Date: February 27, 2012
Elphinstone Logging Focus (ELF) – Field Study Results & Comments on the Hydrological Recovery of Adjacent Clearcut Areas to BCTS proposed A87124 (Results letter in pdf form and Picture Gallery of Study below)
On February 26th, volunteers with Elphinstone Logging Focus (ELF) walked the interface zone between BCTS A87124 (TrailFest-Wagon Forest) and its two (2) adjoining cutblocks: BCTS A87106 and the former CNI cutblock. The purpose of this field study was to examine the re-growth in these areas to see if they meet a MOF requirement for allowing a new cutblock to proceed that is adjacent to previously cut areas.
ELF has concluded that the adjacent cutblocks are non-conforming, due to insufficient green-up, water saturation problems and riparian issues with the headwaters of East Wilson Creek. It’s our estimation that 95% of the clear-cut areas do not support trees 3M or higher, saturated soils dominate the interface zone and since logging has impacted the East Wilson Creek riparian zone that borders A87124 the situation here is critical. To read the two page report/letter to BCTS please click on the link here and view the Picture Gallery below.