People rallied at the office of Parksville-Qualicum MLA Adam Walker’s office on Friday, March 19, 2021 as part of the province-wide Forest March BC 2021. (Michael Briones photo)

People rallied at the office of Parksville-Qualicum MLA Adam Walker’s office on Friday, March 19, 2021 as part of the province-wide Forest March BC 2021. (Michael Briones photo)

Parksville Qualicum Beach residents rally to protect old-growth forests

Forest March BC 2021 staged in variety of B.C. communities

The Green Party of BC Parksville-Qualicum joined a province-wide Day of Action for forestry reform march by demonstrating at Parksville-Qualicum MLA Adam Walker’s office on Friday, March 19.

People showed up with posters, placards and banners in suport of Forest March BC, which organized the protest across the province with the goal of showing solidarity across communities who are demanding for equitable and sustainable forest management in B.C.

READ MORE: Vancouver Island residents rally to protect old-growth forests

“There is an illusion of abundance in B.C. when it comes to both our forests and the jobs created by the forestry industry. But in actuality, our wilderness – along with the jobs that have historically depended on its logging – have been corroding under the pressures of an inequitable and unsustainable industry,” said Forest March BC spokesperson Hania Peper in a press release.

“That’s why it’s essential that the provincial government introduce legislation that meaningfully involves communities in decision-making processes while prioritizing proven eco-forestry practices. This is a win-win for BC: providing more jobs, and a more resilient and sustainable forestry industry.”

— NEWS Staff

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