Status Report: Wilson Creek Forest (EW002)
The Wilson Creek Forest lies within the Proposed Mt. Elphinstone Park Expansion boundary – please also see the Status Update section within the Park Expansion Campaign for the latest information.
Update At December 10, 2012 – 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
Update December 8, 2012 – Logging of this Forest has commenced – See recent Posts for full details
Update October 26, 2012 – New data on the Wilson Creek Watershed from the Community Watershed Assessment Report (CWAP) – August 2012
- 86% of the watershed has been logged.
- Only 4% of the original old-growth (250 yrs + ) remains.
- Only 10% of older forests (120-140 yrs) remain – that being Age Class 7.
- If EW002 (the Wilson creek Forest) is allowed to be logged then the percentage of Age Class 7 will drop.
Date: September 20, 2012 – The Roberts Creek Community Hall – now proudly displays a ‘Protect-the Wilson-Creek Forest’ banner
Date: August 30, 2012 – See also the News section – Press Release – Wilson Creek Forest Still Threatened
Elphinstone Logging Focus (ELF) continues to have concerns that Sunshine Coast Community Forests’ (SCCF) is not addressing the real threats to the Wilson Creek Forest and its watershed. Their proposed EW002 cutblock is one of the last, large pieces of intact forest in the entire 2,207Ha watershed. Back in May 2011 SCCF placed the cutblock on deferral due to mounting public concerns, which led SCCF to contract a team of consultants to look at the conditions of the whole watershed and whether not the last bits of forests could be logged without further to damage to fisheries. “The recently published ‘Wilson Creek Watershed Assessment’ has several shortcomings.” Ross Muirhead of ELF says. “The focus of the study was meant to determine the impacts of past and future logging has had on downstream fisheries. Several critical points were not looked at, including: water temperature changes affecting salmon, fine sediment data compiled by local Streamkeepers, historic peak flows were taken from the Roberts Creek water station and then compared to Wilson Creek system even though each has different forest cover regimes.
Read More.. PR Wilson Creek Forest Still Threatended
Date: August 7, 2012, Nicholas Simons, MLA, Powell River/ Sunshine Coast visits Roberts Creek, the Wilson Creek Forest and the RC Headwaters Ancient Forest (see separate Campaign) and expresses his concerns for protecting both of these forest for their multiple long-term values for the community. See Pictures below (click to enlarge).
Date: February 17, 2012 – logging is still under deferment pending ‘further’ community input, CWAP (Community Water Advissory Program) survey and final decision by District of Sechelt – Mayor and Council. (District of Sechelt is the 100% owner of the logging company, SCCF – Sunshine Coast Community Forest, set to log this area)
Deferment Notice – SCCF: Press Release May 31 2011 – Deferral
Take Action: This Forest Is Threatened. Without your help this forest will be logged. It is not too late to make your voice heard to save this forest. 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!