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When First Nations and Environmentalist Activities Don’t Mesh

Update (July 28 2008):

Citing an indication that no new logging roads would be built before the fall, environmentalists have postponed further action in Hesquaiht Point Creek old-growth forest (Clayoquot Sound). They have also agreed to talks with local First Nations leaders. Local First Nations hold the licenses to log areas of Clayoquot Sound that environmentalists seek to protect.

Original Post:

It will be interesting to watch the protests against logging grow on the west coast of Vancouver Island. Current events have many of the hallmarks of the 1993 Clayoquot Sound protests except that this time aboriginal communities have a stake in the logging interests. Logging is central to the economies of the coastal bands.

How will the protests go when First Nations and enviros see the trees differently?

Also: Talking is the right way to avoid another ‘war in the woods’ (Vancouver Sun)

Progress in logging negotiations (Vancouver Sun; July 28 2008)

Today is environmentalists’ Clayoquot logging deadline (Victoria Times Colonist; July 28 2008)

Old-growth logging plan sparks war-in-woods threat (Vancouver Sun)

Activists, loggers set to square off over Clayoquot (CTV.ca)

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