Tag Archives: BC Ministry of Forests spokesperson

Potentially Embarrassing Questions About BC’s Stumpage Rates

The ECOreport looks into the issues behind some potentially embarrassing questions about BC’s stumpage rates

By Roy L Hales

screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3-43-47-pm1During a recent interview,  film maker Damien Gillis said “there would be a great deal of outrage” if the public knew the degree to which we subsidize logging old growth forests. These subsidies come in the form of lower stumpage fees for the remote areas where most of our surviving ancient forests still persist.  Gillis also informed me this is a central issue in the United States’ softwood dispute with Canada. After the interview, I drew up a series of potentially embarrassing questions about BC’s stumpage rates.

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Clearcutting The Walbran’s Thousand-Year-Old Trees

The ECOreport looks into news that Teal Jones is already clearcutting the Walbran’s thousand-year-old trees

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMIt has been a year since the Wilderness Committee drew our attention to the planned logging of old growth trees in the central Walbran Valley. So far, the controversial heli-block 4424 has remained untouched. Since last November, Teal Jones has been logging 6 or 7 cutblocks in the more easily accessible areas south of the river.  They are already clearcutting the Walbran’s thousand-year-old trees.

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Why The Walbran Is Important

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1British Columbia’s Ministry of Forests said the first cutback the in the Walbran Valley is only 3.2 hectares large. It is to be  heli-logged,  not clearcut. The province is protecting over 30,300 hectares in old growth management areas in the South Island Natural Resource District. The map on the top of this page shows what they did not say, why the Walbran is important.

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How Does BC Defend Logging the Walbran?

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMOn September 18th BC’s Ministry of Forests gave Teal Jones approval to start logging in what is believed to be one of Canada’s most important stands of unprotected old-growth rain-forest. The Walbran Valley, on Vancouver Island, contains some of the nation’s oldest and largest red cedar and sitka spruce trees. Teal Jones has applied to log eight cutbacks. So far, they have only been permission to log a 3.2 hectare section known as Cutblock 4424. Yet when you consider the role that trees have fighting Climate Change, how does BC defend logging the Walbran?

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An Old Growth Forest Grove In Cutblock 4424

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMBritish Columbia’s environmental community has been calling upon the provincial government to set aside plans to log in the Walbran Valley for months. The city of Victoria joined the chorus in July, passing a motion against this project. Everyone appears to have believed the Walbran was an old growth forest.  Yet on September 18th, BC  gave Teal Jones approval to start logging the first cutblock. Now, as the Surrey based logging company prepares to commense operations, the existence of an old growth forest grove in cutblock 4424 has been documented.

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The Ministry’s Answers

A Response to Questions from the BC Sierra Club report “BC forest wake-up call”

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1One June 8, Sierra Club BC released their report  BC forest wake-up call.  I responded by requesting an interview with Jens Wieting, of the Sierra Club, and shooting off a list of questions to the Ministry of Forests. As I published my interview with Wieting yesterday, it seems appropriate to publish the Ministry’s answers as a Q&A today.

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98 ‘Old Vets’ on Mount Elphinstone

The ECOreport radio interview with Ross Muirhead, of the Elphinstone Logging Focus,  about 500-year-old Douglas Fir in a cutblock: 98 ‘Old Vets’ on Mount Elphinstone

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1“98 ‘Old Vets’ on Mount Elphinstone ” is an ECO Radio interview broadcast on CKTZ (Cortes Island Community Radio) , CJMP (Powell River Community Radio) and CFSI (Green FM – Salt Spring Island Radio).

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No House Here

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMAs you can see from the photo above, construction is proceeding on the house on top of Grace Islet on Salt Spring Island. This is a recognized First Nation’s burial site and it is not known how long construction will continue. The 13 municipalities in the Capital Regional District passed a resolution condemning the desecration of a sacred site and requested that BC’s Archaeology Branch rescind the permit allowing construction.  Salt Spring Islanders opposed to the building have started a “No House Here” campaign.  Meanwhile a spokesperson from the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations said the protests are  being directed at the wrong level of government.
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