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 February 10, 2014

Logging at Comox Lake

 

It was the busiest, most intense four days I have had in a very long time. We had speakers, we had workshops to choose from, and we had so many discussions with the 150 like-minded individuals who were present. It was truly amazing….even though I was pooped at the end of the four very long days.

The only comment I will make here is that we on the Island have much to worry about with the levels of water up and down the Island.

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

by Joyce Nelson

“Resolute Forest Products seems to be using the courts to try to settle [forestry] issues,” says Richard Brooks, Greenpeace Canada’s Forest Campaign Coordinator, “and that’s not the proper use of the courts.” Brooks is one of the activists named in the $7 million defamation lawsuit filed on May 23, 2013 by Resolute Forest Products against Greenpeace Canada for its recent

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

Preserving Mexico's Forestby Dawn Paley
Photo Credit: Jonathon Treat

In October of 2007, the people of Capulalpan De Mendez, Oaxaca blocked a main highway to Oaxaca City, the state’s capital, to protest a Canadian mining company in their forested territory. Inspired by uprisings in the city the previous year, they stayed at the blockade for almost an entire workday. Protesters didn’t leave until government representatives signed off on an order to shut the Canadian company down, which they did. Since that day, mining activity has ceased in the Indigenous Zapotec community nestled among giant Ahuehuete, pine, and oak trees in a

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

Posted on October 17, 2012

A study on Quadra Island indicates wildlife survives group selection logging, but retention of second-growth trees is recommended.

Small clearcut and pushover logging patch cuts in the Morte Lake area of Quadra Island, in northern Georgia Strait, were the subject of a recent study which looked at the effects of group selection logging on wildlife. The study took place over the past five-and-a-half years, and wildlife populations were sampled for two years prior to logging and one year after logging.

According to the study's report, prepared by biologist Jennifer Balke of nearby Denman Island, there were no substantial effects of the first entry of group selection logging on populations of birds or small mammals sampled in the sites.

However, the study does recommend the retention of mature second growth trees and snags, in patches or buffer strips, to supply future large trees as roosts, cavities, and large coarse woody debris. Such patches or buffer strips of mature second-growth trees and snags would help to "sustain the observed wildlife diversity and abundance through repeated logging entries."

Posted on October 17, 2012

Have we reached the turning point, or just discovered another twist in the bottom line?

by Maggie Paquet

On June 10, 1998, one of Canada's largest logging companies announced it will embark on a forest stewardship strategy focusing on old-growth and habitat conservation. Company president Tom Stephens said, "For MacMillan Bloedel (MB), today marks the beginning of the end of clearcutting and a recognition of non-timber values in our old-growth forests." Error! Filename not specified.

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