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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

By Roy L Hales

Most 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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BC’s Supreme Court Rules The Ministry Of Forests Does Not Have A Duty To Protect Forests

By Roy L Hales

ForestEthics and the Wilderness Committee sued BC’s Minister of Forests for failing to protect the Douglas fir, which once occupied approximately 2,555 square kilometers of BC. This species has shrunk to only about 20 square kilometers and roughly 2.75 kilometers of Old Growth trees. does not have a “legal duty, express or implied” to do his job.  BC’s Supreme Court Rules that the Ministry of Forests does not have a duty to Protect Forests.
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