Tag Archives: Clearcutting in BC

British Columbia’s Fight For Sustainable Logging

The ECOreport interviews the producer of two short films about British Columbia’s fight for sustainable logging

By Roy L Hales

When Island Timberlands arrived in 2012, they found Cortes island residents waiting behind a blockade. The Vancouver Observer sent a young film maker to cover the story, but Daniel Pierce found more than just another clash between a logging company and local environmentalists. He is still documenting British Columbia’s fight for sustainable logging.
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Inside One Of British Columbia’s Disappearing Old Growth Rainforests

The ECOreport reviews the documentary film Primeval: Enter the Incomappleux, which offers viewers a rare glimpse inside one of British Columbia’s disappearing old growth rainforests.

By Roy L Hales

screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3-43-47-pmMost of us have seen historical photographs of the great forests that once stood in British Columbia. Though his family has worked in the forestry sector for a century, Damien Gillis’ first view of a forest like this came during a six-day-trek into the Incomappleux Valley. The award documentary film maker (Fractured Land, Oil in Eden) says, “it was like nothing I’ve seen before, just the way the ecosystem is really a cycle of life, death and rebirth right before your eyes.” Some of the trees he saw had been saplings around the time of the Roman Empire. The resulting documentary, Primeval: Enter the Incomappleux offers viewers a rare glimpse inside one of BC’s disappearing old growth rainforests.

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Entering the Incomappleux

The ECOreport reposts Damien Gillis’ description of his documentary film about entering the Incomappleux Valley

Originally Published on Common Sense Canadian

By Damien Gillis

How do we value wilderness? What metrics should we apply to an 1,800-year-old tree, or the tiny lichens that make their home on it? What numbers do we input into our calculator – ecosystem services rendered, tonnes of carbon sequestered, cubic metres of merchantable timber, jobs created? These are the questions that came to mind while filming my latest documentary, “Primeval: Enter the Incomappleux”, deep in the heart of the Selkirk Mountains in BC’s Kootenay region.

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A Different Vision For British Columbia’s Forests

The ECOreport publishes an OP ED:  what a film maker learned on Cortes Island, a Different Vision for Forestry in British Columbia

By Daniel J. Pierce

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMDaniel J. Pierce is a Victoria-based documentary filmmaker. He is almost finished production on a documentary series entitled Heartwood: A West Coast Forestry Documentree. He is in the midst of a crowdfunding campaign to raise funds for the post-production of this series. Please click here to watch his pitch video and learn more about his project. And enjoy the brand new Heartwood trailer below.

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Industrial Damage Threatens Blueberry River

The ECOreport reposts news of the extent Industrial damage threatens Blueberry River First Nation

From the David Suzuki Foundation

By David Suzuki with contributions from David Suzuki Foundation Science Projects Manager Rachel Plotkin.

Industrial activity has profoundly affected the Blueberry River First Nations in northern B.C. A recent Atlas of Cumulative Landscape Disturbance, by the First Nations, the David Suzuki Foundation and Ecotrust, found 73 per cent of the area inside its traditional territory is within 250 metres of an industrial disturbance and 85 per cent is within 500 metres.

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Eradication Of Vancouver Island’s Old Growth Forests Imminent

The ECOreport reposts an OP ED: the eradication of Vancouver Island’s old growth forests imminent

Originally Published on Sierra Club BC

VICTORIA—Sierra Club BC warns that high and increasing old-growth logging rates on Vancouver Island will lead to an ecological and economic collapse unless the B.C. government changes course. The Province must increase protection and introduce a plan to phase out old-growth logging including support for a faster transition towards sustainable, value-added second-growth logging.

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Cool Clean Water Comes From Healthy Forests

The ECOreport interviews looks into a stream keeper’s perspective of the importance of forestry. Cool clean water comes from healthy forests

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMThough Cec Robinson has been a recognized personality in the logging blockades, he would rather work in his garden, or go fishing. Only there is a lot at stake. Speaking as one of Cortes Island’s stream keepers, Cec said you need cold, clean  water for healthy streams. Cool clean water comes from Healthy forests.

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Put Lemare Lake Logging Ltd Operations On Hold

The ECOreport reposts an appeal for the province to stop covert logging of old-growth on northern Vancouver Island, put Lemare Lake Logging Ltd operations on hold 

Originally Published on Sierra Club BC

VICTORIA— Sierra Club BC is asking the BC government to put Lemare Lake Logging Ltd operations on hold because the company is keeping its logging plans under wraps, while clearcutting endangered old-growth on Northern Vancouver Island.

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Calling On BC To Protect Endangered Coastal Rainforests

The ECOreport looks at why Sierra Club BC is calling on BC to protect endangered Coastal Rainforests.

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMA healthy forest, on the west coast of British Columbia, has some trees that are a thousand to two thousand years old. Many different species of plants and flowers are closer to the ground. There is a variety of wildlife, and fish in the streams. This is disappearing from British Columbia and Sierra Club BC is calling on BC to protect endangered coastal rainforests.

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Vancouver Island Old-growth in State of Emergency

The ECOreport reposts an alarm: Vancouver Island Old-growth in State of Emergency

Originally Published on Sierra Club BC

VICTORIA—A new Google Earth file, developed by Sierra Club BC, shows old-growth coastal rainforest has reached a state of ecological emergency across vast parts of Vancouver Island and B.C.’s South Coast.

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