Old growth trees

Manitoba Institute of Trades and Technology **We aren't endorsed by this school
ESR LM-120
Oct 22, 2023
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Student's Name: Kirandeep Kaur Sandhu Department: Post Graduate Business Management Program Course: Ethics and social responsibility for leaders of today Tutor: Date: 28/09/2023
Fairy Creek blockades: Fight to save old growth trees. Issues involved with logging of old growth forest in BC. British Columbia identifies an extensive expanse of over eleven million hectares as old- growth forests. The categorization of forests in BC as old growth is contingent upon specific criteria, including geographical location, tree species composition, and prevailing environmental conditions. The logging of old-growth forests in British Columbia is causing serious ecological, environmental, and climate-related concerns. If this continues, many species of animals, plants, and other organisms will be on the edge of extinction or face the possibility of death. Logging releases a significant amount of carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas, into the atmosphere, contributing to climate change by trapping heat. Logging old-growth forests may also impact human beings, as these forests usually absorb excess rainwater, and their removal can potentially lead to increased flooding in the region. An example highlights the impact of logging only 21% of a watershed north of Kamloops. This resulted in an average increase of 84% in flood size, as reported by McSheffrey. Floods can cause considerable damage to crop and result in the loss of homes, leading to unemployment and economic instability in the future for people. Old-growth forests have unique characteristics in their structures and moisture levels. The harvesting of old- growth trees results in detrimental effects such as pollution and elevated risks of wildfires, posing a significant threat to the ecosystem and the neighboring communities. Indigenous communities in BC value old-growth forests for cultural and spiritual reasons. Logging can destroy traditional sites and disconnect people from the land. Who are the stakeholders involved in the issues? The topic of preserving old-growth trees in the Fairy Creek region of British Columbia has garnered much discussion and debate among various stakeholders, each with varying degrees of
influence. These stakeholders comprise investors, employees, customers, communities, politicians, government officials, and business associations. However, the Indigenous communities, particularly the Pacheedaht and Ditidaht First Nations, hold significant sway due to their cultural and legal connections to ancestral lands. This is evident in the ongoing negotiations with the government. Notably, on June 5th, 2021, the Ditidaht, Huu-ay-aht, and Pacheedaht informed the province of British Columbia of their decision to postpone old-growth logging for two years in the Fairy Creek and Central Walbran areas while the Nations prepare their plans. Moreover, the Huu-ay-aht First Nations have opted to defer logging of its treaty lands. Forest management policies and permits are regulated by government entities at the municipal, provincial, and federal levels. The British Columbia provincial government, led by the NDP, assumes a significant responsibility in this area. Private logging companies, such as the Teal- Jones group, and the tourism industry have a vested economic interest in the preservation of old- growth forests. In 2022, the Teal-Jones Group obtained an injunction against protesters who tried to block roads and impede the cutting down of ancient trees in the Fairy Creek area. The nature of their influence In terms of influence, there exist various interest groups that employ political methods to sway the outcomes concerning old-growth forests. Environmental activists such as government bodies utilize advocacy, protests, and legal action to influence decision-makers, while Indigenous communities engage in negotiations with the government to assert their rights. In contrast, logging companies, local communities, and the tourism industry exert an economic influence on old-growth forests, with their primary objective being the generation of profit through the felling or logging of trees. These entities hold a crucial place in the economy of British Columbia, as the country serves as a significant exporter of paper products and wooden items. This intricate web
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