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MP proposes immediate end to old-growth logging on federal lands in BC

A Liberal Member of Parliament from Vancouver is calling for an end to old-growth logging on all federal lands.

Patrick Weiler, who represents the West Vancouver-Sunshine Coast-Sea to Sky riding in Ottawa, introduced his private member’s bill M-83 this week. It calls for the immediate end of old-growth logging on federal lands in BC, except Indian Reserve lands, which shall be subject to consent with First Nations.

Most old-growth logging in BC takes place on provincial Crown land. The federal government controls only about one per cent of BC lands, of which none is currently being logged.

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Weiler’s bill also proposes to ban the export of all old growth logs and wood products made from old growth trees by 2030 at the latest.

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