Tag Archives: Jens Wieting

Potentially Embarrassing Questions About BC’s Stumpage Rates

The ECOreport looks into the issues behind some potentially embarrassing questions about BC’s stumpage rates

By Roy L Hales

screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3-43-47-pm1During a recent interview,  film maker Damien Gillis said “there would be a great deal of outrage” if the public knew the degree to which we subsidize logging old growth forests. These subsidies come in the form of lower stumpage fees for the remote areas where most of our surviving ancient forests still persist.  Gillis also informed me this is a central issue in the United States’ softwood dispute with Canada. After the interview, I drew up a series of potentially embarrassing questions about BC’s stumpage rates.

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Eradication Of Vancouver Island’s Old Growth Forests Imminent

The ECOreport reposts an OP ED: the eradication of Vancouver Island’s old growth forests imminent

Originally Published on Sierra Club BC

VICTORIA—Sierra Club BC warns that high and increasing old-growth logging rates on Vancouver Island will lead to an ecological and economic collapse unless the B.C. government changes course. The Province must increase protection and introduce a plan to phase out old-growth logging including support for a faster transition towards sustainable, value-added second-growth logging.

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Clearcutting The Walbran’s Thousand-Year-Old Trees

The ECOreport looks into news that Teal Jones is already clearcutting the Walbran’s thousand-year-old trees

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMIt has been a year since the Wilderness Committee drew our attention to the planned logging of old growth trees in the central Walbran Valley. So far, the controversial heli-block 4424 has remained untouched. Since last November, Teal Jones has been logging 6 or 7 cutblocks in the more easily accessible areas south of the river.  They are already clearcutting the Walbran’s thousand-year-old trees.

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Put Lemare Lake Logging Ltd Operations On Hold

The ECOreport reposts an appeal for the province to stop covert logging of old-growth on northern Vancouver Island, put Lemare Lake Logging Ltd operations on hold 

Originally Published on Sierra Club BC

VICTORIA— Sierra Club BC is asking the BC government to put Lemare Lake Logging Ltd operations on hold because the company is keeping its logging plans under wraps, while clearcutting endangered old-growth on Northern Vancouver Island.

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Calling On BC To Protect Endangered Coastal Rainforests

The ECOreport looks at why Sierra Club BC is calling on BC to protect endangered Coastal Rainforests.

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMA healthy forest, on the west coast of British Columbia, has some trees that are a thousand to two thousand years old. Many different species of plants and flowers are closer to the ground. There is a variety of wildlife, and fish in the streams. This is disappearing from British Columbia and Sierra Club BC is calling on BC to protect endangered coastal rainforests.

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Vancouver Island Old-growth in State of Emergency

The ECOreport reposts an alarm: Vancouver Island Old-growth in State of Emergency

Originally Published on Sierra Club BC

VICTORIA—A new Google Earth file, developed by Sierra Club BC, shows old-growth coastal rainforest has reached a state of ecological emergency across vast parts of Vancouver Island and B.C.’s South Coast.

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Documenting The Central Walbran Valley

The ECOreport reposts another of Daniel J Pearce’s productions, this time documenting the Central Walbran Valley

Originally Published on Ramshackle Pictures

By Daniel J Pearce

The early 1990s was a pivotal time for the forest industry and for forest activism in British Columbia. Massive demonstrations and acts of civil disobedience resulted in hundreds of arrests in Clayoquot Sound in response to large-scale clear-cutting on the west coast of B.C. and Vancouver Island. International protests and market campaigns forced the government to strengthen forestry regulations and establish new parks and protected areas.

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Government is Not Taking Climate Change Seriously

The ECOreport reposts By Approving Woodfibre LNG Shows the  Government is Not Taking Climate Change Seriously

Originally Published on the Sierra Club BC

VICTORIA—In response to the federal government’s approval of the proposed Woodfibre LNG terminal Sierra Club BC released the following statement from forest and climate campaigner, Jens Wieting:

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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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Does Ernst & Young’s LNG Report Vindicate BC?

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1There are credible experts who believe that, with proper regulation and enforcement, it is possible to have a trustworthy fracking industry. They also say this does not yet exist in North America. Personally, I think the industry is out of control and BC’s government is desperate to get in bed with it. Last week the government released a report from Ernst & Young (EY) which the Minister of Natural Gas Development says “British Columbians can have confidence they are benefiting from a clean, well regulated natural gas industry.” Does Ernst & Young’s LNG report vindicate BC?

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