Photo: Steve Ogle

Say no to private clearcuts in the West Kootenay

A grassroots community effort successfully crowdfunded $400,000 to buy a 40-hectare piece of privately-owned land on Cottonwood Lake near Nelson that was slated to be clearcut.

This huge win to save Cottonwood Lake, a cherished local recreation area, sheds light on a problem in our province: why do British Columbians need to crowdfund to save local landmarks, clean water and important ecosystems from logging? 

Please speak up for much-needed changes to the Private Managed Forest Lands Act today.

Cottonwood is a unique success, but the story of private land logging and community efforts to stop these clearcuts is one told across the province again and again.

Clearcutting on private land near Cottonwood Lake. Photo: David Moskowitz

The lack of regulations for private land logging has shifted the burden to communities, forcing British Columbians to pay the price for lax provincial rules that let big companies claim tax breaks while clearcutting vast areas. Water, wildlife, and community recreation suffer in community after community when private land logging destroys forests. The Union of BC Municipalities has passed 15 resolutions dating back to 1991 asking the province to fix private land logging regulations, yet no real action has been taken.

Tell Forests Minister Katrine Conroy that the Private Managed Forest Lands Act needs to be fixed today to stop private clearcuts and protect our communities.


More clearcutting on private land near Cottonwood Lake. Photo: David Moskowitz