The Wilderness Committee, founded in 1980, is a registered non-profit society with charitable status. With over 60,000 members, donors and volunteers, we are Canada’s largest membership-based, citizen-funded wilderness protection group.
The « Sur la Route du Patrimoine » Project’s Team met with Ms. Stephanie Gribble at the Headquarters in Vancouver to talk about the action to preserve the natural heritage of Canada.
The mission of Wilderness Committee is to protect Canada’s biodiversity through strategic research and grassroots public education. This NGO believes that the right, the duty and the ability to act are integral to citizenship, and that the preservation of the natural heritage is absolutely vital to the health of people, communities and the planet. See the 2012-annual-report.
Old-growth forests Heritage
British Columbia, Canada is home to some of the Earth’s most spectacular, ancient temperate forests, including the world’s largest Douglas-fir tree (the Red Creek Fir) and second-largest western red cedar tree (the Cheewhat Cedar). These old-growth forests are diverse: from wet rainforests with towering, mossy Sitka spruce trees and gnarly red cedars with trunks wider than a car’s length; to dry forests with contorted Garry oak and arbutus trees and massive Douglas-firs; to high elevation, slow-growing yellow cedars and mountain hemlocks covered in beard lichens.
That’s why the Wilderness Committee launched a campaign to request the ban of the logging of the remaining ancient forests of BC. Second-growth forests should be the sole supplier of the province’s lumber mills and should be logged at a slower, more sustainable rate than they are now.
During our journey on the Vancouver Island, we will meet some of the undertakings on the ground, particularly in relation to the establishment of tribal parks in the area of the Clayoquot Sounds UNESCO’s site.