20 years ago, thousands of passionate citizens blockaded logging trucks to protect old growth trees of Clayoquot Sound. Some of these 1000 year-old giants would fill up a living room and were as tall as skyscrapers. The movement to preserve these amazing forests resulted in the largest act of civil disobedience in Canadian history, as children, elders and many others totaling 12,000 lent their support to stop the passage of logging trucks, and stood up for some of the last and most endangered old growth temperate rainforests in the world.
As the days of the protest wore on, Canopy’s founder
, Nicole Rycroft, realized that the responsibility to protect these forests needed to go beyond just the logging companies to those that were buying the products of these massive trees. In 1999, Canopy emerged as a leading non-profit organization created to build solutions and partner with major pulp and paper users to develop purchasing policies that preserve these critical forests. Today, Canopy partners with over 700 companies
and focuses on key endangered forest areas globally.
Clayoquot was established as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve
in 2000 and tensions decreased for a time. However, two-thirds of Clayoquot Sound continues to be at risk of being logged. Further, this area is only one key region on Vancouver Island where only about 20 percent of the original old growth temperate rainforests remain standing.
At Canopy, as we reflect on our Clayoquot roots, we are going beyond this special place to the rest of Vancouver Island, where 21 of 282 rainforest watersheds are unlogged
. It is critical that forest conservation
efforts continue in British Columbia and across the globe.
We are inspired by a vision for the future that does not depend on endangered trees, focusing instead on their protection. We are ready to work with our existing signatories as well as other conscientious companies to support a shift to logging second-growth trees, while protecting endangered forest hotspots that have never been harvested. Born from Clayoquot Sound, Canopy continues to develop policies and support the protection of key endangered forests.