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Group Optimistic About Government Considering Protection of Old Growth Forests

A group seeking protecion for old-growth forests on Vancouver Island is feeling confident after Forests Minister Pat Bell announced the BC Government will look into the issue.

C-FAX 1070 News - Andrea Boyes, February 12, 2011

Group Optimistic About Government Considering Protection of Old Growth Forests
A massive redcedar in the endangered Avatar Grove near Port Renfrew, BC.
Photo by TJ Watt

A GROUP SEEKING PROTECTION FOR OLD GROWTH FORESTS ON VANCOUVER ISLAND IS FEELING CONFIDENT AFTER FORESTS MINISTER PAT BELL ANNOUNCED THE BC GOVERNMENT WILL LOOK INTO THE ISSUE

"the forest practices board made a recommendation that BC should find creative ways to protect monumental trees and ancient forest stands. This is the government's watchdog. They appointed the body to review forestry in BC and now their own watchdog is saying we need to move farther to save our old growth forests"

ANCIENT FOREST ALLIANCE SPOKESPERSON KEN WU IS CALLING ON LEADERSHIP CANDIDATES FOR BOTH THE LIBERALS AND NDP TO TAKE ON THIS ISSUE IN THEIR CAMPAIGNS

"it's an ecologically necessary position to take, to support saving old growth forests and the sustainable logging of second growth forests, and it's a winning position in terms of public opinion today"

WU SAYS NDP LEADERSHIP CANDIDATE JOHN HORGAN HAS ALREADY VOICED HIS SUPPORT FOR THE PROTECTION OF AVATAR GROVE

AVATAR GROVE IS LOCATED NEAR PORT RENFREW AND IS HOME TO A STAND OF ENDANGERED MASSIVE RED CEDAR TREES, THAT ARE THREATENED BY LOGGING

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