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Oct 14th-22nd: Canada's Endangered Forests Roadshow

Canada's endangered forests aren't disappearing -They're available for sale at a store near you

HELP US SAVE CANADA'S ENDANGERED FORESTS, CORPORATION BY CORPORATION
Come and learn how the global timber industry, and the market for wood and paper products, is destroying endangered forests across Canada - and how you can help stop the destruction using market-based activism!
LIST OF SHOWS IN THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST:

Eugene
Tuesday, October 14th
7 - 9:30 pm
University of Oregon, EMU, Fir Room


Portland
SHOW
Thursday, October 16th
7 - 9:30 pm
It's a Beautiful Pizza On Belmont at 34th
ACTION oct 17th
office depot 323 MLK st.


Seattle
SHOW
Sunday, October 19th
6:30- 9:30 pm at the IMC
ACTION
Monday Oct. 20th @ office depot location TBA


Olympia
Tuesday, October 21st
7 - 9:30 pm
Evergreen State College


Bellingham
SHOW
Wednesday, October 22nd
7 - 9:30 pm
Western Washington University
ACTION
Oct 23 office Depot location TBA


Come and learn how the global timber industry, and the market for wood and paper products, is destroying endangered forests across Canada - and how you can help stop the destruction using market-based activism!

ForestEthics has created a multi-media presentation highlighting Canada's breathtaking and biologically rich endangered forests. You'll see spectacular images of British Columbia's world-famous Great Bear Rainforest; of the world's only - and severely threatened -- inland rainforests; and of Canada's vast boreal forests - North America's largest remaining wilderness.

What do they have in common? US consumption, and corporate control, is driving their destruction. These forests are critical to the survival of grizzly bears, wild salmon, mountain caribou, wolves, migratory songbirds, and hundreds of other species, as well as indigenous communities. We'll give you the word on both the forests and on the corporations that are destroying them - so you can HELP US STOP THEM!

The presentation will be followed by discussion, and then we'll plan for an action the following day. Special guest Timothy Hall from Whidbey Island, Washington will provide inspiring music. With a strong Irish sound to many of his songs, and a definite eco-political edge, Timothy has drawn comparisons to Richard Thompson and the Waterboys. We'll also have additional special guests. See you there!



For more information on ForestEthics please visit our website at
 http://www.forestethics.org.

For more information on the shows contact  kim@forestethics.org, 503 539
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10/3/03 Rally at Canadian Consulate in SF 11.Oct.2003 08:25

repost from forest ethics website

10/3/3 - Activists Rally at SF Canadian Consulate to Demand an End to Logging of Canada's Endangered Forests
Open Letter to Prime Minister Chretien Delivered
For Immediate Release --October 3, 2003

Contact: In US: Kristi Chester Vance, ForestEthics, 415 863 4563, ex 303 On site: Darcy Riddell, ForestEthics, 604 880 6442

San Francisco - Environmental activists from Canada and the US converged at the Canadian consulate today to draw attention to the problems facing Canada's Endangered Forests. Activists delivered an open letter to Prime Minister Chretien calling on the Canadian government to ensure protection of endangered forests across Canada. The event today marks the beginning of a 15-city tour to educate Americans about Canada's endangered forests and what they can do to help protect them.

From British Columbia's lush coastal temperate rainforests where spirit bears roam among majestic cedars, to the world's only inland rainforests where endangered mountain caribou nibble lichen from the branches of old-growth trees, to North America's largest intact wilderness - the vast northern Boreal forest -- Canada's forests are a global treasure.

"The U.S. is the largest consumer of clearcut old growth forests from Canada - for everything from catalogs to lumber," said Lafcadio Cortesi. "We've taken down 95% of our original own forests, whereas Canada still has a quarter of Earth's remaining original forests, and we must support the protection of those forests."

The Great Bear Rainforest, heralded by Time magazine in 1999 as "the number one environmental issue on the planet," is the largest contiguous area of unprotected rainforest in the world. It is home to dense grizzly populations, rich salmon runs, and the rare white spirit (kermode) bear. Clear-cutting has already destroyed 80% of BC's large rainforest valleys, and every day more ancient trees fall. The fate of the Great Bear Rainforest is to be decided in a matter of months.

"This endangered forest will either be preserved for future generations or it will be destroyed forever, taking with it countless species and the sustainability of coastal communities, including indigenous First Nations," said Darcy Riddell of ForestEthics. "We are calling on the Canadian government to become a partner in the protection of the Great Bear Rainforest."

Activists are also calling on Canada to do more to protect endangered species such as the spotted owl and mountain caribou, both of which are transboundary species shared with the US. Canada's new Species at Risk Act permits logging of endangered species habitat while recovery plans are being developed, which can take years. This "talk and log" approach to species protection will be too little, too late for the spotted owl, with only 25 breeding pairs left in Canada, and for the mountain caribou, which needs old growth forest to survive.

"We have already lost too much old-growth in BC," said Candace Batycki of ForestEthics. "The BC government is showing no sign that it is serious about protecting endangered forests. We need moratoriums on critical endangered species habitats while recovery planning takes place."

END



Open Letter to Prime Minister Jean Chretien



October 3, 2003

Dear Prime Minister Chretien,

From British Columbia's lush coastal temperate rainforests where spirit bears roam among majestic cedars, to the world's only inland temperate rainforests where endangered mountain caribou nibble lichen from the branches of old-growth trees, to North America's largest intact wilderness - the vast northern boreal forest -- Canada's forests are a global treasure. We are writing to you today because we are concerned that irreparable harm is being done to Canada's forests and therefore to the many species that depend upon them. As you know, the United States consumes the majority of Canada's forest products and we are concerned that many of these products are sourced from Canadian endangered forest regions.

Worldwide 80% of the large, intact areas of original forest have already been destroyed or degraded. Here in the United States over 95% of our old growth forests are already gone. Canada is home to over a quarter of the forests left on earth, and as such, has a tremendous responsibility and a unique opportunity for conservation. Opportunities exist for Canada to play a leading international role in providing the marketplace with green forest products, and to ensure the protection of globally significant endangered forest regions. We ask you to provide leadership to both the Provincial governments and the forest industry to ensure that Canada takes advantage of these opportunities.

In Canada's vast and unique boreal forests we ask you to:

Support the establishment of a moratorium on further industrial development of intact areas until scientific mapping, identification and protection of endangered forests takes place;
Ensure that no new allocations are made prior the development of conservation area designs, and the identification and protection of endangered forests;
Ensure ecosystem-based management and logging that is third-party certified outside of protected areas;
Support and provide incentives for increased use of fiber sourced from recycling, agricultural residue and other fibers, where appropriate.

In British Columbia we ask you to:

Become an active partner in ensuring that the Great Bear Rainforest is fully protected, as determined by the independent science team's ecological analysis;
Ensure that critical species and their habitat are protected by urging the Government of British Columbia to protect the spotted owl and the mountain caribou.

Canada has both a unique opportunity and a global responsibility to ensure endangered forests are adequately protected. We appreciate you taking steps to support this protection.

Sincerely,


Todd Paglia, Executive Director, ForestEthics

Tzeporah Berman, Program Director, ForestEthics

go see this! 11.Oct.2003 22:43

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Saw this presentation in Arcata -
Go see it! It's inspiring and the photos of the Boreal forest are amazing.

Forest Ethics seems like a good group and pretty level headed too.