Forests

Campbell’s new forest code: A “pathway to extinction”

Campbell’s new forest code: A “pathway to extinction” By Paul Koberstein Enacted in November 2002, British Columbia’s “results- based” forest practices code replaces a 1995 law that was hailed at the time as a model for protecting wildlife. But the old Forest Practices Code never lived up to its reputation. It required the government to

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Canadian Activist says Americans Can Help BC Save its Ancient Forests

Canadian Activist says Americans Can Help BC Save its Ancient Forests By Paul Koberstein For more than two decades, whenever an environmental crisis confronted British Columbia, you could be almost certain to find Vicky Husband in the thick of it. As a volunteer activist and Conservation Chair for the Sierra Club of Canada BC Chapter,

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First Nations Go to Court for Land, Resources

First Nations Go to Court for Land, Resources Archaeological evidence shows that indigenous civilizations, known in Canada as “First Nations,” have occupied British Columbia for at least 12,000 years. Before Canada was a country Britain recognized that aboriginal people living there had title to land. When BC joined Canada in 1871, only 14 treaties on

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George Bush of the North: Prime Minister’s soup of right-wing politics wreaks havoc in the province

George Bush of the North: Prime Minister’s soup of right-wing politics wreaks havoc in the province by Paul Koberstein VICTORIA — Let’s play name that dictator: Since he came to power, he’s undone tons of environmental laws meant to protect forests, wildlife and rivers. He is a classic cut, gut and clearcut politician: cut taxes

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Rethinking the Northwest Forest Plan

Rethinking the Northwest Forest Plan Originally published in the Portland Tribune Feb. 19, 2015 By PAUL KOBERSTEIN Bill Clinton’s visionary Northwest Forest Plan is on the chopping block. Twenty years ago, the federal government adopted the Northwest Forest Plan to safeguard remnants of the region’s heavily logged ancient forests, and save imperiled wildlife that live

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State forestry agency videos offer timber industry propaganda

State forestry agency videos offer timber industry propaganda By PAUL KOBERSTEIN The Oregon Forest Resources Institute, a state agency created by the Legislature in 1991, lists one of its chief goals as providing “objective information about responsible forest management.” But critics say its materials seem more like propaganda. “I would call it greenwashing,” says Mary

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