Old growth forests are at a precipice in British Columbia. Despite overwhelming public support for old growth forest protection and clear science, the majority of at-risk old growth forests are still open to logging.
In April 2020, the B.C. government was given a six month timeline to implement logging deferrals in the most at-risk old growth forests – and they committed to doing this last year. Despite making more promises, the province has once again missed a deadline for old growth: their self-imposed end of summer 2021 deadline to implement old growth logging deferrals.
Non-violent dire action has created international public outcry. After 1,000+ arrests, forest defenders at Ada’itsx (Fairy Creek) have won in the courts as Justice Thomson refused to extend the Teal Jones injunction. While the possibility of arrests remains for these forest defenders, the courts clearly put the onus on the provincial government to act on its promise to defer logging in these at-risk, old growth forests.
Let’s build on the momentum from this recent ruling to protect old growth across the entire province. We know that targeting our local MLAs has been an effective strategy thus far, so we're asking everyone to send a powerful message for them to renew their pressure internally.
Please send a personalized email to your MLA to show the B.C. government there is no excuse: they must immediately implement logging deferrals in all at-risk old growth forests in B.C.