Help Protect the Reed Rd Forest Reserve

Help Protect the Reed Rd Forest Reserve

Help Protect the Reed Rd Forest Reserve

Elphinstone Logging Focus (ELF) is pleased to announce (October 6, 2015) they’ve been informed by BC Timber Sales (BCTS) that ‘The Reed Rd Forest Reserve’ in Gibsons, B.C. has been removed from future logging plans due to several developments.

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Please view the forest images  (multiple forest images to be posted shortly), read the campaign document and recent Coast Reporter article below for more details.  

To support the effort to save the ‘Reed Rd Forest Reserve’, please email the following:
Norm Kempe, BCTS Forest Planner at: norm.kempe@gov.bc.ca
Deputy Minister of Forests, Dave Peterson at: dave.peterson@gov.bc.ca
Tom Jensen, Assistant, Deputy Minister of Forests: tom.jensen@gov.bc.ca
Mike Falkiner, Executive Director of BCTS: mike.falkiner@gov.bc.ca

Thank You!

 

Help protect the Reed Rd Forest Reserve

Help protect the Reed Rd Forest Reserve

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Join Us –  Sunday, March 9th – Reed Rd Forest Reserve Trail Walk .  Read the below attached ad in The Local Weekly. Reed Rd Forest ad


Coast Reporter Article February 14, 2014:

 Campaign launched to save Douglas firs

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Press Release
February 11, 2014

‘Reed Rd Forest Reserve’  Threatened

Prompted by contact from nearby residents, Elphinstone Logging Focus (ELF) conducted a site visit to a proposed BC Timber Sales (BCTS) cutblock at the end of Reed Road, Gibsons B.C. The proposed cut block is District Lot (DL) #1313, and lies outside the BCTS’ Chart Area, as shown on forestry maps. This is likely because, DL# 1313 is part of a registered Watershed Reserve under the Land Act.

ELF has named this area the ‘Reed Rd Forest Reserve’ to reflect its location, and to acknowledge its reserve status. This Watershed Reserve was established decades ago, to protect long-term water flows to nearby residents who are on wells, and thus it’s never been logged. A Douglas-fir dominated stand, this forest regenerated naturally following fires in the 1800s.

The forest ecology in this proposed logging block is of immense interest, due to the fact it’s 95% Douglas-fir, making it part of a Province-wide endangered ecosystem. Adjacent to DL# 1313, clear cut logging on the private land immediately to the west (on DL# 1312) is almost complete which has taken out a similar forest type.

“The Reed Rd Forest Reserve was designated as a ‘Watershed Reserve’ under the Land Act in the early days of mapping out forest zones on the Sunshine Coast. This was done to ensure long-term protection of water quality & quantity to pioneer farmers working the soils in the Elphinstone Electoral Area.” Ross Muirhead of ELF says. “BCTS states that logging and water conservation are compatible activities, this is farthest from the truth. It’s a remarkable forest, and serves many ecosystem dynamics.”

“A Watershed Reserve on this section of the Elphinstone slopes makes perfect sense as gravity fed water percolates from this forest into dozens of wells down slope from the ‘Reed Rd Forest Reserve’. We hope that the nearby community will recognize that this forest needs our help to protect bio-diversity and local water resources.” adds, Hans Penner also of ELF.

Also consider viewing our facebook page for more pictures, and ongoing developments and discussion.  Thank You.

To support the effort to save the ‘Reed Rd Forest Reserve’, please email the following:
Norm Kempe, BCTS Forest Planner at: norm.kempe@gov.bc.ca
Deputy Minister of Forests, Dave Peterson at: dave.peterson@gov.bc.ca
Tom Jensen, Assistant, Deputy Minister of Forests: tom.jensen@gov.bc.ca
Mike Falkiner, Executive Director of BCTS: mike.falkiner@gov.bc.ca

Thank You!


Note that the Reed Rd Forest Reserve is CWHxm1 and is part of the Coastal Douglas-fir and Associated Conservation Study area. ELF has asked for a Ministry Forest Ecologist to visit the forest to determine if its a remnant of the Coastal Douglas-fir (CDF) zone.

From the study:

Coastal Doug Fir- CP boundary

The Coastal Douglas-fir biogeoclimatic zone (CDF zone) is the smallest and most at risk zone in BC and is of conservation concern (Biodiversity BC, 2008). The CDF zone is home to the highest number of species and ecosystems at risk in BC, many of which are ranked globally as imperiled or critically imperiled (BC CDC, 2012). The global range of the CDF lies almost entirely within BC, underscoring both its global uniqueness and BC’s responsibility for its conservation. Of all the zones in BC, the CDF has been most altered by human activities. Less than 1% of the CDF remains in old growth forests (Madrone, 2008) and 49% of the land base has been permanently converted by human activities (Hectares BC, 2010). The trend of deforestation and urbanization continues and has resulted in a natural area that is now highly fragmented with continuing threats to remaining natural systems. Approximately 9% of the CDF zone is protected in conservation areas (MFLNRO, 2011). The extent of disturbance combined with the low level of protection places the ecological integrity of the CDF zone at high risk (Holt, 2007).
In response to complaints to the Forest Practices Board related to logging of endangered plant communities on Crown Land in the CDF zone, the province of BC released its CDF Conservation Strategy in 2008. Along with the protection of an additional 1600 ha of CDF under a Land Use Order and completion of terrestrial ecosystem mapping for 80% of the zone (excluding CDF in Lower Mainland), the strategy included a commitment to raise awareness and promote CDF stewardship to private land owners, local governments, and environmental non-government organizations (ENGOs). Since 2010 the province has hosted a series of workshops to both share information and solicit ideas on how to better address CDF conservation issues on a land base with a unique land ownership pattern where approximately 80% of the CDF zone is private land, 9% is provincial crown land and 11% is owned by other levels of government. A growing awareness of these issues has resulted in an increased interest in stewardship amongst the people, organizations and governments in the CDF zone.

One of the highest priority recommendations, from the feedback received at the workshops since 2010, relates to the need for a more strategic and collaborative approach amongst those working on CDF conservation issues to identify shared priorities, reduce duplication of effort and share resources and information. Another recommendation was to include the Coastal Western Hemlock Eastern Very Dry Maritime (CWHxm1) variant in the discussion because of the transitional area between the two biogeoclimatic units, the anticipated changes in boundaries due to the effects of climate change, and in many areas, similar levels of loss and fragmentation to that of the CDF. A key difference between the CWHxm1 and the CDF is that the CWHxm1 is much broader in range in BC and extends into the Pacific Northwest of the USA.

 

To support the effort to save the ‘Reed Rd Forest Reserve’, please email the following:
Norm Kempe, BCTS Forest Planner at: norm.kempe@gov.bc.ca
Deputy Minister of Forests, Dave Peterson at: dave.peterson@gov.bc.ca
Tom Jensen, Assistant, Deputy Minister of Forests: tom.jensen@gov.bc.ca
Mike Falkiner, Executive Director of BCTS: mike.falkiner@gov.bc.ca

Thank You!

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