No More Ancient Forest Logging, Anywhere, Anytime

Rainforest logsThere exists a terrible, painful split within the forest conservation movement between those working to preserve with full protection [search] all the world's remaining ancient forests, and those that believe that certified industrial forest logging [search] of the world's last forest wildlands adequately protects these resources and their ecological values. The latter have worked for two decades and have failed both to demonstrate ecologically sustainable forest management on any scale, and to acknowledge and adapt to new science that indicates selective logging irreversibly diminishes biodiversity and ecosystems, including ancient forests' ability to hold carbon.

The same groups that greenwashed the sell-out of British Columbia's ancient temperate rainforests to logging interests (most major environmental groups and foundations) are at it again – this time working with a voracious largely clearcut logging industry in Canada's boreal forests. These formerly massive forests are being devastated by intensive logging that is both unnecessary – for throw away products like Kleenex tissues – and is ecologically devastating. The forest sell-outs are wheeling and dealing with big foundation money to legitimize industrial ancient forest logging. The forest conservation movement must not allow a deal in Canada's boreal forests, Africa or anywhere else that justifies continued diminishment of these critical global ecological systems. The answer is to end ancient forest logging, not try to reform it yet again.
Be warned, any deal with industry that allows continued industrial forestry for token protected areas in Canada will be vociferously blocked by bright green activists. Ending all ancient forest logging anywhere and anytime it is occurring is a global imperative if the Earth System (Gaia if you will) is to continue to function. Too many large, contiguous old-growth forest blocks have been lost already to maintain an operable biosphere. All that remain must be protected, and secondary forests restored and allowed to again become old-growth.
What is needed is more programs that pay for forests to not be industrially developed – that offset the opportunity costs to local governments and peoples for deciding to maintain their large natural forest ecosystems in an intact condition. We need to follow the example reported on in Bolivia and pay for the biodiversity and ecosystem benefits including carbon sequestration these vital Earth organs provide.
Those working to “certify” desecration of the world's ancient forests as being “environmentally friendly” do not understand the magnitude of the threats posed by both forest loss and diminishment, and climate change. The future of the Earth and humanity is at stake. Saving the Earth and humanity requires among other things large contiguous forest ecosystems. And we must be willing to pay for it. EcoInternet will maintain its campaign to confront those – even our mislead environmental brethren – that carry out or are greenwashing ancient forest logging. This is the last warning, expect a major campaign soon.

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15 Responses

  1. Michael Patrikeev says:

    It is known perfectly well that logging of boreal forest will last no longer than 30 years. By that time there will be no mature timber left standing. Few years ago, we have had a hard time finding uncut blocks of 100 by 100 km for a martin study. At the end we found four, but one was already sold to a logging company.
    Woodland Caribou in NE Ontario is in deep trouble, partly because the government does not recognize its existence south of Hwy 11. Martin population apparently crashed in some areas because of low prey number, yet martin trapping will continue w/o reduced quotas. The logging companies are now eyeing wet stunted boreal forest growing on ridges between the currently allocated area (“The area of undertaking”) and the Hudson Bay. It seems like they will be granted their wish.

  2. Dr I. Phillips says:

    We must preserve our ancient woodlands. I think that allowing logging is the “thin end of the wedge”. Logging companies will exploit whatever chances they get, and conservation is rarely their concern.

  3. SUN WONG says:

    I agree with no more ancient forest logging on earth again.

  4. Heidemarie Coody says:

    It is really hard for me to believe that this egregious abuse continues. How can the greed of mankind push the need for survival aside? Have these Captains of Industry realized that they will choke and die with the slaves they are turning nations into? Probably not, since they are continuing to rape the planet in the name of the almighty dollar. It is despicable, unacceptable and must be stopped. We can not afford to continue cutting the only things that assist our survival and need for oxygen on this overly polluted planet. The logging of our forests is not sustainable and will lead to a horrible end for the earth as we know it. What are these companies trying to accomplish, why are we, with the exception of a few, sitting on our hands and waiting for our ultimate doom? Our children and grandchildren deserve better than a desert planet at best ~ scenes right out of “Dune” and “Sandkings”. I call upon everyone that has a grain of decency and conscience to take action to put a stop to the abuse of Gaia and come to her aid! Thank You!

  5. Rich says:

    “Certified” Destruction.

  6. Kate says:

    I agree,
    its time the logging of our forests was brought to a halt forever.
    Look at what happened to the Amazan due to logging, this has shifted several mitres. Remember this is the largest rain forest in the world.
    Where do you think your water comes from, the Amazan feeds all the rivers in the world, put simply if the Amazan is destroyed – you die.
    15% of the four million square kilometres of Amazon rain forest inside Brazil has already been destroyed.
    Can't go on for much longer – can it?
    Nice to see that the Penans are winning their case. They too have suffered much at the hands of the loggers.

  7. stephen bartrup says:

    take direct action

  8. Derek says:

    I don't think you'll have change until there are alternatives that are obvious and known and available to everyone.
    How can you build a nice 2-storey, 2000sqft house without wood (the same beauty and quality as today's home)?
    How do we replace our furniture? Is there tree farm furniture avaible?
    Paper? Hemp I suppose.
    But until these things are brought to market and can replace the economics of and wealth that forests brings, it will not change.
    Maybe replaces are in the market, but why do most people not know about them? Perhaps the emphasis should be promoting the entreprentualship that brings innovated products to market and markets them affectively.

  9. Swami Mark Alla'n Anand Dharm-Reese says:

    It is a CRIME, to earth, G*D, our children, and ourselves. BOYCOTT on some massive level against products by those to do this insanity is one way to start getting their attention.
    Having an Ecology Secret Spy “James Bond” group, might be a necessity. Focused action against VIPs in charge. Sugar in tanks. Soviets saved much Nature in the past by “officials
    engaged in acts against their VIPS to protect places in Nature against more wreckage. After losing much necessary heavy equipment to sugar and sand in tanks, one project died, years ago.
    These are Sacred Sites, of absolute value to everyone. There is very little of any value in those who continue in this fashion, with all due respect to my brothers and sisters, in “Logging” — find another job, lose your fear of the future, change careers, like many of us have, in respect to Planet and Species.

  10. Sarah Wolfe says:

    Remember…it is the “Captains of Industry” that do control this world of ours. The politicians, heads of state, etc. are their puppets; therefore, MONEY TALKS and only money in ways we cannot even begin to imagine. I hope this campaign can make a difference, and we can but try to make “them”, those who are truly the powers that be, hear our plea. Unless these powerful people truly have rocketships to other planets, don't they have to live on Earth too?

  11. Rick Zeamer says:

    I agree that logging ancient forests must be stopped everywhere, in order to have a chance to preserve the species there and as a best hedge against CO2 buildup. THese are the real world.
    Only people with no perception of value and no love for the creatures who are our companions on earth can do accept a logging allowed policy.

  12. vynette says:

    One of the most devastating impositions on our planet today is the loss of natural habitat due to overpopulation.
    Why is it that no world leaders speak out against the Vatican's dictates and doctrines prohibiting birth control? Why is it that we hear no voice of outrage against the ban on using condoms to prevent the spread of AIDS?
    Have we no statesmen and women left? None with the courage to speak out?
    The Vatican policy on bith control and condoms is a crime against humanity!

  13. Kent Mullin says:

    You're getting close to the truth Ricl Z.
    The truth is that it's not only the Catholic Church that is at fault here, it's all of us. We all think that we have a right to get married (or not) and have kids and the population booms out of control. The U.S. count just zoomed over 300 million (I remember when it was 200 M.) There is not a serious problem facing the world today that does not relate to overpopulation. We are the market. If there weren't so damned many of us they wouldn't be cutting down so many trees. We can blame Big Industry for polluting, but the truth is that if we werent so numerous there'd be fewer vehicles venting noxious gasses into our atmosphere less demand for coal generated electricity, less population spread into pristine areas, less chemical waste in our water, and on and on infinitum. I may be wrong but I dont think I hear anybody clamouring for population (birth) control. It seems to me that we all want to attack (or complain about) the symptoms but no one wants to talk about or tackle the real problem.

  14. Kent Mullin says:

    Sorry, my comment should have read –
    You're getting close to the truth vynette.

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