Canadians in the woods for timber: Why we want to protect them

More than two decades after the federal government granted First Nations the right to log in forests and hunt in them, the federal Timber Ridge Homes Association says the government has failed to protect the forest.

In a new report, the association says the federal Forest Service has “taken the wrong approach” and is undermining First Nations’ rights to log and hunt.

The Forest Service said in its own report that logging would protect wildlife and provide habitat for native wildlife and plants.

It said logging will not affect native plants and animals in the forest, but the group says that doesn’t match reality.

“The Timber Ridge homes association is deeply disappointed by the fact that the Forest Service is failing to protect First Nations in our forest,” the group said in a statement.

“We are committed to working with the government to ensure that First Nations and other stakeholders are adequately consulted and respected.”

The Forest Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

In recent years, the agency has faced scrutiny over logging in Canada’s vast forests, particularly in northern B.C. that has seen an influx of logging in recent years.