Old-growth forests: What is the path forward?

The protest over logging old-growth trees at the Fairy Creek watershed on Vancouver Island has renewed the debate over how best to manage these ancient stands. Controversy swirls around how much old growth remains in the province. Protecting these big trees could have ripple effects for the over 40,000 people employed in the forestry sector in BC, as well as the province’s economy.

In this webcast, our expert panel shares perspectives from the areas of conservation biology; First Nations rights and practices; and land management and planning that can help deepen your understanding of the issues and identify potential paths forward.

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  • Cam Brown, BSF’93 – Strategic Planning Forester and Manager, Resource Management & Technology Group of Forsite Consultants Ltd

  • Robert J. Dennis Sr. (Emchayiik) – Chief Councillor for Huu-ay-aht First Nations on Vancouver Island

  • Rachel Holt – Independent ecologist with a PhD and R.P.Bio designation and member of the BC Old Growth Technical Advisory Panel

  • Garry Merkel, DSc’21 – Member of the Tahltan Nation in northwest BC, Registered Professional Forester with the Association of BC Forest Professionals, and member of the BC Old Growth Technical Advisory Panel


Recorded April 7, 2022.