Old-growth Management Areas (legal)
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Legal Old Growth Management Areas (OGMAs) by island
Legal OGMAs are spatially designated areas, supposedly within the timber harvesting land base, that have been established to “protect” old forest for the purpose of biodiversity conservation. In many cases these legal OGMAs do not contain old forest but have been set aside as “old forest recruitment areas”. The location of such recruitment OGMAs can be changed by the ministry at the request of a logging company.
The Ministry of Forests has also created “non-legal” OGMAs which are generally created in already protected areas, like parks and ecological reserves, to minimize the impact of OGMAs on timber supply.
Only those islands where landscape level planning was conducted have OGMAs on them. Note that Quadra, Sonora, the Thurlows and Hardwicke Island have no legal or non-legal OGMAs.
Cortes Island: 523.3 hectares
East Redonda Island: 257.1 hectares
East Thurlow Island: zero hectares
Hardwicke Island: zero hectares
Maurelle Island: 310.9 hectares
Quadra Island: zero hectares
Raza Island: 66.3 hectares
Read Island: 92.7 hectares
Sonora Island: zero hectares
West Redonda Island: 866.7 hectares
West Thurlow Island: zero hectares