Sierra Club: The Planet--1996
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Conservation Projects in Canada

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.

Leitrim Wetlands

Club members in Ontario are working to protect forests as well as the Leitrim Wetlands on the outskirts of Ottawa.

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