Thursday, October 20, 2011

Come to the rally and info night with over 800 people to send an undeniable message to Christy Clark’s BC Liberal government that they MUST act during the next 18 months before a BC election or else face the consequences!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

7:00-8:30 pm

Alix Goolden Hall, 907 Pandora St., Victoria

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Speakers include Ken Wu and TJ Watt (Ancient Forest Alliance), Gisele Martin (Clayoquot Nuu-Cha-Nulth cultural eductor), Annette Tanner (WCWC Mid-Island), Jens Wieting (Sierra Club of BC), Arnold Bercov (Pulp, Paper, and Woodworkers of Canada union)

Join a diverse range of speakers on the need to protect British Columbia’s ancient forests and ensure sustainable forestry jobs.

British Columbia’s old-growth forests are highly endangered by industrial logging, with tens of thousands of hectares being clearcut each year.

See “before” and “after” maps of Vancouver Island here

The decline in coastal forestry employment in recent decades at its root has been driven by the depletion of the biggest, best old-growth stands in the valley bottoms and lower elevations, resulting in diminishing returns as trees get smaller and more expensive to reach higher up the mountainsides.

Meanwhile the BC government has done nothing to ensure that forest companies invest retool sawmills to handle smaller second-growth logs, let alone invest in value-added manufacturing facilities instead allowing a mass exodus of raw logs to leave for foreign mills – including over 1.1 million cubic meters of raw logs to China last year despite earlier assurances that “lumber, not logs” would be exported.

The loss of old-growth forests has not only resulted in the loss of forestry jobs, but also increasing numbers of endangered species, collapsing wild salmon stocks, the massive release of carbon into the atmosphere, and the steady erosion of First Nations cultures who evolved in old-growth forests.

Tell the BC Liberal government in this vital period to protect BC endangered old-growth forests, ensure sustainable second-growth forestry, end the export of raw log exports, and to implement First Nations land use plans and protected areas.

YOUR participation is VITAL to send the strongest message to the BC government!

Sign our online petition and forward to friends: www.ancientforestpetition.com

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For more info contact: info@ancientforestalliance.org

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