Liberals promise $50-million fund for old-growth protection in B.C.

August 23, 2021

By: The Working Forest Staff

VANCOUVER SUN — The state of old-growth forests has been in the spotlight in B.C. over the last several months with many people arrested for defying a B.C. Supreme Court order over protests about logging in the Fairy Creek watershed.

Logging of old-growth forests — forests more than 250 years old on the coast — has been a flashpoint of debate and protest in B.C. for decades.

“We will support the Province of British Columbia, First Nations, and local communities as they work to better protect important old-growth forests for future generations,” North Vancouver Liberal candidate Jonathan Wilkinson said in a written statement.

Wilkinson said the Liberals would also reach a “nature agreement” with B.C. to protect more of the province’s old-growth forests and expand protected areas.

In June, the B.C. government approved the request of three Vancouver Island First Nations and deferred logging of about 2,000 hectares of old-growth forest in the Fairy Creek and central Walbran areas for two years, but the protests have continued.

Vancouver-based Teal-Jones — the world’s largest maker of cedar guitar heads — is licensed by the B.C. government to log parts of a 59,000-hectare site near Port Renfrew. The company says that although the Fairy Creek watershed is almost 1,200 hectares, only about 200 hectares are available for harvest. The April 2021 court injunction granted to Teal-Jones requires police to break up camps to allow trucks access to the logging sites.

In June, the provincial NDP government appointed an old-growth technical advisory panel to inform its management of old-growth forests. It has already deferred some old-growth areas from logging as a result of recommendations from an earlier advisory panel.

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