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Forests


Our forests are our best ally in fighting climate change. Old growth temperate rainforest has the largest carbon storage capacity per hectare on earth. Halting logging of old growth forest will help reduce B.C.’s carbon dioxide emissions and allow salmon, bears, wolves and many other species a fighting chance to adapt to a warming world. Learn more about forests and climate. 

We are advocating an action plan to restore the health of B.C.’s forests in particular increasing protection of rare temperate rainforest with more government and community control over corporate logging operations on public land.

Great Bear Rainforest


The Great Bear Rainforest represents the largest remaining ancient coastal temperate rainforest on the planet.

In February 2016, after years of negotiation, the Great Bear Rainforest Agreements were finally implemented. Eighty-five per cent (3.1 million hectares) of the remote region’s coastal temperate rainforests are now permanently off-limits to industrial logging.

The ground-breaking Agreements were a collaboration between environmental organizations (Sierra Club BC, Greenpeace, and Forest Ethics Solutions), provincial and First Nations governments, and the forestry industry. They represent one of the most comprehensive conservation and forest management achievements on earth and will certainly be looked at as a model for future conservation efforts.

Watch our video on the agreements or read the backgrounder.


Vancouver Island and the South Coast


Coastal rainforests are now in a state of ecological emergency across vast parts of Vancouver Island and B.C.’s south coast, due to a high rate of logging and the additional pressure of climate impacts like drought and storms. In this part of the coast, less than 15 per cent of the forest is protected.

Unless the provincial government changes course, much of B.C.’s south coast coast could turn into an ecological wasteland this century. We are urging the B.C. government to take immediate action to protect and restore the coastal rainforests on Vancouver Island and the south coast for species.

Remaining largely intact rainforest areas, such as the Central Walbran and the Klaskish River/East Creek need immediate conservation steps to save habitat for endangered species and restore second-growth forest to allow for connectivity.

Find out more about the state of the forest on Vancouver Island and the south coast. 



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Recent Updates

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Sierra Club BC supports the ban on the trophy hunting of grizzly bears

Sierra Club BC supports the provincial government’s ban on the trophy hunting of grizzly bears and all grizzly bear hunting in the Great Bear Rainforest, where this brings provincial policy in line with Indigenous law.
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It doesn’t have to be a carbon offset

It’s summer, and that means a lot of travel for families and communities. Have you considered buying carbon credits to offset some of your emissions? As an alternative, consider supporting Sierra Club BC’s work toward lasting protection of Vancouver Island’s carbon-rich endangered old-growth rainforest.
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Petro-Corporations vs. the people of the Skeena

This July, I traveled north to visit communities within the mighty Skeena watershed. This was a chance to learn about the petroleum industry's attempted incursions into Wet’suwet’en, Gitxsan and Tsimshian territories, and the communities that are defending their homes, lands and waters.
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We have to protect all of the world’s rainforests, not just tropical rainforests

Most of us have heard about how rainforests are in trouble and the rapid rate at which we are losing these spectacular ecosystems, along with the incredible diversity of species that depend on them. Close to home, very few know that the remaining old-growth forest on Vancouver Island is disappearing faster than natural tropical rainforests.