Old-growth forests are one of our best climate allies. By storing carbon, providing homes for wildlife, and defending communities from climate change (just to name a few), trees provide us with so much.
These irreplaceable endangered old-growth forests are still being logged like there is no tomorrow. The total area of old-growth forest logged annually across the province is more than 140,000 hectares—an area twice the size of Greater Victoria. That’s more than 500 soccer fields’ worth of old-growth forests being clearcut every day in BC. Cutting the last old-growth is unsustainable. Long-term forestry jobs require improved forest management and innovation.
It’s in everyone’s best interest to protect these ancient ecosystems. To prove it,we’ve compiled a list of 10 reasons to #SaveOldGrowth down below. Plus, we’ve thrown in some great bonus articles if you want to dive deeper.
3. Old-growth forests have accumulated huge amounts of carbon per hectares and clearcutting them releases massive amounts of carbon back into the atmosphere. Protecting old-growth means reducing emissions quickly and keeping the carbon where it belongs.
4. Many of BC’s last old-growth forests are among the most resilient forests and will better cope with worsening climate change impacts than young forests. Old-growth is critical to protect communities from droughts, floods and wildfires.
6. Logging the last unprotected old-growth is arguably not sustainable. Once cut it will only be more difficult to create a diverse economy including sectors like tourism and recreation. Business as usual is not going to end well, either for ecosystems or forestry jobs.
8. BC’s old-growth forests have been reduced to a fraction. Clearcutting what remains is causing more conflict as communities seek to defend what is left and push back against extreme old-growth logging.