B.C.’s ’war in the woods’ battlegrounds to be permanently protected

By Dirk Meissner
The Canadian Press in the Vancouver Sun
June 18, 2024
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Old-growth forests that were environmental and Indigenous rights battlegrounds over clearcut logging in the 1980s and 1990s during BCV’s “war in the woods” are set to receive permanent protections. The B.C. government says an agreement Tuesday with two Vancouver Island First Nations will protect about 760 square kilometres of Crown land in Clayoquot Sound by establishing 10 new conservancies in areas that include old-growth forests and unique ecosystems. The partnership involves reconfiguring the tree farm licence in the Clayoquot Sound area to protect the old-growth zones while supporting other forest industry tenures held by area First Nations, said Forests Minister Bruce Ralston. Clayoquot Sound’s Ahoushat and Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations say the conservancies will preserve old-growth forests on Meares Island and the Kennedy Lake area, sites of protests that led to hundreds of arrests. …The agreement is supported by more than $40 million raised by the environmental group Nature United.

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