When: 1PM, Saturday, February 21st
Meet: Sunshine Coast Regional District (SCRD) parking lot Field Rd, Sechelt
3 hours, some steep sections, must be in moderate shape, no dogs
Why: ‘The Chanterelle Forest’ is faced with logging by the Sunshine Coast Community Forest (SCCF) – a logging operation owned by the Town of Sechelt. The area is surveyed for clearcut logging, and is one of 6 cutblocks planned by SCCF in the heavily logged out Wilson Creek Watershed.
This natural forest features the following ecology: average tree age 140-160 years, Old-Growth Douglas-fir ‘vets’, elk and bear trails, wildlife trees, and ideal growing conditions for a variety of fungi and lichen, including Chanterelle, Pine mushrooms and Coastal Reindeer lichen.
If you’re a mushroom picker, you may have returned to your favourite patch only to find it replaced with a clearcut. This forest supports several pickers with a seasonal cash crop, but if SCCF has their way the attributes of ‘The Chanterelle Forest’ will be wiped clean, and another site for sustainable wild food harvesting will be gone. See you on the 21st to help us protect this exceptional forest zone.
‘The Chanterelle Forest’ lies within the traditional territory of the shishalh Nation.