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Settler. Working for environmental justice with @wildernews. Middle-millennial, newish dad. Dog person. Demon on the cribbage board. All views my own. he/him
Jun 9 34 tweets 15 min read
The debate around old-growth forests in #bcpoli often heats up around quantity vs quality.

Megathread on #oldgrowth logging and the gutting of prime, valley-bottom forest in B.C.: A valley called Tessium Creek, in unceded Ma'amtagila territ The vast majority of remaining old-growth in this province is what scientists call "lower productivity" forests -- stands in areas where conditions like elevation, slope and aspect make for forests with smaller trees smaller less biodiversity. A sub-alpine forested area, with the smaller trees characterA coastal bog forest, with small, stunted trees characterist
Nov 24, 2021 18 tweets 8 min read
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
1/18 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.
Nov 17, 2021 10 tweets 3 min read
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.
Aug 27, 2021 33 tweets 20 min read
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:… #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
Jul 26, 2021 31 tweets 21 min read
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
Jul 20, 2021 13 tweets 7 min read
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.
Jun 18, 2021 5 tweets 3 min read
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.
May 26, 2021 17 tweets 7 min read
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.
May 30, 2018 12 tweets 6 min read
1/ I’m in an intensive 50 hour wilderness first aid course this week. When I got to class today and told some of my classmates about the federal government’s purchase of the #KinderMorgan #pipeline, most of them asked “wait, so they bought it so they can block it?”
#StopKM 2/ It seemed intuitive to all of them that given the government knows and promotes the fact that we need to be emitting less pollution, it would be in its interest to buy a project designed to do the opposite, and then cancel it.
When I explained that no, the government has...