When the plots are completely deforested, a large part of the carbon that was stored is lost to the atmosphere.
Partnering with the Huu-ay-aht is at the heart of C̕awak ʔqin's approach to forestry, says Board Chair Seanna McConnell of the company and vice president of indigenous partnerships with Western Forest Products.
Asked if the company will continue to use co-location to maximize the amount of timber harvested, Seanna McConnell does not answer directly, but says the company is working on a land use plan. with the First Nations.
Emchayiik, a member of the Huu-ay-aht First Nation, believes that those who are concerned about the cutting of trees in the region must respect the right of its people to use and benefit from the resources of their traditional territory.
Let us make decisions about our territory. I am not disrespecting city dwellers by going into their community and saying, ''This is how you should manage your garden.''.
A quote from Emchayiik, member of the Huu-ay-aht First Nation
On the provincial government side, things seem to be moving. In 2020, a landmark report from the province's Old Growth Strategic Review panel recommended a fundamental shift in priorities, placing ecosystem health and biodiversity, rather than maximizing timber harvests, as the top priority for forest management. British Columbia.
Re-elected in 2020 at the head of the provincial government, the NDP promised during the electoral campaign to implement the 14 recommendations of the group of experts. But the exploitation of ancient forests continues, as does the decades-old practice of co-location.
Contacted, the Minister of BC Forests says it is making progress in implementing the new vision by deferring or protecting logging on 2.4 million hectares of old-growth forests.
He says he is also working on long-term forest landscape plans in consultation with First Nations, industry and local communities, nine of which have been announced so far. now.
In the meantime, more logging is planned in the Klanawa Valley, according to Seanna McConnell.
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