Estimated square metres of old-growth clearcut on the Island since large scale logging began:

That’s 34 soccer fields every day! Only 10% of the biggest trees are left.

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Old-growth forests and B.C. communities are in crisis. Raw log exports remain at a record high and mills are closing. Climate change and massive forest fires are here to stay. But we’re still clearcutting our most resilient and carbon rich forests at an alarming rate, fuelling more climate change and more damages from its impacts like droughts, flooding and fires.

Our provincial government made a commitment to sustainably manage B.C.’s spectacular rivers, lakes, watersheds, forests and old-growth trees. Nine in ten British Columbians support taking action to defend old-growth and want the government to keep its promise.

Time is running out. We need action today, not tomorrow.

Resources on old-growth

Download our Old-Growth Forest Fact Sheet and find all our latest forest data, maps, press releases, blog posts and media on our Forest Stories page.

View and download our map State of Vancouver Island’s Coastal Temperate Rainforest showing the scarce endangered old-growth rainforest ecosystems and recent old-growth destruction on Vancouver Island.

Read our Clearcut Carbon report, which found that ending clearcutting of forests is as important for BC climate action as phasing out fossil fuels.

Read our Forest Action Taker’s Guide to find out what you can do to take your action to the next level.

Watch our Old-Growth Forest Webinars with a wealth of information on the importance of old-growth and the current state of forests from experts across the province. Find all our videos about forests here.

Read our opinion piece that debunks current government claims about old-growth forest protection.

Join our forest campaign events – watch our Facebook Event Listings or subscribe to Sierra Life, our e-newsletter to find out about upcoming events in your community.

Find out more about our forest campaign and other campaigns to defend nature and confront climate change in BC.

What we’re calling for

The science is clear: to sustainably manage coastal rainforests we must stop clearcutting endangered old-growth. B.C. needs provincial old-growth legislation using elements of the celebrated Great Bear Rainforest Agreements combined with strong support for First Nations and good long term forestry jobs.

We also need an immediate halt to logging in critical intact old-growth hotspots. This will protect magnificent areas like the Central Walbran that are immediately threatened with destruction.

Taking these steps will help us to:

Protect globally rare ecosystems, wildlife, water and climate

Strengthen First Nations’ governance and community well-being

Transition from old-growth logging to sustainable second-growth forestry

Keep carbon stored in forests and protect them as the best defence against climate impacts

BC’s coastal and inland temperate rainforests are among the rarest ecosystems on the planet, but today only 10% of Vancouver Island’s biggest old-growth trees are left. Because of climate change, these forests will never grow back as we knew them—if we cut them, they’ll be gone forever.

The NDP’s 2017 election platform included a commitment to act for old-growth, promising to take “an evidence-based scientific approach and use the ecosystem-based management of the Great Bear Rainforest as a model.” But so far the BC government has not yet taken any meaningful steps to protect endangered coastal and inland old-growth ecosystems outside the Great Bear Rainforest.

Please tell Forests Minister Doug Donaldson you support strong action to benefit BC’s forests and communities.

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*Using logging data and age class information Sierra Club BC estimates the total number of hectares of old-growth logged on Vancouver Island at about 1,708,000 hectares (without including original forests lost to deforestation, e.g. urban areas). More than 10,000 hectares of old-growth got logged in the last 12 months alone, equivalent to more than 3 square meters per second. Today, the vast majority of the remaining old-growth on the Island belongs to ecosystems with smaller trees not targeted for logging (for example along the outer coast or in higher elevations). Only about 10 percent of the biggest trees remain standing. For more information, check out our backgrounder.