Bruce Melton

Climate change is killing giant sequoias in numbers that portend ecological disaster unless radical action is taken to reverse the impacts of the climate crisis. Sequoias, once deemed “unburnable,” began to be widely destroyed by fire in 2015, and then in 2020 and 2021, California fires tripled in area covered.

Tess Harold
Illustration: Simone Williamson / Ecojustice

Jun. 17, 2022

Standing in a vast clearcut in British Columbia feels strangely dystopian. It’s quiet. There are no leaves to rustle, no bushes for animals to hide behind. The sun beats down and, you soon discover, there are no trees for shade.

Slash piles are your landmarks now — those mountains of branches leftover from logging. Come winter they’ll get burned. Bonfires against the snow, like a scene from Game of Thrones.

Amir Ali
Photo©SaveOldGrowth - protester in road

Jun 29, 2022

In some good news for BC drivers, Save Old Growth has stated that it will no longer be doing actions on critical infrastructure in the province. The group says the move amounts to a de-escalation of disruptive actions.

Rochelle Baker
International student and Save Old Growth leader Zain Haq is worried the Canada Border Services Agency plans to deport him. Photo by Ian Harland

Jun 16, 2022

An international student leading a controversial civil resistance campaign to end old-growth logging in B.C. is fearful the Canada Border Services Agency is looking to deport him.

Zain Haq, a co-founder of the Save Old Growth (SOG) protest group behind a recent series of highway blockades across the province, has been ordered to show up at a CBSA office.

The third-year history major at Simon Fraser University who hails from Pakistan is in Canada on a study permit, a document issued by Immigration Canada.

David Shipway

Attn: Colin Koszman/ Land Use Forester, Molly Hudson/ Director of Sustainability

CBC - The Early Edition
Editor: Interesting details.
Old-growth logging protests in the Fairy Creek watershed have broken records for the largest act of civil disobedience in Canadian history. The CBC's Kathryn Marlow takes a deep dive into exactly how many arrests have been made, and what for.
Aired: May 17, 2022
Barry Saxifrage
Canada's forests are being logging faster than they can grow back and are spewing CO2 into our already destabilized climate. Images via Wikimedia Commons, illustration by Barry Saxifrage

May 17, 2022

For the last two decades, Canada's managed forest lands have been logged faster than they have grown back. This imbalance has created a huge — and rapidly rising — new source of carbon dioxide (CO2) pouring into our already destabilized climate.

Ben Parfitt
A recent old-growth clearcut adjacent to the Fairy Creek Valley in Vancouver Island’s coastal forests. Photo by TJ Watt.

Apr. 14, 2022

Despite record government revenues, the province faces a grim reckoning for years of mismanagement.

As hundreds of protesters trying to stop logging of old-growth forests were arrested at Fairy Creek on Vancouver Island last year, the B.C. government raked in big money from logging companies.

Scott Doherty, Gary Fiege, Ben Parfitt and Michelle Connolly
The authors say logs from primary BC forests are made into wood pellets by the UK-based energy giant Drax, whose dominance hurts jobs and competition in the province. Photo from handout.

Apr. 14, 2022

A global wood pellet firm is sending BC forests and jobs up in smoke. A coalition wants an investigation.

British Columbia is nearly four times larger than the United Kingdom. But what the U.K. lacks in size it compensates for in reach — a reach that extends deep into the old-growth forests of Canada’s westernmost province.


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