British Columbia's forests ministry announces five new old-growth management areas on Sunshine Coast, excluding 14,750 hectares from commercial timber harvesting
VICTORIA, British Columbia
July 21, 2012
– An additional 14,750 hectares on the Sunshine Coast are now protected in old growth management areas, Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister Steve Thomson announced today.
These old growth management areas were established under the Land Act, following public consultation and discussions with First Nations, forestry companies and local stakeholders.
The new old growth management areas protect biological diversity in the following areas:
There are about 55,000 old growth management areas in B.C., covering an area of approximately 3.9 million hectares. The creation of additional old growth management areas on the Sunshine Coast reflects the B.C. government’s ongoing commitment to preserve unique ecosystems for the enjoyment of all British Columbians.