British Columbia Ancient Forests News
Posted January 23, 2012
Save Cortes Island's Endangered Forests!
URGENT! Cortes Island's Threatened Forests Need Your Help! Please write to BC's Minister of Environment Terry Lake.
Ancient Forest Alliance, January 23, 2012
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Concerned local citizen Oliver H. stands near large old-growth Douglas-fir trees in the endangered forests of Cortes Island.
Photo by TJ Watt
URGENT! Cortes Island's Threatened Forests Need Your Help! Please write to BC's Minister of Environment Terry Lake below.
Cortes Island, a northern Gulf Island between Vancouver Island and the BC mainland, is home to some of the last 1% of old-growth Douglas-fir groves within the endangered "Dry Maritime" forests along BC's southern coast. These are some of the most extensive remaining stands and are owned by corporate logging giant Island Timberlands.
See the beautiful NEW PHOTO GALLERY of Cortes Island's endangered old-growth and mature forests here: www.ancientforestalliance.org/photos.php?gID=12
Local residents are staunchly opposed to the planned industrial logging of these ancient and mature forests and other sensitive ecosystems. The protection of these forests will take a willingness of Island Timberlands to sell their lands at a fair market value - not at an overinflated price - and for various levels of government (particularly the provincial government) and other organizations and individuals to provide the funds. For lands not purchased for protection, the company must conduct its forestry operation in line with community eco-forestry values and standards. Ultimately stronger private managed forest land regulations are needed in BC.
Please WRITE A QUICK EMAIL as soon as possible to BC's Minister of Environment, Hon. Terry Lake at: firstname.lastname@example.org . Ask that the BC government help fund the purchase of endangered old-growth stands, sensitive ecosystems, and other high priority lands for conservation currently owned by Island Timberlands. ***BE SURE to include your FULL NAME and ADDRESS so they know you are a real person!
To keep up-to-date with the local activists campaign to protect Cortes Island's forests and see photos, videos, and more, visit the Wildstands website! http://wildstands.wordpress.com/
Also, please sign and circulate our petition to protect BC's remaining endangered old-growth forests here: www.AncientForestPetition.com
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