–Log Watch press release
Five Sooke residents gathered this past week for the first meeting of Juan de Fuca Forest Watch. They shared in common concerns regarding the unprecedented rate and volume of deforestation in their backyard forests. Other residents of the Juan de Fuca area (from Metchosin/Sooke through Port Renfrew) are invited to join. Here is the group’s description as posted on their Facebook group page:
We are gravely troubled by the staggering rate and volume of deforestation in our region. We believe that our forests are being grossly mismanaged, and that these lands which should represent our commons have been unjustly expropriated in the name of fast profit for industry shareholders, at the expense of ecological sustainability and what is literally the birthright ground for future generations.
Our vision is two-fold: 1. An outright moratorium on old-growth logging. 2. A consistent practice of sustainable forestry that is accountable (in plain language) to elected, regional representatives and that fosters increased related employment.
To achieve these visions we will grow an active community of participation dedicated to reclaiming the intrinsic value of our forests. In so doing we might also redirect our attitudes and imaginations to a more just and viable economy.
“A tremendous amount of corruption and fraud has historically undermined the efforts of citizens to manage our forests with ecological and economical integrity,” says Darren Alexander, one of the group’s founding members. “Remember that the very first BC Forest Minister was jailed for accepting a $10,000 bribe from Western Forest Products, in exchange for the very first Tree Farm License.”
Tuesday, March 29 thru Friday, April 1 — Log Watch Witness Station
Volunteers will attend the witness station (find us near the Roundabout) in shifts throughout the day, from 6 AM through 6 PM, in order to document and photograph the scale, rate, and volume of timber that is shipped out of our region by so many truckloads every day. We hope that by documenting and sharing our findings we might begin to call question to this all-too-common scene.
- BC Chamber of Commerce Passes Resolution Calling on the Province to Expand Old-Growth Forest Protections
- Group seeks to share information on forestry corruption, collusion
- Log Watch launches, and starts counting
- NDP critical of increasing carbon emissions under Clark’s leadership
- Local business owner launches website and billboard, calling for a stop to old growth logging
- BC Liberals and NDP agree on the success of the Great Bear Rainforest agreement
- Sooke entrepreneur seeks to raise funds for Walbran awareness billboard on Pat Bay Highway
- Supreme court rules in favour of logging company Teal-Jones
- LETTER: Update on clear-cut logging of old growth at Carmanah/Walbran