B.C. hasn’t taken $50 million federal offer for old-growth forest protections

By Sarah Cox
The Narwhal
November 9, 2022
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

In August, as Minister of Environment and Climate Change Steven Guilbeault prepared to visit an old-growth forest, his office drafted a news release. It was never sent out. The federal government had committed up to $50 million to permanently protect B.C.’s old-growth forests and was “awaiting the matching commitment from the province,” said the draft release. In the lead up to the UN biodiversity conference Canada will host in December, the federal government is eager to see permanent protections announced for B.C.’s old-growth forests as part of Ottawa’s commitment to protect 30 per cent of the country’s land and waters by 2030. But with less than a month before the conference, the B.C. government has yet to accept Ottawa’s offer. That leaves environmental groups and the B.C. Green Party questioning the sincerity of the B.C. government. …When pushed… the Ministry of Forests said: “The $50 million pledge is a welcome first step.”

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