War in the Woods Resonates 25 years later with New Environmental Battle on B.C. Coast edited from full article by Megan Thomas
25 years on, Joe Martin says the War in the Woods has stood the test of time.
“All these mountains would be bare by now if we didn’t stop it,” he says, getting back to work carving a canoe from a tree that may well have been spared by the battle for Clayoquot Sound.
At its peak in 1993, the War in the Woods drew celebrities and focused international attention on the ancient forests of Clayoquot Sound, 265,000 hectares of old-growth rainforest that surrounds the towns of Tofino and Ucluelet.
It also galvanized B.C.’s environmental movement and inspired a new generation of environmentalists who are now fighting an emotional battle against a pipeline expansion through the province. Some have called it the next War in the Woods.
The Friends of Clayoquot Sound have been providing training for people wanting to take a stand against the controversial project. Some who stood in front of logging trucks in Clayoquot Sound, have also joined demonstrations and rallies against the pipeline.
For more read Megan Thomas’ full article and listen to the CBC “On The Island” features a radio documentary highlighting the work of Friends of Clayoquot Sound from the logging blockades at Meares Island in ’84 to Rainbow Bridge in ’93 to the Kinder Morgan pipeline resistance in 2018. We have been holding the line since 1979.