Forests

Photography has allowed Tavish to help shed light on the struggle to protect the last remaining old growth forests in the southern Great Bear Rainforest. Coastal Douglas fir and cedar forests untouched by humans are at less then 1% of historical presence on the south coast. Logging companies continue to target these rare beautiful stands, despite public outcry.

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Farlyn Campbell finds a stand of old growth Douglas fir on northern Quadra Island, ready to be logged in early 2014. Island residents were previously assured these trees would not be cut, a statement proven false on a walk through the cut-block. Cutting of this grove has been postponed due to public pressure but unfortunately a new logging road has already split the grove in half.

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Ancient red cedar and cypress fallen in 2013 near Thurlow Island, B.C.

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Loughborough Inlet Douglas fir, slated to be cut in 2014 by TimberWest Forest Corp. It is crucial that images such as these are shown to shareholders and the public in an effort to keep logging companies honest and accountable.

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Quadra Island Douglas fir felled in 2013.

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Topaz Harbour B.C. Block R1105, planned to be cut in 2014. 

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This 700 year old Douglas fir was felled in 2013 to make way for a logging road reaching out to a rare slope of similar sized trees near Loughborough Inlet B.C.. This area falls within the southernmost boundary of the Great Bear Rainforest and therefore must be managed according to the values of Ecosystem Based Management (EBM), a system aimed at balancing ecological integrity with human well-being. Even though EBM prohibits the cutting of trees such as these in this area, this particular block was surveyed in 1990 and thus “declared”, meaning exempt from EBM rules which came into effect in 2009. This makes EBM ineffectual on the south coast and in need of change if we want our last publicly owned giant trees to survive.