Two paths to protecting our forests

We recently took a group of 25 people on a guided walk of a new trail in an old forest. A few days later, a different group of people gathered in a community hall to talk about the problems and think about solutions for the growing conflicts of logging forests in our watersheds, near our communities and in sensitive wildlife habitat. These two very different groups share the same concerns. I…

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Speaking up for better forestry management

We’re making sure our voices are heard. The BC government sought input earlier this month on two pieces of legislation affecting our forests, and EcoSociety signed two submissions along with a group of like-minded stakeholders.  Improving the Forest and Range Practices Act The first submission was a review of the Forest and Range Practices Act that governs the management of BC’s public forests…

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Add your voice to private land forest management review

Share your input on an important piece of government land use policy. You have an opportunity to offer input to the BC government on managing our forests on private land. The Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development is reviewing the Private Managed Forest Land Program (also known as the Managed Forest Program). To participate, fill out the online form. The…

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Let’s take a stand to protect our old growth forests

The old growth forests you love are in crisis. They are being hit hard by climate change and wildfires, which in turn are impacting our communities and watersheds. And we are still clearcutting at an alarming rate.  Recently, we sent a message to Forest Minister Doug Donaldson calling for the protection of our old growth forests in the West Kootenays. We have joined over 15,000 BC residents who…

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Union of BC Municipalities supports changing the way logging is done on private land

The Union of BC Municipalities endorsed a motion at their September annual meeting in Whistler to regulate how logging is done on private land. UBCM and our local governments must now tell the BC Provincial Government to change the way logging is done on private lands to at least meet current public land forest land use standards. The motion that was endorsed was: Whereas many areas of rural BC…

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Old growth logging film comes to West Kootenays

Join your friends in Castlegar, Rossland & Nelson for fundraising film nights in support of the West Kootenay EcoSociety. A spellbinding account of environmentalism, obsession, and myth, Hadwin’s Judgement chronicles BC logging engineer and survivalist Grant Hadwin’s emotional crusade to alert us all to the egregious devastation wrought by clear-cutting on the world’s last…

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