B.C. study links policy changes and logging patterns, shows targeting of old growth
B.C. study links policy changes and logging patterns, shows targeting of old growth

By Brenna Owen THE CANADIAN PRESS VANCOUVER- The worsening effects of climate change are compounding the historical loss of British Columbia’s old-growth forests, says the co-author of a new paper that shows decades of logging on the province’s central coast targeted the highest-value forests first. “History tells us that we have really depleted these high-value elements of the landscape, and that we can’t keep going,” said Ken Lertzman, professor emeritus at Simon Fraser University’s school of resource and environmental management. “At the same time, (forests) have never been under greater threat from natural disturbances that are driven by a changing climate.” Some forests have been set aside from logging because of their ecological and cultural value, only to be scorched by increasingly severe wildfires, he added. That’s the reality today’s

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