Status Update – Elphinstone Park Expansion

Update September 2013 – The Campaign For the Elphinstone Park Expansion continues despite the logging of the Wilson Creek Forest,  the key western forest of this proposed expansion.

Here is another gallery from of Wilson Creek Forest photos.  This forest will not be forgotten

Update At December 10, 2012 – Logging of the Wilson Creek Forest (EW002) – the key Western Anchor Forest in the 1500Ha proposed Mt Elphinstone Park Expansion logging of this forest is proceeding despite overwhelming calls of protection from ‘the Community’ to the District of Sechelt Mayor John Henderson and Council and the Sunshine Coast Community Forest’s president Mr. Glen Bonderud and his local board of directors.

Unfortunately, if logging is not stopped soon it will end up looking like Ed Hill’s painting ‘The Community Forest‘  or much worse. Join us today to stop this and further elimination of our legacy, our old-growth and natural – unlogged forests on the lower Mt. Elphinstone Slopes before it is all gone. Call for Immediate Stoppage of Further Logging and Support the Proposed Mt Elphinstone Park Expansion Today – See recent Posts for full details

Date: March 11, 2011

Subject: Good News and Bads News

It was revealed in February, that logging will never take place within the lower Mt. Elphinstone Prov. Park section.  Its been the called the ‘Heart of the Park’ block. A BCTS cutblock was surveyed (complete with hauling roads) to take out a forest piece surrounded by existing park boundaries.  We have a campaign page on the web site that spoke to this issue, raised a banner in the cutblock and every-time we met with BCTS raised the folly of logging within an area that most residents already consider to be a park.  This old forest will also be designated an OGMA.  BC Parks has always stated that the 139Ha Mt Elphinstone Prov. Park (in 3 separate sections) is too small and vulnerable to adjacent logging.  So, that’s great news – 2 new protected areas for our lower Sunshine Coast Forests.

Now, a piece of bad news.  TrailFest-Wagon Forest, on the northern boundary of the proposed park expansion, has been awarded to a logging contractor – Continental Pole Ltd. Its 29Ha in size and will leave behind a ugly clearcut scar on the slopes.  It will ruin all of the trails in the area, as there is no provision for buffers.  We’ve been hammering away at BCTS to cancel the block, or at least delay it for further studies.  You’ve maybe sent in an ELF produced mail-in card to Victoria.  You may have read Ian Jacques (Editor of the Coast Reporter) editorial requesting to BCTS to listen to the community’s wishes – all to no avail.  The majority of BCTS staff planning this cutblock, have never even set foot in this forest. To them, a functioning forest has Zero value. Its only until the trees are cut down and shipped off Coast that they assign a $ value to them.

You can contact the company that’s scheduled to log TrailFest-Wagon Forest and asked them to consider:
•not proceeding with logging, or,
•modify the plans and protect the trail system.

Turns out that they’re a value-added log home builder from Pemberton, BC (Continental Pole Ltd./Continental Log Homes) .  Could easily have been a raw log exporter.  Anyways, we’re still left with a hole in our bio-diversity.  Below is a sample letter you can send them which makes a statement & offers alternatives.

Thanks again for your support. Elphinstone Logging Focus

Date: February 17, 2012
Emergency Meeting Scheduled Tuesday, February 21, 2012 at the Roberts Creek Hall – 7:30
See the News section for details!

For a succinct understanding of the Park Expansion Proposal please read the latest letters below the Update – dated February 16th – Presentation to SCRD.

Update: At this date logging cutblock areas within the proposed 1500 Ha Mt. Elphinstone Park expansion boundaries on the Sunshine Coast are at great risk of being clearcut logged.  The two significant ‘Forests’ at risk are the TrailFest Wagon Forest (Cutblock #A87124) and the Wilson Creek Forest (Cutblock EW002).  These two Forests are key forested areas within the proposed park expansion area boundaries representing respectively the key northern forest and key westen forest.

BCTS (BC Timber Sales – Ministry of Forests) has indicated its desire to sell the TrailFest Wagon Forest (Cutblock #A87124) during the month of February.

SCCF (Sunshine Coast Community Forest) a logging company owned by the District of Sechelt has indicated its intent to log the Wilson Creek Forest (Cutblock EW002) early in 2012.

Date: February 16, 2012
Subject: ELF Park Expansion Presentations by ELF Members; Laurie Bloom/Hans Penner/Ross Muirhead to the SCRD Board of Directors. Feb 16, 2012

ELF Mt Elphinstone Park Expansion – Bloom – SCRD presentation – Feb 16-2012

ELF Park Expansion Presentation – Penner – SCRD Board of Directors. Feb 16, 2012

BCTS A87124 Site Plan ELF critque – Muirhead – SCRD presentation-Feb-16-2012

Presentations of the above material (by Bloom and Muirhead) were also made to the Town of Gibsons Council on Tuesday, Feb 14, 2012

Date: February 1, 2012
Subject: The RCCA, in a letter to Terry Lake, Minister of the Environment and cc to Doug Konkin, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Forests and others, the RCCA endorses the proposed 1500 HA Mt. Elphinstone Park on the Sunshine Coast and urges a moratorium on any further logging within the proposed park boundaries.

RCCA Endorsement of Proposed 1500 HA Mt. Elphinstone Park

Take Action:  It is not too late to make your voice heard to save these forests.  Follow the Get Involved` tab and then Take Action“ tab to write an email – Everything is there to make it easy for you.  It will only take 3 minutes!


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