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In August 2020 protesters started protesting logging near Fairy Creek on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. The dispute concerns a debate on logging Canada's ancient forests.
Protesters say they want to save 1,000-year-old yellow cedars. In British Columbia, trees older than 250 years are called old growth. Old-growth forests are home to a diversity of plant and wildlife. This includes endangered birds like the marbled murrelet (a small seabird from the north Pacific) and the northern goshawk (a relatively short, broad wings and long-tailed raptor)
But why is old-growth so important to loggers? Old-growth trees don’t have knots which is important for products like shingles (to make roofs) and decking.
The Supreme Court gave the police permission to stop the protests in April 2021, and to start making arrests in May 2021. Despite this, environmental activists continue to camp in the forest. They call themselves the Rainforest Flying Squad, and they have a lot of social media support.
Fairy Creek is part of the territory that belongs to the Pacheedaht First Nation people. Some Pacheedaht support the protesters while others do not necessarily agree with them. They have three sawmills and have signed an agreement for the logging activities. Chief Jeff Jones and hereditary Chief Frank Queesto Jones said in a letter indicating that the Fairy Creek activists need to respect the sovereignty of their territory: “Our rightful ownership and management of forest resources within our Territory need to be acknowledged. All parties need to respect that it is up to the Pacheedaht people to determine how our forestry resources will be used.”
logging = exploitation forestière
a cedar = un cèdre
old growth = une forêt primaire
the wildlife = la faune
endangered = en voie d’extinction
a knot = un noeud
shingles = des bardeaux
a roof = un toit
decking = une terrasse en bois
a protest = une manifestation
to make arrests = appréhender
despite = malgré
to belong = appartenir
to agree = être d’accord
a sawmill = scierie
acknowledged = reconnu
it is up to = il revient à
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