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Heartwood: How Vancouver Island lost 90% of its ancient rainforest

PostedMay 3, 2017 by in Canada

In Part 1 of this new 3-part mini-series titled Heartwood, filmmaker Daniel Pierce explores the endangered old-growth forests of Vancouver Island. Despite the reality that less than 10% of the prime, low-elevation old-growth remains on the island, these forests continue to be converted into second-growth tree farms.  Pierce unpacks what the loss of these forests means for biodiversity and for coastal First Nations, who have depended on these ancient forests for their culture and survival since the last Ice Age. He also offers a sneak peak of Part 2 (coming soon).


About the Author

Daniel Pierce

Daniel J. Pierce is a Vancouver-based filmmaker with a body of work that explores the dynamics of people coming together to build resilient communities and reconnect with the laws of nature. His first documentary, The Hollow Tree, premiered at DOXA and was acquired by CBC and Knowledge in 2012. Dan has been traveling to Cortes Island since January 2012 and is producing a documentary about the ongoing logging dispute with Island Timberlands, the modern forest movement in BC, and the transition to a more holistic forestry economy.


    Daryl Stillwell

    Not to mention B.C selling their water to Nestle for $2.25/per million litres. Which politicians were responsible for that deal ?


    Hail to Daniel Pierce fighting for justice! May his courageous efforts prevail for our priceless Oldgrowth forests– for their water-holding abilities, for the example they are for the future, for the needs of wildlife, and for their inherent glory that belongs to our children. I understand that last year the Union of BC Municipalities united in defending our remaining Oldgrowth forests on Vancouver Island from logging—yet our government has done nothing to support this. WHERE has true forestry gone? The logging industry should no more be running the show than hyenas guard our livestock, and this insatiable industry also intends to, or is already logging, our remaining Oldgrowth forests on the northern BC coast east and south of the Great Bear, and this may destroy the nesting habitats of Marbled Murrelets– tiny seabirds listed as endangered. These diminutive little seabirds are absolutely dependent on mossy old growth forest trees close to the sea to nest in, for their offspring must jump from their nests as babies, and find their way down to the sea where their parents are calling–no small feat for these tiny seabirds, and the sweetest there be. Altogether it is high time to do the right thing for a change, and leave our dwindling great Oldgrowth forests alone.


    It sure makes you wonder how we ever allowed this to happen. I can understand being fooled by the “renewable resource” story told by the big timber companies; but how did our political leadership not see through the lies and fix this years ago. Thanks for exposing the mismanagement and poor stewardship of our resources, somebody in government has some serious explaining to do!


      It is all about politicians not wanting to comprehend the signals that should tell them when they get into a conflict of interest condition. It could also be because of ignorance.

      Dave Thornham

      The ‘renewable resource’ story is supported by the european greens who consider burning wood pellets to generate power as ‘carbon neutral’.

      I find this 90% number to be somewhat suspect, but don’t know how to verify it one way or another.

    Krista Liebe

    Thank you for doing this very important work! Well done – I am looking forward t Part 2!

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