Skip to main content

When the B.C. government started talking about removing private lands from Tree Farm Licence (TFL) 44 on Vancouver Island, officials in the ministry of environment shared their concerns in a flurry of e-mails.

The big worry was that once lands were taken out of the TFL, Weyerhaeuser would have a free hand in deciding where and what to log. Wildlife biologists were afraid that sooner or later loggers would start cutting down long-protected forests. Changes to TFL were authorized in 2004, and since then the amount of land protected for wildlife has dropped from 2,400 hectares to 900 hectares.

In these two key e-mails, from 2001-2002, government staff express their fears about what might transpire.

A quick guide to some of the acronyms used: WLAP is the Ministry of Water, Land and Air Protection; MSRN is the Ministry of Sustainable Resource Management; MoF is Ministry of Forests; Weyco is Weyerhaeuser, which would later sell TFL 44 to Island Timberlands; UWR refers to ungulate winter range and  WHAs are wildlife habitat areas.

Bc Logging 1104 by The Globe and Mail

Report an error Editorial code of conduct
Comments

Welcome to The Globe and Mail’s comment community. This is a space where subscribers can engage with each other and Globe staff. Non-subscribers can read and sort comments but will not be able to engage with them in any way. Click here to subscribe.

If you would like to write a letter to the editor, please forward it to letters@globeandmail.com. Readers can also interact with The Globe on Facebook and Twitter .

Welcome to The Globe and Mail’s comment community. This is a space where subscribers can engage with each other and Globe staff. Non-subscribers can read and sort comments but will not be able to engage with them in any way. Click here to subscribe.

If you would like to write a letter to the editor, please forward it to letters@globeandmail.com. Readers can also interact with The Globe on Facebook and Twitter .

Welcome to The Globe and Mail’s comment community. This is a space where subscribers can engage with each other and Globe staff.

We aim to create a safe and valuable space for discussion and debate. That means:

  • All comments will be reviewed by one or more moderators before being posted to the site. This should only take a few moments.
  • Treat others as you wish to be treated
  • Criticize ideas, not people
  • Stay on topic
  • Avoid the use of toxic and offensive language
  • Flag bad behaviour

Comments that violate our community guidelines will be removed. Commenters who repeatedly violate community guidelines may be suspended, causing them to temporarily lose their ability to engage with comments.

Read our community guidelines here

Discussion loading ...

Due to technical reasons, we have temporarily removed commenting from our articles. We hope to have this fixed soon. Thank you for your patience. If you are looking to give feedback on our new site, please send it along to feedback@globeandmail.com. If you want to write a letter to the editor, please forward to letters@globeandmail.com.