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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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Six ways you can make a difference for the environment this election

It's official—the BC election period has begun. From now until Election Day, the rules make it difficult for Sierra Club BC to draw attention to issues you care about like the Site C dam, Kinder Morgan tankers and protecting old-growth forests. That’s why we need your help more than ever.
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Twenty-five international environmental organizations call for urgent action for Vancouver Island's rainforest and communities

Destruction of the Island’s original old-growth rainforest is occurring three times faster than primary forest loss in tropical rainforests. The call for action is an initiative of Sierra Club BC.
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Farewell, and not goodbye: Bob Peart

As many of you know, by the time you read this note I will no longer be Executive Director. I will remain involved in the conservation movement as long as I am able – putting my energy toward defending nature, moving off a carbon-based economy and reminding people that their health is directly linked to a healthy environment. I thank you for your confidence in Sierra Club BC, and please continue to support the good work we do.
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East Creek investigation finds clearcutting rare intact old-growth on Vancouver Island in compliance with laws, highlighting B.C. government failure to protect endangered rainforest

The BC government’s Forest Practices Board released its findings today regarding Sierra Club BC’s May 2016 complaint about Lemare Lake Logging Ltd. logging practices in the East Creek area. East Creek forms part of the largest remaining contiguous ancient rainforest on northern Vancouver Island.