Environmentalist Tzeporah Berman returns to frontlines to fight to save old-growth forests

She's in the Fairy Creek watershed with other activists who are horrified by the government's decision to allow logging of ancient trees

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      Nearly 30 years after a young Tzeporah Berman led antilogging demonstrators in Clayoquot Sound, she's returned to Vancouver Island to lend support to the Rainforest Flying Squad's blockades.

      Berman, director of Stand.earth, said in a news release that there are times when government fails us. And what's happening in Caycuse River and Fairy Creek watershed near Port Renfrew is one of those moments, she declared.

      The Clayoquot protests were the largest act of nonviolent civil disobedience in Canadian history and led a previous NDP government to embrace scientifically based principles in the area.

      "I can’t believe that almost 30 years after massive protests in Clayoquot, we have to do this again—but now, there is so little old growth left standing and the government has so far broken its promise to protect what’s left," Berman stated.

      You can see her Twitter thread below, which was created this afternoon.

      Last spring, registered professional foresters Al Gorley and Garry Merkel submitted an independent report to the B.C. government called A New Future for Old Forests: A Strategic Review of How British Columbia Manages for Old Forests Within its Ancient Ecosystems.

      They pointed out that ecosystems that take thousands of years to be created are managed in policies that are based on election cycles.

      "There are some areas of the province where failure to act now could lead to the permanent loss of rare or unique ecosystem components contained in old and ancient forests," Gorley and Merkel concluded. "Many of these areas are the primary subject of a public call for protection of old forests.

      "They tend to be iconic stands in relatively close proximity to public access or population centers and have a number of other economic, ecosystem services and intrinsic values that are important to a wide range of the general public," they continued. "A system of new, more sustainable, and effective approaches to managing biodiversity and other old-forest values will take some time to fully develop and implement.

      "In the meantime, any of these stands that are intended for harvesting or other significant disturbance should be deferred from development."

      Environmentalists say that the B.C. government has ignored this recommendation to defer logging. It awarded a logging licence to a private company, Teal-Jones Group. It subsequently obtained an injunction in B.C. Supreme Court against protesters who were blocking its work.

      This week, the RCMP began enforcement of the Fairy Creek injunction.