Failed BC Compromise Shows Need for No More Ancient Forest Logging
The following intriguing article questions the effectiveness of agreements reached between environmentalists and Canada's provincial British Columbia (BC) government to protect priceless temperate rainforest wildernesses including the Great Bear Rainforest. Covering some 20 million acres of endangered temperate rainforest, the Great Bear Rainforest is the most lucrative final frontier forest in North America. The article asks whether campaigns to reform industrial logging of old-growth forests can meaningfully succeed in promoting lasting forest conservation.
After years of environmental campaigns by the likes of Greenpeace and the Rainforest Action Network, which lead to many promises of reformed logging practices, eighty percent of the BC timber harvest continues to be derived from primeval ancient forests. And the new “consensus” document supported by many foundation-fat environmental groups plans that 80% of these forests will be logged and only remain as 20% protected areas. To their credit, Rainforest Action Network now admits that the deal has terrible consequences for British Columbia's rainforests. In effect their and others' campaigns to reform logging to make it “sustainable” and “certified” gave green cover for old growth logging to continue and recover from campaigns to end these practices.
The article stridently concludes that “compromise collaborationism with a voracious industrial menace will never protect the final forests of the world. British Columbian's (and I would add the world) should quit supporting any environmental organization which does not have NO MORE ANCIENT FOREST LOGGING, as its primary, uncompromising stance.” By failing to understand that voracious industrial destruction of forests can never be “sustainable”, groups like Greenpeace are as dangerous as the corporations they use to intervene against. You are either for protection and community eco-forestry management in the world's last dwindling old-growth forests or you are part of the problem, aiding and abetting destruction of the Earth's life-giving ecological heritage. Pick a forest and stop the industrial logging.