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General · 23rd November 2011
Judy Leicester
Forests are one of the best natural resources we have to work with when it comes to addressing climate change. Not only do trees and forest soils store tremendous amounts of carbon, but in a world already showing great stresses and strains due to climate change, retaining healthy forests will be of critical importance to giving plants and animal life a chance to adapt in the face of changing climates and to protecting other vitally important natural resources such as water. In this talk Ben Parfitt will explore tangible changes we can make to managing forests here in British Columbia through the lens of carbon. What things can we do today that will promote healthier forests and a healthier, more sustainable forest industry? And how might the critically important role of storing carbon in forests help to get us there?

Ben Parfitt is a long-time writer, commentator and analyst of forestry and natural resource issues in British Columbia. In addition to authoring and co-authoring two books on forestry – A Practical Guide to the New Forest Economy, and Forest Follies: Adventures and Misadventures in the Great Canadian Forest – he's had a successful career as a magazine writer garnering numerous regional and national awards for his science, business, environmental and investigative journalism. Ben spends most of his working time now as a resource policy analyst with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. In recent years he has published detailed reports outlining new policy options for addressing the mountain pine beetle and declining employment in the province’s forest industry. His most recent report for the CCPA prompted an investigation by BC’s Forest Practices Board into wood waste levels in the province. His current work is on the dangers of "fracking" in Northern BC. (Fracking is hydraulic fracturing, a method of forcefully injecting water, sand and chemicals into rock formations to cause cracks that will then release gas or oil.)

Join Sierra Quadra on Friday, December 2nd at 7:30 pm at the Quadra Community Centre. Doors open at 7 pm. Refreshments as always will be available.