The use of the term “old-growth” to describe a forest is frequently an emotional trigger in what is already a contentious debate over the use of forest resources. Journalists and bloggers, environmental groups, governments, the forest industry, and the general public all seem to have a vision of what an “old-growth” forest looks like. The problem is that those visions are frequently miles apart and take different factors into account. With the result being, not surprisingly, that no single widely accepted definition of what “old-growth” actually means, exists today.
In the following excerpt from my book Little Green Lies and Other BS, I set out to clarify some of the issues, and to cut through some of the confusion.
The excerpt appeared in Green Growth BC.