Current Problems: Environment

Exploring Theme: "Forest Management"

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February 15, 2024


First Nations’ Rights and Interests Must Be Part of the Future of Forests

NationTalk: WENDAKE, QC – A consultation meeting is scheduled this morning between First Nations and the Ministère des Ressources naturelles et des Forêts (MRNF) as part of the Round Tables on the Future of the Forest. This process was announced in November 2023 by Minister Maïté Blanchette Vézina. This new initiative by the Quebec government...

January 29, 2024


15 Fairy Creek land defenders sued for $10M by Teal-Jones

Defendants say the lawsuit is meant to silence old growth activists A road blockade at Fairy Creek. Photo: Harley Gordon / Capital Daily The Tyee: Capital Daily – Things have been quiet lately in the Fairy Creek watershed. Logging in the area has been deferred until 2025 and the injunction that prevented protesters from blocking...

January 26, 2024


Study says harvesting trees is damaging boreal forest in Quebec, Ontario 

APTN News: A new study published in the academic journal Land says that harvesting trees is severely damaging the boreal forest and wildlife in Quebec and Ontario. “While tropical forests have been the focus of extensive research on biodiversity losses from deforestation and degradation [8], the boreal forest biome also contains globally significant environmental values...

December 15, 2023


Blockade goes up in Wemotaci over dispute with council on forestry agreement

APTN News: After the Atikamekw council of Wemotaci signed a forestry framework agreement with the government of Quebec, a blockade was erected in protest because some community members say they were not consulted. Dave Petiquay, who represents the Petiquay family, says some traditional families were not consulted in the on-going negotiations between the Wemotaci council...

December 15, 2023


The Case of the Ghostly Trestle

On the northern Sunshine Coast, a popular lake preserves the remnants of early settler history The Tyee: A few summers ago, my friend Nola took me paddle boarding at Haslam Lake, in one of the more accessible recreational forest areas surrounding what is currently known as Powell River, B.C. We drove down a logging road...

December 13, 2023


Exclusive: Docs Blocked by BC NDP Raise Questions about First Nation Statement on Fairy Creek Protests

The Pacheedaht First Nation’s statement was an ideological bomb for protesters and their supporters. Was it influenced by the BC government? Joshua Wright / Wikimedia Commons NationTalk: The Walrus – IN THE SPRING of 2021, all eyes were on Fairy Creek, Vancouver Island. The valley, which contained one of the largest unbroken tracts of old-growth forest...

October 30, 2023


Forest range licence renewed without consultation, First Nation says

Halfway River First Nation says the provincial government has failed to consult with them over a forest tenure range located at the Crystal Springs Ranch.  First Nations Law Report: Halfway River First Nation has filed a B.C. Supreme Court petition to protect their treaty rights, following a provincial licence renewal for a forest tenure range located...

September 5, 2023


Did a High-Profile Wildfire Review Lead to Real Change?

Five years later, the co-chairs say much more action is needed. Andrew MacLeod 5 Sep 2023The Tyee Andrew MacLeod is The Tyee’s Legislative Bureau Chief in Victoria and the author of All Together Healthy (Douglas & McIntyre, 2018). Find him on Twitter or reach him at amacleod@thetyee.ca. NationTalk: the Tyee – Maureen Chapman, co-chair of a review five years ago into...

August 29, 2023


30 years after Clayoquot Sound protests, old-growth logging continues unabated: B.C. conservation group

Forest management in region since so-called War of the Woods should be model for rest of B.C., critics say Chad Pawson · CBC News · Posted: Aug 29, 2023 6:13 PM EDT | Last Updated: 3 hours ago CBC News: The Sierra Club of B.C. says the logging of large old trees in verdant, biodiverse forests on Vancouver Island...

July 20, 2023


New forest surveillance system exposes ongoing old growth logging in British Columbia, amid ongoing calls for transparency

Stand.earth Research Group’s ‘Forest Eye’ combines government data with remote sensing and satellite imagery to send the public alerts about recent logging in old growth forests in proposed deferral areas NationTalk: xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) and səl̓ílwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Territories (Vancouver, BC) –  Award-winning researchers launched a bespoke data mapping tool today exposing the state of of old...

April 18, 2023


Fairy Creek old-growth protesters celebrate as a slew of contempt charges are withdrawn

Decision comes after earlier court ruling found RCMP did not properly read the injunction to protesters CBC News: The B.C. Prosecution Service says it has withdrawn contempt charges against 11 old-growth logging protesters accused of breaching a court injunction during blockades at Fairy Creek on Vancouver Island. Spokesperson Gordon Comer says prosecutors were in court Tuesday to...

April 7, 2023


‘We will never give up on defending our land’: Ontario declares 10-year logging ban in Grassy Narrows

In a letter to Chief Rudy Turtle of the Asubpeeschoseewagong Netum Anishinabek First Nation, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry said it has abandoned its plans to open up a portion of the First Nation’s traditional forest to commercial logging for the next 10 years CBC News: For more than two decades, the people...

March 16, 2023


We Need to Talk about Private Forest Lands

A gap in government protection is undermining Indigenous rights and environmental protection. The Tyee: The B.C. government has been roundly applauded for removing a key word from the provincial regulations governing forest planning.  For two decades the word “unduly” has limited the protection of so-called “non-timber” values in B.C. forests. Wildlife habitat, soil, biodiversity and...

March 10, 2023


Canada, home to a massive boreal forest, lobbied to limit U.S., EU anti-deforestation bills

Canada’s boreal forest covers 270 million hectares, spanning from Yukon through to N.L. CBC News: Canada is facing international criticism for undermining efforts to protect one of the world’s last primary forests — our own. Jennifer Skene, natural climate solutions policy manager for the Washington-based Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), accuses the Canadian government of...

December 2, 2022


Grassy Narrows just secured a ‘major landmark’ — 20 years after its logging blockade began

First Nation in northwestern Ontario gains promise that no logging company or lumber mill will touch trees from their land without their permission. Toronto Star: For 20 years, they’ve blockaded and marched, gone to court and negotiated, sang and drummed to protect their forest from clear-cutting. And on the eve of the celebration of two...

October 4, 2022


Three First Nations have filed for legal action against Ontario over boreal forests

Toronto Star: Three Ontario First Nations have filed for legal action against the provincial government for its management of the province’s boreal forests. The chiefs of the Missanabie Cree First Nation, Brunswick House First Nation and Chapleau Cree First Nation have filed a court case alleging Ontario is responsible for the degrading health of the...

January 9, 2022


Indigenous Rights: Conservation vs Logging: Fairy Creek

Toronto Star: The Indigenous-led Fairy Creek protest on southern Vancouver Island, active since August 2020 and with 1,188 arrests, so far, is the largest act of civil disobedience in Canadian history. The RCMP has reportedly spent $6.8 million on policing in 2021, cycling in officers from round the province for one- to three-week stints. Pacheedaht...

December 1, 2021


Indigenous Rights: Conservation vs Logging: Fairy Creek

NationTalk – First Nations leaders from across B.C. and Technical Advisory Panel member Dr. Rachel Holt called on the provincial government to take faster action to protect threatened old-growth forests and commit the resources necessary to support First Nations through this process with immediate deferrals. Following the government’s announcement of its intention to defer 2.6...

September 9, 2021


Indigenous Rights: Conservation vs Logging: Fairy Creek

Ricochet – “Double standard: B.C. requires Indigenous consent for forest conservation but not logging”. Among the specific recommendations in an independent report “A New Future for Old Forests: A Strategic Review of How British Columbia Manages for Old Forests Within its Ancient Ecosystems” is the deferral of logging in all at-risk old-growth forests in B.C....

August 17, 2021


BC Government ignores First Nations Forest Strategy

Tŝilhqot’in, Lake Babine & Carrier Sekani Territories: Our Nations call on the Province to significantly rethink and revise the Forestry Intentions Paper content that is intended to address Crown Indigenous reconciliation, and commit to a process to co-draft a revised version of the Paper with our Nations, other interested First Nations, and the First Nations...

February 16, 2021


BC Government ignores First Nations Forest Strategy

BC First Nations Forestry Council – The Forest Stewardship Council of Canada (FSC) has announced their full support of the BC First Nations Forest Strategy (the ‘Forest Strategy’). Released in May 2019, the Forest Strategy was developed in collaboration with the BC Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations & Rural Development (MFLNRORD) to advance...

February 3, 2021


First Nations issues with the 2021-2031 Timiskaming Forest Management Plan

Toronto Star – First Nations leaders from Temagami, Matagami, Matachewan, Teme-Augama Anishnabai, Beaverhouse, and Timiskaming cited concerns that the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) and Timiskaming Forest Alliance Inc. (TFAI) were not taking seriously their concerns or the long-term health and sustainability of the forest and the use of herbicides. The First...

November 16, 2020


BC Government ignores First Nations Forest Strategy

NationTalk – [Op-Ed] BC First Nations in Forestry: What Does Commitment Mean? – In several letters sent to BC First Nations in 2018 and 2019 the Government committed to involving Nations in the development of forest policy, including legislative and regulatory review. Regardless of these commitments, the BC Government made significant changes to forest policies...

September 22, 2020


First Nations lawsuit against Forest Management Plan

Wawa News – This legal action is being advanced by three Ontario First Nations. It focuses on the refusal by the Ontario Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks to order an Environmental Assessment (EA) or impose conditions on the Gordon Cosens Forest Management Plan (FMP). At issue is whether conditions for sustainability are met and...

May 1, 2019


BC Government ignores First Nations Forest Strategy

BC First Nations Forest Strategy (Draft) May 2019 Guiding principles To advance reconciliation by recognizing First Nations as governments with an increasing role in the governance and stewardship of forest lands and resources in BC; NOT ADDRESSED To honour and move forward on the commitments made by the Province to fully implement the United Nations...

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