Support the Expansion of the Mt Elphinstone Park - Save the Clack Creek Gallery Forest (A93884) Status - Critical. It is part of the proposed expanded Mt. Elphinstone Park and provides critical connectivity between the existing 'island' parks #2 and #3. Only by preventing this logging do we get to keep an intact ecosystem in place. The province has agreed to undertake an Elphinstone Land Use Plan with the shíshálh Nation and the SCRD yet the Ministry of Forests says: “Resource management and use are expected to continue during modernized land use planning, including forest development …” ‘Forest development’ means LOGGING and specifically the Clack Creek Forest (A93884). The contentious forest blocks (one of which is the Clack Creek Forest) that triggered this Land Use Plan are the very ones that the province, through BC Timber Sales, are targeting for logging before planning has even begun! The SCRD supports protection of Clack Creek Gallery Forest (A93884), here’s why you should as well...
Protect the Dakota Bowl Bear Sanctuary
Home to some of the oldest trees in Canada. This forest is a ‘time capsule’ of natural and cultural features including at least 33 Culturally Modified trees. 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...
Save 'the Chanterelle Forest' (LOST January 2018)
‘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
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 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.
For Immediate Release – October 29, 2019 BC Timber Sales logging of Schmidt Creek old-growth imperils orca habitat On July 4, 2019, BC Timber Sales responded to an April 12th letter written by Victoria based environmental lawyer Mr. Matthew Nefstead, alleging that a timber sale approved in the Schmidt Creek Watershed on Vancouver Island, did […]
Media Release – and Video – On Saturday October 19th, Sunshine Coast residents secured more than 1,000 felt hearts onto trees in the threatened Clack Creek Forest – the critical central zone of the proposed Mt. Elphinstone Provincial Park expansion. The expansion of this 140 ha fragmented park to a unified and ecologically robust 2,000 […]
Press Release – September 3, 2019 BC Timber Sales Preparing Dakota Valley for Extensive Old-Growth Logging The BC government, through its logging agency BC Timber Sales (BCTS), is reopening a logging road leading into the Dakota Valley (Sunshine Coast) for a major old-growth logging operation. The valley has had a moratorium in place to help […]
Dear Minister Donaldson and Minister Heyman, We have an issue here on the lower Sunshine Coast that needs your immediate attention. The province has agreed to undertake an Elphinstone Land Use Plan with the shíshálh Nation and the SCRD. This could take years. In the meantime, the Ministry of Forests says: “Resource management and use […]
Dear ELF Supporters, It’s been a full and productive year for ELF. We’d like to share with you a summary of our efforts in this 2018 End of Year Report. In Alberta they live in what could be characterized as an Oil State where many believe what is good for that industry is good for […]
Please note attached a video clip of the slash burn recorded Sept. 13th in the Chapman Drinking Watershed. Date: Thu, Oct 4, 2018 Subject: Chapman Drinking Watershed slash burn (video clip) + quotes from Yale Environment To: Janette Loveys <Janette.Loveys@scrd.ca>, <firstname.lastname@example.org> Cc: Bruce Milne <email@example.com>, Phil O’Connor <firstname.lastname@example.org> Dear Ms. Loveys, Please note attached a […]
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- BC Timber Sales logging of Schmidt Creek old-growth imperils orca habitat
- Video – 1000 Hearts for Clack Creek Forest
- BC Timber Sales Preparing Dakota Valley for Extensive Old-Growth Logging
- SAMPLE LETTER TO GOVERNMENT MINISTERS
- ELF 2018 End of Year Report
- Letter to the SCRD Chapman Drinking Watershed slash burn (video clip)
- Elphinstone Park Expansion Campaign Continues
- ECOLOGICAL REPORT SUGGESTS PROTECTION FOR TWO KEY FORESTS
- ELF Alert News: Community Forests Engagement Process (July 9 &10)
- What’s wrong with the Sunshine Coast Community Forest?
- A Community Forest for the Community
- Sample Letter to BCTS Opposing Blk A93884 ( Clack Creek Gallery Forest) Auction
- Press Release – AJB/SURESPAN CONTINUES LOGGING IN THE CHAPMAN DRINKING WATERSHED
- The Day Road Forest is Threatened – AGAIN
- FPB Report – ELF Press Release – Elphinstone Plant Communities at Risk From Logging