Pivotal War in the Woods protester says arrests, pressure in Clayoquot changed B.C. forestry forever

By Derrick Penner
The Vancouver Sun
August 30, 2023
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The 1993 protests over clearcut logging in Clayoquot Sound were a seminal moment for environmental activism in B.C. that shaped much of what has happened since, both in terms of forestry practices and the conservation movement. And 30 years later, environmentalist Tzeporah Berman estimates the protest — dubbed the War in the Woods — “had a massive impact,” helping to push forest companies toward eco-forestry practices and government into working with First Nations on co-management of forests to consider ecological values. …Industry rep Linda Coady agrees… who was an executive for MacMillan Bloedel at the time. “On the coast, it really opened up and changed the role of First Nations, (which) continues today. …Government’s response sparked the Clayoquot Sound scientific panel, which made the ecological case for new harvesting methods, such as variable retention logging rather than clearcutting. Those lessons were used in the landscape-level planning [which]… the province now is expanding across the province, Coady added.

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