Tag Archives: Old Growth Forest

Sampling A Slice Of Nature At Cliff Gilker Park

By Roy L Hales

There is a little spot of Eden just outside of Gibsons. A 7-kilometre-long network of trails guides visitors along Roberts Creek and through the old growth forest. Sampling a slice of nature at Cliff Gilker Park can be an afternoon’s experience, or a short relaxing walk.

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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 commence operations, the existence of an old growth forest grove in cutblock 4424 has been documented.

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The Liberal Candidate For North Island-Powell River

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMHaving spent 30 years with Environment Canada, Peter Schwarzhoff is often called upon to speak about Climate Change and the nation’s emissions. He also talks about the need to develop jobs,  forest related industries, the growing Clean Tech sector and the need to respect Canada’s veterans. The Liberal Candidate For North Island-Powell River covers all of those topics in the attached podcast, as well as the need for Canada to have a government it can trust.

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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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Logging Impacts in the Chapman Creek Watershed

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Broadcast on Cortes Community Radio (CKTZ, 89.5 FM) and  Powell River Community Radio (CJMP, 90.1 FM).  An interview withHans Penner of the Elphinstone Logging Focus: “Logging Impacts in the Chapman Creek Watershed.”

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Global Forest Watch: The Loss of US & Canadian Forests

By Roy L Hales

Screen shot 2014-03-18 at 3.43.47 PMThere have been 150,000 visits to the Global Forest Watch website since it went online Thursday and for good reason. The interactive map is an an  online forest monitoring system, created by the World Resources Institute and more than 40 partners, that allows you to examine changes in the forest cover anywhere in the World. They drew upon many databases, including Google Maps , data from the University of Maryland and satellite imagery. Global Forest Watch has already shown that the World lost 2.3 million kilometres of tree covering between 2000 and 2012. My concerns were more specific, I wanted to know if the forests in Canada and the US are presently emitting, or storing, carbon.
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