Scott Doherty, Gary Fiege, Ben Parfitt and Michelle Connolly
The authors say logs from primary BC forests are made into wood pellets by the UK-based energy giant Drax, whose dominance hurts jobs and competition in the province. Photo from handout.

Apr. 14, 2022

A global wood pellet firm is sending BC forests and jobs up in smoke. A coalition wants an investigation.

British Columbia is nearly four times larger than the United Kingdom. But what the U.K. lacks in size it compensates for in reach — a reach that extends deep into the old-growth forests of Canada’s westernmost province.

John Innes and Michael Paul Nelson
An aerial view of old-growth clear-cut logging in the Caycuse watershed on Vancouver Island taken earlier this summer. Photo: TJ Watt.

[Editor: This is an older article but still very relevant.]

July 16, 2021

Ben Parfitt
Logs piled up awaiting conversion to wood pellets at a factory now owned by multinational Drax Group. Photo from

Mar. 7, 2022

Diane Nicholls takes a senior role in a controversial industry she helped regulate. And promote.

At mid-afternoon on Monday, senior staff at B.C.’s Forests Ministry were told that one of their highest-ranking members — the province’s chief forester, Diane Nicholls — was entering a revolving door that would sweep her seamlessly out of government and into the industry her ministry regulates.

Charlie Carey
Aerial spraying of herbicides, like this helicopter seen in the Prince George Forest District, are part of a proposed South Coast Pest Management Plan from BC Timber Sales.James Steidle

Mar. 24, 2022

The five year Pest Management Plan, which covers Squamish to Hope, targets native hard woods and Indigenous medicines and food in efforts to increase lumber output.

A proposed BC Timber Sales Pest Management Plan is gaining attention and fierce push back, as the provincial agency seeks to use aerial and ground spraying of herbicides to increase commercial lumber output.

Judith Lavoie
Nuchatlaht Ha’wilth (Hereditary Chief) Jordan Michael says logging has destroyed old-growth forest and salmon streams on Nootka Island, but the province won’t recognize Nuchatlaht First Nation’s right to manage the territory. Photo via Nuchatlaht First Nation.

Mar. 22, 2022

The nation is in BC Supreme Court to claim title to heavily-logged land the province says they ‘abandoned.’

As Archie Little anticipated the groundbreaking Indigenous title case that began in B.C. Supreme Court yesterday, March 21, he emphasized the phrase supporters are using to describe the legal battle between the tiny Nuchatlaht First Nation and the provincial and federal governments.

Nina Lakhani
Forests, such as this one in Indonesia, do lmore than just store carbon. Photograph: Xinhua/Rex/Shutterstock

Mar. 24, 2022

New data suggests forests help keep the Earth at least half of a degree cooler, protecting us from the effects of climate crisis

The world’s forests play a far greater and more complex role in tackling climate crisis than previously thought, due to their physical effects on global and local temperatures, according to new research.

Brian Melley
This undated photo provided by Save the Redwoods League shows some of the 523 acres of redwood forestland in Mendocino County, Calif., which was donated to the InterTribal Sinkyone Wilderness Council for lasting protection and ongoing stewardship. The conservation group is turning over a historic redwood grove on the Northern California coast to the descendants of the original Native American inhabitants. (Max Forster/Save the Redwoods League via AP)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The descendants of Native American tribes on the Northern California coast are reclaiming a bit of their heritage that includes ancient redwoods that have stood since their ancestors walked the land.

Save the Redwoods League planned to announce Tuesday that it is transferring more than 500 acres (202 hectares) on the Lost Coast to the InterTribal Sinkyone Wilderness Council.

Taryn Skalbania

Jan. 19, 2022

In recent letter to editor in Kelowna paper, a 'conservative' called protestors at Fairy Creek 'nincompoops', said 'get a real job', so I wrote back Taryn Skalbania

Re: “Find legitimate jobs for protesters,” Letters, Jan 15:

Dear Editor: I support of the actions of “tree-hugging heretics” as Paul Crossley of Penticton refers to the thousands of ancient tree, primary forest and old-growth defenders, province-wide.

Kenny Stancil
An aerial photograph taken on February 24, 2014 shows the destruction of an Indonesian rainforest—the habitat of endangered orangutans, tigers, and other animals as well as plant species—cleared to make way for a palm oil plantation on Borneo Island. (Photo: Bay Ismoyo/AFP via Getty Images)

Jan. 13, 2022

"Most companies and financial institutions with the greatest ability to halt deforestation are doing little or nothing."

A new report published Thursday details how some of the world's biggest corporations and banks are exacerbating the global climate emergency by fueling the destruction of the world's tropical rainforests.


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