The diameter of the “Knight tree” measures 3.88 m , i.e. 3 cm more than the protection threshold. The tree cannot therefore be cut.
Ken Wu explains that there is a close connection between old-growth forests and First Nations. Thuja, in particular, is an important tree for making canoes and even totem poles. It is therefore a species that matters, not only for ecosystems, but also for First Nations culture.
First Nations should have more of a say in forest management. In any case, this is the speech of the provincial government which made important announcements this fall for the preservation of biodiversity.
The province and Ottawa have indeed decided to grant $1 billion for the conservation of land, species and biodiversity in the province.
An announcement presented as historic. This is the first tripartite announcement on the protection of nature in the country, therefore, between the First Nations of British Columbia, the government of the [province] and the federal government, declared Steven Guilbeault, the minister of Environment and Climate Change.
Joshua Wright remains cautious. It's a nice sum, he admits, even if he's waiting for concrete actions to be put in place.
It's easy to protect an ecosystem somewhere while still logging a small subset of the best forests elsewhere.
A quote from conservationist Joshua Wright
The activist would particularly like the diameter above which a tree is protected to increase to 2 m, instead of 3.85 m today.
Ken Wu welcomes the nature protection agreement, and believes that First Nations will, in the years to come, have a central role in the management of old-growth forests. The BC government cannot impose legislative protection on an old-growth forest without the support of First Nations, without their consent.
He explains that several First Nations are economically dependent on the exploitation of old-growth forests. To be able to protect these areas, they will therefore need economic alternatives, funding for tourism, clean energy, sustainable seafood and many other sectors of activity. The good news is that the province and federal government are now providing this money.