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 endangered old-growth forest will help reduce BC’s carbon footprint 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 advocate for an action plan to restore the health of BC’s forests, including increasing protection of rare temperate rainforest with more government and community control over corporate logging operations on public land.
Vancouver Island and the South Coast
Coastal rainforests are in a state of ecological emergency across vast parts of Vancouver Island and BC’s south coast. This is 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 BC’s south coast coast could turn into an ecological wasteland this century. We are urging the BC 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.
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