General · 12th October 2018
Many of BC's old-growth rainforests and the communities that depend on them are in crisis. Raw log exports are at a record high and mills are closing. Climate change and massive forest fires are increasing every year. But we are still clearcutting our most resilient and carbon-rich ancient rainforests at an alarming rate on Vancouver Island. Our new provincial government promised to take action for BC's old-growth rainforest, work with First Nations, and support forestry.
Sierra Club BC is calling on the BC government to direct government-owned BC Timber Sales (BCTS) to hold off plans for old-growth logging and roadbuilding in the Schmidt Creek watershed because of very high conservation values, including proximity to unique rubbing beaches used by Orca whales.
“Not one watershed on eastern Vancouver Island is fully protected, yet the BC government continues to enable logging of endangered old growth forests at an alarming rate," said Jens Wieting, Senior Forest and Climate Campaigner with Sierra Club BC. “Will the risk of losing unique orca whale rubbing beaches be enough to convince this government to take action for endangered old growth rainforest?”
Now it's time for action – before it's too late. Hear from Sierra Club BC Senior Forest and Climate Campaigner Jens Wieting about the state of the forest, possible solutions, and how you can help save BC's endangered rainforest.
Saturday October 13th at QCC. Doors open at 7pm for refreshments. Program begins at 7.30pm. Admission by donation.