With the election of a new majority government, and yet to be announced Cabinet ministers, there is a further need to urge the staff of the Ministry of Forests to set the stage for our new minister to implement the recommendations of the Old Growth Review Panel.
The following is a clip from the letter-writing tool that Stand.earth has used in this new campaign. Please, if you have interest in the subject of this thread, I urge you to create a letter, using these talking points as inspiration, and then insert it into their tool to send it as an email to ministry staff. ...and following that is the link to the stand.earth email tool.
KEY POINTS FOR YOUR LETTER:
Less than 1% of forests in B.C. have large, old growth trees still standing
Most of these old growth forests in B.C. are still open to logging
The new majority government campaigned on an election promise to implement all 14 of the old growth review panel recommendations, which you received in April
The most urgent recommendation was to ban the logging of at-risk old growth forests within 6 months
50,000+ people have signed a petition to end logging in at-risk old growth forests across B.C.
While we are waiting for cabinet to be announced, Ministry staff should prepare a detailed plan for the next Minister of Forests to take necessary action
Your Ministry already has the necessary information to recommend key areas for immediate logging deferrals
The government’s announcement of logging deferrals for 350,000 hectares of land in September only included 3,800 hectares of at-risk old growth forests: these types of misleading announcements erode public trust in your work
You must ensure that the Ministry is equipped to work with, and support, Indigenous Nations on long-term protection plans
Will you please respond with confirmation that you have received this email and advise the new Minister of Forests accordingly?
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