In what is the largest leap forward in old-growth forest protection on Vancouver Island in decades, the Ahousaht First Nation band recently announced their land use plan vision that prohibits industrial logging, mining, and oil and gas development in 82% of their 170,000 hectare territory while supporting sustainable economic development in selected areas. Their territory in Clayoquot Sound near Tofino is home to the largest tracts of old-growth forests of any Vancouver Island band. I'm deeply grateful for the incredible leadership shown by the members of this community and for the hard work of the conservation organizations involved as well. Knowing that wild places like the Sydney Valley (pictured above) have finally been declared safe is an amazing feeling. It's nice to have some good news every once and a while.
- Ahousaht First Nation's press release with maps: www.mhssahousaht.ca/news/press-release-ahousaht-land-use-vision
- STAND.earth's press release: www.stand.earth/latest/ahousaht-announcement
- DeSmog Canada article featuring my photo: www.desmog.ca/2017/01/27/first-nation-just-banned-industrial-logging-and-mining-vancouver-island-territory
- Times Colonist news article: www.timescolonist.com/business/island-first-nation-bans-mining-and-clearcutting-1.9279987