Were losing big trees every day

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. Active logging continues in the Caycuse, Camper Creek, and up Road 2000

Despite public expectations that ancient forests have been saved, old-growth logging continues in the intact, adjacent forests surrounding Fairy Creek. While a temporary reprieve is in place for the Fairy Creek watershed itself, huge trees are still being cut down every day in the connected, surrounding forests on Pacheedaht ancestral territory.

We need more support to defend these last ancient stands.

Despite aggressive RCMP enforcement, blockades remain at most locations including Waterfall camp, Ridge camp, Walbran Camp, Sassin Camp and Helicopter Camp. Pacheedaht Elder Bill Jones has asked supporters to hold the camps until all of the old-growth is clearly protected. Until that happens, the Rainforest Flying Squad will remain in place.

JOIN US. COME TO CAMP Our forest defenders include Indigenous and non-Indigenous people, moms, dads, teenagers, students, teachers, doctors, scientists, forestry workers and many others. You are needed. RCMP have been using excavators to extract numerous old-growth forest protectors from their individual chain-and-concrete blockades at Ada’itsx / Fairy Creek and other sites in the Port Renfrew area. All six cut-blocks in Caycuse have been logged
since the RFS blockade was defeated by RCMP. Since the deferral was announced, over 35 hectares have been logged in the Caycuse alone. Recommended Reading There is a growing call for an end to old-growth logging throughout the province. In addition to Victoria, rallies have been held in Vancouver, Castlegar, Davis Bay on the Sunshine Coast, Kelowna, Prince George, Revelstoke, Toronto and even New York. A change.org petition calling for the end of old-growth logging in BC has climbed to over 70,000 signatures. Meanwhile, a recent poll commissioned by the Sierra Club of BC shows that 92% of British Columbians support protecting old growth.

A public letter released last week on the same subject was signed by 120 prominent Canadians and international celebrities. Support land defenders on the ground.

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.

More information at laststandforforests.com.

Photo Credit: Mike Graeme.

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