For media interviews please call:
For questions referring to watershed protection please call:
Ruth - 250 653 4442
Sally - 250 537 9784
Tine - 250 653 9850
Calls between 9 am and 10pm Pacific time only, please..
Andrea Collins - 250 653 4900
Harry Warner - 250 653 4041
Tom Gossett - 250 537 9281
Kevin Doyle - 250 384 4648.
Calls between 9 am and 10pm Pacific time only, please..
One of several trashed streams,
Mt. Bruce.
Photo: Osman Phillips

"We will evaluate the land before harvesting to ensure that we do not damage creeks....Riparian and site specific sensitive areas will be protected with a twenty meter setb ack"

Texada Corp. Code of Principles

Quick summary the Threat, the Land, the Vision

Aerial photos, and a map of the affected areas

Texada Corp. Denies They are Clear-cutting

See the ugly truth here

Last updated: April 15, 2001, at 4:00pm PST

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The National Film Board of Canada

The Battle for S alt Spring

Directed by Mort Ransen
Produced by Gillian Darling Kovanic

Recent purchases and moratoriums on logging show that we can succeed!

Click here to donate, or for MORE information

We have three on-going campaigns:

  1. The Salt Spring Appeal is run by the Conservancy. All funds are For land rescue via purchase.

  2. The Save SaltSpring Campaign Fund:
    The funds raised from the sale of the "Salt Spring Women's Calendar" will be used for land acquisition. Other donations to the fund are used for campaign expenses.

  3. The Green Conscience Fund:
    To finance legal aid, and for other activist support.

Details and links to all these funds are below

Protect the Source!

The Salt Spring Island Water Preservation Society is asking for your help.

The primary watershed of Mount Maxwell has been purchased.

The secondary  wa tershed is being offered to the North Salt Spring Water District for $1.5 million.

Your contribution however large or small is welcome. 

$110 Million Biodiversity Protection Package Needs YOUR Support NOW!!!

Right now, the federal government and the BC government are negotiating the largest land acquisition funding agreement for new protected areas in CANADIAN HISTORY.

The proposed deal may save lands on Salt Spring Island. You can help!


of Criminal Contempt of Court

March 3, at the Supreme Court of British Columbia
the forest defenders

Rodney McGuckin: 60 days imprisonment

A.P. (minor): 6 months probation, prohibited from attendance at any logging protest in province

N. G. (minor): 15 days imprisonment, 6 months probation prohibited from engaging in any protests
against logging industry in this province

M. D. (minor): 10 days imprisonment, 6 months probation

Jason Flis: 30 days imprisonment

Jonathan Ledrew: 15 days imprisonment

Bee Nevill: Suspend any sentence.

Aylwin Catchpole: 1 day imprisonment, 6 months probation, prohibited from engaging in any protes associated against the logging industry in this province. 120 hours of community service in next 3 months

The Nude Women's Calendar for 2001

'Salt Spring Women Preserve and Protect' calendar is available now!

For more information, and for secure ordering via the web, click HERE.

Price $20 plus postage.
All proceeds go to the Save Salt Spring Campaign Fund to help save our forests.

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Rides Again!
The Press coverage
The Press Release
Logging Truck blockaded in downtown Ganges, Nov. 27. Woman arrested.
Click HERE


Without Manulife Financial Corporation's $16,000,000 in mortgage financing, the Texada Land Corporation would not have the operating capital to be clear-cutting our forests at 15-20 times the sustainable rate. More

All donations to our

Salt Spring APPEAL

are tax-deductible; they go to the Land Conservancy
of BC and are dedicated to land purchase only.  

The Salt Spring APPEAL's objective is to provide
The Land Conservancy of BC with sufficient funds to
enter negotiations with Texada.

March 2001

Over 1000 individuals and
businesses have contributed
directly to the campaign!

Green Conscience Fund
activated on Salt Spring Island.

Click here for details and for the Green Party press release

Click here to find out more about the fund

Donations to:
The Save Salt Spring Campaign Fund
140 Lee Road, Saltspring Island, B.C, Canada V8K 2A5

Tel: 250 653 4041

Mt. Tuam, Trashed stream (More photos)
photo: Osman Phillips

Note: Texada was fined for doing this. See article below or click HERE

In Brief...On November 1, 1999 almost 5000 acres–over one tenth–of Salt Spring Island was purchased by the newly formed Texada Land Corporation. This area is in the southwest part of the island and is the largest undeveloped area of the Southern Gulf Islands. It includes the forested hills along the Fulford Valley, parts of Mount Tuam and Mount Maxwell, and both shores of Burgoyne Bay–all part of the magnificent picture-postcard views that visitors from around the world come to see. Ninety percent of these lands contain sensitive, rare, or endangered ecosystems.

The new owners are logging heavily. As logging on these lands is unregulated, they have a legal right to do so. The scale and speed of this unregulated logging operation seriously jeopardizes (more)

Maxwell Lake - slated for logging to within 1000 ft. of the shore. Photo Osman Phillips

Proposal for the inclusion of Salt Spring Island in the Gulf Islands National Park.

Read the proposal

Open letter from Robert and Birgit Bateman

Saltspring logging protest will migrate to Germany

Whose woods these are, I think I know

The Save Salt Spring Society

The Save Salt Spring Society is a registered non-profit organisation that acts as an advocate for the future economic, environmental, and cultural health and diversity of Salt Spring Island. We believe that we can best achieve our mandate through research, education, and consultation. To that end we encourage the participation of all Islanders, thereby ensuring that our organisation accurately reflects the views and concerns of the broadest possible spectrum of individuals. As part of our initial development we are seeking people to share ideas, time, skills, or enthusiasm in helping us achieve our goals. We are thrilled that Mr. Robert Bateman and Mr. Arthur Black have agreed to endorse our society as patrons. Over the next few days and weeks we’ll be announcing the names of other individuals who are generously committing to our cause.


Society Petitions BC Supreme Court
Developer Dismisses Action as "flim-flam"

The society’s petition, which was filed in the B.C. Supreme Court registry in Victoria on December 6, seeks a court order requiring the B.C. government to take all necessary steps to preserve the drinking-water sources on Salt Spring Island. Alternatively, the society is seeking a court order that the government stop clearcuts on the island until measures are adopted similar to the commercial logging bans in the V ictoria and Vancouver watersheds.


"...The reform of the forest industry was the most important task at hand when the NDP was first elected nine years ago. But like many other things, the New Democrats have bungled it badly and will leave a legacy of stumps and clear-cuts, instead of the vibrant industry and strong forest resource they promised in opposition..... And on Saltspring, a lush island between Victoria and Vancouver, local residents are struggling against the clear-cut logging of forests on 10 per cent of the island, including the trees that surround the drinking water supply...."

Sid Tafler
The Globe & Mail, March 6, 2000

Texada fined for trashing stream

The company at the centre of a huge logging controversy on Salt Spring Island has been fined $13,000 for damage to a local stream. Kirk Miller, chief executive officer of the Land Reserve Commission, imposed the fine on Texada Land Corporation on September 18 for violating Section 9 of the Private Land Forest Practices Regulation.

Read the entire story

One tree in this pile was 267 years old.
Photo: Tamar Griggs

"We will be harvesting second growth timber only"
Texada Corp. Code of Principles

Click on the image to see video quotes from the
CBC-TV report

in Real Video

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Not illegal–neither is it right
by Arthur Black

An excerpt from a keynote speech delivered by Arthur Black to 550 foresters, government leaders and environmental representatives at the National Forest Millennial Conference in Thunder Bay, Ontario, earlier this month:

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