Demand the BC government meet its promise to implement a new approach to forest management
Above: Before and after the clearcut in the Caycuse watershed. The clearcut is part of a cutblock located in Tree Farm Licence 46, held by the Teal-Jones Group.
Photo Credit: All photos in this story are by TJ Watt
In May 2019, Andrea Inness from the Ancient Forest Alliance spoke at the First Sunday Forum. She talked about the critical importance of legislation to protect BC’s remaining ancient forests.
The Enviro Team followed up with a letter writing campaign urging the BC Forests Minister to work with First Nations to implement a science-based Old-Growth Protection Act.
Nearly two years later, we bring an update from the frontlines of BC’s ancient forests.
- In July 2019, the BC government appointed a two-person panel to lead an Old Growth Strategic Review.
- In November 2019 and April, 2020, photographer TJ Watt visited the Caycuse watershed near Cowichan Lake, in Ditidaht territory, to document the loss of a grove of ancient red cedars to clearcut logging.
- On Sept 11, 2020, the BC government announced a “new approach” to ancient forests and stated it would defer old-growth harvesting in “nine areas of the province totaling 352,739 hectares as a first step.”
- On March 11, 2021, three environmental NGOs issued a progress report stating, to date, the government has only deferred about 3,800 hectares — less than 1% of the most at-risk old-growth forests.
- Meanwhile, Teal-Jones Group is seeking a court injunction to end the seven-month blockade by activists in the Fairy Creek watershed on traditional Pacheedaht territory. Fairy Creek is one of the last intact old-growth valleys on southern Vancouver Island.