Field work to conserve old growth forests and caribou habitat in the North Columbia mountains began this month. The project that we’re embarking on is identifying, assessing, and advocating for the protection of endangered old growth forest in the Inland Temperate Rainforest. Not a lot of ground assessment has been done in the Inland Temperate … Continued
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Wildsight News : Forests
More than 500 kilometres from the coast, the world’s only Inland Temperate Rainforest is disappearing every day. Watch our newest campaign video to find out what the BC Government and logging industry doesn’t want you to know, and take action today.
For years, many residents of the small hamlet of Argenta and the West Kootenay have campaigned for the inclusion of the Argenta face, an important landscape on Kootenay Lake that lies between Argenta and Johnson’s Landing, into the Purcell Wilderness Conservancy. But now, a portion of this locally cherished area is slated to be logged. … Continued
Kimberley – B.C. groups are releasing new evidence of ongoing logging and pending cut permits in proposed old growth deferral areas in the province. Images and documentation can be accessed here and here. Conservation North, Sierra Club BC, Stand.earth, Wilderness Committee, and Wildsight are calling on the province to immediately issue deferral orders for ongoing and planned logging … Continued
Satellite imagery reveals new cutblocks are ‘nibbling away’ at the critical habitat of the endangered Columbia North caribou herd, widely considered to be the Kootenay-area population with the highest chance of persisting in the long term.
After significant pressure from Indigenous nations and the public, the BC government has agreed to defer an old growth valley north of Revelstoke that provides critical habitat for caribou. The B.C. government’s own logging agency, BC Timber Sales (BCTS) confirmed that they have removed the three remaining cutblocks in Argonaut Creek. This comes one year … Continued
The article below was originally published in the Salmon Arm Observer and Shuswap Passion. By Jim Cooperman Thanks to the work of a forest campaigner, Eddie Petryshen, from the Kootenay environmental group Wildsight, we are now aware of the plans to log the remaining stands of giant, ancient red cedars in the Upper Seymour River … Continued
The BC government recently announced plans to defer logging of 2.6 million hectares of high-risk old growth forests pending the outcome of consultations with Indigenous Nations. The deferrals, based on the priority areas identified by the independent Old Growth Technical Advisory Panel, show that the provincial government recognizes the desperate state of our old growth … Continued
Today the provincial government took steps towards protecting BC’s irreplaceable old growth forests, but the work is not done yet. An Old Growth Technical Review Panel found that nearly 70 percent of BC’s old growth forests are unprotected and open to logging. The panel recommended the highest priority old growth stands for protection, including at-risk … Continued
We walk through the forest, crisscrossing wildlife paths. The ground rises and falls beneath our feet. Brush swipes pant legs; rocks roll under our shoes as we make our way from the logging road to the site of today’s work. Tim Chapman (Wildsight’s coordinator for Youth Climate Corps Kimberley/Cranbrook) and I traverse this crown land … Continued