Jeff Nagel
Salvage logging in the Baker Creek watershed west of Quesnel

Editor: Note the date of this piece.  So there were warnings.

May 10, 2012

Rapid runoff, scoured silt from B.C. Interior pose threats downstream.

The Fraser River is at risk of much more frequent and devastating floods because of the rapid pace of logging in the B.C. Interior to salvage vast stands of beetle-killed timber, according to a UBC researcher.

Bill Metcalfe
Dr. Rachel Holt at a Dec. 1 video press conference on old growth forests held by the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs. Photo: Video screenshot, Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs

Dec. 6, 2021

Rachel Holt was part of a technical panel that mapped old growth

A Nelson ecologist who served as part of a provincial government panel that mapped B.C.’s remaining old growth forest is concerned about the way the government has implemented the panel’s work.

The Old Growth Technical Advisory Panel identified and mapped 2.6 million hectares of at-risk old growth forest.

Ben Parfitt
Thanks to generous BC government subsidies, wood pellet mill yards are overflowing with logs culled from the interior region’s primary or old-growth forests. Photo:

Dec. 2, 2021

As more old-growth trees topple and forest industry jobs plummet, an obscure government subsidy scheme fuels the collapse

For more than 15 years, the BC government has rewarded logging companies with millions of additional old-growth trees to chop down thanks to an obscure “credit” program that allows companies to log bonus trees that don’t count toward their licensed logging limits.

Les Leyne
The B.C. government is in the midst of rule changes that will make more the province's forests off-limits to logging. DARREN STONE, TIMES COLONIST

Nov. 24, 2021

Nearly every one of the last 20 forest ministers, going back 35 years, has stood up at one point or another and indignantly denied that forestry is a sunset industry.

The fact they felt the need in the first place means the impression was out there. More and more, it looks like that impression was and is correct.

Zoë Ducklow
A camp at Fairy Creek in October. Photo: James MacDonald / Capital Daily

November 25, 2021

Deferrals and changes to logging legislation is coming. But the activists aren’t leaving

The first thing you need to understand about Fairy Creek, if you’ve never been to Fairy Creek, is that the real fight isn’t in Fairy Creek. It’s beside it in Granite Creek, and above it at Ridge Camp, and to the west in the Walbran Valley.

Robert Hackett
B.C. Premier John Horgan announcing "real climate action" in 2017. Credit: BC NDP / Flickr

[Editor: And now the floods!]

November 12, 2021

As British Columbia’s New Democratic Party prepares for its first biennial convention since winning the 2020 election, memories of last summer’s deadly heat domes and wildfires still burn deeply. B.C. is experiencing the global consequences of carbon-intensive extractivism – the kind of “rip and ship” (extract and export) economic policies pursued by the previous right-of-centre B.C. Liberal government for most of its 2001-2017 term of office.

Tanya Titova and Frank Jordans
The morning sun shines through a forest outside Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk on Sakhalin Island in Russia's Far East, Friday, Sept. 3, 2021. More than two-thirds of Sakhalin Island is forested, and authorities there have set an ambitious goal of making the island carbon neutral by 2025. Tree growth will absorb as much planet-warming carbon dioxide as the island’s half-million residents and businesses produce, and Moscow hopes to apply the idea to the whole country, which has more forested area than any other nation. (

November 9, 2021

MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian island north of Japan has become a testing ground for Moscow’s efforts to reconcile its prized fossil fuel industry with the need to do something about climate change.

More than two-thirds of Sakhalin Island is forested. With the Kremlin’s blessing, authorities there have set an ambitious goal of making the island — Russia’s largest — carbon neutral by 2025.

Bradley Hughes

November 7, 2021

Before the election, the BC NDP commissioned a report on old growth logging.Back then they promised to implement the report’s recommendations to halt logging in old growth forests in BC.


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