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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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It’s time for the BC government to curb raw log exports and boost value-added forestry jobs

A new CCPA-BC report shows that between 2013 and 2016, more raw logs were shipped from BC than during any other four-year period in the province’s history, prompting two forest industry unions and three leading environmental groups to call for a ban on raw log exports from old-growth forests and bold government action to stimulate BC’s flagging forest sector.
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Environmental groups applaud Ahousaht Land Use Vision

The Ahousaht Hawiih (hereditary chiefs) have publicly announced their nation’s new comprehensive Land Use Vision for their territory, which sits within the heart of the Clayoquot Sound UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Representatives of the Clayoquot Sound Conservation Alliance were present to support and congratulate the Hawiih for this initiative.
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The Coral of Vancouver Island’s Rainforest - An unprotected underworld

Have you ever hiked through the forests of Vancouver Island and come across rivers bursting out of the ground from seemingly nowhere? It's karst landscape.
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End of Old-Growth

Standing for truth, falling for politics: Mark Worthing takes us on a tour of BC's wild-west style forestry industry, from FRPA and FSPs to mill closures and Blockadia.