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Our forests are more than timber!

Our forests are more than timber!

The Ontario Government wants to know what you think about their plans to overhaul forestry by:

  • doubling logging to cut down 30 MILLION cubic metres of wood annually
  • encouraging private landowners to log their land
  • pushing our forests for single-use products like tissue
  • making use of the laws they’ve already changed to bypass species at risk protections
  • investing in logging roads, which increases road mortality, hunting and trapping pressure and habitat fragmentation – all of which are major drivers of species extinction
  • slashing costs for logging corporations

This is no way to deal with the climate emergency nor to recover ...

The Ontario Government wants to know what you think about their plans to overhaul forestry by:

  • doubling logging to cut down 30 MILLION cubic metres of wood annually
  • encouraging private landowners to log their land
  • pushing our forests for single-use products like tissue
  • making use of the laws they’ve already changed to bypass species at risk protections
  • investing in logging roads, which increases road mortality, hunting and trapping pressure and habitat fragmentation – all of which are major drivers of species extinction
  • slashing costs for logging corporations

This is no way to deal with the climate emergency nor to recover species at risk that depend on intact and natural forests: Algonquin wolf, boreal caribou, wolverine and many other integral species.

Ontario's Forest Sector Strategy touts a vision for a “renewable, sustainable and responsibly managed forest”, but to attain that vision we must:

  • protect old-growth ecosystems from being logged
  • develop forest practices that prioritize biodiversity over cubic metres of wood, recoginizing that forests provide ecosystem services worth billions and are inherently invaluable
  • actually apply all the lessons we learn through tax-funded species at risk research

Sustainable means more than just looking at the wood growth and cut amounts, it means looking at the forest ecosystem and keeping it healthy.

Read the draft Forest Sector Strategy here.

 

 

 

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