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War in the Woods | historical | A series of ultimately successful protests aimed at stopping a clearcut of the ancient temperate rainforests of Clayoquot Sound on Vancouver Island. The War in the Woods began in the 1980s and reached its zenith of civil disobedience in 1993, when over 900 people were arrested as they blockaded forest workers from accessing their logging roads. The area has long since been designated a UNESCO biosphere reserve and remains an exemplar of BC’s biodiversity.
Usage: “Some of the environmentalists protesting the pipeline were also in the thick of it during the War in the Woods…”
A remembrance via CBC News: