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Forest March BC: Powell River to rally for old-growth forests tomorrow

Covid-safe community marches are happening across the province tomorrow (Mar. 19th), all in support of B.C.’s old-growth forests.

Those in Powell River can expect a crowd at Willingdon Beach, starting at 11:00 am.

Gillian Anderson is a Forest March BC 2021 organizer. She says the marches aim to spread the word and advocate for a holistic approach to forestry.

Anderson asks, “Did you know that only two per cent of the original old-growth forest in BC is still standing?”

“Your … neighbours are joining in Forest March BC, a province-wide day of action calling for an immediate moratorium on old-growth logging and a new sustainable management plan for B.C forests that benefits forest workers,” she says.

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According to Anderson, the province needs “equitable, nature-based and resilient community-first forestry management to provide more jobs with value-added manufacturing.”

Participants are encouraged to bring a sign and dress up colourfully for the occasion. Covid protocols will be in place, with attendees asked to wear a mask and respect social distancing guidelines.

A full list of locations participating can be found here.

And, if you won’t be attending a rally, there are other actions you can take in solidarity with Forest March BC 2021. Visit this website for more info.

– with files from Jon Gauthier

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