BC government: more old-growth logging deferrals coming
By Ellen Cools
The B.C. Ministry of Forests is planning to announce more deferrals for old-growth logging, as they work to meet the 14 changes the province committed to one year ago in the government-mandated old growth strategic review, “A New Future for Old Forests.”
When the review was first published last year, the B.C. government announced logging deferrals for around 197,000 hectares of old-growth in nine areas deemed at-risk. These deferrals are meant to protect trees and ecosystems until the provincial government implements new forestry rules, reports CBC News.
The provincial government also enacted a Special Tree Protection Regulation, which it says will protect up to 1,500 iconic large trees. The Modernizing Forest Policy in B.C. intentions paper incorporates the strategic review.
According to CBC News, 200,000 hectares of B.C.’s 57 million hectares of forested lands are logged, and 27 per cent of that comes from old growth.
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