Let's correct the Premier

Premier John Horgan says there is no logging going on at Fairy Creek. Let's set the record straight. Fairy Creek Watershed Old-Growth deferral area and surrounding unprotected old growth. Approved cut blocks are marked in red. Last week, speaking to the Union of BC Municipalities AGM, Horgan said that “protesters need to acknowledge there is no logging going on there [Fairy Creek] and go back to their homes.”

There is definitely logging happening in Fairy Creek, and protesters are not going home. While it's true that the Fairy Creek Watershed is no longer at immediate threat, the blockades have never been about protecting one watershed. Our longest running blockade, River Camp (which was destroyed last month), was created to protect some of the highest value habitat remaining in the region in an area just outside of the Fairy Creek Watershed line known as “Granite Creek.“

Logging is happening there right now.

If John Horgan truly wants to end the conflict at Fairy Creek he needs to keep his promises, starting with the one he made in the beginning of summer, when he told us there would be more deferrals coming “later this summer.” It is now the end of September and his administration has made no effort to advance protection for our last remaining old growth forest.

Call him. Tag him in your stories. Come to camp.

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Last week the Times Colonist printed Premier Horgan's comments, without investigation or supporting facts. Let's set them straight: Active logging is happening at Fairy Creek, with some of the world's oldest trees being felled just outside the deferral area. We demand a full moratorium on old growth logging, now. Join us for a peaceful action at camp, happening every day this week. We're in desperate need of funds for legal fees and supplies to continue our blockades. Any amount helps! DONATE

Sep 20, Canada Land, Fairy Creek shows the limits of checks on RCMP power
Sep 18, Vancouver Sun, Ongoing protests, arrests at Fairy Creek over logging ‘not working,’ says judge
Sep 17, Times Colonist, John Horgan tells the Union of BC Municipalities “there is no logging in Fairy Creek”
Sep 16, CBC, coverage of the court cases
Sep 16, Sojourner Truth Radio, Interview with Rainbow Eyes
Sep 15, Climate change cited as reason to deny injunction extension over logging (with some inaccuracies)
Sep 15, Capital Daily, Podcast Summary of Legal Arguments before the Courts
Sep 15, National Observer, Hundreds of Land Defenders were Killed in 2020 (a reminder that the struggle to preserve forests is worldwide)
Sep 14, Democracy Now, Fairy Creek: Indigenous-Led Blockade of Old-Growth Logging Is Now Canada’s Largest Civil Disobedience
Sep 14, Elizabeth May, speaking on Fairy Creek, old-growth, climate change
July, Pam Fitzgerald - one of our elders - interview on 50 years as an activist
May 13, Georgia Straight (oldie-but-goodie), frontline defender Ben Barclay outlines an alternative strategy for BC forest management

We are honoured to do this work as guests on traditional territory of the Pacheedaht and Ditidaht First Nations. We work with utmost respect for the land and all its relations, human and nonhuman. Please help us by forwarding this newsletter to any friends or family you feel would like to be involved or learn more. They can join our list here.

About Rainforest Flying Squad

The Rainforest Flying Squad is a volunteer-driven, grassroots, non-violent direct-action movement committed to protecting the last stands of globally significant ancient temperate rainforest on Vancouver Island. Rainforest Flying Squad and LastStandforForests work with other like-minded organizations. We stand in solidarity with Elder Bill Jones of the Pacheedaht Nation.

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