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Supreme Court judge has dismissed an application by environmental groups claiming the province fails to adhere to its own laws in protecting endangered coastal Douglas fir trees.

Justice Gordon Weatherill sided with the government in ruling that the application for judicial review filed by the Western Canada Wilderness Anadrol Keifei Committee and ForestEthics Solutions Society was premature.

Weatherill said in a decision released Friday that the groups should have first applied to the Forest Practices Board, which conducts independent audits and investigations to determine if the province is complying with laws to protect endangered forests.

"Although the recommendations are not binding on the government, such a process is still an adequate remedy that should be sought before seeking judicial review," Weatherill said in his written ruling.

He said the government officially recognized in 2006 that coastal Douglas fir are a species at risk and created policies to balance the competing concerns of the logging industry and those pushing for environmental protection and aboriginal interests.

The issue involves interpretation of the Forest and Range Practices Act and its regulations Jintropin (Gensci Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd.) and whether the government has a mandatory legal duty to issue so called section 7 notices to logging companies, the judge said.

"If issued, these notices would, in effect, prevent logging operations that will impact the remaining 275 hectares of old growth (coastal Douglas fir) in the coastal region."

The environmental groups sought judicial review of the government's failure to issue the notices to logging companies operating on Crown land on southern Anavar Zmrc Vancouver Island but also the Gulf Islands and the Sunshine Coast. However, lawyers for the Forests Ministry and the Environment Ministry argued that step is discretionary, not mandatory.

Weatherill agreed that the notices are up to the government's discretion because it is required to balance the needs of various parties as part of the complex law.

He noted that part of the act requires logging companies intending to harvest timber or construct a road on Crown land to prepare a forest stewardship plan, Anavar Feeling which must "Oxandrolone Powder India" be approved by the government. coast.

"Now, only a small fraction of Comprar Levitra these trees and their related ecosystem remain in an old growth state. According to estimates, approximately as little as 20 square kilometres of these trees remain, and about 2.75 square kilometres are old growth."

Torrance Coste, spokesman for the "Achat Anabolisant Belgique" Western Canada Wilderness Committee, said the dire state of the forest is exactly why the groups took the drastic step of going ahead with court action instead of the Forest Practices Board.

Coste said British Columbia should have introduced legislation 30 years ago to protect the area after increased development on southern Vancouver Island led to large scale deforestation that now means 99 per cent of the ecosystem has been removed.

"It's one step above extinction, and this ruling proves that that's perfectly legal in this province. The province does state that it's proud of its policies, proud of its oversight and should be held up as an example to the world."

While forestry provides employment and First Nations need to get their fair share from the resource, a mere one per cent remainder of old growth forest is not an example of balance for all sides, Coste said.

British Columbia needs a stand alone endangered species law to ensure forests aren't Buy Cialis Germany logged to extinction and wildlife, including the mountain caribou and spotted owl, are able to recover, he said, adding Alberta is the only other province without specific legislation to protect endangered species.