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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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Climate Change Threatens the Pacific Northwest’s Forests

Rising temperatures & late summer dryness are already pushing some forests beyond their ability to cope with stress, Climate Change Threatens the Pacific Northwest’s Forests

Originally Published on Oregon State University News

Rising temperatures and late summer dryness are teaming up to push some types of forests beyond their ability to cope with stress, according to a new analysis of forest response to climate change across the Pacific Northwest.

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The Secret Life Of Trees (Video)

Dr. Suzanne Simard, with the UBC Faculty of Forestry, explains how trees communicate with each other in an interactive community, the secret life of trees

Originally Published on A Future of Our Choosing

In this real-life model of forest resilience and regeneration, Professor Suzanne Simard shows that all trees in a forest ecosystem are interconnected, with the largest, oldest, “mother trees” serving as hubs. The underground exchange of nutrients increases the survival of younger trees linked into the network of old trees. Amazingly, we find that in a forest, 1+1 equals more than 2.

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BC’s Supreme Court Rules Province does not have duty to Protect Forests

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1BC’s Supreme Court has ruled that the province’s Minister of Forests does not have a “legal duty, express or implied” to protect British Columbia’s forests.
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Forestry: Quality Always Takes Time

Originally Published in the Eco Forest Journal

By David Shipway

As a woodworker on the drier southern BC coast with a very small woodlot, and some working familiarity with the timber journey -from seed to old tree and from sawn lumber to sailboat, it seems obvious to me that there’s still a tug of war between two polarized goals in forestry. One strives for Quantity, the other strives for Quality. It’s a simplification I know, but then we could also call it Ishmael’s battle between Takers and Leavers, and ask who is winning. Nearly always in our modern addiction to economic growth, gross volume wins over real value. But the short-term quest for higher quantity has already severely compromised long term timber quality in many coastal watersheds. Does this have to be the eternal dilemma in our transient relationship with wild forests, trees and wood? Or is this really a false dichotomy built on ignorant assumptions? Is there a better middle path, a more gracious future in a truly sustainable forestry?
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BC Court Challenge over Endangered Douglas Fir Resumes

Province’s failure to protect old-growth Coastal Douglas-fir forest is unlawful, environment groups say

Press release from the Wilderness Committee, Forest Ethics Solutions & Eco Justice 

VANCOUVER — Hearings are set to continue Thursday in a case to determine whether the government of British Columbia is bound by law to protect the province’s endangered old-growth Coastal Douglas-fir ecosystem.
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