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Editor’s note: In a story published June 7 on arrests at an old-growth logging blockade, The Canadian Press erroneously said the Teal-Jones Group planned to log about 20 hectares of timber in the Fairy Creek watershed. In fact, Teal-Jones had said it would stand down its logging operations there after three First Nations issued a declaration saying they want old-growth logging in the area temporarily deferred.

A protester at a blockade against old-growth timber logging in the Fairy Creek area of Vancouver Island, near Port Renfrew, B.C., on May 24, 2021.

JENNIFER OSBORNE/Reuters

Another 13 people have been arrested at anti-logging blockades on southwestern Vancouver Island, bringing the total of number of arrests to 185, at least nine of whom have been arrested more than once.

RCMP began enforcing a British Columbia court injunction ordering the removal of blockades aimed at preventing old-growth logging on May 17.

Fairy Creek blockade 2021: What you need to know about the anti-logging protest in B.C.

Of those arrested Monday at an encampment area near Port Renfrew, 11 have been charged with breaching the injunction, and two for obstruction.

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The injunction is to allow workers with the Teal-Jones Group to resume logging in that area and in the Fairy Creek watershed to the south.

A sign posted on a dead tree on the Bugaboo, a logging road in the Fairy Creek area near Port Renfrew, on May 11, 2021.

Jen Osborne /The Canadian Press

Activists say very little of the best old-growth forest remains in B.C., and Fairy Creek is the last unprotected, intact old-growth valley on southern Vancouver Island.

Teal-Jones had planned to harvest 20 hectares, but said it is standing down its operations in Fairy Creek after three First Nations leaders issued a declaration on Monday saying they want old-growth logging in the same area temporarily deferred.

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