What: A conversation on what’s happening in Vancouver Island’s forests and potential paths forward
When: Tuesday, November 6 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Where: Tia’s Cafe – #4-1705 Campbell Way, Port McNeill
Sierra Club BC’s Conservation and Climate Campaigner Mark Worthing will be visiting Port McNeill with representatives from the Wilderness Committee to talk forests.
Forests and the industries they support are changing on Vancouver Island. Join Sierra Club BC and Wilderness Committee for presentations and discussion about forests, and share your ideas about how we make forestry in a changing climate work for communities, Indigenous peoples and ecosystems.
Vancouver Island’s iconic rainforest is under threat — much of the original old-growth rainforest has been cut down, and many ecosystems have been pushed to the brink. In an era of climate change, the importance of healthy intact old-growth rainforests couldn’t be greater.
How do we make a just transition to sustainable second-growth forest industry in a way that recognizes the rights, title and authority of the Indigenous Nations who have thrived here since time immemorial? How do we ensure old-growth is protected in a way that works for local communities? How will forests, and forestry be impacted by global climate change?
Over the last year, our organizations have held 10 townhall-style meetings in several communities on Vancouver Island, including Port Hardy and Campbell River. We know forests and forestry are the heart and soul of Port McNeill, and we want to connect talk forests with you.
We’ll present the facts on what’s happening in Vancouver Island’s forest, and highlight potential solutions and paths forward. Most importantly, we want to hear ideas from the residents of McNeill, Alert Bay and Sointula on how to better manage these precious ecosystems.
We hope you can join us!
This event is being held on the territories of the Kwakwaka’wakw people.