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15th March 2021
...Continued from Part 1

“What governments and corporations need to do is to take a step back and view old-growth forests not as commercialized products to be harvested and sold, but as the bedrock foundations of a healthy, biodiverse environment that First Nations have been stewards over since time immemorial,” he said.

“Old-growth forests help sustain our livelihoods and possess incalculable cultural and spiritual value that is far from pecuniary.”

Phillip called for immediate deferrals of all logging of old growth and the inclusion of First Nations in developing and implementing an old-growth protection strategy.

Also in late February, Susan Yurkovich, the president and CEO of the BC Council of Forest Industries, and Jeff Bromley, the chair of the Wood Council of Canada with the United Steelworkers union, co-wrote an opinion piece published in the Vancouver Sun that supported the government’s plans to review the province’s forest policy.

“It is also important to get this review right and ensure the result is an evidenced-based, balanced, provincewide strategy not only for old growth, but all of B.C.’s forests,” they wrote. “A strategy that ensures healthy and resilient fo