Myths abound about how forestry is done in British Columbia. More than ever, sound judgment and respect for the facts are needed. We've put together some resources to help with that.
Finding balance, asking questions
In a field strewn with myths, forestry in BC today is far ahead of urban sectors when it comes to pursuing applied climate practice, Indigenous economic reconciliation, and rural economic health. It's fair to say that much of the information reaching the public today is simply wrong.
The quiet reality is that governments, industry, First Nations, and communities are working collaboratively to ensure that the public's high expectations are more than satisfied.
Over the past year, Resource Works has been examining the future of forestry - including the old growth issue – in an attempt to get at the truth of what's really going on. Here's a sampling of our published findings:
This Vancouver Island First Nation’s success story shows how reconciliation and development go hand-in-hand, writes Josiah Haynes.
Resource Works takes a look at how GIS data is being employed to create a highly misleading picture of forest practices. What we discover is confusing, to say the least.
Nanwakolas Council and forestry companies make groundbreaking agreement to ensure monumental trees are protected within traditional territories.
The province of British Columbia’s Old Growth Strategic Review tackles head-on an issue that has bedevilled the government for decades: ensuring that the seemingly polarizing values of forest protection and public prosperity can somehow be harmonized. Stewart Muir looks at the issue.
NEWS ANALYSIS: Residents of dozens of British Columbia forest communities are on edge. Will the province's most renewable industry be allowed to continue after the release of a new provincial study? Stewart Muir looks at the facts.