Boreal Critters Chase Boreal Villans Downstream.
Today at 2:00pm, three members of the Boreal Action Team took to the
waterways and chased 65 delegates of the Alberta Forest Products Association
conference down the Athabasca River in Jasper, Alberta. The delegates, including
members of logging giants, Weyerhaeuesr and Weldwood, were hoping to enjoy a
leisurely float down the Athabasca river before key sessions where they would
carve up the rest of Alberta's dwindling boreal forest.
The delegates were rudely interupted when the three Boreal Action Team
members dressed as woodland creatures descended upon the delegates' raft boat
in a small canoe. With megaphone in hand the members of the group sang
songs and ranted to the annoyed delegates.
"Every minute 5 acres of forest is cut down in Alberta," said Leah
Henderson as she travelled down the river right behind the rafting boat. "The
people in this boat are responsible for destroying one of the last old growth
stands anywhere in the world. We simply wanted to give the delegates something
to think about."
The delegates were annoyed by the venture. Many urged the members to go
away, or that they had heard their message and just wanted to enjoy
"The plight of the boreal is something that concerned citizens and
environmentalists have been raising for years. Instead of changing
their forest practices they continue to log it using unsustainable means,"
said Mike Hudema another BAT member. "Our forests are being shipped to the US to
be made into phonebooks and toilet paper. When that is the situation there can
be no more business as usual."
The Boreal Action Team is working with U.S. based groups, including
Action Network and Forest Ethics, to protect the edangered boreal
The Boreal forest spans throughout Canada. 90% of the boreal is
The group will continue their activities throughout the duration of the
conference. For more information on the AFPA go to their website at
For more information on the group contact Jessica Bell at 415 720 0473.
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