Petition to Protect Endangered Old Growth Forests

Updated: Apr 12

The petition closes for signatures on April 25, 2021.

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e-3301 Petition to the House of Commons in Parliament assembled

Whereas:

  • Indigenous peoples have rights and titles to their traditional territories and have been stewards of these lands since time immemorial;

  • The climate crisis requires action by all levels of government and industry;

  • Old-growth forests provide immeasurable benefits, including carbon sequestration, biodiversity, culture, recreation, education, food and more;

  • Valley-bottom high productivity old-growth ecosystems in British Columbia are endangered;

  • Of the remaining 2.7% of original high productivity old-growth forests in British Columbia, 75% are still slated to be logged;

  • Only 9% of the original 360,000 hectares of valley-bottom high productivity old-growth on Vancouver Island remain today and only 2.6% of those forests are protected in parks;

  • The last unprotected intact old-growth valley on Southern Vancouver Island, Fairy Creek, is slated for logging, along with the upper Walbran Valley and other remaining pockets of old-growth; and

  • Most Canadians support sustainable harvesting of second and third growth forests, but do not support logging old-growth trees or destroying their surrounding ecosystems.

We, the undersigned, citizens and residents of Canada, call upon the House of Commons in Parliament assembled to: 1. Work with the provinces and First Nations to immediately halt logging of endangered old-growth ecosystems; 2. Fund the long-term protection of old-growth ecosystems as a priority for Canada’s climate action plan and reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples; 3. Support value-added forestry initiatives in partnership with First Nations to ensure Canada’s forestry industry is sustainable, and based on the harvesting of second and third growth forests;

4. Ban the export of raw logs and maximize resource use for local jobs; and 5 Ban the use of whole trees for wood pellet biofuel production.


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