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BC Conservationists Freak Out Over Shocking Loophole in Old-Growth Protection – You Won’t Believe What They Found!

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BC Conservationists Freak Out Over Shocking Loophole in Old-Growth Protection – You Won’t Believe What They Found!

Conservationists and the B.C. government are in disagreement over the effectiveness of provincial old-growth protection measures. The Ancient Forest Alliance has identified a “significant conservation loophole” that it claims has resulted in the omission of thousands of hectares of at-risk old-growth forest from logging deferrals. The group argues that data errors by the B.C. government have led to the logging of old-growth forests that should have been protected. The B.C. government has issued temporary logging deferrals for 2.6 million hectares of old-growth forest in 2021, but the Ancient Forest Alliance believes that there are still areas being logged that should have been included in the deferral process. The group has drawn attention to the Quatsino Sound area on Vancouver Island, where it claims that 36.5 hectares of endangered old-growth forest are set to be cut down due to misclassification. The B.C. government has stated that harvesting in the area would only proceed with approval from supporting First Nations and that it is investing in new data and technologies to improve forest inventory. The government has also suspended harvesting in some areas to ensure that at-risk ancient and old-growth forest that were missed in the inventory are considered for deferral. The Ancient Forest Alliance’s criticism comes as the province announces a new $150-million conservation funding mechanism to protect old-growth forests. The group has praised the government for taking this action but believes that further steps need to be taken to protect old-growth forests. The B.C. government should use field verification systems recommended by its science panel to defer logging and dedicate additional funds to help First Nations offset potential revenue losses from foregoing logging in valuable old-growth stands.

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