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A unique turn of events in Clayoquot Sound

The Story

It used to be the frontline in the 'war of the woods' between environmentalists and the logging companies. Five years after the B.C. government banned all clearcutting in Clayoquot Sound, the chainsaws are back, and both sides are meeting again in the majestic rainforests of Vancouver Island. But this time, it's different: no war, only cooperation. In this CBC Television clip, The National looks at how a native-run logging company brings the sides together.

Medium: Television
Program: The National
Broadcast Date: Aug. 22, 2000
Guest(s): Joe Corazzoli, Paul George, Valerie Langer, Neil Malbon
Host: Gloria Macarenko
Reporter: Kathy Tomlinson
Duration: 2:32

Did You know?

. In 1999, U.S. forestry giant Weyerhaeuser merged with MacMillan Bloedel. The logging project featured in this clip was a joint venture between Weyerhaeuser and local first nations people who owned the majority shares in the company, thus giving them the power to run the logging operation. They employed an environmentally friendly form of logging that's done in pockets. The selective method means only a handful of trees are cut, so as to mimic nature when a large tree is lost to a winter storm or disease.


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