Category Archives: Ramshackle Pictures

A Different Vision For British Columbia’s Forests

The ECOreport publishes an OP ED:  what a film maker learned on Cortes Island, a Different Vision for Forestry in British Columbia

By Daniel J. Pierce

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMDaniel J. Pierce is a Victoria-based documentary filmmaker. He is almost finished production on a documentary series entitled Heartwood: A West Coast Forestry Documentree. He is in the midst of a crowdfunding campaign to raise funds for the post-production of this series. Please click here to watch his pitch video and learn more about his project. And enjoy the brand new Heartwood trailer below.

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The Forestry Conflict At Powell River

Another of Daniel Pearce’s documentaries about Island Timberlands & the ongoing West Coasts Logging problems. The Forestry Conflict At Powell River

From Ramshackle Pictures

By Daniel J Pearce

Powell River has been fighting for its urban forests, which are slated to be logged by Island Timberlands. I.T. has been at the forefront of many forestry conflicts on the west coast of British Columbia, from Cortes Island to Port Alberni to Powell River. Communities are uniting to oppose the logging practices of Island Timberlands, which is the second largest landowner in BC, with over 235,000 Ha. of private managed forestland on Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands, and the Sunshine Coast. I.T. is majority owned by the BCIMC, the arms-length investment firm of the BC government, which invests all the public sector pension funds. The BC Teachers’ Federation, whose pensions are invested in I.T., recently filed a motion to oppose I.T,’s more controversial logging practices in the Alberni Valley.

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The Delight Lake Watershed

Cortes Island Ancient Forest #3
From Ramshackle Pictures

Woodworker Fred Savage and biologist Sabina Leader-Mense take us into the Delight Lake Watershed—also known as Green Valley—a vital water purification area for the inhabitants of Cortes island. Fred’s kids spot some woodland critters and a mysterious tree fort along the way. This forest is in Island Timberlands’ immediate logging plans.  The Delight Lake Watershed.

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The Carrington Bay Children’s Forest

From Ramshackle Pictures

Cortes Island Ancient Forest #2. a winter walk through the Carrington Bay Children’s Forest with a group of young Cortesians and their teacher, Christine Robinson. At the mouth of Carrington Lagoon, this area has numerous ecological and recreational values that the Cortes community very much want to retain. Therefore, they have created the Forest Trust for the Children of Cortes island, in order to raise funds to be able to purchase these lands from Island Timberlands. Directed & Produced by Daniel J Pearce, Interview with Christine Robinson & several children. The Carrington Bay Children’s Forest.

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The Great Land Grab Of Vancouver Island

From Ramshackle Films

An interview with Robert Morales, Chief Negotiator for the Hul’qumi’num First Nations Treaty Group, about the E&N Railway Land Grants of 1887 and the lasting repercussions of this massive “land grab” for the Hul’qumi’num people today. The Great Land Grab Of Vancouver Island.

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Heartwood: Forest Guardians of Cortes Island

Heartwood: Forest Guardians of Cortes Island is Daniel J Pearce’s  feature-length and transmedia documentary that chronicles the efforts of a tenacious island community and their allies from up and down the west coast, as they attempt to confront some of the biggest logging companies in BC, in order to protect what remains of these endangered ancient forests and cultivate a more compassionate and holistic forest paradigm. It is  a Ramshackle Films production, due for release in 2017.

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Heartwood: Forest Guardians of Cortes Island Trailer

From Ramshackle Films 

Heartwood: Forest Guardians of Cortes Island” is a feature-length documentary and transmedia platform about the dynamics of forest activism, forest communities, and forest ecosystems on a pristine island off the BC coast. Cortes Island’s struggle to bring an end to industrial logging and develop a new kind of forestry economy. In production.Heartwood: Forest Guardians of Cortes Island Trailer.

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The Basil Creek Watershed

From Ramshackle Pictures

Cortes Island activist and biologist, Sabina Leader-Mense, takes Wilderness Committee Vancouver Island campaigner, Torrance Coste, on a tour of the Basil Creek Watershed—a spectacular grove of unlogged, ancient forest, and the very first area on Island Timberland’s cut-block. The Basil Creek Watershed

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Ancient Forest Movement of BC

From Ramshackle Pictures 

BC’s Ancient Forest Movement is a diverse coalition of First Nations and settler communities, youth and elders, unions and businesses, which is united against industrial scale logging of old-growth forests on Vancouver Island and the coast of BC. Ancient Forest Movement of BC

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Port Alberni & Island Timberlands

From Ramshackle Films

Port Alberni & Island Timberlands.

Since 2011, the Watershed Forest Alliance has been focused on protecting the last pockets of old growth on Island Timberlands’ private forestlands around Port Alberni, Vancouver Island. They are also pushing for an end to industrial logging in the community’s watershed, where the citizens of Port Alberni get their drinking water. But Island Timberlands has the legal right to log all of these contentious areas and the BC government has taken no interest putting forward any money to purchase these lands. The Watershed-Forest Alliance is calling on Island Timberlands to halt logging in these old-growth forests so that the funds can be raised to purchase these lands.
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