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B.C.’s precious old-growth giants are still being logged and burned to make electricity – National Observer

March 13th 2024

Two new reports find B.C.’s old-growth forests are still on the chopping block despite claims to the contrary by the provincial government and a U.K.-based corporation.

Government data leaked to the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) shows B.C.’s Ministry of Forestry rejected more than half the proposed logging deferrals recommended by an expert panel with a mandate to protect important old-growth forests.

The CCPA report analyzed and mapped the leaked data, which originated in a password-protected file on a ministry file-sharing website and was shared anonymously with the think tank. The analysis shows ministry personnel removed 55 per cent of the areas of large old-growth trees the panel recommended be protected from logging.

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