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  • David Broadland changed the title to General discussion about forest-related matters

Hello from south of the border... How are forest defenders doing up there? I've always wanted to participate / interact with everyone up there and for past 25 years was on BC forestwatch, Landwatch and other listserves. Also participated in several Facebook groups.

But in most instances my passion for protecting the forest made people think that I was anti-logger and there's way too many people who are moderators that think chainsaw medicine is the only way to protect the forest and to say anything bad about loggers was a good reason to ban me again...

In truth, there's 380 million years of tall tree forest evolution on this planet that indicates a lack of disturbance is what allows a forest to be healthy, not short-lived humans constantly pulling threads out of the sweater because they think they're smart enough to deciding which trees are meant to live 5 to 10 times longer than humans and which ones aren't. 

Anyways, if there's a way to stay informed on everything that's going on up there I'd greatly appreciate more consistent information and I'll do my best to spread the word about your efforts down here in the US. 

As for south of the border in western Washington state we had a significant victory in the courts last week: https://www.wlfdc.org/so/4fOu5nJfn

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For Immediate Release
March 4, 2024

Ministry of Forests

Public asked for input on proposed Great Bear Rainforest conservation area

VICTORIA - People in British Columbia are invited to share feedback on a proposal to add a new Special Forest Management Area (SFMA) supporting regenerative forestry and conservation in the Great Bear Rainforest.

The proposed area consists of 7,865 hectares of forested land that would transition from commercial harvesting to being prioritized for conservation and regenerative forestry. The SFMA designation is specific to the Great Bear Rainforest and restricts commercial forestry operations. If approved, this area will be the ninth SFMA within the Great Bear Rainforest.

Public comment will be accepted until April 5, 2024, and will allow the Province and Kwiakah First Nation to consider public input into decisions and implementation. It will also provide insight into how the land is being used by the public.

The Province is working with Kwiakah First Nation, which seeks an active role in the long-term management of the area. The plan is to practise regenerative forestry, which the First Nation defines as non-commercial forestry intended to bring the forest back to its pre-industrial state. Any lost harvesting revenue is intended to be counteracted through the generation of carbon credits and regenerative forestry jobs.

Quick Facts:

* For more than 10 years, the Great Bear Rainforest has been co-managed within a broad network of agreements, conservation finance, carbon offsets and protected areas.

* These agreements protect forests for future generations and create sustainable economic development.

* The Province is committed to continuing the government-to-government collaborative approach to Great Bear Rainforest implementation, with further government-to-government reviews and updates scheduled for 2026 and then every 10 years.

Learn More:

To participate in the engagement on this proposed Special Forest Management Area, visit: https://engage.gov.bc.ca/govtogetherbc/engagement/kwiakah-special-forest-management-area

To learn more about the Great Bear Rainforest, visit: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/environment/natural-resource-stewardship/great-bear-rainforest

To review the Great Bear Rainforest Special Forest Management Area regulation, visit: https://www.bclaws.gov.bc.ca/civix/document/id/complete/statreg/325_2016


Ministry of Forests
Media Relations
250 896-4320

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8 hours ago, Deane Rimerman said:

Hello from south of the border... How are forest defenders doing up there? I've always wanted to participate / interact with everyone up there and for past 25 years was on BC forestwatch, Landwatch and other listserves. Also participated in several Facebook groups.

Welcome Deane.

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Guest Len Vanderstar

A report from Biofuel Watch describes Drax's role in the demise of BC's last primary forests.

Here's a summary of Biofuel's report: https://www.biofuelwatch.org.uk/2024/new-investigation-shows-drax-has-sourced-logs-from-british-columbias-rarest-old-growth-forests-for-its-pellet-mills/

Here's Biofuel's full report: https://www.biofuelwatch.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/Drax-in-BC-report.pdf

An update on the BBC's investigation into Drax's use of BC primary forest for wood pellets can be read here: https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-68381160

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