Warning: Creating default object from empty value in /home/loggingf/public_html/wp-content/themes/canvas/functions/admin-hooks.php on line 160

Protect The Twist and Shout Forest

unnamed (21)

Background

ELF named this stand of trees & its habitat ‘The Twist & Shout Forest’ in reference to the amazing twisting snags (dead standing trees) that are unraveling their bark in an twisting pattern. Also, a popular mountain trail ‘The Twister’ runs through the proposed cutblock that will get wiped out. We request that users of this forest ‘Shout Out” to the Province to save this critical forest zone on the Elphinstone Slopes.

Updates Twist and Shout Forest  (Block A87125)

November 6, 2016 – Post Mortem – Campaign Lost –  Forest Logged

October 8, 2016 – Press Release – TWIST AND SHOUT INJUNCTION UPHELD

Roberts Creek BC: At yesterday’s BC Supreme Court hearing (in Vancouver, BC), the judge granted Peninsula Logging a 2nd injunction that essentially allows for the completion of logging in the ‘Twist and Shout Forest’ (cutblock A87125) within the proposed Mt Elphinstone park expansion area. While we are disappointed, we will abide by the ruling. Thus, ELF will not be participating in further civil disobedience that prevents the timber falling or log hauling. We don’t have control over other people’s actions who may take a different view, however we are not encouraging others to violate the injunction.

While we may have lost in the court of law, we feel that we’ve won in the court of public opinion. Even the judge yesterday stated that the defendants have a “worthy cause”. We will be moving ahead in bringing attention to other critical areas in the lower Elphinstone forest to the wider public, and will be attempting to bring key decision makers together to have them understand that what we need now is a moratorium on any future logging until an updated land use plan is created for this high value area. We want this cutblock to be the LAST to fall in what should be a protected blue-listed (of special concern) ecosystem.

We want to thank all those who have supported our efforts in the ‘Twist and Shout Forest’ campaign and the many who did what they could in their own unique ways. Collectively we have greatly raised the profile of this last significant low elevation old-growth forest left on the lower Sunshine Coast. Though we are losing the Twist and Shout Forest, we have increased the likelihood that we can salvage what remains of the larger proposed protected area through this battle – and that’s a win.

September 27, 2016 – Small Victory in Court and Protester vs Feller Buncher Video

September 9, 2016 – Latest Video Elphinstone-Blockade-Plus-Arrests

September 9, 2016 – 6-Arrests-Today  –  Click Here To View

For Further Updates, more pictures and videos visit our FB page here.

September 2, 2016 – RCMP Attempt to Serve Injunction, Court Date set for Sept. 6th (Rescheduled to Sept 8th).

SEE Videos here:

Video – Defending the Best of the Last on Mt. Elphinstone

 

September 2, 2016 – Gathering to Protect the Twist and Shout Forest and Support the 2000 Ha Expansion of the Elphinstone Park – 80 plus attend. For Further Updates, more pictures and videos visit our FB page here

July 29, 2016 – Coast Reporter Ad – Logging Elphinstone Park Expansion Area Goes Against Community Goals

July 6, 2016 – BCTS Sells Forest Within Proposed Elphinstone Park Expansion

Despite strong community opposition, including Elphinstone Logging Focus, The Wilderness Committee, Sierra Club of BC, and Sunshine Coast Regional District (SCRD), BCTS has confirmed sale of Block A87125 to Peninsula Logging Ltd. whose directors include George Fallis of Gibsons, and Aaron Service of Roberts Creek….Read More

Photo Credit - Shel Neufeld - www.wildartphotography.com

Photo Credit – Shel Neufeld – www.wildartphotography.com

10403359_779181515458030_6775754489497831115_n-ELF documented up to 50 Douglas-fir Vets

 

 

 

 

 

 

‘THE TWIST & SHOUT FOREST’ MUST BE PROTECTED

Write to the Minister of Environment and Forests and request that BCTS Blk A87125 be removed as a proposed Mt.Elphinstone Park expansion should be considered and acted upon.  We’re asking BCTS to move this cutblock outside the park expansion area to meet timber volumes. Above the Dakota-Sechelt FSR are hundreds of hectares of tree farms where ‘harvesting’ can take place.  Logging older forests (Age Class 6-8) across the Elphinstone slopes must stop. Leading conservation-biologist, Wayne McCrory completed a ‘Conservation Review’ of the area, and concluded: “The very high biodiversity values support my recommendation that the Elphinstone study area be fully protected as a core benchmark area.” Thus, the existing park (140ha) should be expanded to 2,000ha to capture all remaining intact forest between the 3 ‘island’ parks to secure the bio-diversity of this rare (blue-listed), low-elevation zone.

Minister Mary Polak: mary.polak@gov.bc.ca, Minister Steve Thomson: steve.thomson@gov.bc.ca 

cc: BCTS Executive Director: mike.falkiner@gov.bc.ca

BCTS – Sales Sheet A87125_k1_SP_HP_Bk#_G042C3ZR (2)

May 20, 2016 – An Expanded Mt. Elphinstone Provincial Park Under Threat

ELF-PR-Mt-Elphinstone-Park-Under-Threat (1)

The current Mt Elphinstone Provincial Park is divided into 3 separate ‘island’ parcels protecting only 139Ha of lands across the lower mountain slopes, between the growing communities of Gibsons and Sechelt on the lower SunshineCoast.  The surrounding Crown lands offer high-value recreation, and on-going environmental services in an inter-urban zone. BC Parks states that the existing ElphinstonePark is “vulnerable to adjacent logging”, is a “minor contributor to the, under-represented, Georgia Lowland EcoSection” and “is a negligible contributor to the, under-represented, Cedar, Western Hemlock Forest Zone”.  In other words, the existing park is too small and needs to be enlarged to provide viable protection of this vulnerable eco-system.

“Elphinstone Logging Focus (ELF) advocates for an expanded protected area of 2,000Ha, and in 2015 we commissioned leading biologist Wayne McCrory to conduct an ‘A Conservation Review of the Elphinstone Provincial Park Expansion Proposal’, states Ross Muirhead of ELF. “The following is a quote from McCrory’s report: “May 4 and Map 5 illustrates that a total of 83.7% of the Elphinstone study area includes forest cover polygons that are Provincially At-Risk (blue-listed) site series. No red listed site series were found in the study area. The high proportion of the study area with blue-listed site series potential is another measure that the Elphinstone study area is a very productive ecosystem with high biodiversity values.”

“ELF was alarmed to find out that the area is facing a BC Timber Sales Blk A87125 that’s up for sale ending Thursday, June 3rd that falls squarely within the expanded park area, and in Skwxwu7mesh (Squamish) Territory. If this cutblock is allowed to proceed it will take out approx. 30ha of prime older forests that’s already in between 2 former cutblocks.” states Hans Penner also of ELF. “We encouraged BCTS to look to the north outside the 2,000Ha, across the Sechelt-Dakota FSR where harvesting can take place in actual tree farms. This reasonable request has been met with silence.”

In November 2014, the shishalh Nation made a declaration (November 2014) stating their opposition to further industrial development in the identified zone. ELF also supports the idea of a ‘TribalPark’ should the 2 First Nations choose to pursue this option, whereby the protected area would be jointly managed. An expanded Mt.ElphinstonePark is also part of the Sunshine Coast Regional District’s Official Community Plan.

Photo Credit - Thanks to Shel Neufeld

Photo Credit – Thanks to Shel Neufeld

Photo Credit - Thanks to Shel Neufeld

Photo Credit – Thanks to Shel Neufeld

Photo Credit - Thanks to Shel Neufeld

Photo Credit – Thanks to Shel Neufeld

Photo Credit - Thanks to Shel Neufeld

Photo Credit – Thanks to Shel Neufeld

Photo Credit - Thanks to Shel Neufeld

Photo Credit – Thanks to Shel Neufeld

Photo Credit - Thanks to Shel Neufeld

Photo Credit – Thanks to Shel Neufeld

Photo Credit - Thanks to Shel Neufeld

Photo Credit – Thanks to Shel Neufeld

‘THE TWIST & SHOUT FOREST’ MUST BE PROTECTED

Write to the Minister of Environment and Forests and request that BCTS Blk A87125 be removed as a proposed Mt.Elphinstone Park expansion should be considered and acted upon.  We’re asking BCTS to move this cutblock outside the park expansion area to meet timber volumes. Above the Dakota-Sechelt FSR are hundreds of hectares of tree farms where ‘harvesting’ can take place.  Logging older forests (Age Class 6-8) across the Elphinstone slopes must stop. Leading conservation-biologist, Wayne McCrory completed a ‘Conservation Review’ of the area, and concluded: “The very high biodiversity values support my recommendation that the Elphinstone study area be fully protected as a core benchmark area.” Thus, the existing park (140ha) should be expanded to 2,000ha to capture all remaining intact forest between the 3 ‘island’ parks to secure the bio-diversity of this rare (blue-listed), low-elevation zone.

Minister Mary Polak: mary.polak@gov.bc.ca, Minister Steve Thomson: steve.thomson@gov.bc.ca 

cc: BCTS Executive Director: mike.falkiner@gov.bc.ca

 

1010275_779181678791347_8505765038331408567_n-Doug-fir old growth 1462860_779184138791101_7967229606540627505_n-map1 10612833_779184142124434_6509501956715099037_n-map2-bctsloggingplan

See our Facebook page by clicking Here.

[hr]

‘THE TWIST & SHOUT FOREST’ MUST BE PROTECTED

Write to the Minister of Environment and Forests and request that BCTS Blk A87125 be removed as a proposed Mt.Elphinstone Park expansion should be considered and acted upon.  We’re asking BCTS to move this cutblock outside the park expansion area to meet timber volumes. Above the Dakota-Sechelt FSR are hundreds of hectares of tree farms where ‘harvesting’ can take place.  Logging older forests (Age Class 6-8) across the Elphinstone slopes must stop. Leading conservation-biologist, Wayne McCrory completed a ‘Conservation Review’ of the area, and concluded: “The very high biodiversity values support my recommendation that the Elphinstone study area be fully protected as a core benchmark area.” Thus, the existing park (140ha) should be expanded to 2,000ha to capture all remaining intact forest between the 3 ‘island’ parks to secure the bio-diversity of this rare (blue-listed), low-elevation zone.

Minister Mary Polak: mary.polak@gov.bc.ca, Minister Steve Thomson: steve.thomson@gov.bc.ca 

cc: BCTS Executive Director: mike.falkiner@gov.bc.ca

10151135_779181618791353_4530034005116186002_n-Thick forest cover

Photo Credit - Thanks to Shel Neufeld

Help Protect the Last of the Old Growth and Natural Mt. Elphinstone Forests!

x