B.C. promises to consult First Nations before pushing ahead with old-growth logging deferrals | CBC News

The government announced Tuesday it has asked each nation in B.C. about deferring the logging of big, ancient and rare old-growth trees across 26,000 square kilometres of forests — an area more than 220 times the City of Vancouver.

“We are committed to working in partnership with First Nations to make sure we get this right and to supporting workers and communities as we develop a sustainable approach to managing B.C.’s old-growth forests,” said Katrine Conroy, the minister of forests, lands, natural resource operations and rural development.

The consultations are the latest step in B.C.’s lengthy process of updating its strategy to protect the province’s largest, oldest trees — some more than 1,000 years old — and the rich ecosystems on which they thrive.

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