B.C.’s forestry laws protect industry over people

By Kegan Pepper-Smith & Sarah Korpan; Ecojustice
National Observer
May 8, 2024
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Occupying 10 per cent of Canada’s land mass and almost two-thirds of the province under forest cover, British Columbia is one of the most biodiverse regions in the world. But the beauty of B.C.’s biological diversity is scarred by two ugly truths: B.C. is in a biodiversity crisis with over 1,800 at-risk species, and the province’s laws perpetuate this crisis by allowing big logging companies to treat public land as if it’s their private property. …The presumption of a public right to access, especially for those endeavouring to protect at-risk species amid a biodiversity crisis, should never be lightly interfered with. Unfortunately, through the ongoing authorization of road closures, the B.C. government is signalling these lands belong to industry. Forests will continue to be logged. Species will continue to die in darkness. …The TFL 46 case is but one example of how B.C.’s legal framework prioritizes exploitative industry practices over all other values that forests hold.

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