Save 'the Chanterelle Forest' (11-15-2017 - Under Extreme Threat)
‘The Chanterelle Forest’, in the already heavily logged Wilson Creek Watershed, is threatened with clear-cut logging by Sunshine Coast Community Forest (SCCF), Block EW028. SCCF is a logging company owned and operated by the Town of Sechelt. This low-elevation forest is currently surrounded by Falling Boundary Tape setting the stage for its destruction. Logging would wipe out another easily accessible mushroom harvesting site on the Sunshine Coast. This natural forest system features Old-Growth Douglas-fir ‘vets’, elk and bear trails, wildlife trees, and ideal growing conditions for a variety of fungi and lichen, including Chanterelles, Pines and Coastal Reindeer lichen. This forest supports mushroom pickers with a seasonal cash crop. It lies within the traditional territory of the shishalh Nation, and portions of it within the proposed Mt. Elphinstone Prov. Park expansion area. 'Take Action' Today - Click Here
Save 'the Chanterelle Forest' (11-15-2017 - Under Extreme Threat)
Help Protect 'The Twist and Shout Forest' (LOST - October 2016)
A key section of the the Mt. Elphinstone Provincial Park expansion zone is under threat to clearcut logging. BC Timber Sales Blk A87125 threatens to log an intact, multi-story forest between two existing former cutblocks, thus adding to fragmentation across this fragile landscape. The forest type is recorded as Blue-Listed on the Provincial Endangered Species (Flora) List, and yet does not obtain any special considerations for protection. Take a walk along the ELF trail that meanders through this older forest, and you'll feel like you're in Stanley Park as you walk under the towering Douglas-Fir trees. Please, 'Take Action' today by contacting the BCTS decision-makers found on the campaign page. This forest is on traditional Skwxwu7mesh (Squamish) lands. (Photo Credit - Thanks to Shel Neufeld)
Wayne McCrory – one of Canada’s leading conservation-biologists, has completed an ecological review of the 2,000Ha lower Elphinstone forests that is the subject of a park expansion & protection area. Wayne conducted field studies, compiled and analysed existing data and has now completed a break-through report on our Elphinstone forest. He makes a compelling case for protection of this lower elevation, emerging old-growth forest. To avoid creating 'islands of extinction' due to having 3 isolated park zones as is the present case, McCrory's recommendation is to secure a 2,000Ha zone that will provide adequate buffer zones for the 3 park parcels, and in doing so help to maintain the viability of this blue-listed ecosystem.
Protect the Dakota Bowl Bear Sanctuary
Logging these forests will destroy one of the best bear habitats on the Coast.
On the slopes rising above Dakota Creek (lower Sunshine Coast) a population of black bears (Ursus americanus) has found a sanctuary – safe from human disturbance. However, BC Timbers Sales (BCTS) is planning on logging 50.4Ha, or 124.5 acres of this forest, where dozens of bear den sites would be destroyed. Loss of this special habitat will displace these bears and drive them into human-conflict zones. Logging these old-growth forests would be a tragic loss to the Sunshine Coast. Dakota Bowl Bear Sanctuary is on traditional Squamish 1st Nation territory. The Sunshine Coast Regional District opposes logging in The Dakota Bowl Community Watershed. Find out more...
Protect Roberts Creek Headwaters Ancient Forest (SAVED - October 2013)
On the northwest slopes of Mt. Elphinstone, in Squamish Nation's traditional lands, this forest lies between 2 Wildlife Habitat Areas (WHA) and is the home of 1000+ year old endangered 'Ancient' yellow cedar trees, the endangered Marbled Murrelet, the black bear and countless other animals and species. In addition to destroying these highly prized values, clearcut logging now scheduled, would split this WHA in half and pose a high risk to downstream fisheries and water users on the lower reaches of Roberts Creek. Sunshine Coast residents and all concerned citizens must now act quickly to save this forest before it is too late. Home of many of the 'Oldest Trees in Canada' these forests are truly living monuments to the past, present and future and therefore should go into a special category of ‘Ancient Forests’ and be preserved forever.
Save the Dakota Ridge Ancient Forests (SAVED - Nov. 2011)
Similar to the Caren Range that was saved as a Park in the 1990s the Dakota Ridge Forests are not just 250+ years old (the definition of old growth), but these majestic trees are more in the range of 1,000-1,500+ years old (at this altitude the snow pack is in excess of 16 feet, the yearly growth period is short with approx. growth ring diameter measurement to age count of 1cm=10 years). In fact, one of two newly discovered 'Giant' trees, the 'Giant Twin', could surpass the Caren Range 1,835 year old tree and be the longest-living tree on record in Canada. Home of many of the 'Oldest Trees in Canada' these forests are truly living monuments to the past, present and future and therefore should go into a special category of ‘Ancient ' Forests and be preserved forever.
Dear ELF Supporter, The campaign to protect the Chanterelle Forest (SCCF Blk EW28) is not proceeding towards protection based on the scientific evidence we have brought forward. Our local MLA, Nicholas Simons met with Minister of Environment (George Heyman) and Minister of Forests (Doug Donaldson) last Thursday in Victoria, and the outcome was not favorable. […]
Wilson Creek Watershed Letter to Decision-Makers Letter to Decision-Makers regarding the Wilson Creek Watershed Logging Controversy, including: District of Sechelt, Community Forest Board, Sunshine Coast Forest District, and Sechelt Indian Band. In the Coast Reporter’s Nov. 3rd editorial, ‘Paths of Rational Resistance’ its author Mr. Gleeson was referring to news that the Sunshine Coast Community […]
The beautiful ‘Chanterelle Forest’ is faced with logging by the Sunshine Coast Community Forest (SCCF) – a logging operation owned by the Town of Sechelt. The area is surveyed for clearcut logging, and could be destroyed in a matter of months. There’s been no public process to gain social license on this block. What do you […]
The SCCF Wilson Creek Watershed Elphinstone Elk Report 2017 has now been published. This study authored by Wayne McCrory (RPBio) examines forests on the lower Sunshine Coast that contain low-high Roosevelt Elk habitat for sheltering from winter conditions. To view the report click the link below. 2017 – Research Reports The report points out that at […]
Coast’s Gnarliest Tree Photo Contest The Local Weekly and Elphinstone Logging Focus (ELF) have partnered for an exciting photo contest. With our unique hiking trails, you or your family have a chance to win by submitting your photo of the with a unique forest ecosystem with parts of the original forest still available to access. […]
Chanterlle Forest ad April 2017 To view the double page information brochure in published in the Coast Reporter (April 2017) click on the link above and for full details visit the campaign page by clicking this link below: http://www.loggingfocus.org/campaigns/protect-the-chanterelle-forest/
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- Action Required – Chanterelle & Mt. E. Park update and action
- Wilson Creek Watershed Letter to Decision-Makers
- Emergency Alert – Important Chance to Protect the Chanterelle Forest
- Elphinstone Elk Report 2017 Published
- New Tree Photo Contest – Find the Coast’s Gnarliest Tree
- Chanterelle Forest Needs Protection – double page insert
- Health Trail Map v2 published – new trailhead added
- 2016 – ELF – A year in review
- Reed Rd Forest Reserve – reconsidered for logging
- SCRD Residents Should Be Informed Drinking Watershed Hit Hard by Clearcut Logging
- ELF Letter to Honourable Steve Thomson
- Rare Red Cedar Forest Found on Elphinstone
- Post Mortem – Logged October 2016 – Twist and Shout Forest (BCTS A87125)
- Press Release – TWIST AND SHOUT INJUNCTION UPHELD
- SMALL VICTORY IN COURT – Protester vs feller buncher – Youtube video