Tag Archives: Island Timberlands

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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The Forestry Conflict At Powell River

Another of Daniel Pearce’s documentaries about Island Timberlands & the ongoing West Coasts Logging problems. The Forestry Conflict At Powell River

From Ramshackle Pictures

By Daniel J Pearce

Powell River has been fighting for its urban forests, which are slated to be logged by Island Timberlands. I.T. has been at the forefront of many forestry conflicts on the west coast of British Columbia, from Cortes Island to Port Alberni to Powell River. Communities are uniting to oppose the logging practices of Island Timberlands, which is the second largest landowner in BC, with over 235,000 Ha. of private managed forestland on Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands, and the Sunshine Coast. I.T. is majority owned by the BCIMC, the arms-length investment firm of the BC government, which invests all the public sector pension funds. The BC Teachers’ Federation, whose pensions are invested in I.T., recently filed a motion to oppose I.T,’s more controversial logging practices in the Alberni Valley.

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The Delight Lake Watershed

Cortes Island Ancient Forest #3
From Ramshackle Pictures

Woodworker Fred Savage and biologist Sabina Leader-Mense take us into the Delight Lake Watershed—also known as Green Valley—a vital water purification area for the inhabitants of Cortes island. Fred’s kids spot some woodland critters and a mysterious tree fort along the way. This forest is in Island Timberlands’ immediate logging plans.  The Delight Lake Watershed.

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The Carrington Bay Children’s Forest

From Ramshackle Pictures

Cortes Island Ancient Forest #2. a winter walk through the Carrington Bay Children’s Forest with a group of young Cortesians and their teacher, Christine Robinson. At the mouth of Carrington Lagoon, this area has numerous ecological and recreational values that the Cortes community very much want to retain. Therefore, they have created the Forest Trust for the Children of Cortes island, in order to raise funds to be able to purchase these lands from Island Timberlands. Directed & Produced by Daniel J Pearce, Interview with Christine Robinson & several children. The Carrington Bay Children’s Forest.

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Heartwood: Forest Guardians of Cortes Island Trailer

From Ramshackle Films 

Heartwood: Forest Guardians of Cortes Island” is a feature-length documentary and transmedia platform about the dynamics of forest activism, forest communities, and forest ecosystems on a pristine island off the BC coast. Cortes Island’s struggle to bring an end to industrial logging and develop a new kind of forestry economy. In production.Heartwood: Forest Guardians of Cortes Island Trailer.

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Ancient Forest Movement of BC

From Ramshackle Pictures 

BC’s Ancient Forest Movement is a diverse coalition of First Nations and settler communities, youth and elders, unions and businesses, which is united against industrial scale logging of old-growth forests on Vancouver Island and the coast of BC. Ancient Forest Movement of BC

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Port Alberni & Island Timberlands

From Ramshackle Films

Port Alberni & Island Timberlands.

Since 2011, the Watershed Forest Alliance has been focused on protecting the last pockets of old growth on Island Timberlands’ private forestlands around Port Alberni, Vancouver Island. They are also pushing for an end to industrial logging in the community’s watershed, where the citizens of Port Alberni get their drinking water. But Island Timberlands has the legal right to log all of these contentious areas and the BC government has taken no interest putting forward any money to purchase these lands. The Watershed-Forest Alliance is calling on Island Timberlands to halt logging in these old-growth forests so that the funds can be raised to purchase these lands.
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CITIZENS, FIRST NATIONS MEMBERS AND ENVIRONMENTALISTS RALLY TO SAVE CHINA CREEK WATERSHED AND MCLAUGHLIN RIDGE

Old-growth logging threatens water quality and endangered species

From the Wilderness Committee

PORT ALBERNI – Citizens from across the Alberni Valley and beyond rallied outside Port Alberni City Hall today, in response to ongoing clearcut logging in local old-growth forests by Island Timberlands Ltd.

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Cutting Port Alberni’s Old Growth Forests!

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Originally Broadcast on Cortes Community Radio, CKTZ, 89.5 FM

Audio from Tuesday, July 29, from 12:00 – 12:30 pm: “Cutting Port Alberni’s Old Growth forests!”  An interview with Torrance Coste of the Wilderness Campaign

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