‘Simply not replaceable’ – Old growth supporters march through Victoria for logging moratorium – Victoria News

Headed along Humboldt Street towards the harbor, Patty Pan and several other people cling to a log supporting the back of a makeshift cart as it carries a 1,300-pound slice of a Douglas fir felled.

“I feel a bit overwhelmed to be honest with you,” he said. “It was over a thousand years, it’s hard to wrap our human minds around it.”

Pan was among more than 100 old-growth supporters who traveled from the library in downtown Victoria to the Legislature, disrupting traffic at several places along the way on Wednesday.

The procession was billed as a protest against “the unbridled loss of ancient irreplaceable and globally significant temperate rainforests in British Columbia”. The march also aimed to draw attention to the interrelated struggles for the rights of indigenous peoples and to call for a secure climate future, an immediate moratorium on all ancient logging and a just transition strategy for workers and affected communities.

“We are here to protect and care for our great mother’s gift, the old growth,” Pacheedaht alumnus Bill Jones said outside the library before the start of the walk.

“We are here to help our governments to actually establish certain values, and for us our main value is the old growth forest – standing. “

As the march was stopped at the intersection of Douglas and Humboldt Streets, a participant named Cedar said the focus should be on finding solutions.

“Once you lose a 3,000-year-old tree, it’s gone forever,” the protester said. “I think we should make (all the old growth areas) a national park and I think we should compensate the loggers, and I think we have to do it all together.”

“I want to be on the right side of the story, it’s that simple.”

John Lugsdin said the ecological variety of coastal forests is unique and must be preserved.

“It is a treasure that if we choose to eliminate it, we will never see it again,” said the Salt Spring Island resident. “If we don’t preserve it now, it will be lost forever. It is simply not replaceable.

In early November, the BC government postponed logging in an area that represents about half of the old growth identified in the province that is not yet protected. Affected Indigenous communities had 30 days to indicate whether they supported the postponements, wanted to change them, or needed more time, but the process raised concern among several community leaders.

As he helped lead the eight-foot-diameter log section, Pan said the slice of what was a 1,200-year-old tree was a symbol of how the protesters felt.

“We are here to show the government that we are not going to pretend nothing has happened. “

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