The Coastal Temperate Rainforests of Canada: The Need for Ecosystem-Based Management
Authored by: Faisal Moola, Bill Wareham, D. Martin, J. Calof, Panos Grames, C. Burda
Published in: Biodiversity
Biodiversity British Columbia, industry, land use, eco-assets, species at risk, salmon, water systems, forests
In April 2001, government and industry promised to explore how to implement environmentally responsible logging practices and planning in British Columbia’s magnificent coastal rainforests. Recently completed land-use planning processes have recommended improving forest management practices to more environmentally responsible methods defined as ecosystem based management (EBM).
To determine how current logging practices compare to EBM, the David Suzuki Foundation conducted an audit of recently approved logging plans across four Forest Districts: North Coast, Central Coast, Kalum and Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte Islands).
Our assessment underscores the degree to which current logging practices fail to meet agreed-upon EBM standards; first, clearcutting remains the dominant method of logging, and, second, small fish-bearing streams remain unprotected. This paper was published in the peer-reviewed scientific journal Biodiversity 5(3): 9-15, 2004.
Canada’s Rainforest — Status Report 2005
This is the final of three status reports analyzing the scope and type of logging and ecological value of proposed protection in Canada's temperate rainforests, an area known as the Great Bear Rainforest and Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte Islands).
A Vanishing Heritage: The Loss of Ancient Red Cedar
Western red cedar (Thuja plicata) is profoundly important to coastal Indigenous people and the coastal temperate forest ecosystem. This report examines the extent to which red cedar is being logged on the B.C. coast, and looks at what will happen if current practices continue.