Rainforest Flying Squad Chronology of Events
August 1st, 2020: Discovery of Stone Pacific ( subcontracting to Teal Jones) road construction cresting the Ridge into the unlogged Ada’itsx/ Fairy Creek headwaters
August 9: Grassroots activists from across Vancouver island meet at Lizard Lake and decide to erect an emergency logging road blockade at the end of Reid mainline, on a high ridge on the western side of Fairy Creek headwater, to prevent cutting, bulldozing and blasting activity into Fairy Creek the very next day. Notice is sent to Pacheedhat Chief and Council and Elder Bill Jones of setter-activist intentions to block road-building operations on their unceded territory.
August 10: Ridge camp blockade turns away Stone Pacific road and falling crews. Call out to request people to attend camp to defend against logging road construction into the last unlogged watershed in the San Juan River system.
August 17th: 2nd blockade at River Camp is established at another road access point into Fairy Creek along Granite mainline in the Renfrew Creek watershed, on the east side of Fairy Creek.
August 24th: A temporary, pop-up blockade is set up on Braden Mainline aimed at halting road-building and logging of old-growth forests on Edinburgh mountain, across from Fairy Creek in the San Juan river basin.
August 31st: Ridge camp blockade is moved 7kms down the road to a new blockade location aimed at halting road-construction into Fairy Creek and logging of contiguous old-growth forest adjacent to the Fairy Creek watershed.
September 4: Pacheedaht elder Bill Jones releases an official letter of invitation to Indigenous and non-Indigenous forest defenders to unite on the territory to defend the old-growth rainforests on his ancestral lands. An Elder’s tent is built at River Camp.
September 6: A caravan of Indigenous youth and elders, from many territories visit the blockades to further advise on appropriate respect protocols for forest defenders taking action on the land.
September 22: The blockade camp on Reid main is moved back to its original position at the top of the Ridge at the end of Reid main. More Pacheedaht community members visit the blockades.
October 3: Northview Timber pulls road-building machinery off the mountain, abandoning plans to push roads through into Fairy Creek, past Ridge Camp, until after winter. Ridge camp remains for monitoring. Winterization of River camp continues, including bear-proof communal kitchen shelter, wood-heated communal tents, tool shed and a hot water shower.
October 22: An exploratory trail is cut from the Ridge camp along the Ridge to a lookout point above Ada’itsx/Fairy Creek with a group of Indigenous youth.
December 7: Logging road blockade is established to prevent Stone Pacific road-building crews from pushing a 2.5 km road network through an Old-Growth Management Area (OGMA) in the Bugaboo Creek watershed, Three days later the company removed their equipment from the mountain.
December 14: Logging road blockades are set up at two more locations, preventing a back road access into the Bugaboo OGMA and a 1.5 km road into giant cedar and fir country south of Eden Grove, on Edinburgh mountain.
January 11, 2021: Kaxi:ks/Walbran Watch Station is established in the Central Walbran valley by Rainforest Flying Squad and Friends of Carmanah-Walbran to monitor and resist approved road-building and 13 cutblocks in the Central Walbran adjacent to Carmanah-Walbran Provincial Park
February 19, 2021: Teal Cedar serves notices of an application for an injunction on River and Eden ancient forest protection camps, indicating the arrival of a court injunction intended to break the blockades. RFS organizers prepare for a protracted civil disobedience campaign
March 6, 2021: Two hour injunction hearing in Vancouver (over zoom). Judge adjourns proceedings, giving the Flying Squad the opportunity to present our case on March 26th.