; and many others are all calling on the provincial government to protect old-growth forests. The time has come for the BC government to act.

I strongly believe we need to protect BC's old-growth forests and transition to a sustainable, second-growth forest industry. I urge you to enact these bold legislative and policy changes for the sake of our wildlife, water, the climate, communities, First Nations, and future generations.

Thank you for carefully considering my message.

Sincerely,

[signature]

2,287 signatures

Share this with your friends:

   

Or WRITE to the following decision-makers, demanding that they enact the recommended policy changes listed above:

Premier John Horgan at premier@gov.bc.ca
Forest Minister Doug Donaldson at FLNR.Minister@gov.bc.ca
Indigenous Relations Minister Scott Fraser at irr.minister@gov.bc.ca
Environment Minister George Heyman at env.minister@gov.bc.ca
All at: Parliament Buildings, Victoria, BC V8V 1X4

Visit the Ancient Forest Alliance’s website to view photos, videos, news or to sign up to our newsletter.

Click to see maps and statistics on the remaining old-growth forests on BC’s southern coast.

Messages are sent to:
BC Premier John Horgan | BC Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development, Doug Donaldson | BC Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy, George Heyman | BC Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation, Scott Fraser | BC Minster of Finance and Deputy Premier, Carole James | BC NDP MLA Lana Popham | BC NDP MLA David Eby | BC NDP MLA Rob Fleming | BC Green Party Leader Andrew Weaver | BC Green Party MLA Sonia Furstenau | BC Green Party MLA Adam Olsen