2021 could mark a turning point for the logging of old growth trees in B.C.

As British Columbia's stock of old growth trees dwindle, tensions have been rising between conservationists and loggers. All sides say changes need to be made for endangered ecosystems and the forestry industry to survive. (Kieran Oudshoorn/CBC)

By / Kieran Oudshoorn 

As the hereditary chief of the Kwakiutl First Nation, the forests and ocean waters off the north east coast of Vancouver Island are David Mungo Knox’s sacred responsibility.

He’s lived his life gathering fish for his community and restoring his great grandfather’s totem poles. But recently Knox has begun to fear for the forests.

“There’s active logging going on right now, taking our old growth out and leaving a big mess,” said Knox. “When they put in the roads on the mountainside, and after they log, there is erosion and it causes landslides into salmon bearing rivers.”