Rochelle Baker
Members of one of the Fairy Creek blockade camps set out to deter old-growth logging in cut blocks on southern Vancouver Island. Photo courtesy of Fairy Creek blockade

March 3rd 2021

Protesters attempting to protect some of the last stands of old-growth forest on southern Vancouver Island are facing arrest if a logging company gets court approval to disband their camps this week.

Forestry company Teal-Jones has filed an application with the Supreme Court of British Columbia for an injunction to remove the Fairy Creek blockade at various entry points to its Tree Farm Licence (TFL) 46 near the community of Port Renfrew.

Darron Kloster
Protesters have been preventing Teal Jones’ road building and logging crews from accessing its cut block on Tree Forest License 46 at various access points for nearly seven months. RAINFOREST FLYING SQUAD

Feb. 20, 2021

Teal Jones has filed an application with the Supreme Court of British Columbia for an injunction to remove blockades at Fairy Creek near Port Renfrew and other areas of its logging operations on the South Island.

Carl Meyer
Canopy executive director Nicole Rycroft stands next to straw bales at Columbia Pulp Mill in Washington. Rycroft photo

February 9th 2021

For Nicole Rycroft, the first modern, tree-free commercial-scale pulp mill in North America was a “lightbulb moment” about the climate crisis.

The new mill in eastern Washington state, called Columbia Pulp, runs entirely without woodchips.

Instead, it makes pulp, for paper products like tissues and food containers, out of some of the hundreds of millions of tonnes of wheat straw that is left over after farmers harvest their grain.

Barry Saxifrage
For the first time, Canada has proposed a way to meet its climate targets, but it will take a lot more tough legislation to rein in emissions, writes Barry Saxifrage. Photo from NASA

January 18th 2021

There’s good news and bad news about Canada’s 2030 climate target.

The good news is that for the first time, Canada has proposed a way to meet a climate target. The government’s recently announced Healthy Environment and a Healthy Economy (HEHE) plan contains enough new climate policy proposals that, if implemented, will allow Canada to reach its 2030 target.

Roxanne Egan-Elliott
Protesters set up a blockade in early August to prevent logging company Teal Jones from building a road into the Fairy Creek headwaters and have maintained a constant presence for more than 140 days. SUBMITTED

Dec. 20, 2020

A group of protesters trying to protect old-growth forests have been blocking a logging road near Port Renfrew for nearly five months and say they’ll remain as long as the trees are threatened.

Vancouver Island Water Watch Coalition
10th December 2020
New Blockade to Halt Road-Building New or Updated
Rain4est Flying Squad Deploys New Blockade to Halt Road-Building into the Last Ancient Forests of Bugaboo Creek

rain4est flyingsquad Dec 8

Barry Saxifrage
Forest - The logging industry continues to cut faster than Canada's managed forests can keep up with. Photo by: Joe Stone

November 2nd 2020

Canada's vast managed forest lands used to be critical allies in our climate fight and efforts to build a sustainable, carbon neutral forestry economy. That's because these forests used to be healthy enough to absorb the huge amounts of CO2 created by the logging industry's harvests — plus lots more.

Stephen Pyne
A burning forest. Photo by Matt Howard on Unsplash.

October 23rd 2020

This article was originally published by Yale Environment 360 and appears here as part of Canada's National Observer's collaboration with Climate Desk.


There is a paradox at the core of Earth’s unravelling firescapes.


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