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A more detailed account of what I witnessed yesterday on the Caycuse Main, unceded Ditidaht territory, south of Lake Cowichan 🧵

Content Warning: police, arrests

#bcpoli #cdnpoli
Yesterday I attended a morning vigil on the Caycuse Main, a logging road on unceded Ditidaht territory that leads into one of the blockade locations on the south Island where old-growth logging is being resisted by grassroots activists and Indigenous land defenders.
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I arrived just before 7am, shortly after the vigil began. I learned that the plan was to hold space on the road, turn away industry vehicles (one was turned away when I was there) but not to hold a firm blockade if told by the RCMP to move.
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Today, the B.C. Supreme Court ruled in favor of forestry company Teal Jones Group and their injunction application to remove protestors and blockades from #FairyCreek. It sets the stage for #OldGrowth logging in the last intact old growth valley on Southern Van Island. 1/ #bcpoli
It is time for the @bcndp to step in, revoke permits for Teal Jones Group and come to the table with conservation financing to provide real options for a path forward to save #FairyCreek. 2/ #bcpoli #OldGrowth
.@jjhorgan promised to implement all of the recommendations of the #OldGrowth Review Panel, including immediate deferrals of logging in high-value at-risk forests. The #FairyCreek watershed is the definition of a high-risk ecosystem. 3/ #bcpoli
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Today in QP I asked about #FairyCreek. There is an injunction request by Teal Jones to remove the blockades from #FairyCreek and start roadbuilding in this valley. It sets the stage for #OldGrowth logging in the last intact old growth valley on Southern Van Island. 1/ #bcpoli
My question was directed at Premier @jjhorgan, he didn’t stand to answer - instead Minister @KatrineConroy made banal, generic statements she’s been making for weeks, and in her answer she did not refer to #FairyCreek even once. 2/ #bcpoli #OldGrowth
The #FairyCreek watershed is the very definition of an ancient, high-risk ecosystem that the #OldGrowth Strategic Review Panel recommended be protected while a strategy is developed. No valleys like it remain on Southern Vancouver Island, they've all been logged. 3/ #bcpoli
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Yesterday's BC govt announcement on old growth forests is beyond disappointing. Not sure if anyone is following it, given everything else that is going on. But oh man. Where to start. #bcpoli #oldgrowth
I'm listening in on a thread by BC forest scientists: "While this is more good news than we have seen in nearly 20 yrs it's too little too late, & just imagine how much old growth has been devoured since the NDP took power? Plus these are only deferrals not solid protection yet"
Vs "This is not a "new approach." It's more of the same "talk & log." Are they putting aside real old growth that was to be logged? Or is it the old bait & switch? The entire system has to change incl. the way BC NDP continues to delay & consult, delay & consult, delay & consult"
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(1/18) 📢Need videos for #teaching about #forestry? 📢My @ubcforestry online field course just wrapped up. I spent weeks making 113 videos (10 hours!). Videos are organized by playlists below. About 1/4 are #VR 360-degree videos.

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(2/18) Master video list. All videos, somewhat ordered.
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(3/18) Old-Growth Forest. #OldGrowth
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Vancouver Sun: "Scientists conclude B.C.'s count of old-growth forest greatly overestimated" (It's not 13.2m hectares; it's 35,000 hectares!)
We're lucky to have this fully independent report from forest scientists that contradicts govt figures. #bcpoli vancouversun.com/news/local-new…
..To put these BC old growth forest figures into perspective:
* BC = 95 million hectares or the size of WA, Oregon & California combined
* BC govt says ~13m hectares of old growth remains
* Independent report says only 35,000 hectares remains: size of 86 Stanley Parks.
#bcpoli
..This is a massive discrepancy between what the BC govt claims is left of old growth forests and what this independent report by renowned forest scientists says is really left of old growth forests. You MUST respond to this, @DonaldsonDoug @jjhorgan @GeorgeHeyman. #bcpoli
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