To begin with: This post is in no way protesting tree farming, or sustainable forestry. We all use the resource, and with responsible practices it is a healthy part of our economy. However, the logging of endangered lower-valley massive old growth is wrong both in science, and morality.
I came across this photo that @orcacedarbough shared on FB of two massive old growth trees (a clever angle makes it look like one tree) that are likely around 1000 years old being logged in Northern Vancouver Island. The vast majority of valley bottom high productivity rainforest on Vancouver Island has been logged. But, despite the scarcity the industry still cuts just under two football fields worth per day. It is completely unacceptable for this province to not be producing a law to protect our remaining high-productivity old growth. Full stop.
We are allowing one of the most incredible publicly owned ecosystems on Earth to be erased simply out of the greed of few. The @bcndp needs to table and action change and stop expecting the fox to keep itself out of an open hen-house.
@johnhorgan4bc @greenpartybc @bcndp lets see some action and transparent public inquiry into these forestry practices.
That's Jan, my friend/mentor/spirit-animal in the middle. She's 75. I have to repeat that to myself to confirm because it just doesn't seem right. But she is. (The number really has no relationship to her physical abilities.) Those are her hiking buddies, Brenda (late 60's,) and Grace (76) who I had the GREAT pleasure of scaling Vancouver Island mountains with. TOUGH A** BROADS, these gals. All three are wives, mothers, grandmothers who've endured some pretty unimaginable losses and heartache in their lives. BUT unapologetically tap in to nature every.single.day as therapy. They hike/bike/Kayak, meticulously and lovingly care for the land. When they leave a campsite, they break it down and leave no trace. Putting every fire-pit rock back where they found it so the next passersby can enjoy nature seemingly untouched. They once spent weeks cleaning up an old, abandoned weed-growing op, (not against weed, just all the crap and degradation of the land,) that was left behind. Hauling down heavy hoses, garbage, barrels and chemicals day after day. They're an incredible inspiration to me and who I aspire to live as physically as at that age!!! Can't wait to meet up with them again!
(Got this pic sent to me over email a few days ago from one of their daily adventures.)
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I’m back from my week on Vancouver Island! I normally just visit Tofino, but this year we spent some extra time in the southwestern part of the Island near Sooke and Port Renfrew. It amazed me how different it was. No crowds, no traffic, no cell service, no…. anything, really. Just us, the beach, and our little cabin in the woods.
I can’t say if this would be the same in high season, but I definitely know we’ll be back again soon. Juan de Fuca trail, anyone? 😊
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