A note from Gristmill reader Japhet has prodded me to write about something that’s been on my to-do list for weeks: There’s a pretty amazing fight going down in a far-off corner of British Columbia. On the north coast, native residents of Haida Gwaii have been battling the provincial government over the old-growth forests on the islands — blockading roads, seizing wood, and the like. It is, as Japhet says, a "collision of big business [namely Weyerhaeuser], indigenous people and government. Not much space left in that room." Indeed.

For background, read this story and this story. For the latest details, check the Rainforest Action Network blog (which Japhet runs), and also read these three posts by Eric on the Cascadia Scorecard blog. And there’s always the Queen Charlotte Islands Observer, which is covering this quite a bit.