Subject: Greenpeace Forests Campaign
From: Joe Vise 
Date: 	Wed, 2 Jul 1997 12:45:40 -0400

This is a letter we are asking scientists or organizations that work on 
forests/forestry to sign on to regarding the rainforest of BC. It would be 
great if you could circulate this to other scientists and organizations.


Jim Ford
Greenpeace Forests Campaign
604 253 2918, 604 253 7701
604 253 0114 (fax)

Open Letter to:           

June 7 1997

The Right Honourable Jean Chretien
Prime Minister of Canada
House of Commons
Ottawa, ON. K1A 0A6

The Honourable Glen Clark
Premier of British Columbia
Parliament Buildings Room 156
Victoria, B.C. V8V 1X4

Letter regarding the future of the temperate rainforest of British Columbia

Globally, temperate rainforests are a rare and endangered forest type,
originally covering less than 0.2 per cent of the earth's land surface
area.  Over half of the world's temperate rainforests have been degraded or
destroyed, primarily by industrial logging during this century. One quarter
of the remaining temperate rainforests are in British Columbia, Canada,
where they are rapidly being clearcut and replaced by biologically 
simplified tree farms, endangering the rich biological heritage they 

British Columbia makes up less than 10 per cent of Canada's land mass but
is home to 74 per cent of Canadian mammals and 70 per cent of its breeding
birds. Most of these species can be found in or associated with 
the temperate rainforest. Yet only now are basic ecological studies and 
biological inventories of the temperate rainforest being conducted.

The State of the Environment Reporting office of British Columbia reported
in 1996 that one in ten plant and animal species in B.C. is facing
extinction. Logging is cited as one of the major causes of species decline.
Recent satellite data reveals that over half of B.C.'s rainforests have
already been destroyed or degraded. Less than six per cent of B.C.'s
coastal rainforest has been protected.

Coastal British Columbia originally had over 350 rainforest watersheds over
5,000 hectares. Today, less than 70 (20 per cent) of these valleys remain
intact, yet few are protected. Half of the remaining intact, unprotected
valleys are slated for clearcut logging and roading in the next five years.

Recognising the ecological importance of the rainforest of British
Columbia, and the fact that current management is ignoring and sacrificing
a wide range of present and future values and uses, we, the undersigned
scientists and organisations recommend that the Governments of British
Columbia and Canada take a precautionary approach to the management of the
temperate rainforest, and apply a moratorium on industrial logging and
development in the remaining intact rainforest valleys of British Columbia.


Reed Noss, American Wildlands
Lance Craighead, American Wildlands
Dominick Dellasala, World Wildlife Fund, US
George M. McKay, PhD., Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia
C. Callghan, Central Rockies Wolf Project
Dave Augeri, Institute of Rockies
Kevin Kavanaugh, World Wildlife Fund, Canada
Paul Paquet, University of Calgary
Steve Trombul, Middlebury College
Richard P. Reading, PhD., Denver Zoological Foundation
Anne E. Black, Landscape Dynamics Lab

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