How we treat people is how we will treat the forests.
WhereDoWeStand is the gathering place committed to advocating for public engagement, the greater good and health of our Six Mountains Community Forest.
WhereDoWestand is a blog, powered by the donated time of it's volunteers. (We are no longer a BC Society and do not accept donations).
Where Do We Stand began with a few concerned citizens and quickly evolved into a grass roots movement. It is a film, a community event, a facebook page and a website. Our one shared message is stated by the petition and signed by over 1500 citizens.
"We are requesting a pause in all logging of the North Cowichan Municipal Forests to allow time for public consultation on the future of our six public forest reserves. In light of accelerating ecological, economic, and social changes, I believe that the public requires in-depth information from a broad range of experts on the forests."
14,000 people have viewed the film, 1,500 people signed the petition, 6,000 people visited our website, 900 people submitted comments, 950 people subscribe to our newsletter, and 650 people attended the 6 Mountains Event.
More than 60 volunteers have donated thousands of hours.
Changes enacted since the Forest Campaign started:
- Municipal logging contracts are now publicly tendered
- The Forest Advisory Committee has been expanded to include a more diverse group of stakeholders
- Individual clearcut plans are now discussed and approved at Council Meetings
- Clearcut plans are now available to the public
- University of British Columbia (UBC), the Coastal Douglas Fir Partnership, and 3GreenTree Ecosystems Services are assisting in developing a forest management plan
- Lees & Associates are assisting in the development of the public engagement portion of the forest management strategy
- 3GreenTree Ecosystems Services has conducted a Forest Carbon Project Feasibility Project and concluded that the project is not only feasible - but it could generate comparable revenue to the current logging. We could make as much money for the community not logging as logging (learn more)