Conservation North is standing in solidarity with British Columbians opposing logging of old growth trees at Fairy Creek on Vancouver Island.
“Fairy Creek is a flash point,” said Jenn Matthews of Conservation North in a news release. “We support their important message and what it means for our local old growth forests.”
Conservation North has its own battle in the north, demanding legal protection for northern rainforests, which stretch from Wells Gray to the Peace River break.
No meaningful deferrals of at-risk old growth have been implemented since a B.C. government appointed panel recommended halting logging in key areas across B.C. over a year ago, she said. The panel’s final report supports the view that B.C.’s most endangered forests (i.e. those with less than 10 per cent of their area covered in old forest) must be protected immediately to avoid irreversible damage to nature.
“Although the province of B.C. has the ability to put planned cutblocks on hold while it works with rights holders and stakeholders, John Horgan and Katrine Conroy have chosen to wait. For what, we’re not sure,” said Michelle Connolly, the group’s director.
Yesterday, independent scientists published a map that uses the independent panel’s own criteria to show areas for immediate deferral. The map shows clearly areas of high-risk throughout the central interior and the north. As explained by one of the lead analysts, an obvious first step is for B.C. to simply overlay this map onto planned cutblocks.
“The BC government is turning a blind eye to industrial forestry companies as they nuke 300 and 400 year old spruce forests,” said Sean O’Rourke of Conservation North. “It’s classic talk and log.”
A COVID-aware solidarity gathering to support the Fairy Creek forest defenders will take place at noon at the courthouse (250 George Street) on Saturday.