Tree Frog Forestry News

Vancouver Island old growth on brink of collapse, environmental group claims

July 19, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Vancouver Island’s forests are on pace for an ecological and economic collapse, according to new data collected by the Sierra Club of B.C. The environmental advocacy group is calling on the B.C. government to help phase out old growth logging in favour of younger second growth trees. “It’s urgent to enter this period of transition now and help industry move towards second growth logging in just a few years,” said the Sierra Club’s Jens Wieting. “Then we have a possibility to have old growth forest for tourism, as a carbon sink and for our children to enjoy in 50 or 100 years.” But the B.C. government is leery of sudden changes that might negatively affect the industry — one that contributes $2.5 billion to three levels of government and employs nearly 150,000 people.