The following letter signed by 20,000 BC residents was delivered to MLA offices across BC on February 6th with support from Sierra Club BC and Leadnow. A copy of the letter with the names of all signers has been emailed directly to the MLAs.
Dear BC Forests Minister Doug Donaldson,
Vancouver Island’s last remaining rare, endangered old-growth rainforest continues to be cut at a rate of 3 square metres per second.
I call on you to take immediate, decisive action to enact a moratorium on old-growth logging in critical hotspots like the Central Walbran.
I urge you to work with First Nations and communities to implement a science-based Old-Growth Protection Act. It must be combined with strong support for First Nations governance and economic activities and improved second-growth forestry, creating new jobs.
Your government has promised to make BC’s forests a priority. I am calling on you now to act in support of BC’s globally rare, endangered old-growth forests and the people who depend on them.