Tell your MLA: protect the last remaining old-growth forests!

The B.C. government is currently discussing additional old-growth logging deferrals. With only a fraction of old-growth forests with big, old trees remaining in B.C., it’s urgent you contact your MLA today to let them know how important it is to protect these endangered ecosystems.

On September 11, 2020, the B.C. government released the much-awaited report and recommendations from the independent Old Growth Panel, including a detailed 3-year plan for a paradigm shift, which they promised to implement in its totality. One year later almost all old-growth forests remain open for logging.

The talk-and-log needs to end. British Columbians have waited all summer for interim protection for at-risk intact forests, funding for Indigenous-led conservation and a just transition for forestry-dependent communities.

Meanwhile, the B.C. government has not committed any funding for conservation solutions and we are still waiting to hear about additional deferrals.

There’s no time to waste. Please phone your MLA and call for an immediate pause on logging these big, ancient trees!

Calling your MLA is an effective way to get the government to act — and it is as easy as leaving a short message. Everyone has a voice that matters, so please speak up for these big, old trees.

Feel free to pull from our talking points below, or simply speak from the heart. What matters is that you add your voice.

If you’re nervous to call, you can always phone in after business hours and leave a message.

Thanks for speaking up for the trees!

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Talking points

Choose what matters most to you, or simply speak from the heart about why you care about old-growth forests

Why protect old-growth?

  • A recent expert report found that only a fraction of old-growth forests with huge, old trees remain in B.C. Of the little that remains, only a small fraction is protected from logging.
  • Recent polling found that the vast majority of B.C. residents (85%) want the provincial government to follow through on their election promise to implement all of the recommendations from the independent Old-Growth Panel Review.
  • Old-growth forests are critical for our health and wellbeing. A new independent report commissioned by Sierra Club BC shows that governments can mitigate climate-related disasters like flooding, droughts, fires and heatwaves by swiftly reforming B.C.’s forestry practices.
  • The last remaining old-growth forests hold irreplaceable cultural values for Indigenous peoples, critical habitat for endangered species and irrecoverable carbon that has been stored over hundreds of years. They provide unmeasurable benefits for our health and are a key asset of B.C.’s billion-dollar tourism industry.

The B.C. government promised to fully implement the old-growth panel’s recommendations, but they haven’t committed any funding and most old-growth forests in B.C. remain open for logging. Now is an opportunity to call on them to work with Indigenous governments to:

  • Declare a pause on logging these endangered ecosystems with big, old trees and remaining intact old-growth areas
  • Fund and support Indigenous-led protected areas and land use visions
  • Invest in a transition to sustainable second-growth forestry that focuses on value over volume, creating more jobs while protecting biodiversity, drinking water, a liveable climate and community safety
  • Ensure any post-pandemic economic stimulus puts people and ecosystem health first so we can build back better, by investing in Indigenous and community-led forestry and forest conservation initiatives rather than subsidizing large companies

Photos by TJ Watt/Ancient Forest Alliance