Dakota Bowl Bear Sanctuary Needs Protection

At September 3, 2019

SEE – Press Release – 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 it recover from intensive past logging, but is now faced with losing 143 ha of intact old-growth. The blocks include A92904, A87126 and TA0044 and could be sold in 2020. To view in full along with more pictures click the link below.

http://www.loggingfocus.org/loggingfocus/bc-timber-sales-preparing-dakota-valley-extensive-old-growth-logging/

Email the NDP Minister of Forests Doug Donaldson (doug.donaldson@gov.bc.caand tell him to stop this madness and to cancel Blk A87126. 

At August 28, 2019

ELF returned to the Dakota Bear Sanctuary on August 26th and was delighted once again at its sheer beauty and wildness. A trail goes straight up slope for about 2hrs and lands one top of a ridge. Believe it or not, BC Timber Sales wants to punch a road up here to do mountain-top logging of the ancient trees. It would destroy 1,000 year old yellow-cedars, some of the largest mountain hemlock in the province, wipe out a secluded area for bear denning and compromise the steep slope to landslides.

We have requested of BCTS and the NDP Minister of Forests Doug Donaldson to stop this madness. The days of extracting ancient forests should be over. The block could be sold 2020 (next year) to a logging contractor. The block has been delayed for about 4 years due to new information presented to government and community push-back. Now is the time to stop it dead in its tracks.

Email the Minister and tell him to cancel Blk A87126: at: doug.donaldson@gov.bc.ca

At 2-20-2019 – Sample letter – Send to Government Ministers

Dakota Bowl Bear Sanctuary

Dakota Bowl Bear Sanctuary

Dakota Bowl Bear Sanctuary

Dakota Bowl Bear Sanctuary

Dakota Bowl Bear Sanctuary

Dakota Bowl Bear Sanctuary – Giant Yellow Cedar, One of the Oldest Living Trees in Canada – 1500 years plus…

One of Three Pristine Mountain Lakes that are Threatened by Proposed Logging of the Dakota Bowl Bear Sanctuary - Could the reflection be any clearer?

One of Three Pristine Mountain Lakes that are Threatened by Proposed Logging of the Dakota Bowl Bear Sanctuary – Could the reflection be any clearer?

Urgent Update February 2019 – At Risk:  The Dakota Bowl Bear Sanctuary

“This area of ancient trees in BC Timber Sales Blk A87126, has been on their sales schedule for several years now. It could be advertised for sale as soon as April 2019.

We’re very alarmed that some of the oldest trees in Canada could be lost to logging.” Hans Penner, of ELF states. “This forest is a ‘time capsule’ of natural and cultural features. There are at least 33 Culturally Modified Trees (CMTs) and a dense concentration of bear dens in the area. While investigating the CMT issue, BCTS had a number of old scarred Yellow-cedars cut down. One of these turned out to be 1,101 years old by an actual ring count.”

Add your voice for this area’s protection send a quick email to Ms. Gould BCTS – Timber Sales Manager: stacey.gould@gov.bc.ca

Please tell BCTS: To drop this Blk 87126 and set it aside as an Old Growth Management Area (OGMA) as the majority of the cedars found here meet the Monumental Trees classification – a Ministry of Forests definition.

Background

On the slopes rising above Dakota Creek (lower Sunshine Coast), on the slopes of Mount Elphinstone, 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.

Stands of old-growth cedars provide bears with interior cavities with a hard outer shell keeping them warm and secure during hibernation months. Deep snow pack at this elevation secures den entrances protecting females and their cubs from predators. From a bear’s point of view, this is the ideal habitat.

Female bears will abandon cubs if disturbed by humans. There’s no provision to protect active black bear den sites from logging in B.C. Cutting of these dens means the end of this regionally-important bear habitat.

Add your voice for this  areas protection send a quick email to Ms. Gould BCTS – Timber Sales Manager: stacey.gould@gov.bc.ca

Please tell BCTS: To drop this Blk 87126 and set it aside as an Old Growth Management Area (OGMA) as the majority of the cedars found here meet the Monumental Trees classification – a Ministry of Forests definition.

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Significant Research Reports:

July 2015 – McCroryWildlife Services Dakota Bowl Bear Sanctuary Black Bear den study completed

ELF recently commisioned the first black bear den study on the Sunshine Coast completed by McCrory Wildlife Services. McCrory concluded that if logging proceeds in our ‘Dakota Bear Sanctuary’ it will destroy up to 12 dens in one block and 16 in another, higher elevation block.  To read a brief introduction and the full McCrory report, please click here.

July 2014 – Culturally Modified Trees (CMTs) Identified  – 01/07/2014  –  Jim W. Stafford – Archaeologist – “The survey resulted in the identification of many scarred yellow cedar trees, several of which we are confident are CMTs and many others which are uncertain and deserve further inspection. I have recommended that an archaeological impact assessment of this block, and the others in the vicinity (i.e. DK42-44b), take place prior to development.”  The complete report can be viewed here Dakota Ridge DK42-44 PFR Letter Report FINAL

Support protection of ‘The Dakota Bowl Bear Sanctuary’ as B.C.’s first Wildlife Habitat Area (WHA) for black bears! Say “No to Logging of Bear Den Sites” and “Yes to a Protected Sanctuary”.

On this website page click the  Get Involved tab and then select Take Action. You’ll find a sample letter and contacts. Or, be as bold as a Mamma Bear, and today call Mr. Tom Jensen (Assistant, Deputy of Forests) at: 250-387-0902 and request that BCTS’ Cutblock Block A87126 (formerly A79517) be canceled and protected as a WHA.

Click the take action button below where you’ll find a sample letter and email contacts.

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For immediate action, contact Assistant, Deputy of Forests, Tom Jensen at: 250-387-0902 to register your concerns. Refer to BCTS Cutblock A87126 (formerly A79517) .

Dakota Bowl Bear Sanctuary is on traditional Squamish 1st Nation territory. The Sunshine Coast Regional District opposes logging in The Dakota Bowl Community Watershed.

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Please read the document below for more details and to support the effort to save this habitat for local bears.

Please write the following agencies requesting that the ‘Dakota Valley – Dakota Bowl Bear Sanctuary’ be protected for the following reasons:

1) McCrory Wildlife Services’ Black Bear Den Survey concludes that this area shows a high density of den sites.
2) The surrounding area has been heavily logged leading to loss of old growth structures bears depend on.
3) The A87126 blocks are hard to reach areas requiring steep road construction and resulting in severe erosion potential.
4) The reactivation of the Dakota Creek FSR is really a subsidy to the private contractor to get at the timber.
5) Black bear dens require legislative protection to respect this large iconic carnivore.

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Add your voice for this  areas protection send a quick email to Ms. Gould BCTS – Timber Sales Manager: stacey.gould@gov.bc.ca

 

 

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See Pictures below from an early expedition of the  ‘Dakota Bowl Bear Sanctuary’ many more can be viewed on our Facebook page Photo Album here

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Many pictures from a recent expedition of the  ‘Dakota Bowl Bear Sanctuary’ can be viewed on our Facebook page.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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