Posted on November 19, 2013

 by Jim Cooperman, Web Exclusive, November 2013

There was little time to revel in the sudden appearance of sunshine in October after over a week of low dense fog, because our skies quickly filled with smoke from countless logging slash piles.  While forest practices have improved since the bad old

Posted on January 16, 2015

caribouResolute Forest Products Inc. (RFP), losing business to digital publishing, is facing a threat from Greenpeace as it urges customers to shun the world’s largest newsprint maker for what it claims are environmentally unsound forestry practices.

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Posted on September 24, 2014

Nitaskinan, Quebec - September 23, 2014 – Intended as the natural next step and logical continuation of its September 8, 2014 declaration of sovereignty, the Atikamekw (indigenous inhabitants of the upper Saint-Maurice River valley of Quebec) announced today that no future forestry operations will be permitted on its territory without the securing of its full consent. 

Posted on June 30, 2014

Environmental destruction—from smuggling elephant tusks to illegal dumping of toxic waste—generates as much as $213 billion annually for criminals and terrorists.

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Posted on March 04, 2014

Two people were taken into custody this morning on a Slocan Valley logging road, less than a day after a judge extended an injunction against the Sinixt First Nation and their supporters.

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 15, 2012

Residents continue to defend their watersheds and promote sustainable forestry.

by Kathy Loxam

Summer of 1999 finds Slocan Val ley residents facing the perils of ongoing logging and road building in many of their consumptive use watersheds and the threat of new logging activities in at least five more. Despite this threat, residents are gearing up for FLOW 99, a major conference in August which will bring together experts and activists from around BC and the US Pacific Northwest.

Posted on October 13, 2012

In spite of a "Summer of Discontent" in 1999, the inescapable feeling is that the battle to protect wilderness from clearcutting has just begun.

by J. Cates

The Upper Elaho Valley is one of British Columbia's few remaining pristine wilderness areas. Three hours north of Vancouver, in what the government's tourist brochures call Sea to Sky country, this area is host to hundreds of 1,300-year-old Douglas fir trees and is the southern most coastal habitat of grizzly bears. The area is within the proposed Stoltmann National Park Reserve, as well as Squamish and Lil'Wat First Nation territories.

Posted on October 13, 2012

Thirty years of organizing still hasn't protected the forests or the drinking water.

by Delores Broten

Entering the Slocan Valley in British Columbia's west Kootenays, after the drive along the "progressive clearcuts" and trashed and haltered lakes of the Arrow Lakes hydroelectric system, is like entering a magic corridor. Spectacular scenery and the large, clean, unmolested lake, bordered by numerous camp grounds, makes the valley corridor seem like a refuge. Halfway down the Valley, the signs of clearcuts on the west side are replaced by the deep green of Valhalla Wilderness Park.

Posted on October 13, 2012

Insects are as much a part of the forest as the trees, but they don't get no respect.

by Paula Rodriguez de la Vega

The real reason that clear cutting is prescribed for beetle salvage logging is purely economic. If beetle-killed pine is not harvested, the timber company does not get access to cheap timber (stumpage is roughly one-third of the usual), and the Annual Allowable Cut for the forest area will be lowered.


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