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A First Step Toward Protecting B.C.’s Inland Temperate Rainforest

Y2Y's Candace Batycki responds to Premier Christy Clark's announcement of B.C.’s newest provincial park in the northern part of the province.

March 16, 2016

Yesterday, B.C. Premier Christy Clark announced she will introduce amendments to the Protected Areas of British Columbia Act, which will establish a new 11,190-hectare Class A Provincial Park: the Ancient Forest/Chun T’oh Wudujut Park. In response, Candace Batycki, B.C. and Yukon Program Director with Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative (Y2Y), issued the following statement:

“We welcome the protection of this portion of the world’s only inland temperate rainforest, and congratulate all parties involved, including the tireless volunteers who worked over many years to ensure this region’s permanent protection. I have personally enjoyed the trails built there by the Caledonia Ramblers, and marveled at the giant old-growth cedars.”

“During the public comment period on the proposed park, Y2Y joined with 18 other organizations, a dozen businesses and hundreds of individuals in calling for further conservation of this inland temperate rainforest ecosystem, or “Northern Wetbelt,” which is found nowhere else on Earth. We note that in 2012, the province’s Future Forest Ecosystems Science Council recommended a ‘long-term, place-based vision’ for the Northern Wetbelt, following a report by the B.C. Forest Practices Board that urged a suspension of logging plans in this area and the development of a conservation strategy. Only 14 percent of the Northern Wetbelt is currently protected from logging (including Ancient Forest Park).”

“A much larger conservation strategy is urgently needed for the inland temperate rainforests of the Northern Wetbelt region, including a network of protected areas that will protect the area’s remaining old-growth forests. The Ancient Forest Park is an excellent first step toward that goal.”

The B.C. government’s announcement can be found here.


Media Contact:

Candace Batycki, Y2Y Program Director, B.C. and Yukon
(250) 352-3830, candace@y2y.net