Defend Our Home

Let's create a better balance between healthy forests and community jobs

The Provincial Government is considering a new law for BC that would make biodiversity and ecosystem health the top priority for the way our forests are managed.

A law like this could help our communities reach a better balance between having healthy forests and good jobs by:

  • Adding to a special fund used to buy unique natural land to make sure those ecosystems survive
  • Making sure there is consultation between companies and experts (western and indigenous) so we can all work together to take care of our forests and water
  • Implementing the Old Growth Strategic Review which is where this law originated from. It consists of recommendations from foresters, First Nations, and the public on how we can better protect our old forests (like creating protection zones and providing the public with timely information).

Forests support people, communities, jobs, plants and animals. These forests are a huge reservoir for carbon and support amazing biodiversity. They are critical to our success in avoiding the worst consequences of climate change.

The forestry industry has supported our family and friends, and a high quality of life in BC. But it’s clear we need to start thinking long term and coming up with a new way of managing our forests and for our wildlife, our families, and our future.

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The forestry industry has supported our family and friends and a high quality of life in BC. But we need a new way of managing our forests, now more than ever.

The Provincial Government is considering a new law for BC that would make biodiversity and ecosystem health the top priority for managing our forests.

But if the government doesn’t hear from people like you and me about why we need this bold new law, there’s no guarantee it will happen.

We need your help!

Let’s have transformative conversations with our neighbours so our communities can reach a better balance between having healthy forests and good jobs.

Join us to learn the skills of deep canvassing to make a lasting impact and unite with like-minded individuals!

Deep canvassing is all about sharing personal experiences and being compassionately curious about the experiences of our neighbours.

You don’t need to be an expert—everyone’s welcome!

Sign up for a training session on how to have powerful conversations with our neighbours, and for the second half, we’ll hop on the phones to talk to people living in a  community that has or does rely on the forest industry.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to joelle@neighboursunited.org

Confused about all of this technical forestry talk? Let’s break it down.

 

 

Biodiversity and how it keeps us healthy

Picture a field of wildflowers that are all different: poppies, daisies, lilies, lupines – dozens of types of flowers covering a field. Now imagine a pest or a disease comes to the field and takes out all of the poppies. You would probably notice the poppies gone because they are bright and memorable. But there are still all of the other flowers there and the field still looks mostly covered by them. Bees and butterflies still have what they need to survive. 

Now, imagine a beautiful red field of only poppies. When that same pest comes by and takes out all of the poppies what are you left with? And the animals that rely on those poppies disappear as well. 

Old growth forests have the most biodiversity of almost anywhere on earth and even today we are finding new plants and insects in them that we didn’t know existed. Biodiversity keeps us safe from disease and keeps our communities stronger when faced with more pests and disease due to climate change.

 

 

Have you heard about “deferral areas”? Here’s why they don’t protect old growth forests:

As their first action towards a new way of managing old growth forests, the Province of BC put in place deferral areas – areas where logging old growth trees is paused. This is what is still allowed to happen in almost half of the old growth forest deferral areas:

  • Clearcutting of non-old growth trees and road building 
  • Logging trees that are just about old enough to be the next old growth forests
  • Endangered spotted owls and caribou losing their homes 
  • Removing rich nutrients from the soil the forest needs to keep healthy

Deferral areas do not protect old growth forests:

  • These deferrals are only until August 2022
  • Some areas don’t include big old trees
  • Some areas are near impossible to log, so are not at risk
  • some areas are are already under protection
  • Some areas already had been deferred and also expire in 2 years
  • Almost half of these areas are still allowed to have logging of second growth forests, and roadbuilding which opens up the likely situation of future logging in these old growth forests
Learn about the biodiversity and ecosystem health law

Castlegar and the West Kootenays are part of the rare inland temperate rainforest, home to endangered species like mountain caribou, grizzly bears, and more. Stretching 700 miles from central Idaho to Prince George, this region’s forests support communities, biodiversity, and Indigenous cultures. They store carbon, provide clean air and water, and help mitigate climate change impacts.

Here are ways for you to explore, learn more about, and defend this unique ecosystem.

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The forests around Vernon and in the Okanagan region exhibit a diverse range of ecosystems, from ponderosa pine forests with their open, grassy understories to lush Douglas-fir forests at higher elevations. These forests support a rich array of wildlife and are crucial to water conservation, soil stabilization, and carbon storage, the Okanagan’s forests are essential components of the region’s ecosystem health and biodiversity.

Here are ways you can explore, learn more about, and defend this unique ecosystem.

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