‘Let’s Talk Forests’ tour finds desire for old-growth protection and Indigenous & community control of forests

By Tyson Whitney
North Island Gazette
November 23, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Mark Worthing

Over ten days in November, Sierra Club BC and the Wilderness Committee hosted six public meetings in six different communities to talk about forests on Vancouver Island. All six communities are – or were – forestry towns. The meetings were well-attended and full of passionate people. It’s clear that forest ecosystems and forestry rank as some of the most vital sectors for improved management, reconciliation and a renewed vision in the scope of climate change and land-use planning in BC. … Among the public, however, there is a huge amount of mistrust in large logging corporations and a strong perception that these corporations aren’t managing forests in the best interests of local communities. There was a desire for more local processing of coastal timber and more local production of wood products.

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