If the American logging industry dares act with such ruthlessness in California,
imagine what it does elsewhere on the Northwest Coast. At almost 37 million people, California is the most densely populated
state in the US, covering about 163,696 sq mi (423,970 sq km). By comparison, BC has a population of just over 4 million people
and a land base that is over twice as large at 364,764 sq miles (944,735 sq km). The powerful international wood products
industry is entrenched in BC and if the vanishing ancient temperate rainforest is to survive, an international boycott of
BC's shameful export of old growth cedar is needed.
Left: A photo on Flickr of a log boom on the Fraser River near Vancouver in 2009 (click to enlarge).
One log has a number given by the Canadian Overseas Log & Lumber Company. BC's export of logs, lumber, chips and pulp is
exterminating forest biodiversity while the logging industry spews out "renewable resource" lies.
Right: BC cedar boom photo on the website of Cedar Direct, a
New Zealand company that imports BC cedar for the global wood products market. The photo caption:
"From the forest floors of British Columbia to homes of distinction worldwide."
Left: Log boom photo on the website of the CDS Lumber Products Company in
Mission, BC. The photo caption: "Our lumber comes in almost every grade, but our primary grade
is clear [i.e. old growth]."
Chain of Lies — Fraserview Cedar Products
"Export Clears" = Old Growth
"Beauty" = Extermination
"Sustainability" = Lie
"Our Products" = Our Greed
"Cedar Adds Value" = Shame
"Environmentally Friendly" = Lie
The Unethical Flogging of Sacred Trees
The logging industry is running out of old growth forests on the
Pacific Northwest Coast. California, Oregon and Washington State have all been severely depleted of their ancient
forests and what little remains is mostly protected. Today some 90 percent of BC's raw logs
are exported south to keep the American mills in business.
Right: BC cedar yard. Hundreds of lumber dealers in BC specialize in the
commercial trade of old growth trees, called "export clears," for the international
market in wood products. In fact, dealers openly boast of their abundant stocks of this vanishing
natural resource. Typical is Cedarland Forest Products which brags that it "supplies fine grained,
old growth no defect clears."
Left: This photo was featured on the website of the Vancouver Island Association of
Wood Processors in 2009 (click to enlarge). The Taiwanese president of the Vancouver based T. F.
Specialty Sawmill is standing in front of stock piles of yellow cedar lumber destined for Japan. This killing
of ancient trees is comparable to the killing of endangered species such as Blue Whales.
Yellow cedar, or "Chamaecyparis Nootkatensis," is a very slow growing species that
can reach great longevity wtih ages well over a thousand years. This beautiful tree was not even discovered by
Europeans until the late 18th century and yet today almost all ancient specimens have been annihilated for lumber.
Even isolated trees are targeted for helicopter extermination.
Right: Advertising photo offered in high resolution on the website of the BC Canada Pavilion for the
2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. It shows the 13 massive cedar arches in front of the Pavilion which are
intended to promote BC Wood, an international lobby group for wood products that was a major sponsor of the
BC Pavilion both in Beijing and in a similar pavilion in Torino in 2006. The BC government slogan "Super, natural BC means
big business" is heavily promoted in China, especially by the big corporations that sell BC wood products.
With the connivance of Canada and BC, the transnational lumber industry openly
flogs BC's vanishing ancient cedar trees without respect for First Nations who regard cedar as the
sacred "Tree of Life" that sustains them.
Left: Yellow cedar in the Errington Cedar Mill on Vancouver Island, not far from
Cathedral Grove, 2006. The photo was taken by Richard Boyce, who estimated the age of the killed trees at some
600 years. The eradication of the big trees in this species from Vancouver Island, where it was
discovered and named after the Nuu-chah-Nulth Peoples, is an act of desecration. Logging companies
target and highgrade ancient cedar trees, making it increasingly difficult for First Nations to gain access
to cedar logs for their cultural traditions. One of the most renowned of all Northwest Coast sculptures is
the "Raven" carved from yellow cedar by Haida Bill Reid. It is ironic that while such sculptures serve
Canada as "ambassadors," the cedar slaughter continues.
The Trashing of Aboriginal Heritage
Above: This photo was printed on the cover of the Museum of Anthropology,
University of British Columbia, Annual Report for 2005-2006. It shows Haisla First Nation artist
Lyle Wilson carving an ancient yellow cedar tree in the Museum, while he was the Artist in Residence.
The traditional cedar sculpture is called "Wee-git Releases the Light" and tells the Haisla
story of Wee-git, or the Great Man. Although the Museum is filled with First Nation treasures carved from
ancient cedar trees, the concept of preservation seems not to apply to present day cultural traditions,
which are dependent on the continued harvesting of old growth cedar forests.
First Nations believe red and yellow cedar trees have special healing and spiritual powers
and each has its own creation myth. Cynically, the wood products industry uses native culture to sell its consumer
products such as window frames, doors, saunas, patio decking, outdoor furniture and so on.
Some non native logging companies appropriate native names.
Even the venerable "Haida" name is not off bounds, given the long and ferocious fight by the Haida Nation
to protect its land from the wood products industry: "Out of respect for these magnificent people and their reverence
for Western Red Cedar, Haida Forest Products has adopted this time honoured name to identify the company and the
premium cedar products that we manufacture Export Clears"
Haida Forest Products.
Culprits in the Industrial Extermination of Totem Trees
Right: Advertising brochure in Chinese to promote the Cowichan Lumber Company's export of
cedar clears (click to enlarge). Between the photos of commercial cedar yards and lumber piles is a photo of a living
ancient cedar tree. Although not identified in the text, this is the famous 800 year old Eike Cedar Tree, the mascot
of Tofino in Clayoquot Sound. One of the last big trees to survive the logging massacre around Tofino,
a dedicated community effort led to its protection and restoration in 2003.
The "Flower Spear," a giant self loading and self dumping log barge owned by Trans-Pac Fibre (click to enlarge). Based in
Vancouver, the company specializes in log exports to Korea, China and Japan that are "high grade, and oversized
(old growth)." The Flower Spear photo appears on the website of the Trans-Pac Fibre corporation to advertise
its rapacious ruining of BC's forests for Asian markets:
Are there no international conventions to protect both native and non native communities from such
corporate crimes? In 2005 angry BC citizens, fed up with the export of raw logs, protested against the Flower Spear,
the evil Black Ship, while it was being loaded with its ugly cargo in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island.
Left: Photo collage of Gitxsan totem poles in 'Ksan Village.
The photos are used as educational propadanda on the website of the Council of Forest Industries (click to enlarge).
This underhanded use of indigenous culture to sell cedar lumber products is unethical. As Aboriginal Heritage, all
cedar trees in BC ought to be protected under First Nations jurisdiction and stewardship.
Left: Advertising photo of "Yellow Cedar Export Clears" used on the website of
the Vancouver based Alcan Forest Products (click to enlarge). Hundreds of cedar companies operate in BC and belong
to international lobbying orgs such as the Western Red Cedar Lumber Association which calls itself the "
Voice of the Cedar Industry" and boasts that its member mills have an annual production of nearly one billion board feet
and account for more than 65 percent of all the cedar produced in the world. Thus the forest industry with its vested
interests continues with impunity to trash the last of the world's endangered old growth temperate rainforests.
The practice by the commercial cedar industry of appropriating
First Nations' totem poles and other monumental structures built of cedar such as native schools is deplorable. The "Real
Cedar" webpage uses a photo of the Nuxalk's Acwsalcta School in Bella Coola, a community that for decades has been
at the centre of protests against the logging industry. Unbelievably, even today the Nuxalk are forced to defend
their land at Talyu – site of one of the richest carving traditions on the Northwest Coast as attested by works in
museums across the world – from the ravages of heli logging by an affiliate of Interfor.
The Western Red Cedar Export Association
boasts that it "provides western red cedar to Belgium, France, The Netherlands, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand,
China, Japan and other markets around the world." Do these countries understand that cedar trees are pillaged in BC
at the cost of aboriginal land rights, culture and irreplaceable rainforest biodiversity? The European Union is currently
drafting a resolution to ban the import of illegal timber and regulate the greedy wood products industry under
an act called "Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade." Canada has a figleaf, however, claiming
its eradication of old growth
forests is legal. As long as the international industry – along with its government accomplices – gets away with
lies and greenwash, there will be no change until the ancient rainforests are gone.
Above: Webpage banner advertising "Real Cedar," a marketing scheme by the American dominated
Western Red Cedar Export Association (click to enlarge). The appropriation of the beauty and history of cedar from First
Nations is cynical.
To promote the unethical and racist trade in vanishing old growth cedar trees, export companies
ludicrously claim to be partners with First Nations. An especially blatant lie used by government and industry is the
often recited slogan: "Working Together To Preserve Heritage."
Stop the Annihilation of the Aboriginal "Tree of Life"
Stop the Unethical Trade in Old Growth Cedar
Stop the Corporate Blood Sucking of First Nations
Boycott BC Cedar
Boycott Western Red Cedar Lumber Association
Delta Cedar Products
Enyeart Cedar Products
Gilbert Smith Forest Products
Haida Forest Products
Northwest Forest Products
North Enderby Timber
OrePac Building Products
Power Wood Corp.
Quadra Wood Products
Skana Forest Products
Twin River Cedar Products
Western Forest Products
BW Creative Wood Industries
Cedar Shed Industries
Pacific Engineered Timber
Partners and Retailers:
Bear Creek Lumber
Riverhead Building Supply
Selectwood Sound Cedar
Specialty Wood Products
Taylor Forest Products
Engineered Wood Assoc. of BC
Professional Foresters BC
Shake and Shingle Assoc.
BC Lumber Trade Council
BC Wood Specialty Group
Canadian Mill Services Assoc.
Canadian Plywood Assoc.
Canadian Pulp & Paper Assoc.
Canadian Wood Council
Cariboo Lumber Manufacturers Assoc.
Cedar Shake and Shingle Bureau
Council of Forest Industries
Forest Products Assoc. of Canada
Interior Lumber Manufacturers Assoc.
Northern Forest Products Assoc.
Truck Loggers Assoc.
Wood Promotion Network
American Forest & Paper
American Wood Council
Cedar Shake and Shingle Bureau
Forest Products Society
National Assoc. of Home Builders
North American Wholesale Lumber
Northeastern Retail Lumber
Pacific Lumber Inspection Bureau
Temperate Forest Foundation
Western Wood Products
Forestry Innovation Investment
Natural Resources Canada
Boycott Vancouver Island Association of Wood Processors
Aquila Cedar Products
BC Coastal Forest Products
Black Bear Enterprises
Canadian Bavarian Millwork
Coastal Pacific Forest Products
Ditidaht Forest Products
Dove Creek Timber Sawmill
E. Laughren Contracting
Errington Cedar Products
Forest Lumber Company
General Hill Lumber
Imperial Forest Products
Island Pacific Wood Products Island TimberFrame
Island West Forest Products
Jemi Holdings Group
Long Hoh Enterprises
Macdonald Inspection Services
Malahat Ecoforest Products
Metfor Forest Management
Oceanside Wood Products
Quadra Island Forest Products
Redtree Cedar Products
Rocky Mountain Salvage
Ross McPhee Contracting
Terry Ryan Consulting
The Woodland Flooring Company
Top Notch Log Construction
West Forest Timber
West Wind Hardwood
Wood's Good Sawmill
Ye Old Dogwood Lumber