BC forests

Posted on February 20, 2014

Forestwatch is a listserve with over 100 members that has been active in one form or another since the late 1990s. Typical postings include news items about BC forest issues, press releases and occasional local observations or viewpoints.

Posted on September 30, 2013

by Van Andruss, Web Exclusive

"We do good economics because in those situations jobs are the profits, not dollars. The people you employ to care for the land make up the profits, and if at the end of the day you have an even balanced sheet, that’s what economics are all about."

Posted on September 28, 2013

by Anne Cameron, Tahsis, B.C.

Web exclusive

Tahsis is a small village of less than three hundred year-round residents situated at the end of an unpaved road.  We're an hour and a half from Gold River, we have a health clinic which sees a doctor every Tuesday and Thursday, but we have no bank, no vet, no dentist, no cell phone service and not much of anything, really. 

We are trying to raise awareness about the imminent demise of the last remaining Old growth Cedars at 58km on the Duncan River Forest Service Road., in the West Kootenays.  Blue Ridge Land and Timber Management Ltd, (which  took over from Meadow Ck. Cedar)  has applied for a cutting permit for this small stand.

Across the Duncan River at 59km the  remaining old growth is said to be on the BC Timber Sales agenda in 10 years. 

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Posted on September 04, 2013

About one-fifth of the world’s ancient forests remain intact. The forests have protectors and champions, but Earth still loses ancient forest every year to human enterprise, and now, to the new human-mediated climate.

Half of Earth’s forests – the once great forests that stood on Earth ten thousand years ago, at the dawn of human agriculture and empire – are entirely gone. However, that measure accounts only for land area – approximately six billion hectares of forest reduced to three billion. Most of the remaining forests survive only as tree

Posted on September 04, 2013

Rainforest Miracle - Wade Davisby Wade Davis
Photo by Markus Mauthe, Greenpeace

In the shadow of red cedar, along a stream colored by salmon, in a place where plants draw food from the air and small creatures living on dew never touch the forest floor, it is difficult to imagine a time when the coastal temperate rain forests of North America did not exist. These immense and mysterious forests extend in a vast arc from northern California 2,000 miles north and west to the Copper River and the Gulf of Alaska. A constellation of life unique on Earth spreads between sea and mountain peak, reaching across and defying national boundaries as myriad species envelop all

Posted on September 04, 2013

The protest movement to save the Clayoquot Sound wilderness forest had been building since the 1980s when the clash climaxed with blockades in 1993, twenty years ago this summer. Nuu-chah-nulth indigenous leaders and ecology activists made a historic stand that changed forestry practices in British Columbia. Over nine hundred activists were arrested and most convicted of crimes, before the surviving sections of the Clayoquot wilderness were preserved.
by Charles Lillard

Some years ago a friend and I were up behind Bamfield

Bill 8 is dangerous and outrageous. 

For example, a corporation may apply to the government for a TFL, notify (not consult with) the public asking for feedback within a short period of time, and, then, the corporation reports back to government telling it what it heard from the public.  

As of Monday December 3rd, there is a week's truce in the Cortes forest dispute to allow for continuing negotiations. The company is in a position to apply for an injunction.

Video Courtesy of Daniel J. Pierce

Posted on October 09, 2012

Amid howls of anguish and surprise, accusations of treachery and market fixing, as the US imposes a punishing tariff on Canadian softwood lumber imports, a few brave voices continue to insist the Timber Beast has no clothes.

by Will Horter, Forest Futures

On July 17th, the newly formed BC Coalition for Sustainable Forest Solutions released a report which documented $3 to $5 billion annually in subsidies to the BC logging industry. Cutting Subsidies or Subsidized Cutting, co-authored by economists Tom Green and Lisa Matthaus, focuses on five main types of subsidies: tenure, stumpage, bail outs, environmental waiver, and infringement of aboriginal title.

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