Our invitation to the impasse is fairly simple. Money. The trees would be standing if they were not so valuable, but if the value of the standing trees outweighs the price of lumber, perhaps we can purchase the preservation rights to that forest. Here is an opportunity for the people who are concerned about the shrinking amount of old growth forest to put a price on it. The Clayoquot Biosphere showed us how to preserve a section of the forest inside a tree farm license area. We don't have to reinvent the biosphere, just follow the template of Clayoquot to protect Fairy Creek.
We are talking about 5150 acres of Old Growth forest in Fairy Creek. If the logging company can see that we value the standing trees and will pay them more to leave them standing, they may decide to do that. Similarly, if the politicians see the rise of people passionately defending the forest and willing to pay to keep it, they may go with the will of the people. The Pacheedaht Nation, which is bound by their contracts to cooperate with the government or lose their revenue share for the extraction of the timber, has very few economic opportunities to provide for their families. If they see that we value the forest as it is and are willing to compensate them for becoming the stewards of the environment, they may decide to preserve it as well. In this age of carbon sinks and carbon taxes, they may be sitting on a perfect candidate to receive carbon taxation money to provide ongoing stewardship of the forests.
How much is it going to cost? Teal Jones knows what kind of money they can extract from 5150 acres of old growth forest and so does the province. We don't know it yet, but there is a number. A billion dollars was raised overnight to rebuild Notre Dame Cathedral, we probably don't need that much.
In the event we don't make a deal, any donation over $50 will be returned to the donor upon their request minus the Paypal and transfer fees. Any remaining money will fuel the campaign to save old growth forests.
Your support and contributions will enable the saving of Fairy Creek.*