…conservation groups like the Ancient Forest Alliance, the Wilderness Committee and Sierra Club B.C. have all used provincial data to argue that old growth trees in the areas where the trees grow biggest are being cut down at an unsustainable rate.
A panel of independent scientists produced a report last June which used provincial data to show that the oldest trees in B.C. in some of the most lush, biodiverse forests were on the brink of extinction.
The report found that areas able to grow massive trees cover less than three per cent of the province and “intense harvest” has removed significantly old trees from nearly all of those areas.
“These ecosystems are effectively the white rhino of old growth forests,” said the report said. “They are almost extinguished and will not recover from logging.”