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Grassroots Forest Defenders Establish Third Blockade to Defend Vancouver Island Old Growth Forest

A third blockade has started to stop the logging of near the headwaters of Fairy Creek. To learn more about the blockade in Fairy Creek, read the media release by the organizers of the blockade, and listen to interviews with Joshua Wright here and here. Access the official Facebook page here. Two weeks into a … Continue reading Grassroots Forest Defenders Establish Third Blockade to Defend Vancouver Island Old Growth Forest

Activists Launch Old-Growth Forest Protection Blockade on Vancouver Island

Last week we ran a story on an anti-logging blockade at Fairy Creek, near Port Renfrew on Vancouver Island in western Canada. Since then, the blockade has held strong and a second blockade has been established nearby, stopping further old-growth logging. A few days ago, Max Wilbert spoke with Joshua Wright, a spokesperson for the … Continue reading Activists Launch Old-Growth Forest Protection Blockade on Vancouver Island

To Save a Rainforest

By Zoe Blunt / WildCoast.ca “I’m in love. With salmon, with trees outside my window, with baby lampreys living in sandy streambottoms, with slender salamanders crawling through the duff. And if you love, you act to defend your beloved.” — Derrick Jensen Pacific Coast people have always defended the places we love. Most of British Columbia … Continue reading To Save a Rainforest

Walbran Valley update and call to action

From our friends at Vancouver Island Community Forest Action Network in BC, Canada: Together we will win: Native and non-native people join forces to stop the destruction Pacheedaht First Nation declares support for a grassroots re-occupation of their traditional territory in the Walbran Valley, where Teal Jones logging company is clear-cutting the ancient cathedral forests … Continue reading Walbran Valley update and call to action

The Courage to Speak Truth to Power

By Zoe Blunt / Deep Green Resistance Featured Image via the Speak Truth the Power Project. The more we challenge the status quo, the more those with power attack us. Fortunately, social change is not a popularity contest. Activism is a path to healing from trauma. It’s taking back our power to protect ourselves and our … Continue reading The Courage to Speak Truth to Power

Logging the Walbran Valley: An Open Letter to Teal Jones

Editor’s Note: This letter, published at Vancouver Island Community Forest Action Network, is addressed  to Canadian timber company Teal Jones Group in regards to the planned logging of Walbran Valley.  You can read more about this at Renewed Defense of British Columbia’s Central Walbran Ancient Forest.  Featured image of freshly cut cedar tree courtesy of … Continue reading Logging the Walbran Valley: An Open Letter to Teal Jones

Renewed Defense of British Columbia’s Central Walbran Ancient Forest

Bobby Arbess aka Reuben Garbanzo / Friends of Carmanah/Walbran Sixty years of logging have left only five percent of the primary low-elevation ancient temperate rainforests of Vancouver island remaining. These are some of the world’s most biologically productive forests, attaining higher levels of plant biomass than any ecosystem on earth. The logging industry liquidated the … Continue reading Renewed Defense of British Columbia’s Central Walbran Ancient Forest

Blockades in British Columbia and Western Canada

In the past year, we're seeing a surge of land defense actions in BC and elsewhere in Canada. Zoe Blunt of Victoria Forest Action Network compiled this list to help keep track of current, ongoing, and flying blockades, along with ways to get involved and support the actions. We are ALL BEING CALLED to support … Continue reading Blockades in British Columbia and Western Canada

First Nations plan Day of Action to reclaim original name of Mount Douglas: PKOLS

By Reclaim PKOLS Victoria, BC and Coast Salish Territory, BC — WEC’KINEM (Eric Pelkey), a hereditary chief of the Tsawout First Nation, with support from the Songhees and local WSÁNEĆ nations, are calling on all peoples in the Victoria area to participate in a day of action to Reclaim PKOLS, the original name of Mount … Continue reading First Nations plan Day of Action to reclaim original name of Mount Douglas: PKOLS