Pacheedaht First Nation tells B.C. to defer old-growth logging in Fairy Creek

The Narwhal – The Pacheedaht, Ditidaht, & Huu-ay-aht First Nations formally gave notice to the BC government to defer old-growth logging for two years in the Fairy Creek and the Central Walbran Valleys while they prepare resource stewardship plans for their territories.

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Professor finds more threatened owls and birds in Fairy Creek region, province sending biologists

Chek News – Western Screech Owls, which are protected under Canada’s Species at Risk Act, have been spotted in the Caycuse and Fairy Creek Valleys, putting even more pressure on governments to intervene to stop old-growth logging in these areas.

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Additional logging deferrals expected this summer, says forestry minister

CBC British Columbia – Critics of the plan have expressed concern that deferrals were not being made soon enough — that old-growth is being logged right now, and said these actions need to be taken immediately.

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Five ways B.C.’s new forestry plan sets the stage for more old-growth conflict

The Narwhal – In the midst of escalating protests over logging, Horgan released an intentions paper on Tuesday that critics say fails to implement any immediate solutions

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Politicians, environmentalists, industry divided on B.C.’s forestry plan

CBC British Columbia – After weeks of arrests and attempts to block old growth logging on Vancouver Island, the province’s anticipated forestry announcement proved to be a disappointment Tuesday to protesters and environmentalists.

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B.C. premier’s new forestry plan adds fuel to old-growth fire

National Observer – Environmental groups already riled by the pace of protections for ancient forests in B.C. were further provoked after the province failed to announce any new old-growth logging deferrals in its new vision for forestry Tuesday

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Comment: B.C. NDP must keep its old-growth promises

Times Colonist- An excellent opinion piece by forest ecologist, biologist, former Ministry of Forests professional forester, and co-author of six guidebooks on BC plants, Andy MacKinnon.

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Ottawa dollars can save B.C.’s old-growth forests

National Observer- The federal government’s recent $2.3 billion investment in conservation is a tremendous opportunity for the BC NDP. With a ballpark figure of $200-$300 million coming to BC, this funding is key to ‘unlocking’ the protection of BC’s highest-value ancient stands.

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