The secrets of the Six Mountains Video Series
If a tree falls in the forest, the animals know. But how do they warn anyone? Through a new children’s video by Icel Dobell, these forest denizens are given voice as they encounter logging in the at-risk coastal Douglas-fir forests of North Cowichan on southeastern Vancouver Island.
THE ANIMAL FOREST CAMPAIGN is part two in the Secrets of the Six Mountains series, written and directed by Icel Dobell.
In her first short video, The Legacy, released in 2018, Dobell took viewers on an exploration of the rare and endangered Six Mountains — Tzouhalem, Prevost, Stoney Hill, Maple, Richards and Sicker. These forests are unique in Canada, owned not by a private forest company or the provincial government, but by the community.
Since the 1980s, the Municipality of North Cowichan has been clearcutting these second-growth naturally regenerated forests.
In December 2018, something extraordinary happened. The public spontaneously learned of the logging. Hundreds of people protested. Two months later, Council declared a pause in new logging and ordered a public consultation on the highest and best use of the forests.
After repeated delays, the public consultation has resumed — and will end within a few short months.
Dobell is seizing this critical moment to release her second short video, a story aimed at people who want to play their part to protect our children’s future.