B.C.’s precious old-growth giants are still being logged and burned to make electricity

By Natasha Bulowski
National Observer
March 13, 2024
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Two new reports find B.C.’s old-growth forests are still on the chopping block despite claims to the contrary by the provincial government and a U.K.-based corporation. Government data leaked to the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) shows B.C.’s Ministry of Forestry rejected more than half the proposed logging deferrals recommended by an expert panel with a mandate to protect important old-growth forests. … The analysis shows ministry personnel removed 55 per cent of the areas of large old-growth trees the panel recommended be protected from logging. …Minister of Forests Bruce Ralston said the leaked data “confirms what we have been saying all along — that 2.42 million hectares of old-growth forests are deferred or newly protected since November 2021.” …B.C.’s old-growth forests continue to fuel a biomass power plant in the U.K., according to a new investigation by Conservation North, the Bulkley Valley Stewardship Coalition and Biofuelwatch UK.

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