Protect the Reed Rd Forest Reserve

 

Help protect  the Reed Rd Forest Reserve

Help protect the Reed Rd Forest Reserve

Visit the Help Protect Reed Rd Forest Reserve campaign here for full details and pictures.

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!

Coast Reporter Article February 14, 2014:

 Campaign launched to save Douglas firs

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.

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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