Vancouver Island Mapping Project
In 1991, the Sierra Club of Western Canada embarked on the
Vancouver Island Mapping Project, using satellite images to
show that 64 percent of the island's ancient temperate
rainforest has been logged. Activists hope that the mapping
project will educate and inspire local communities to act.
"When the residents of these areas see what's happening,
they'll realize how they've been misled by lumber companies
and the government," says Vicky Husband, conservation co-
chair of Sierra Club of British Columbia.
Randy Stoltmann Wilderness
The Lower Mainland Group in B.C. is working to protect key
wilderness areas along the southwest coast of the province,
including the Randy Stoltmann Wilderness Area and the
volcanic region around Meager Mountain. Logging giants
MacMillan-Bloedel and International Forest Products are
already punching logging roads into these pristine areas.
Activists Kill Great Whale
Hydro-Quebec had ambitious plans for a $13 billion
hydroelectric project (called the Great Whale) that would
have flooded 2,000 square miles of northern Quebec near
James Bay. But Sierra Club activists in Canada and the U.S.
joined with the Cree Indians, whose homeland would have been
flooded, to kill the project in November of 1994.
Sydney Tar Ponds Toxic Dump
Burial Plan Stopped Working with the 4-H, Catholic Nuns for
the Earth and the local Mi'kmaq First Nation, the Sierra
Club of Canada and an embryonic Club group in Cape Breton
helped force the Nova Scotia government to back away from a
plan to bury Canada's largest toxic waste dump.
Temagami Old-Growth Threatened
As The Planet went to press, environmentalists were
blockading logging roads in the Temagami Highlands of
Ontario, 350 miles north of Toronto, attempting to stop the
logging of the third largest remaining stand of old-growth
red and white pine forest.
The provincial government, led by Premier Mike Harris, has
agreed to allow logging of almost half of the remaining
Temagami old-growth forests. It has also agreed to allow
large scale mineral exploration and mining in the region.
Club members in Ontario are working to protect forests as
well as the Leitrim Wetlands on the outskirts of Ottawa.
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