Central Kootenay Leaders Defend Old Growth Forests

On August 19th, the Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) passed a unanimous resolution requesting the remaining old-growth forests and significant old trees in the Central Kootenay region be preserved. 

Area E Director, Ramona Faust, brought the resolution forward to the RDCK Board. With the resolution passed, RDCK staff are now preparing a letter to Minister Conroy of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development and MLA for Kootenay-West containing the requests from the resolution.

There are now 12 local governments across the province that have passed motions and resolutions, including the recent motion passed by the City of Rossland (also a unanimous vote). Other local governments include: Comox, Powell River, Courtenay, Lantzville, Nanaimo, Port Renfrew, Metchosin, Victoria, Saanich, and Port Moody.

We are thrilled local governments like the RDCK and City of Rossland here in the Kootenays are stepping up to defend the health and well-being of our communities through the forests that keep our air clean to breathe and our water clean to drink. 

 

A hiker stands under ancient trees in Kootenay old-growth.

 

Regional District of Central Kootenay resolution:

629/21              WHEREAS the studies conducted by the Ministry of Forests Lands Resource Operations and Rural Development indicate there is little old-growth forest remaining in the Central Kootenay region;

AND WHEREAS the old growth forests play an integral ecological role in biodiversity and the health of the regions ecosystems, being one of the most valuable climate mitigation and resiliency assets in terms of carbon storage, sequestration, protection against wildfires, storage of water, preservation of biological diversity and create the healthy rural communities we deeply value;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Regional District of Central Kootenay request the remaining old-growth forests and significant old trees in the Central Kootenay region are preserved, and forest revitalization is focused on eco-system restoration, scientifically defensible wildfire risk reduction, moisture retention, and surface water quality for which the region relies upon for drinking water as well as agricultural and commercial use.