B.C. has lost so much tree cover over the past 20-plus years that you can see it from space. It has lost more tree canopy since 2000 than any other province, driven largely by wildfires and forestry practices. According to data from Global Forest Watch, an online forest monitoring platform, B.C. lost 86,000 square kilometres of tree cover from 2001 to 2021, roughly 2½ times the size of Vancouver Island. About 30 per cent of that loss was due to wildfires. Scarring from clear cut logging can be seen on the hills near Nanaimo in 2020. While some of the tree canopy will recover with time, it won’t won’t necessarily be the same forest that comes back. Logged old-growth forests, some of which were many thousands of years old, will never return, replaced instead with second-growth forests of a very different nature.