Ancient Douglas Fir Grove on the Chopping Block
ne of the last remaining intact old-growth Douglas Fir groves on
Vancouver Island is slated to be logged today, following an injunction
last week against protestors who halted an earlier attempt to commence
work. The forest, near Nanoose Bay, is known in logging parlance as DL33
and is home to red-listed Coastal Douglas Fir.
Early work on DL33 last week, before it was halted by protesters.
issue is pitting environmentalists against the local First Nation, as
the company doing the logging, Snaw-Naw-As Forest Services Ltd, is
aboriginal-owned. But conservationists were shocked to learn at the BC
Supreme Court this past Friday that the First Nation has already got a
buyer lined up to purchase the logs - namely Timberwest.
spokesperson for the Mid-Island Chapter of the Wilderness Committee
slammed Timberwest's involvement in a recent press release.
is certified by the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) – which says
on its website that: SFI labels are recognized globally and provide a
visual cue to help customers source responsibly managed forest
products," said the Wilderness Committee's Annette Tanner.
we also note that Timberwest's website states that: 'Protection of
biodiversity is a key element of sustainable forest management and
TimberWest continually strives to improve efforts to sustain key habitat
for plants and wildlife. This endeavor is not only part of delivering
on our social and environmental license to operate, it meets the
increasing market demand for products from timberlands that have been
independently certified as having high standards of environmental
management,'" said Tanner.
successfully obtained an injunction against the protestors who
interrupted early work at DL33 several weeks ago, it is expected the
logging will commence today.
Wilderness Committee and its supporters are focusing their attention on
the would-be buyer of these old-growth Douglas Fir logs in a last-ditch
effort to save this rare forest. An offer from Timberwest to purchase
the logs, obtained by the Wilderness Committee, was dated October 24,
suggesting the purchase agreement was likely the catalyst for this
logging to commence.
It remains to be
seen whether this negative publicity for Timberwest has any effect on
the planned work or whether cancelling their contract with the First
Nation would prompt its logging company to reconsider the project.