Old growth forests topic of environmental group's event

Conservation North, a Prince George-based environmental group, is hosting an event in the name of protecting the region's old-growth forests.

Called Enough Is Enough, it takes place this Thurs., Oct. 10, at Trench Brewery, 399 2nd Ave., 7 p.m. start. Guest speakers include local activist Peter Ewart and woodworker James Steidle.

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"Allowing our region's old growth to be turned into lumber or biomass forecloses our options for the future," said the group's outreach coordinator Jenn Matthews.

"The prudent thing to do is protect our options, and that means protecting what remains of our old growth forests."

Conservation North was launched in 2017 to advocate for the protection of old forests and a transition towards a sustainable second-growth forest industry in the central-interior.

The B.C. government announced an online portal in the spring of 2019 to take public feedback on subjects like wood innovation, forest carbon and other topics of relevance to communities in the Interior.

"We are encouraging the public to submit their own feedback, partly to counteract the predictable recommendations of the industrial forestry 'old boys club,'" said Conservation North director Michelle Connolly.

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