B.C. promised better old-growth forest

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Forests fall as endangered species dwindle

Hi Paov,

Like many of you, I’ve been excited to read recent promises made by the governments of B.C. and Canada to protect wild nature, in partnership with First Nations.

But will remaining old-growth forests and other threatened ecosystems survive long enough to actually get protected? Not if you and I don’t take urgent action today.

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Joe Foy in the forest

B.C.'s Minister of Water, Land and Resource Stewardship Nathan Cullen promised the province was doing everything it can to help the highly endangered spotted owl recover. But the evidence in the forests themselves tell a different story.

To say we've been shocked at what we've found out in the woods would be an understatement. You would think given the governments’ recent promises, the forest habitat that is needed to bring spotted owls back to healthy numbers would automatically have strong protections.

What we found on the ground is... the opposite. B.C. is handing out logging permits for the most treasured and rare spotted owl habitat that remains. And these forests are falling fast.

The federal government is standing around with its hands in its pockets doing precious little to help. Logging old-growth forest habitat in B.C. is the number one reason only one wild-born spotted owl remains, with several dozen others in a captive-breeding facility awaiting a chance to be reintroduced into wild habitat.

Just when we thought things couldn't get worse — they have. A private company, Western Canadian Timber Products, is pushing to get permission to log a rare intact valley that has old-growth forest, spotted owl habitat and unsurpassed natural beauty. Teapot Valley forest, part of the Nahatlatch watershed in Nlaka'pamux territory near Boston Bar, is a prime candidate for the needed biodiversity protections the province and the feds have promised — if it survives long enough.

Take action now

Write B.C. and Canada today and ask them to make sure Teapot Valley and other cherished forests aren’t logged before they get a chance at the protections they’ve been promised.

For the wild,

Joe Foy

Protected Areas Campaigner
Wilderness Committee

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