A group of protesters stopped more than a handful of logging trucks this morning, delaying their off-loading.
They’re raising awareness about old growth logging in the Walbran Valley, on crown land, on Southern Vancouver Island.
“We’re pissed off that people are seeing these last ancient forests as something to make money off,” says one protester who only gave Finn as his first name.
Close to two dozen protesters stopped the trucks as they reached Duke Point, a short distance from where they offload, before company Teal-Jones barges the logs to its mill in Surrey.
“We’re raising awareness to the tragic loss of one of the last remaining areas of ancient temperate rain forest on southern Vancouver Island, adjacent to Carmanah Walbran Provincial Park,” says protester Bobby Arbess. “It was an area that back in the day was created in 1995 and was designated as a special management zone was supposed to be a buffer around the park.”
The protesters say the park is threatened by the current logging and they’re asking the BC government to stop allowing the cutting of old growth.
“What we’re seeing today in the Walbran Valley are unsustainable logging practices, clear cut logging right up to streams and removal of critical old growth forest habitat,” says Arbess.
A recent injunction by the courts prevents protesters from blocking the road out of the Walbran Valley.
Chris Anne Harvey, a Sustainable Forest Management Advisor says, “Teal-Jones recognizes Walbran Valley as a special place and it is as important to us to ensure our harvesting practices are sustainable for the long term as it is to the general public. We want those aware of this protest to know that Teal-Jones remains committed to working collaboratively with the government and all interested parties.”
At the end of the day all the trucks arrived at the company’s Dryland Sort.