Category Archives: Forests

Will Vancouver’s new Bylaw protect its forest canopy?

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1It has often been said that the earth’s lungs are its’ trees. In 2011, Vancouver adopted an urban forest strategy. This seemed like a perfect fit with Vancouver’s aspirations to become the world’s greenest city. All they would have to do is plant 150,000 new trees by 2020, or at least so it seemed. The problem was that almost 2/3 of the trees are on private property! Over the last two decades 23,490 healthy trees have been removed from residential lots. Five were removed every day in 2013. The city’s forest canopy was shrinking. Last April the city changed the rules so that no trees can be removed from private land without authorization. Will Vancouver’s new Bylaw protect its forest canopy?
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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

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1ForestEthics 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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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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