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    UTOPOS Callum Monteith & Alex Tedlie-Stursberg Curated by Andrea Valentine-Lewis September 11 to October 10, 2020 Opening Friday, September 11, 7 to 9pm Deluge Contemporary Art 636 Yates Street, Victoria BC | deluge.ca Thursday to Saturday, 12 to 5pm If this is paradise I wish I had a lawnmower – Talking Heads, 1988 The title for this exhibition is taken from the Greek term, Ou-topos; Ou (not) and Topos (a place). The term Utopos holds two other meanings: the first being “the good place” and the second “the place that cannot be.” In the Talking Heads song “Nothing but Flowers,” David Byrne’s lyrics follow a similar path by embodying this shared meaning of Utopos, where yes, the grass really is greener on the other side of the fence, but, upon reflection, neither greens—nor grass for that matter—are all they were cracked up to be. Be careful what you wish for. You might get it and regret it. The notion of a Utopia, a perfect community or civilization designed for perfection and autonomy can only, in essence, exist in the imagination or conceptually. It is by humankind’s very existence that renders the reality of this endeavour impossible. Yet, it is a concept that is constantly strived for, as is evident within the current socio-political climate, and with trends of populism, nationalism and retrenchment. The paradox is that while striving for this idealistic model of a Utopia, humans actually move closer to that of the antonym of this condition in Dystopia—a community or society that is undesirable or frightening. There was a factory Now there are mountains and rivers You got it, you got it. There was a shopping mall Now it’s all covered with flowers You’ve got it, you’ve got it. If this is paradise I wish I had a lawnmower For this exhibition, Callum Monteith and Alex Tedlie-Stursberg will present a new body of work that considers the contradictory nature of the term Utopos. Through the development of their shared research interests including the relationship between humans and nature, explorations into artificiality, manicuring of environments and abstracted or absurd artistic gestures, Monteith and Stursberg challenge the conditions of Utopia. Their research has advanced through an open and wide-ranging dialogue between the artists that looks to many topics for inspiration, including pop-culture, sociological/philosophical studies, art history and fictional narratives. Callum Monteith (b. 1988) lives and works in Glasgow, Scotland, where he works in painting, photography and printmaking. Monteith’s practice interweaves notions of nature, philosophy and aesthetics with a particular interest in how we construct our ideas of self through fictions of alternative places or imagined landscapes. Recent exhibitions include solo exhibitions Shelf Show #3 at Cockburn Street, Edinburgh, PARADISAL at The Briggait, Glasgow and PLANT ROOM, a group exhibition at Hanson Street Project Space, also in Glasgow (2019).Alex Tedlie-Stursberg (b.1980) lives and works in Vancouver, BC, where he is a multidisciplinary artist with a key focus on sculpture and installation. His work has been exhibited in numerous galleries across North America and Europe; recent exhibitions include MASS RESIDUE with Field Contemporary and SUPER, NATURAL, a group exhibition at Unit 17, Vancouver (2019), Holy Wave as part of Glasgow International, Scotland and Everything Flows with Burrard Art Foundation, Vancouver (2018). Stursberg is currently employed as a Sessional Instructor at Langara College Visual Arts Program. He is currently developing public artworks for Ballard Fine Art in Vancouver.Andrea Valentine-Lewis (b.1991) is an independent curator and freelance writer based in Vancouver. She is a recent graduate from McGill University with an MA in Art History concentrating on ecological contemporary art and countervisuality. She is grateful that her research was funded with a Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship (SSHRC) for the 2019-2020 academic year. In late 2019, Valentine-Lewis curated Green Piece, a solo exhibition for Andrew Dadson at Unit 17, Vancouver. COVID protocols in place.
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    Mary-Jean’s new oil paintings reflect the rugged landscape of British Columbia’s coastline. Her education in both fine art and graphic design play a strong role in the stylization of her work. "The focus of my work is the exploration of looking inward when interpreting the landscape, the opposition of different forms, lines and colour to intensify each element’s dynamic properties. The study of contrasts between massive trunks and juxtaposing the most delicate of foliage, the blackness of a heavy-handed shadow intensified by playful strokes of light." – Mary-Jean Butler The Avenue Gallery 2184 Oak Bay Avenue Monday - Saturday: 10am - 5pm, Sunday 11am - 4:30pm See more at www.theavenuegallery.com
  5. As always, Dave your analysis is excellent and on the mark, with one important exception. I doubt that Donaldson is the sole problem here, though he did frequently characterize himself as a Brown rather than Green NDP and someone who cared about forestry jobs rather than the forests. But that said, IMHO it is John Horgan - who has such a strong bias in favour of yesterdays forest industry - as well as his Chief of Staff Don Wright and FLNRO Deputy Minister John Allen who are the ones most responsible. John Allen - who was once someone I had time for - I believe is especially responsible for the ongoing massacre of the remaining Old Growth. But the fact is, he was hired and is directed by Wright, and of course both of them do the Premier's bidding. And why? To keep the forestry unions, their workers, as well as the truck loggers and of course the forest companies happy. That is their only constituency. They have no meaningful concern for the health of the forests...
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    "What Emerges" by Joanna Pettit. Solo show at Gage Gallery September 29 - October 18, 2020 Gallery Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 11am - 5pm. Sundays, noon-4pm. Artist in attendance to greet the public on Sunday Oct 4 and Sunday Oct 18. View preview webpage here: http://www.artopenings.ca/joanna-pettit.html
  7. How is the soil quality in the forest lands? Generally, I would say it's somewhat in the nature of Amazon forest quality - poor, and in need of remediation to host another generation of trees.
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    The 15th annual Lafayette Health Awareness Series will take place—as a webinar—on Oct. 1. Hosted by Chancellor Shelagh Rogers and featuring a performance by UVic’s Lafayette String Quartet, guest speakers include BC Chief Provincial Health Officer Bonnie Henry, UVic Medical Sciences instructor Terence Tam (concertmaster of the Victoria Symphony) and Steven Taylor, author of The Psychology of Pandemics. This event is presented in partnership with UVic’s Institute on Aging and Lifelong Health. Admission is free but donations will be accepted to help establish a Lafayette Music and Health Legacy Fund to support interdisciplinary research, teaching and community outreach in the area of music and health. Registration is required: https://tinyurl.com/Lafayette2020
  9. Source: https://www.bcfpb.ca/news-resources/news-releases/regenerating-dry-interior-douglas-fir-forests-proves-challenging/ Regenerating dry interior Douglas-fir forests proves challenging VICTORIA – A special investigation [by the BC Forest Practices Board] of reforestation in dry interior Douglas-fir (IDF) forests in the B.C. interior has found current efforts may not be leading to future healthy forests, according to a report released on Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020. “While we found that industry is following legal requirements and is increasingly planting a variety of tree species to regenerate logged areas and promote resiliency, 44 of the 69 sites examined are facing health issues,” said Kevin Kriese, board chair, Forest Practices Board. “These sites may not grow to healthy forests in the long term, and that has implications for future timber supply and other values, such as wildlife habitat."
  10. Short of a court order, I can't see anything that would compel our government to hold a forum where both sides of this polarized discussion can prove the source of their facts in an open public manner. Where even the general public can be heard.!!! The old growth review did just this but in the end even Donaldson himself said this week, here's the new reserves(325k ha) we need to support jobs - stay real!! Thats what we do!! support communities! BC has no plan B to wean our solves off of Wood fibre which could give us a few more years to avoid California's fate = Incineration. As such, since we've sung this mantra since 1900's and smart people told us sustainability is our name - we let them guide us, all benounced to us,, the numbers having been getting tweaked slowy , as a result of climate change, partially. Propping up the inventory ---- Code for- doing what we want largely because there are no mechanisms of accountability in showing numbers or telling the truth,, That's what we do.
  11. Posted September 17, 2020 Image: The Upper Argonaut Valley BC to destroy old-growth caribou habitat, sabotaging restoration efforts nearby. Go to story
  12. Posted September 14, 2020 Photo: A felled old-growth cedar in the Nahmint Valley Forests minister Doug Donaldson's announced 2-year logging deferrals of old-growth forest are almost entirely in areas that have little or no productive old growth on them—or were already protected. Go to story
  13. BC to destroy old-growth caribou habitat, sabotaging restoration efforts nearby DAYS AFTER THE PROVINCE announced a new provincial approach to old-growth forests, conservation groups are blowing the whistle on plans to log more than three square kilometres of intact rainforest north of Revelstoke, destroying endangered southern mountain caribou critical habitat. While B.C. quietly advances plans to log the old-growth, the province is trumpeting spending of more than $33,000 to restore caribou habitat nearby. The B.C. government is taking two steps forward and three steps back by attempting to create habitat while also obliterating old-growth habitat that caribou have been known to use. It’s a net loss. The government is sabotaging itself and caribou, not to mention wasting taxpayer money, by logging right next door. On the ground investigation from Wildsight, Echo Conservation Society and the Wilderness Committee in the Argonaut Valley has revealed the planned logging will destroy a large area of primarily old-growth rainforest, with massive cedars and hemlocks over 50 metres tall and many hundreds of years old. This comes right after a provincial review of old-growth forests found that a paradigm shift is necessary to manage B.C.’s old-growth forests. The authors recommended 14 steps to preserve the remarkable old-growth found in the province including immediately deferring logging in old forests where ecosystems are at high risk of irreversible biodiversity loss. Argonaut Creek is one of these areas where biodiversity and old-growth forest is at risk. The Upper Argonaut Valley (Photo courtesy of Wildsight) “The rainforest in the Argonaut Valley is an incredible place, with giant ancient cedars,” says Echo Conservation Society Executive Director Thomas Knowles. “B.C.’s interior rainforest is a hidden ecological jewel along the eastern edge of the province, but we’re letting it slip away to logging.” This rainforest is critical habitat for endangered southern mountain caribou, which have recently disappeared from the southern part of their range in the Kootenays after two herds were lost in the Purcell and Selkirk mountains. “Mountain caribou have already been wiped off the map in southern B.C., mostly because of the destruction of their habitat through logging,” says Wildsight Conservation Specialist Eddie Petryshen. “The North Columbia herd is the southernmost herd left in B.C. with the best chance at survival but they won’t survive if we keep clearcutting the old-growth forest they need.” These cutblocks are being auctioned off by BC Timber Sales, which is the provincial government’s own logging agency. The groups are calling on the provincial government to cancel the auction of these primarily old-growth logging blocks and restore the five kilometres of already-constructed road. If B.C. won’t protect this critical caribou habitat, then federal Environment Minister Jonathan Wilkinson must use his powers under the Species at Risk Act and issue an emergency protection order to protect irreplaceable caribou habitat. The proposed clearcuts fall within the 150-member North Columbia herd’s critical habitat under Canada’s Species at Risk Act and tracking data shows that caribou use the area. Logging and other industrial activity is largely blamed for the severe decline of southern mountain caribou to less than 1,200 animals. This population of deep-snow caribou survive by eating lichen from trees in the winter and are disappearing not just because of the loss of the old-growth forests they rely on, but also because of an increase in predators because of changes in forest ecosystems and backcountry roads that come with logging. This summer, the B.C. government announced $1.1 million in funding for caribou habitat restoration. Splatsin First Nation is leading a restoration project in the area and the province has devoted over $33,000 to this effort. Yet at the same time, the province is auctioning off cutblocks less than two kilometres from the area being restored. In past years, the province has also spent significant sums on maternal penning for caribou in the North Columbia herd, culling predators like wolves and other measures. “Habitat restoration is an incredibly important aspect of recovery,” says Knowles. “But it makes no sense to restore habitat, build maternity pens and kill predators for caribou and then turn around and cut down the old-growth forest they need to survive.” With less than 5 percent of the inland rainforest still standing as old-growth, conservation groups are asking why the province is allowing any logging of the little old-growth that remains “British Columbians want their old-growth forests protected, not logged,” says Petryshen. “So why is B.C. planning to log one of the few remaining valleys of old-growth in the rainforest north of Revelstoke? Charlotte Dawe is Conservation and Policy Campaigner for the Wilderness Committee.
  14. Sarah Cox has just published an excellent piece on this issue on The Narwhal. Recommended.
  15. John Horgan and the NDP government are not all bad, they care about people. I appreciate their social program initiatives, never enough but better than most sadly. Yet in Horgan's support of the working class, he ruthlessly supports corporate raw resource extractions using armed thugs provided by the Feds to enforce these environmental crimes. With British Columbia not having declared a Climate Emergency, nothing holds Horgan back about letting those few jobholders/loggers/drivers rape and pillage what we all need to survive. Yes, survive. Protesters are often seen as naive romantics, but are truly the ones that see the big picture. Thank you, David, you are supporting the passionate forest defenders everywhere and up at Fairy Creek with these great facts!
  16. Mapper par excellence David Leversee has done additional work at determining how much of Clayoquot Sound's total area of 279,414 hectares is actually being deferred for two years. He believes that there is only 22,403 hectares of "Good/Medium" old forest that remains unreserved or unprotected. Using David's more accurate number, the actual amount of old forest with large or very large trees on which logging is being deferred for two years is as follows: Crystalline Creek: 0.1 hectare Stockdale Creek: 233.6 hectares Incomappleux Valley: 2000 hectares Clayoquot Sound: 22,403 hectares Skagit-Silverdaisy: 0.0 hectares Upper Southgate: 46 hectares McKelvie Creek: 2231 hectares H'Kusam: 1050 hectares (pending further information) Seven Sisters: 4510 hectares (pending further information) Total: 32,474 hectares This is 9 percent of the area Donaldson claims is being deferred. It's 7.8 percent of the area identified by Price, Holt and Daust as needing immediate protection. Here's a visual comparison of what's needed (Price, Holt & Daust), what Donaldson said he would do, and what he's actually going to do:
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    SNOWBIRDS: STRANGERS IN PARADISE A series of oil paintings based on wintertime travels to Mexico, chronicling the annual migration of retired Canadians to warmer climes. This collision of two very different cultures creates an interesting narrative: the ‘snowbirds’ are at leisure while the Mexicans are struggling to get by, but the Mexicans are at home, the snowbirds are not: the climate, terrain and culture are a dislocation.
  18. I like David's detailed summaries and analysis of the 9 Areas for "Deferment". Just like Old Growth Management Areas (OGMAs) were supposed to be actually deferred for One Rotation (Until the Next Harvest in 70 - 90 Years). But OGMAs it appears these days are a moving target. Designated Today, Logged Tomorrow, with New "Old Growth" area included on another piece of the landscape. In fact the new OGMA is filled with very young and young regenerating (planted after Clearcutting) trees that if given more than 60 Years, in the range of 100 - 300 years or longer, could become Old Growth after several centuries. Perhaps we need to take our Forests to an Independent Mechanic because the mechanics employed by the "owner" along with the owner are selling us a bridge to nowhere. Oh yah, we did have an independent Mechanic look at our Forests, in fact two, and their report was co opted by the "owner". I also like David Leversee's comments about Clayoquot Sound. There is an interesting remnant of earlier logging on the West Side of Meares Island. If you look carefully, there is a hillside of younger forests that came in after that hillside was logged from the beach to as high up as they could reach in the 1940s. This logging operation was set to log most of Meares Island but literally came to a crashing halt as the logging company owner died in a floatplane crash along side of the beach they were pulling the logs down to.
  19. If we let the NDP get away with allowing the destruction of the last remaining old-growth forests, we will be called cowards by the next generations. We have a global and spiritual responsibility to legally protect what remains.
  20. MORE NDP OLD GROWTH GUMFLAPPING & YOINKING! Deforester Donaldson Tries To Hoodwink BC Again. Fortunately, he's not running in the next election. Good riddance. Rebel for Life!
  21. Thanks so much, David for enduring the tedious and heartbreaking task of wading through all these truly Kafkaesque machinations of "official" government/industry data that purport to quantify what remains of the provinces once-magnificent primaeval forest. What remains of the primaeval forest of the so-called "Great Bear Rainforest" -which, of course, is also subject to the flimsiest, deceitful guarrantees of protection- seems to have been left out of these equations. (Personally, I hate the terminology "Great Bear Rainforest," which assumes an archaic stereotype of "wilderness" as devoid and exclusive of humans, and places bears at the apex of an hierarchy of biodiversity, thereby ignoring the continuous, ubiquitous and paramount influence of the conscientious human element in the evolution of its whelm.) There is an assumption that the somewhat intact ancient forests of the Central and North Coast have been "protected" but that is simply not the case. Industrial logging, -almost exclusively targetting ancient red cedar- has continued apace, (although it has been somewhat curtailed during the current pandemic.) I'd say any analysis of the state of primaeval forest cover in BC must be not assume these forests as having been anywhere near protected. Pathetic, grovelling and deceitful compromises were made during the negotiations that resulted in the "Great Bear Rainforest" deal that was struck between government, industry and a cabal of conventionally organized, due-process abiding, charitable status-guarding, bureaucratically structured, top-down managed, non-democratic ENGO's. Just like post Clayoquot Sound, when ENGO and industry emerged arm and arm to announce that "clearcutting had been banned" in BC, -when actually it was simply replaced by voracious "variable retention" logging, which left a single old-growth stem every 50 metres, or patches of "very poor quality old forest" (as described by David Leversee above, -who apparently measures the value of primaeval forest by its degree of merchantability) It is truly heartbreaking to see enormous, self-dumping, loaded-to-the-waterline bargeloads of 100% ancient red cedar continuously making their way out of here to Vancouver sawmills, -or worse, to the raw-log export barges, all brutally stripped away from the mountainsides in the usual industrial BC logging manner. Cheers, Ingmar Lee (near Bella Bella BC)
  22. Minister Donaldson's response to the Gorley-Merkel old growth report is blatant, willful deceit. This deliberate deception of the public necessitates Donaldson's resignation before he leaves government.
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  24. I really appreciate your work on forestry concerns in BC, especially this counterpoint to Donaldson's heroic deferrals. I have spent years gathering forestry data for Vancouver Island and I just want to correct your figures on point #4. The difference between total area and FOCS "old-growth" is not necessarily "already logged" - it's mostly just very poor quality old forest and non-forest areas. In fact, less than 50,000 hectares of CS has been logged since the 1950's, mostly around Kennedy Lake and Cypre River (hence, the pristine feel of the area). That said, my analysis shows that Clayoquot Sound has less than 23,000 ha of good-to-medium productivity forests that aren't already protected or under other management reserves (primarily riparian). This also excludes Meares Island which the government considers a "hard reserve" for planning purposes (8,360 ha total, <3,900 ha old-growth). This less than 9% of their claimed total of 260,578 ha. THLB is not publicly available data, but including this information would only make this number lower.
  25. Forests minister Doug Donaldson's announced 2-year logging deferrals of old-growth forest are almost entirely in areas that have little or no productive old growth on them—or were already protected. BACK IN JUNE OF THIS YEAR, three BC forest scientists released an independent report quantifying the remaining scattered areas of forest containing “large” and “very large” old trees in this province. These are the “old-growth” forests that contain the highest levels of productivity and biodiversity—the forests that many thousands of British Columbians have fought hard to save from logging for decades. Karen Price, Rachael Holt and Dave Daust used forests ministry data to determine that only 35,000 hectares of “very large” old trees remained in BC, and only 380,000 hectares of “large” old trees. Those two areas amount to 415,000 hectares. Their report, BC’s Old Growth Forest: A Last Stand for Biodiversity, was issued in the hope that their findings would help inform, or influence, a strategic review of old-growth forests that was being conducted by Al Gorley and Gary Merkel. Gorley and Merkel were appointed by the BC government. On September 11, forests minister Doug Donaldson released the Gorley-Merkel report and, at the same time, announced 2-year logging deferrals on 352,739 hectares spread over 9 areas in the province. The minister’s press release referred to these areas as “old-growth.” The 9 areas were indicated as points on a map of BC, along with a brief description of the values that are at stake in each area. No other details about the areas were released. Crucially, no mapping of the areas was provided. Minister Donaldson’s map of where 2-year logging deferrals would be applied The “352,739 hectares” of old growth on which Donaldson was deferring “old forest logging” for two years would amount to 85 percent of the spatial extent of remaining old forests containing large and very large trees identified by Price, Holt and Dauss. That sounds like it could be an impressive movement in the direction of conservation of forests with large and very large old trees. Of course, as everybody knows, the devil is in the details, and Donaldson didn’t provide any details. Instead, his announcement was made simultaneously with the release of the Gorley-Merkel report, as if Donaldson’s announcement somehow reflected their findings. I expected to be writing about the Gorley-Merkel report, but instead, after obtaining some of the details about the 9 areas, details that Donaldson left out, it seemed pointless to review the report. In light of the details I found, the Gorley-Merkel report appears to have been used by Donaldson as little more than sugar coating around a bitter pill. The bitter pill is that, at best, Donaldson is deferring logging for 2 years on 64,191 hectares, almost all of it in Clayoquot Sound. At best, Minister Donaldson’s deferrals amount to 15 percent of the area identified by Price et al. Here are the details: 1. Crystalline Creek, where Donaldson claims logging on 9595 hectares is being deferred. You’ve probably never heard of Crystalline Creek before. There’s been no logging road blockades, no media stories. That’s because there is little chance that it would ever be logged, let alone in the next two years. Except for one-tenth of one hectare (no, that’s not a typo), it lies entirely outside of BC’s Timber Harvesting Land Base (THLB) and a 2-year “deferral of logging” there is meaningless. The precisely estimated area—9595 hectares—is the total area of the small valley, which includes high, rocky ridges that are part of the Bugaboo Mountains. That precise number came from Canfor’s documentation of high value conservation areas within TFL 14, a requirement to obtain Forest Stewardship Council certification. Let’s subtract 9594.9 hectares from Donaldson’s total area where logging is to be deferred for 2 years. For any readers unfamiliar with the term “Timber Harvesting Land Base,” this is, according to the Province, “Crown forest land within the timber supply area where timber harvesting is considered both acceptable and economically feasible, given objectives for all relevant forest values, existing timber quality, market values, and applicable technology.” It is reasonable to assume that if an area of forest is not currently inside the THLB, applying a 2-year deferral of logging to it is meaningless. 2. Stockdale Creek, where Donaldson claims he is deferring logging on 11,515 hectares. Same particulars as Crystalline Creek, except in this case there is a 233.6-hectare overlap with the THLB. It is possible that logging of those 233.6 hectares could occur one day, but Canfor had no plan to do so within the next two years. But just to be safe, let’s subtract only 11,281 hectares from Donaldson’s deferral area. 3. Incomappleux Valley, where Donaldson claims he is deferring logging on 40,194 hectares. The Incomappleux Valley is part of Valhalla Wilderness Society’s Selkirk Mountain Caribou Park proposal. Most of the magnificent Inland Rainforest along the Incomappleux River has been logged, but 1500 hectares of 1000- to 2000-year-old red cedar near the confluence of Boyd Creek and the Incomappleux River remain. Most of the remaining high-productivity old growth is within Interfor’s TFL 23. It was saved from being logged in 2005 by a 2-person blockade of a logging road. Days after the blockade was ended by a court injunction, a rockslide blocked the road and damaged a bridge, bringing a natural halt to logging. The Valhalla Wilderness Society confirmed there could be another 500 hectares of old-growth forest in the valley that is within the THLB and could be economical to log. Valhalla Wilderness Society estimates that within its 156,461-hectare park proposal (see link to PDF at end of story), which includes the Duncan River Valley to the east, there are 17,827 hectares that overlap the THLB. It is unknown what the “40,194 hectares” on which logging has been deferred for two years refers to, but that is over twice the area of the THLB within the entire park proposal, and much of that has already been logged. Subtract 38,195 hectares from Donaldson’s deferral area. 4. Clayoquot Sound, where Donaldson claims he is deferring logging on 260,578 hectares. The Friends of Clayoquot Sound have been fighting for years to protect all the remaining areas of old growth in the Sound and, by their reckoning, those areas—Meares Island, Flores Island, the Sydney Valley, Ursus River Valley, Clayoquot River Valley and Hesquiat Point Creek—have 54,120 hectares of old-growth forest remaining. It’s nice that Donaldson wants to protect 260,578 hectares of old growth in the Sound, but it’s too late. Over 206,000 hectares of his deferred logging is on land that has already been logged. (Edit: see my comment below this story about a more accurate number for Clayoquot Sound provided by David Leversee.) 5. Skagit-Silverdaisy, where Donaldson claims he is deferring logging on 5,745 hectares. Canadian Press’ Laura Kane reported in December 2019 that Donaldson had banned logging in the “doughnut hole” of the Skagit Valley in response to an appeal by Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan and US environmental groups. Kane quoted BC Environment Minister George Heyman: “Heyman said when the [High Ross Dam Treaty] was signed decades ago, the BC and Washington governments signalled clear intent that, once the issue of mineral tenures was resolved, the doughnut hole would be returned to park status. ‘Somewhere along the line…there was a lapse in corporate memory,’ [Heyman] said. ‘We’re restoring that today.’” Somewhere along the line, between December 2019 and September 2020, it seems, there was a second lapse in corporate memory about this forest. Subtract 5,745 hectares from Donaldson’s deferral area. 6. The Upper Southgate River, where Donaldson claims he is deferring logging on 17,321 hectares. The area is within what Donaldson’s ministry describes as the Southgate Landscape Unit. A 2014 plan for Old Growth Management Areas in the unit notes the total area of the unit is 122,155 hectares, of which 5,380 are within the THLB, the area available for logging. In the entire Landscape Unit the plan identified 121 Old Growth Management Areas, and these covered an area of 3212 hectares. How much of that was in the THLB? Forty-six hectares. So while Donaldson promised to defer logging for 2 years on 17,321 hectares of old growth, there’s only 46 hectares that could be logged. Subtract 17,275 hectares from Donaldson’s deferral area. 7. McKelvie Creek, where Donaldson claims 2,231 hectares. McKelvie Creek flows into the Tahsis River in the middle of the Village of Tahsis on Vancouver Island. Tahsis has been seeking to stop logging in McKelvie Creek Valley because the village believes logging there could result in flooding in the village. A hydrological study by the engineering consultancy McElhanney has established the size of the watershed, which corresponds to the area on which Donaldson says he will defer logging for 2 years. 8. H’Kusam, where Donaldson claims 1050 hectares. No information on this area, other than it is likely within sight of Mount H’Kusam, has been found. For now we’ll leave Donaldson’s 1050 hectares in the total. 9. Seven Sisters, where Donaldson claims he is deferring logging on 4510 hectares. When the 39,206-hectare Seven Sisters Provincial Park and Protected Area were created, a 6,287-hectare bite out of the west side of the park was named the Coyote-Hells Bells General Resource Development Zone, where logging has been ongoing. I have no information on the extent of old growth in this area, so to be sure we will leave Minister Donaldson his full 4510 hectares. As mentioned above, what’s left is 64,191 hectares of old-growth forest, at best. There’s been lots of response to Donaldson’s announcement of logging deferrals, much of it simply reporting what he claimed in his press release. Vicky Husband, the den mother of old-growth forest activism in BC and an Order of Canada recipient in recognition of her 40-year-long effort to conserve such forests, didn’t mince her words when I pointed out some of the details Minister Donaldson left out. Husband responded, “The government’s response to the Gorley-Merkel old growth report is a shoddy piece of spin-doctoring in advance of an election. It is duplicitous in intent; short on facts; and intentionally misleading for the electorate giving the appearance of doing something when the reality is to keep the industry logging the little remaining productive old growth.” I’ll leave it at that. David Broadland lives amongst rare old-growth Douglas fir in the Coastal Douglas-fir Biogeoclimatic Zone on Quadra Island. He notes that Donaldson’s ministry’s maps of BC’s biogeoclimatic zones, published in the Gorley-Merkel report, don’t show any such forest type on the south end of Quadra Island, Read Island or Cortes Island. The Gorley-Merkel old growth report: A New Future for Old Forests A new future for old forests.pdf Valhalla Wilderness Society’s Selkirk Mountain Caribou Park proposalVWS Selkirk Mountain Caribou Park Proposal.Incomappleux.pdf
  26. It's classic "emperor's new clothes"......
  27. Smoke & Mirrors. Hits the nail on the head. It speaks to a bigger problem around the measurement and accounting of all forestry related estimates and surveys. One- the waste and residue licensing program was never given legal authority like scalers are, two- funding to monitor, enforce and support the enforcement side was never ever enough to oversee the properly, three- professional reliance heralded the beginning of the poker match relationship between industry and government employees, where by , he who bluffs most, bullies convincingly or has the most to gain, always wins the dispute. This is also why professional reliance failed. Overseeing resource management became a bullies game.
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