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Rally for old growth forests set for Friday

Michelle Connolly

In conjunction with local scientists, Conservation North is holding a rally next to the Wood innovation and Design Centre, on Friday the 26th at 12:30 p.m. Titled Rebellion for Forests, the rally will feature local UNBC scientists Art Fredeen and Pam Wright will be speaking, along with Lheidli T’enneh singer-songwriter Kym Gouchie.

“We are holding this COVID-19-aware event to bring attention to the absence of leadership from Premier John Horgan on old growth forests and biodiversity,” said to Jenn Matthews of Conservation North. “We’ve had two independent reports describing the dire state of primary forests and the impending biodiversity collapse. Yet we’ve seen no action from John Horgan or Katrine Conroy’s office, and this is unacceptable.”

The group says Horgan and the minister of forests are dragging their heels on implementing the recommendations of their own old growth report<>.

“Without strong and decisive leadership on old growth we will all lose in the north. Not just wildlife but our communities,” said Conservation North director Michelle Connolly.

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