Name: McKelvie Valley
Status: Safe from logging
Location: Northwestern Vancouver Island in Nootka Sound
First Nations Territory: Mowachaht/Muchalaht First Nation
Size: 2,170 hectares
Public/Private Land: Public
Company: Western Forest Products – Tree Farm License 19
Photo Galleries: #1 & #2
Take action: ancientforestalliance.org/send-a-message
The McKelvie Valley is the last intact watershed in the Tahsis region and is home to rare, ancient Douglas-fir stands, provides high quality habitat for the endangered marbled murrelet, ensures clean water for the town of Tahsis, and is an important spawning ground for wild salmon.
Western Forest Products had previously planned to blast a road into the heart of the valley and to carry out upwards of 25 clearcuts in its pristine old-growth forests, but thanks to years of advocating for its protection by the community of Tahsis, the AFA’s work to raise awareness about this special place, and the thousands of people who sent letters, it’s now safe from logging!
The village of Tahsis and Western Forest Products (WFP) have signed a Letter of Understanding (LOU), where WFP has agreed to no harvesting in the McKelvie area.
This is the direction we need to be going in terms of old-growth conservation and the BC government must step up and do its part to help facilitate this by helping finance Indigenous Protected Areas and supporting First Nations land use plans and sustainable economic alternatives to transition away from old-growth logging. They could begin by supporting the “Salmon Park” proposed by Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations in Nootka Sound.
See our Community Spotlight video on Tahsis below.