The Ancient Forest Alliance is calling for the provincial government to establish a BC Old-Growth Protection Strategy that would ensure comprehensive, legislated protection for BC’s ancient forests on public/Crown lands. The science-based plan would incorporate timelines to immediately end old-growth logging in “critically endangered” forests, and quickly phase out old-growth logging where there is a “high risk” to biological diversity and ecosystem integrity. Please complete the survey and submit your feedback by Jan 31 at 4pm. Also, please sign the Ancient Forest Alliance’s petition to indicate your support for their plan.
Below are facts on the old-growth forests of BC:
- old growth supports immense biodiversity. Once they’re gone they’re gone, along with the many species that can only survive in old growth stands, or spend a portion of their lives there (ex. Marble Murrelets are an at-risk ocean-dwelling bird that only nests in old growth)
- The unique features of old-growth forests take centuries to develop. At the current rate of logging old growth can be considered to be irreplaceable and will fail to reestablish with rising atmosphere temperatures, changing weather patterns (droughts), forest fires and development
- old growth provides plays so many important ecosystem roles, from water filtration, air purification and oxygen production, run off mitigation, soil stabilization, temperature moderating, carbon storage (2-3x that of second growth forests, which is important to mitigate climate change), are a key part in the salmon lifecycle providing clear, streams for spawning and homes to black and grizzly bears which fertilize the nearby forest with salmon remains; key habitat for thousands of native plant and animal species, and are a large source of tourism revenue in “Beautiful British Columbia”, etc.
- Old growth is what BC is revered for by people around the world. If it’s being cut down it’s against our nature (pardon the pun), values, and image as nature-loving, nature-protecting people. They help us stay connected to the natural world and remind us to protect it for future generations
- old growth play an important role in First Nations culture
- what remains of old growth stands have been here before settlers arrived and simply deserve to remain intact on the Earth. Just because we can dominate them with chainsaws doesn’t mean they should be chopped down.