Category Archives: Forests

Fun with Firewood

The ECOreport has a little fun with firewood

By Roy L Hales

Firewood is a vital source of heat energy on Cortes Island. Some think of it as our secret sin. There may be more environmentally conscious people here than any other part of British Columbia, per capita, yet we use a more carbon producing energy source than coal. This is the season when we cut and stack it for the coming winter. It’s also time to have fun with firewood.

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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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Sampling A Slice Of Nature At Cliff Gilker Park

The ECOreport tours British Columbia’s Sunshine coast, Part Two:  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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Oregon Rejects Elliott State Forest Privatization Proposal

The ECOreport reposts news that the protections for 82,500 acres of forests and salmon habitat will continue, Oregon rejects Elliott State Forest Privatization Proposal

Press Release from Cascadia Wildlands

In a 3-0 vote today, the Oregon State Land Board, made up of Governor Kate Brown, Treasurer Tobias Read and Secretary of State Dennis Richardson, terminated the protocol that led to the timber industry proposal to privatize the 82,500-acre Elliott State Forest in the Oregon Coast Range.

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Pacific Northwest Forests Are At A Crossroads

The ECOreport reposts a promotion/review of “People, Forests, and Change: Lessons from the Pacific Northwest “- Pacific Northwest Forests Are At A Crossroads

Originally Published on Oregon State University 

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Pacific Northwest faces two stark choices for managing its forests, scientists suggest in a new book. One choice leads to stagnant or declining rural communities and risks to some native species, and the other leads to environmental benefits and increases in employment.

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Environmentalists Enthusiastic about Governor’s Plan for the Elliott State Forest

The ECOreport reposts an OP-ED from Oregon, Environmentalists Enthusiastic about Governor’s Plan for the Elliott State Forest

Joint Press Release from Cascadia Wildlands, Oregon League of Conservation Voters, & the  Audubon Society of Portland

Salem, OR – The Oregon Conservation Network (OCN) is pleased to see the plan released today from the Governor’s office regarding the Elliott State Forest. As a coalition, we care deeply about Oregon’s wildlands, and believe the state has an obligation to protect and enhance our vast forests, wildlife, and habitats. This is why the issue of the Elliott State Forest is such an important one to our members.

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Coalition Calls For End To Raw Log Exports & Old-Growth Logging

The ECOreport reposts news from a rally in Victoria where a worker & environmentalist coalition calls for end to raw log exports & old-growth logging

Originally Published on the Wilderness Committee

VICTORIA – Workers from the BC forest industry, First Nations’ representatives, environmental activists, and citizens rallied at the BC Legislature today. The diverse coalition called for a ban on raw log exports and a transition to sustainable second growth forestry.

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Pacific Northwest Fires Change The Forest Ecology

The ECOreport reposts news of a study showing Pacific Northwest fires change the forest ecology

Press Release from Oregon State University News

By Nick Houtman

CORVALLIS, Ore. — Over the last 30 years, the landscape annually affected by forest fires has slowly increased across the Pacific Northwest, and in some regions, severe blazes account for a higher proportion of the area burned than in the past.

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Destruction Of East Creek’s Ancient Rainforest

The ECOreport reposts a story of BC’s shortsighted logging practises, Destruction Of East Creek’s Ancient Rainforest

Originally Published on Sierra Club BC

The BC government’s Forest Practices Board (FPB) released its findings today regarding Sierra Club BC’s May 2016 complaint about Lemare Lake Logging Ltd.’s logging practices in the East Creek area.  East Creek is located adjacent to the Mquqᵂin – Brooks Peninsula Provincial Park, in Kwakwaka’wakw territory and forms part of the largest remaining contiguous ancient rainforest on northern Vancouver Island.

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Forests Cool The Earth’s Surface

The ECOreport reposts news of how forests cool the earth’s surface regulating the exchange of water & energy between the ground’s surface & the atmosphere

Originally Published on Ohio State University News

By Misti Crane

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Forests play a complex role in keeping the planet cool, one that goes far beyond the absorption of carbon dioxide, new research has found.
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