B.C.’s forestry deferrals ‘misleading the public’ in protecting old-growth stands, critics argue

By Derrick Penner
The Vancouver Sun
August 30, 2022
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The province is falling short of its promise to defer logging in 26,000 hectares of growth forests by leaving some 550 square kilometres of the most precious stands to remain at risk of logging. Stand.earth and the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs released the results of an analysis, which overlaid maps of active and pending cutting permits on the map of deferrals the province intended to put in place. …“The bottom line is that the province is not actually stopping the logging industry from harvesting old growth, when stopping this logging was precisely the point of the deferrals process,” said Angeline Robertson, with Stand.earth. Judy Wilson of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs [said]… “The province is purposely misleading the public regarding the supposed conservation of old growth”. Forest Minister Katrine Conroy, however, called the report misleading for its characterization of “significant amounts” of old growth being logged.

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