Please come and raise your voice in support of the protection of our ancient forests and to keep the pressure on David Eby and the NDP to fulfill their words and promises. The deferral for the Central Walbran expires on the 9th June 2023! See below for our letter to the ministry of environment which was hand delivered 6th December 2022 and with still, at this late hour, with no response!
As a signatory supporter FoCW will be there at the rally helping with a pop-up nature house!
Re: Central Walbran Deferral December 6th 2022
The two year Central Walbran deferral will lapse on June 9th, 2023.
The Friends of Carmanah Walbran (FoCW), who have been the primary organization concerned with the protection of the Walbran and the integrity of the Carmanah Walbran Provincial Park, wish to know what are the plans of the government and the relevant First Nations for the future of this area.
This area, known as the Central Walbran or the “bite,” was not included in the park when it was established in 1995 and now contains several proposed cutblocks, immediately adjacent to the park boundaries and its contiguous old growth forest.
Ecologically, the exclusion of this area never made sense and the proposed roads and logging would definitely compromise the integrity of the park in a major way. The forest in the deferral represents the highest biodiversity values – the rationale for the deferral – and logic suggests that it be fully protected. The Special Management Zone (SMZ) that was created at the time has, by the evidence, failed to be implemented in either the spirit or intent of that zone and failed to protect the highest ecological values therein.
We call on the government and the Pacheedaht First Nation to protect the area in perpetuity, by adding the deferral area wholly to the provincial park or to create an Indigenous Protected and Conserved Area (IPCA), within the deferral area.
FoCW as a stake-holder in the area stands ready to assist in any way, having been responsible for the development of the campgrounds and the well used trails, the outhouses, notice boards and signage and have held many educational events there.
We look forward to an early response to this letter, indicating the government’s intentions in this matter.
Friends of Carmanah Walbran