Forestry in British Columbia (BC) has adversely affected our province’s ecology more than all other resource sectors combined. The forestry industry’s elevated harvest and practice of replanting dense conifer stands has contributed to the loss of native flora and fauna, decreased the forest's natural ability to resist wildfires, increased flooding, and led to the decline of wildlife populations. With the primary focus of industrial forestry on growth and yield rather than ecological integrity, major losses to biodiversity have occurred. Our forests need to be healthier for all British Columbians, and the Provincial government has a critical role to play by changing legislation before it is too late for many species to survive.
It is long past time for the forest industry to shift to a triple bottom line model of profit, people, and the planet. A sole focus on profit to the exclusion of people and the planet is not adequate, nor acceptable. For decades First Nations, scientists and conservation groups have been calling for a paradigm shift in how we manage our province’s forests. That call has been getting louder, and a growing number of British Columbians are uniting to give voice to the need to protect BC’s delicate ecosystems, endangered wildlife, and prevent additional habitat loss.
Unlikely Allies acknowledge that First Nations have been stewarding their lands and resources since time immemorial, and we recognize and respect Indigenous-led forestry and land use plans today.