I had another meeting about old-growth with reps from a First Nation in BC this morning. Like a lot of these conversations, it was incredible heartbreaking and frustrating.

LONG thread on the BC government's broken approach on old-growth forests.
#bcpoli #oldgrowth #UNDRIP
The Nation I talked to, like all in BC, have had some of the threatened old-growth in their territory recommended for deferrals (two year holds on logging) by the provincial government.

The province has asked the Nation to inform them of their intention within 30 days.
Like most of the 200+ First Nations in the province, this community is concerned about remaining old-growth and the continued logging of it.

Also like many Nations here, they're involved in logging, after 100+ years of being excluded from economic development on their land.
The provincial government sent the Nation the maps pertaining to their territory that show where the at-risk old-growth that is recommended for deferral is, and said the deferrals will go ahead if the Nation agrees.
#bcpoli #oldgrowth
The problem is that the Nation doesn't know
a) whether the most important forest within its territory is included in the province's recommendations of not, and
b) what the economic impacts of agreeing to do the deferrals would be.

The Nation told me they do not have the capacity to analyze the data from the province and answer these questions.

The province has not provided any assistance whatsoever to help the Nation do this.
#bcpoli #oldgrowth
Without resource to hire a consulting firm to do this work, that Nation's only option is to ask the logging corporations with licenses on their territory to help, but because of their obvious biases (timber harvesting, profit), they don't trust them.
#bcpoli #oldgrowth
This community doesn't feel it's able to say yes or no to the government's proposed deferrals at this point. They are aware that in the meantime, irreplaceable old-growth is being logged on their territory, and the threat of irreversible biodiversity loss grows.
My meeting this morning was with reps from one Nation, but this scenario is playing out on hundreds of territories in B.C.

As the @UBCIC's Grand Chief Stewart Philip has put it, the @bcndp "is hiding behind Indigenous people."

#bcpoli #oldgrowth
The government's approach pretends that every Nation is in a position to say "yes, do the deferrals, regardless of the economic consequences," or "no, don't do the deferrals, regardless of the loss of biodiversity."

I'm not aware of a single Nation in either position.
As a conservationist, this is heartbreaking.

As a settler trying to challenge the colonialism I'm complicit in, it's infuriating.

After 150 years of oppressing Indigenous peoples, the BC government is unfairly placing all responsibility to protect old-growth on them.

Under the status quo, there are economic incentives for Indigenous and rural communities to sign-off on logging the last old-growth forests.

Protecting them requires providing the same or greater incentive to conserve it. That's the @bcndp's responsibility, nothing less.
The BC NDP government is failing to meet this responsibility, instead opting for an approach that pretends as though the economic pressures placed on First Nations after 150 years of their resources being stolen doesn't exist.
Hundreds and hundreds of millions of dollars have been spent building and maintaining the status quo in BC #forestry. Similar investment is needed to shift away from it.

This sucks, but this is the bed the government has made, and they have to lay in it.
The Old-growth Strategic Review panel didn't recommend deferral of logging in at-risk old-growth forests for fun -- they did it to prevent irreversible biodiversity loss.

Deferrals are not permanent, and so they should be immediate.
#bcpoli #oldgrowth
The BC government has the resources to calculate the financial impact of 2 year deferrals for every First Nation. It should do this, compensate the Nations for that amount, then provide resources to give them the capacity to engage in planning about permanent land use.
After 2 years, the old-growth will still be there, should a given Nation chose to cut some of it or protect it all.

Right now that choice isn't possible. Irreplaceable forests are dropping, and the people they belong to and who belong to them are left in the lurch.
The @bcndp government has gone to great lengths to wrap its messaging on old-growth in language about it's commitment to reconciliation.

It's actual approach could not be further from that.
BC has to do better.

Thank you for reading.
#bcpoli #oldgrowth

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Thread on climate change, infrastructure, resilience.

1/10 I oppose new fossil fuel infrastructure, old-growth logging and other things that we know are bad for the climate. The main excuse given for these things is a simple: we need them for jobs and the economy.
2/10 But with this week’s #BCFloods we’re getting a tiny taste of what the climate crisis that these things cause will bring.

We’ve stacked the deck in favour of these disasters, and now the cards are starting to be dealt.
3/10 The key piece here is that the climate fight is not about whether these events will keep happening. It’s too late for that. They will.

We’re fighting over whether the frequency and intensity of these disasters remains within our capacity to manage and respond to or not.
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Reeeeaaaallly long 🧵 about #oldgrowth in B.C.:

So, tomorrow marks two weeks until the one year anniversary of the release of the Old-Growth Strategic Review (OGSR) report.

You can check out the report here:

www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/far… #bcpoli #cdnpoli
The report was written by the OGSR panel, comprised of two expert foresters who undertook the most extensive review of forest policy ever done in BC from the fall of 2019 to spring 2020.

The panel gave its report to the @bcndp government on April 30, 2020.
#bcpoli #oldgrowth
Government sat on the report for more than four months, before publishing it Sept.11, 2020.

The report is good. Its assessment of the status quo as unsustainable and call for a paradigm shift echoed what the environmental movement has been saying for decades.
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LONG THREAD about forest industry jobs, based on Stats Can data:

So I'm looking at numbers on logging levels and forest sector employment for some research I'm doing, and comparing how many jobs are created by logging in different provinces.

#bcpoli #cdnpoli #forestry
2/30 The data is from this Stats Can data set, which lets you toggle between the numbers for logging (by volume or by area), employment, inventory, investment and other values.

#bcpoli #abpoli #cdnpoli #forests #forestry
3/30 I'm particularly interested in efficiency --not in the standard sense under capitalism, but with regard to the actual value this industry provides to our communities, in exchange for it's huge impacts, which anyone who follows me on here will be aware of my thoughts about.
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Some morning thoughts about #wildfires and forest management in #bcpoli:

About a month ago I started playing drop in soccer again.

My first night there, there were three guys I didn’t know, talking about setting wedges + other things I know to be associated with falling trees.
I asked them if they were arborists, or if they worked in the forest industry.

They said neither, they are forest fire fighters on the local crew. This was a couple days before the heat dome, and we talked about how busy they expected fire season to get in the coming weeks.
They haven’t been at soccer since, and, as there are mercifully fewer fires here on the Island, I assume that’s because they are redeployed to the interior, where hundreds of fires are raging.

#BCPoli #BCWildfires
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1/5 Most forest in BC isn’t old-growth.

Of the part that is, about half won’t ever be logged, as it’s either bog or high elevation forest with small, expensive-to-access trees that the industry doesn’t want.

#bcpoli #oldgrowth
2/5 Along with smaller trees, these forests contain less of the other values we associate with old-growth: biodensity and carbon storage, cultural resources, recreation and tourism potential.

They aren’t unimportant, but they are not what we collectively value as old-growth.
3/5 of the other half of remaining old-growth, about two thirds is protected, and again, this includes a lot of that bog/high elevation forest that has its own importance, but has less of the values that iconic old-growth contains.
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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.
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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