-Article and photos submitted to SPN, from Gregory Varano
Communities staged protests across B.C. on Friday, urging the province to protect at-risk old-growth ecosystems from logging and to plan a better industry strategy. Communities in BC initiated demonstrations, actions or activities as part of this year’s Forest March BC, and more will likely come on board as the hours go by, said organizer Taryn Skalbania on Thursday.
“This upswell is because now we’re all seeing the effects of industrial clear-cut logging right in our backyards,” Skalbania said, adding she is helping co-ordinate protests in Peachland.
“There’s so little amount of cheap, accessible forests left, and they’re (operating) near our parks, protected areas, and they’re logging community watersheds.”
The NDP government promised to act on those recommendations during the election, she said.
“We have a new government with new mandate letters, but nothing is changing,” she said. “People are completely fed up.”
2019 was the year of the first Forest March in which nine communities participated. Last year it grew to17, this year 27 have participated In Victoria many protesters are backing the Fairy Creek blockade. They are trying to save some of the last remaining stands of ancient temperate rainforest on southern Vancouver Island.
These photos are of the activist marching up Government Street just of Yates St., taken by Sooke photojournalist Gregory Varano.
Gregory Varano Artist/ Photojournalist