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REPORTING · 28th December 2011
Merv Ritchie
Untouched regions of BC's oldest forests are still being threatened. The fight to protect watersheds and these unique ecosystems goes on year after year, decade after decade. Cortes Islanders have fought it before and they are fighting it again.

The attempt to stop the logging isn't a struggle against industrial development and economy it is a struggle to maintain their tiny life sustaining environment. The survival of the system is a sensitive balance. It works today. Tomorrow they may not be so fortunate.

A Brief Introduction From the Vancouver Province;

The petition demands that IT retain all remnants of old growth forest, protect all watersheds and salmonid habitat and maintain natural water flow and quality, respect all the principles and goals of the B.C. Sensitive Ecosystem Inventory and ban use of clearcut logging methods.

Read the Province Report Here.

And A Much More Indepth Report From The Vancouver Observer

Cortes Island is known for its balance of remoteness and accessibility. Serviced by ferries, float planes and water taxis, getting there still takes effort. People stay long enough for the island to take hold in their imaginations. Many come for inspiration at the Hollyhock Conference Centre, for practical farming guidance at the Linnaea Farm Ecological Gardening Programme, or to rent beach and lake side vacation houses. The year round community of about 1000 people is known for its warmth, creativity and deep civic engagement.

The islandís extensive trails lead to rich lagoons, hidden lakes, ridgeline vistas and the few stately old growth stands that earlier generations of loggers graciously left to live. Bush walkers quickly find the sense of belonging within natureís integrity which emanates from undisturbed places. Wolves, red legged frogs and other rare and endangered species rely on these rarely visited places.

The islandís best forests are privately managed by a company called Island Timberlands (IT). IT's parcels encompass swaths of woods that bisect the island from east to west. They hold the healthiest forests, the biggest trees and the islandís central water recharge area.

The eastern IT parcels abut the Klahoose First Nation reserve and contain significant old growth remnants that are slated as the first area of IT's planned operations. The IT parcels at the center of the island hold the Blue Jay Lake watershed, where water flows slowly past ancient trees into a giant swamp at the islandís epicenter.

Read The Full Report Here.

The petition can be found by clicking here