Saturday, June 9, 2018

B.C. ‘legacy tree’ policy under review after ancient fir logged

The B.C. government has been roundly criticized in recent weeks by conservationists and local First Nations for continuing to allow logging of ancient fir and cedar in the Nahmint Valley. The latest casualty was the 9th largest Douglas Fir in the Province. Immediately west of Port Alberni, the Nahmint Valley contains some of the most extensive stands of old-growth forest on Vancouver Island left standing outside of Clayoquot Sound. The area lies in the territory of Hupacasath and Tseshaht First Nations.

"There are less than one percent of the old-growth Douglas-firs on the coast remaining. It’s like finding a huge black rhino or Siberian tiger that’s been shot. There are simply too few today and logging the last of these giants shouldn’t be allowed to happen anymore in B.C.”