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Upcoming ride for Old-Growth!!

The BC Liberal government has announced a new plan for BC's coastal forests, the "Coastal Forest Action Plan". This “Log it All” and “Export the Logs” plan places no new restrictions on the logging of Old-Growth forests, provides misleading old-growth forest statistics, and will lead to an overall increase in raw log exports.

The old-growth forests of Vancouver Island are among the most spectacular landscapes anywhere on Earth. They're home unique wildlife and are a fundamental part of Vancouver Island's tourism economy. They are also of great cultural importance to the First Nations of the Island, most of whom never gave up ownership over their forests through any treaties.

Currently 75% of the original productive old-growth forests have already been logged (including over 90% of the valley bottoms with the largest trees). A new Coastal Old-Growth Strategy is needed and needs to include:
  • Enact concrete timelines and targets to reduce and quickly end old-growth logging on Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland where old-growth forests are now scarce.
  • Ensure that our second-growth forests are logged sustainably instead.
  • Ban raw log exports from private and public lands.
Come out to the next critical mass and show the government you care about saving the remaining Old-Growth forests!!

For more information on Old-Growth forests see:

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  • At 9:53 am, November 26, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    This is a really great idea!

    It could get more people out to critical mass while raising awareness about this issue of old growth logging. This issue is the heart of the environmental movement in BC. It would be great to show our support.

    We should all wear green and make posters to put on our bikes.

  • At 5:19 pm, November 26, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I like the idea of wearing green and having signs! This is a really great way to spread the word about saving old-growth forests. Old growth forests play a key role in removing carbon from the atmosphere!

  • At 7:21 pm, November 26, 2007, Blogger Hayes said…

    Hello everyone,

    thanks for the great support. Wearing green is a great idea and the UBC Ancient Forest Committee can bring supplies to make posters. We also have some posters already made.

    UBC Ancient Forest Team

  • At 7:32 pm, November 26, 2007, Anonymous John said…

    Yes!! thats awesome, good idea!

    Old growth forests is really crucial for counter acting climate change, because they are huge carbon sinks.

    Everyone who likes to bike loves fresh air and thats what trees do.

    I'll wear green and make posters!! See you there!

  • At 8:55 pm, November 26, 2007, Anonymous miko said…

    I'm totally in for wearing green and carrying signs for this critical mass - especially to let everyone know what's happening to our beautiful giants in BC! Where and when is everyone making signs at UBC?
    See you at the corkin spots!

  • At 9:57 pm, November 26, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    We'll meet outside the SUB at UBC around 4 and make some signs, and then cycle down to the art gallery. We will also bring lots of signs to hand out to people at the art gallery!
    Thanks for your support.


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