Teachers have known for decades about the benefits of outdoor education. Studies have shown that when you turn nature into classroom great things happen.
A small cut block was harvested in 2021 along with another nearby block which included 20 loads of pulp from ‘fall out’ from over mature trees. Following this, the trail was rehabilitated and 25 loads of fir beetle salvage wood were taken out to prevent the beetles spread into the surrounding trees. This area of the woodlot will not be able to be managed in the future as a result of the Old Growth deferral strategy.
It’s been a time of change in forest policy over the past several months. The provincial government has been navigating the challenge of preserving old growth forests while balancing the economic imperatives of the stakeholders who rely on a constant supply of timber. The recent proposal for Old Growth Deferral and Recruitment has prompted lively discussion about the management of the province’s Crown forests.
Wildfire season is taking its toll on British Columbia’s forests, and we’re not out of the woods yet.
As of the end of July, over 3000 firefighters were battling 277 wildfires in the province. The blazes have already claimed 340,000 hectares of forest, with no signs of slowing down.
BC’s woodlots have also suffered substantial losses.