Take Action!

We cannot do this alone and we need your help. 

The trees and the animals they provide homes for can’t talk – but you can. You can make a difference. ~Heather Conn

An Easy Way For You to Make a Difference Right Now is to Just follow Our Easy 3 minute ‘Take Action Now Steps’ to Send an Email and Message (suggested message provided) to the People Below Related to the Specific Campaign(s).
  1. In your email service Open/Compose a new email.
  2. Select the Campaign(s) from the ‘List of Campaigns’ below (SCROLL DOWN THIS PAGE).
  3. Click the ‘Contact Person(s), Email’ tab.  Copy and paste All of this email list . (For a letter or to phone – Click the Address, Phone Tab).
  4. Click the ‘Suggested Message’ tab for a list of some reasons and a sample message. Copy and paste this mes(SCROLL DOWN THIS PAGE)sage.
  5. Review and revise your email letter if necessary (include your name, address and postal code so they know you are a real person) and Press Send.
  6. AND YOU ARE DONE -THANK YOU!
  7. Feel free to ‘click back’ to this page to send a new email relating to another Campaign(s) or a ‘Letter to the Editor’ – shown below Campaigns for a full List.

(Let them know how you feel about saving our wonderful intact older forests, old growth and ancient/antique forests. There are many reasons why these forests need protecting and we give you some sample reasons in the Reason/ Message tab.  If you wish to personalize each letter please do so – be specific and say in your own words why you want these forest saved and protected.)


List of  Current Campaigns

‘THE TWIST & SHOUT FOREST’ MUST BE PROTECTED (Campaign Lost- Forest Logged – October 2016)

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


Protect the Dakota Bowl Bear Sanctuary

dave.peterson@gov.bc.ca, env.minister@gov.bc.ca, greg.george@gov.bc.ca, Norm.Kempe@gems7.gov.bc.ca, Don Hudson don.hudson@gov.bc.ca,mike.falkiner@gov.bc.ca, tom.jensen@gov.bc.ca,  Forests.SunshineCoastDistrictOffice@gov.bc.ca, Premier@gov.bc.ca, nicholas.simons.mla@leg.bc.ca, mary.polak@gov.bc.ca, steve.thomson@gov.bc.ca 

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Status/Chronology Update:

At August 11, 2015: BC Timber Sales (BCTS) has started to reopen the Dakota Creek Forest Service Rd.  to gain access to  the Dakota Bowl Bear Sanctuary.

At August 11, 2014: BCTS has restated its plans to again put this forest and another on the Lower Elphinstone Slopes up for sale in a combined timber sale license – A87126 (formerly A79517) .  They however, at this date, have not yet activated this timber sale license.

You can still send a message stating your strong support for protection of this area – a suggested message is shown below.  Thank you for your support.

Elphinstone Logging Focus will continue to lobby BCTS to remove this old-growth block from their plans and focus on harvesting in previously logged areas, of which there are plenty.”

To read the latest news on this site please check the campaign section.

You can still send a message stating your strong support for protection of this area – a suggested message is shown below.  Thank you for your support.

Please write the following agencies requesting that the ‘Dakota Bowl Bear Sanctuary’ be protected for the following reasons:

1) McCrory Wildlife Services’ Black Bear Den Survey concludes that this area shows a high density of den sites.
2) The surrounding area has been heavily logged leading to loss of old growth structures bears depend on.
3) The A87126 blocks are hard to reach areas requiring steep road construction and resulting in severe erosion potential.
4) The reactivation of the Dakota Creek FSR is really a subsidy to the private contractor to get at the timber.
5) Black bear dens require legislative protection to respect this large iconic carnivore.

Send Message to:
Don Hudson:  don.hudson@gov.bc.ca

Norm Kempe, BCTS Forest Planner at: norm.kempe@gov.bc.ca

Deputy Minister of Forests, Dave Peterson at: dave.peterson@gov.bc.ca, forests.deputyministersoffice@gov.bc.ca

Mary Pollock: env.minister@gov.bc.ca

 

SAMPLE Letter
Dear
Premier/Minister/Deputy/District Forest Planners….,

I am writing you today to call for the protection of ‘The Dakota Bowl Bear Sanctuary’-  BCTS (BC Timber Sales) License A87126 (formerly A79517) – Cutblocks (DK042, DK043 and DK044).

I am calling on you and your ministers and associated forest planners to please provide this area protection as B.C.’s first Wildlife Habitat Area (WHA) for black bears! and/ or provide Old Growth Management Area (OGMA) status to protect its wildlife features and the largest remaining, high-value old growth forest left at this elevation on the lower Sunshine Coast.

As at August 2015 we understand there is the intent to again put this area up for sale in a Timber Sale Licence (TSL).

In addition to this being a watershed area (the Dakota Creek Watershed) that the Sunshine Coast Regional District supports the protection of   – I believe this Crown land needs protection for the following reasons.

On the slopes rising above Dakota Creek (lower Sunshine Coast) a population of black bears (Ursus americanus) has found a sanctuary – safe from human disturbance. However, BC Timbers Sales (BCTS) is looking at logging 69Ha (170 acres) of this forest, where dozens of potential bear den sites would be destroyed. Loss of this habitat would displace these bears and drive them into human-conflict. This has been documented by McCrory Wildlife Services’ Black Bear Den Survey which concludes that this area shows a high density of den sites.

Stands of large, old-growth cedars provide bears with interior cavities with a hard outer shell keeping them dry, warm and secure during hibernation. Deep snow pack at this elevation secures den entrances protecting cubs from predators.

Female bears will abandon their cubs if they are disturbed by humans. There’s no provision under the Forest Practices Code to protect bear den sites – they get logged! Loss of this key habitat could mean the end of these bears. Additionally, I note this paragraph for your interest from the below referenced research report:

“The uniform distribution of potential den sites throughout the landscape will maximize the benefits of den supply to the bear population, especially female bears because of their small home ranges” Reference: Characteristics and Selection of Winter Dens by Black Bears in Coastal BC, by Helen Davis, Dept. of Biological Sciences, UBC 1992

Therefore, I support protection of ‘The Dakota Bowl Bear Sanctuary’ and say “No to Logging of Bear Den Sites” and “Yes to a Protected Sanctuary” on these public forest lands.

It is hard to believe that logging these rare yellow cedar forests is even being considered in this day and age. Dakota Bowl Bear Sanctuary is on traditional Squamish 1st Nation territory. The Sunshine Coast Regional District opposes logging in The Dakota Bowl Community Watershed.

In addition to the above – Another expert who studied the presence of First Nations culturally modified trees in the area has confirmed the strong probability of their existence and at least six trees that had been bark-stripped in the past. This makes the area more valuable for protection by the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations.

I, my family and friends agree with Elphinstone Logging Focus in calling on BCTS’ senior Forest Planners to  please provide this area Wildlife Habitat Area (WHA) or Old Growth Management Area (OGMA) status to protect its wildlife features and the largest remaining, high-value old growth forest left at this elevation on the lower Sunshine Coast.

Please bring this request forward to your Ministers involved in Forestry and Land Use Planning.  Thank you.
Please heed my and many others`wishes.

Thank you

Name:____________________________________Signature__________________________

Address:__________________________________Postal Code:________________________

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Support the Elphinstone Park Expansion

env.minister@gov.bc.ca, premier@gov.bc.ca, tom.jensen@gov.bc.ca, forests.deputyministersoffice@gov.bc.ca

Please write to the following agencies requesting that the Mt. Elphinstone Provincial Park be expanded for the following reasons:

Dear _______,

I am requesting that the Mt. Elphinstone Provincial Park on the Sunshine Coast be expanded for the following reasons:

1) The current 139ha park divided into 3 separate ‘islands’ is poor park planning.

2) In 2014, shishalh (Sechelt) Nation announced that they want to protect the Elphinstone area within their territory from further industrial development.

3) The Sunshine Coast needs to diversify its economy from resource extraction to other forms of sustainable business, such as tourism.

4) The lower Elphinstone slopes contain several rare plant & mushroom species adding to its rich bio-diversity.

5) A recent scientific conservation review by McCrory Wildlife Services supports the expansion of the existing park to 2,000Ha to fully protect this blue-listed forest ecosystem.

IT’S TIME TO EXPAND MT ELPHINSTONE PROVINCIAL  PARK TO 2,00HA

Please bring this request forward to your Ministers involved in Parks, Forestry and Land Use Planning.

Name:____________________________________Signature__________________________

Address:__________________________________Postal Code:________________________

Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations |

Resource Stewardship Officer, Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Sunshine Coast District, 7077, Duncan Street, Powell River B.C. V8A 1W1 | Phone 604-485-0728 | Fax 604-485-0799 |

FLNRO.MediaRequests@gov.bc.ca    (media contact for Forests, Lands, Natural Resources)|

Minister and Deputy Minister of Forestry – Victoria etc. |

Premier’s Office, Premier Christy Clark (premier@gov.bc.ca), P.O. Box 9041 Stn Prov Govt, Victoria BC, V8W 9E1 |

Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations (for.minister@gov.bc.ca), P.O. Box 9049 Stn Prov Govt, Victoria BC, V8W 9E2 |

Nicholas Simons, MLA – Powell River, Sunshine Coast

Minister’s Office, Minister of Environment
PO BOX 9047 STN PROV GOVT
VICTORIA BC V8W 9E2

Telephone: 250 387-1187
Fax: 250 387-1356
E-mail: env.minister@gov.bc.ca

Find your local MLA’s address at http://www.leg.bc.ca/mla/3-1-1.htm

Save The Day Rd Forest

dsihota@islandtimberlands.com, wfrench@islandtimberlands.com,LWanhill@islandtimberlands.com, FLNRO.MediaRequests@gov.bc.ca, Forests.SunshineCoastDistrictOffice@gov.bc.ca, Doug.Konkin@gov.bc.ca,


Mr. Darshan Sihota, President
Island Timberlands 4th Floor 65 Front St. Nanaimo, BC V9R 5H9

Re: Protection of District Lot 2624 (upper half), Roberts Creek, BC, The Day Rd Forest
Dear Mr. Sihota, I’m requesting that you as President of IT accept the vision of protecting the amazing & wonderful The Day Rd. Forest (DL2624), Roberts Creek, Sunshine Coast. When IT acquired the land there existed a 1997 ‘understanding-in- principle’ with the local community to protect the integrity of this forest by providing a mix of mature forests alongside several small cut patches.

Ethically, IT has inherited this agreement and it should be respected. To that end, all of the older aged stands in DL 2624 must be left standing. However, I ask that Island Timberlands go one bold step further and donate the upper 1/2 of DL 2624 back to the Crown as a land gift, then to be added to the Mt Elphinstone Provincial Park expansion.  I trust that these discussion will result in a positive outcome for both your company and this community.  Standing by to hear from you next.  Best Regards,

Island Timberlands Limited Partnership , 4th Floor, 65 Front Street, Nanaimo, BC Canada V9R 5H9 | Phone: (250) 755-3500, Fax: (250) 755-3540

(formerly Weyerhaeuser Company. In May of 2005, Weyerhaeuser sold all of their BC coastal assets. Island Timberlands was formed as a result of the purchase of the BC coastal private timberlands and began operating in June 2005. Island Timberlands is a privately held company based on Vancouver Island –http://www.islandtimberlands.com/ ||

FLNRO.MediaRequests@gov.bc.ca (media contact for Forests, Lands, Natural Resources)|Doug Konkin, Deputy Minister – Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations – Doug.Konkin@gov.bc.ca ||.

Additionally, You Can Send an Email as a ‘Letter to the Editor’ To One of Our Local Newspapers – shown below.

Letters to The Editor

 cwood@coastreporter.net, editor@thelocalsunshinecoast.com, editor@coastreporter.net, sunnewstips@vancouversun.com, sunletters@vancouversun.com, provletters@png.canwest.com 
Copy and Paste any of the suggested messages for the campaigns above – revise the message as you see fit and send the email.

coastreporter, thelocalsunshinecoast, coastreporter |

Vancouver Sun  – To alert us to a news story, e-mail us at: sunnewstips@vancouversun.com, or call 604-605-2445, toll-free at 1-866-368-5888 or Fax: 604-605-2320, The Vancouver Sun newspaper:  Text only, please; no attachments.

Letters must contain the author’s name, address and a daytime
telephone number. Maximum length is 200 words; shorter is better. The
Vancouver Sun reserves  the right to edit, condense or reject any
contribution. We do not publish  open letters to third parties. Writers
whose letters are being considered  for publication will be contacted.

labelled “Letter to the editor” E-mail: sunletters@vancouversun.com Fax: 604-605-2522 http://www.vancouversun.com/about-vancouver-sun/editorial.html#letterseditor | provletters@png.canwest.com, or fax it to 604 605-2099 or send it to
The Province Newsroom, 200 Granville Street, Suite #1, Vancouver, BC
V6C 3N3

 

List of  Past Campaigns

Protect Roberts Creek Headwaters Ancient Forest

dave.peterson@gov.bc.ca, env.minister@gov.bc.ca, greg.george@gov.bc.ca, Norm.Kempe@gems7.gov.bc.ca, Don Hudson don.hudson@gov.bc.ca, Premier@gov.bc.ca, nicholas.simons.mla@leg.bc.ca

SUCCESS THIS FOREST HAS BEEN PROTECTED

On October 22, 2013 – ELF Received notice from BCTS that they have removed DK045 from their harvest plans and will not be pursuing this area.  BCTS says, “You advanced some compelling arguments for preserving this stand of timber that we considered and concluded had reasonable merit…”
THANK YOU TO ALL THAT SUPPORTED US IN THE EFFORTS TO PROTECT THIS ANCIENT FOREST. A FORMAL PRESS RELEASE WILL FOLLOW SHORTLY – STAY TUNED – MORE NEWS TO COME.

At October 14, 2013 the  Timber Sale Licence  A79517, have now been put up for sale – – Voice Your Strong Concern

At September 2013

– BCTS is still weighing their options to log this heritage forest – – Voice Your Strong Concern

– The Final Decision by BCTS To Log  Has Been has been deferred until March 2014 – Voice Your Strong Concern

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At Dec 2012  –  Archaeological Sites Have Been Discovered In This Forest and Registered With Victoria
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Dear

Premier/Minister/Deputy/District Forest Planners….,

Regarding ‘The Roberts Creek Headwaters Ancient Forest’- the BC Timber Sales Cutblock A79517  (DK045). ( formerly Cutblock A84612- DK045)

I am calling on you and your ministers and associated forest planners to please provide this area Wildlife Habitat Area (WHA) or Old Growth Management Area (OGMA) status to protect its wildlife features and the largest remaining, high-value old growth forest left at this elevation on the lower Sunshine Coast.

Elphinstone Logging Focus (ELF) has conducted an expedition into the headwaters of Roberts Creek (Sunshine Coast) and located a proposed BC Timber Sales Cutblock A84612 (DK045). There are 2 headwater tributaries in this area that make up the main channel of Roberts Creek which eventually flows into the Salish Sea. One of the tributaries that ELF followed runs off the back side of Mt. Elphinstone. The surveyed cutblock and logging road is across steep terrain and encompasses an Age Class 9 (old growth) forest.

From studying maps ELF found out that the cutblock is located between 2 Wildlife Habitat Areas (WHA). The BCTS logging would split this WHA in half.  This WHA was established to protect the Marbled Murrelet seabird which nests only in old- growth forests. Outside of this proposed cutblock and the WHA, the majority of the surrounding Age Classes on the high slopes of Mt. Elphinstone are rated at Age Class 2 – between 20-40 years old. This is the closest old growth yellow cedar to Highway 101 and thus holds awesome tourism potential due to its high ecological values. One of the highest populations of Pacific Yew is found at site, with clusters of 4-5 Yews growing at the bases of the giant Yellow Cedars.

BCTS has now scheduled this block for sale in mid August 2012 – I believe this Crown land needs protection.

There are two parcels in the A84612 block on Dakota Ridge which were granted OGMA status by BCTS several months ago after ELF brought their possible destruction to the attention of the community. ELF and the Sunshine Coast community  are calling this cut block DK045 ‘The Roberts Creek Headwaters Ancient Forest’ given that the water source for Roberts Creek begins here and that trees in this forest range from 250-1000+ years old. I believe it would be a travesty if this forest is logged and logging it also poses a high risk to downstream fisheries and water users on the lower reaches of Roberts Creek. A community trail has been established so that community can come and enjoy and see this amazing forest. It is hard to believe that logging these rare yellow cedar forests is even being considered in this day and age. Roberts Creek residents will be shocked to learn that the headwaters of their namesake creek could be wiped out with unknown long term consequences to the local water supply, fish spawning and environment.

I, my family and friends agree with Elphinstone Logging Focus in calling on BCTS’ senior Forest Planners to place this parcel into an OGMA, thus ensuring a connection between the two Wildlife Habitat Areas, ensuring that a heritage-ancient forest remains intact, and the protection of the headwaters to Roberts Creek is guaranteed for generations to come.

Please bring this request forward to your Ministers involved in Forestry and Land Use Planning.  Thank you.

Name:____________________________________Signature__________________________

Address:__________________________________Postal Code:________________________

To register your concerns. Refer to BCTS Cutblock A79517.
Deputy Minister of Forests, Dave Peterson at: dave.peterson@gov.bc.ca

Tom Jensen – is the Assistant to the Deputy. Jensen is the go-to-guy when it comes to BCTS issues

Ministry of Environment, Mary Polak, E-mail: env.minister@gov.bc.ca

greg.george@gov.bc.ca (MOF Coast Biologist)

Norm Kempe, Planning Forester, B.C. Timber Sales, 370 S. Dogwood Street, Campbell River,
B.C. V9W 6Y7 | Ph(250) 286-9359 | Norm.Kempe@gov.bc.ca|
FLNRO.MediaRequests@gov.bc.ca (media contact for Forests,Lands, Natural Resources)|
(Assistant, Deputy of Forests) today at: 250-387-0902
Minister and Deputy Minister of Forestry – Victoria etc. |

Premier’s Office, Premier Christy
Clark (premier@gov.bc.ca), P.O. Box 9041 Stn Prov Govt, Victoria BC, V8W 9E1 |
Steve Thomson, Minister of Forests, Lands

and Natural Resource Operations (for.minister@gov.bc.ca), P.O. Box 9049 Stn Prov Govt, Victoria BC, V8W 9E2 |

Nicholas Simons, MLA – Powell River, Sunshine Coast

Minister’s Office, Minister of Environment – Honourable Terry Lake
PO BOX 9047 STN PROV GOVT
VICTORIA BC V8W 9E2

Telephone: 250 387-1187
Fax: 250 387-1356
E-mail: env.minister@gov.bc.ca
Find your local MLA’s address at http://www.leg.bc.ca/mla/3-1-1.htm

SUCCESS THIS FOREST HAS BEEN PROTECTED
On October 22, 2013 – ELF Received notice from BCTS that they have removed DK045 from their harvest plans and will not be pursuing this area.  BCTS says, “You advanced some compelling arguments for preserving this stand of timber that we considered and concluded had reasonable merit…”
THANK YOU TO ALL THAT SUPPORTED US IN THE EFFORTS TO PROTECT THIS ANCIENT FOREST. A FORMAL PRESS RELEASE WILL FOLLOW SHORTLY – STAY TUNED – MORE NEWS TO COME.

The “Save the Wilson Creek Forest” campaign –  at December 2012 this campaign was lost and the forest logged.  However, you can still read all about the forest here, watch the movie AND still express your outrage at its loss.  Tell Sechelt Mayor John Henderson and Council and  SCCF President Glen Bonderud and Board of Directors you want this ongoing destruction, this logging of our community forests,  Stopped Now!  Their Full Names and Contact Information are listed here.

Save the Wilson Creek Forest

council@sechelt.ca, scpi@telus.net, info1@sccf.ca, info@scrd.ca, info@sechelt.ca, donna_shugar@hotmail.com, Randy.Aitken@gov.bc.ca, info@bccfa.ca

At December 21, 2012 Logging Has All But Destroyed This Forest, However You Can still Communicate Your Outrage.

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At December 8, 2012 Logging Has Commenced on this ‘Jewel’ of a forest –

– YOUR Community Forest-

WE NEED YOUR HELP NOW to Stop this destruction of ‘our’ community forest.

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I am writing you today to make you aware of the Wilson Creek Forest and to add my name to those that strongly believe that this forest deserves full protection and that logging should be stopped NOW.

The Wilson Creek Forest, also known as cutblock EW002, is a beautiful low elevation 27ha forest directly above the community of Wilson Creek. This Forest is one of the last remaining intact, natural forests left in the Wilson Creek Watershed and provides more long-term benefits to the community left standing than logged. The following are some of the key reasons for protection:

1) LOGGING THIS FOREST WILL DESTROY ITS RECREATIONAL USES AND TOURISM POTENTIAL – Many of us live here or visit because we love the outdoors and the forests, let’s not compromise our quality of life by allowing our only significant low elevation forested area left on the lower Coast to be lost cutblock by cutblock. Wilson Cr. Forest and the proposed park expansion area it is part of are already heavily used by the community for year-round hiking, biking, horseback riding, nature observation and more, but once logged it will retain little of interest or beauty for us to enjoy. Preserving this area has huge tourism potential as well. A 2002 study commissioned by the province titled “Commercial and Public Recreation for the Sunshine Coast Forest District”, acknowledged the Coasts forest industry had declined at the same time tourism had grown and was “strongly linked to back country experiences, fish, wildlife and other resource values.” Tourism demand for high quality outdoor recreational experiences is expected to continue to grow as population in the lower mainland increases and as worldwide demand grows. We can benefit from that trend.

2) THE WILSON CREEK WATERSHED IS ALREADY OVERLOGGED – As the most heavily logged watershed on the lower Coast, the Wilson Cr. watershed only retains around 15% of the original mature and old growth forest. Everything else has been logged and is either in a clearcut state or has been converted to immature tree farms never to be a natural forest again. . The recent CNI clearcut, largest on the Coast, cuts through the middle of the watershed. How much more do we have to lose? Despite a SCCF sponsored hydrology report that expresses few concerns with continued logging, questions remain as to the accuracy of the report, given there is no hard data on the creek’s fluctuating water levels that many believe have been badly impacted by logging. The data used to determine water levels was collected from Roberts Cr. and applied to Wilson Cr. even though the Wilson Cr. watershed has a higher level of forest cover loss, so the conclusions are speculative.

3) LOGGING IT WILL BRING LITTLE ECONOMIC RETURN TO THE COMMUNITY – The District of Sechelt only receives a low $15,000 – $20,000 annual dividend from Sunshine Coast Community Forest logging operations, only a handful of short term direct jobs will be generated, the actual logging would be over within a week, and typically only a small percentage of the logs stay on the Coast to be used by local manufacturers. Its long term value as fish and animal habitat, for recreation, tourism, water management, and carbon sequestering has not been duly considered.

4) WILSON CR. FOREST IS AN IMPORTANT PART OF THE PROPOSED MT. ELPHINSTONE PROV. PARK EXPANSION – This 1500 Ha park expansion is badly needed. The current Mt. Elphinstone Prov. Park is only 149 ha and we currently have no sizable parks on the lower Coast below 600m. The Sunshine Coast Forest District has only 3% of its land designated Class A Provincial Park, while the rest of the province maintains an average of 13% – we’re getting short changed. With what looks to be a coming change in Provincial government, the Mt. Elphinstone Prov. Park expansion comes closer to becoming a reality, thus all proposed logging within the boundaries needs to be deferred.

5) LOGGING WILL RISK ADDITIONAL STREAM BANK FAILURES – The Wilson Creek watercourse, from its headwaters to the ocean, has only a few sections not disturbed by logging or other development. In the proposed Cutblock EW002, a large bank failure and landslide was reported to SCCF by ELF in 2012 that clouds an already cloudy issue. In question is the role past intense logging has had on documented stream bank failures in the mid and lower watershed. The EW002 falling boundary is just uphill from this bank failure and if logging proceeds the roots that hold the soil in place will decay and the slope could become unstable. All logging on this cutblocks steep slopes must be stopped to protect the integrity of Wilson Cr. This will put the brakes on further erosion of fine sediments that cover up and suffocate downstream salmon spawning grounds.

6) BIODIVERSITY SUFFERS AS WE LOSE OUR REMNANT LOW ELEVATION FORESTS – There are flora and fauna that reside in the Wilson Creek Forest that will not once it’s logged and converted to a tree farm. The diversity of life that currently exists will be greatly impoverished. A recent provincial government report states that “The Coastal Douglas–fir ecosystems are threatened province wide”, and that only 6% is protected in BC. With its dozens of mature and old growth Douglas-firs, protection of the Wilson Cr. Forest would help safeguard this disappearing ecosystem. The Wilson Creek watershed is considered high value fish habitat but the number of salmon returning has declined greatly from historic levels and logging impacts are likely part of the problem.

7) Heavily logged out Wilson Creek watershed (86% logged) requires all intact forests recover from the past  hydrological damage.

8 Serves as an important connector between 2 existing Old Growth Management Areas (OGMA). Logging is poor land use planning as it removes important connectivity.

9) The Wilson Creek Forest: Maturing, old Growth Coastal douglas fir forests are an At Risk and threatened ecosystem province wide.

Quotes to remember:
i) – In the SCCF Press Release of May 31, 2011, signed by Glen Bonderud of SCCF, it states “After careful deliberations of all submissions made to Sechelt Community Projects Inc. (SCPI) regarding plans for logging in cut block EW002, SCPI is deferring cutting this block in order to study various proposals and suggestions made regarding this area”. (SCPI is the business operating name for SCCF).
ii) – In the same Press Release regarding the deferral of EW002 Block, the Mayor of Sechelt is quoted as saying: “Sechelt Council supports………forest management…..based on detail research and science about the best way to maintain a healthy forest environment in this area.”
iii) -In the ‘Wilson Creek Watershed Assessment’, the author states in reference to the low age class of the watershed: “I recommend that SCCF develop a long term plan to achieve distributed forest stand ages across its holdings, in conjunction with the timber harvesting plan. Since forest planning extends over decades it may take some time to achieve this.”

These 3 quotes suggest that more time should be devoted to considering all proposals made in regards to this prized forest, including setting it aside for recreational, tourism, and forest eco-system values. In addition, a longer period of time is required for the watershed’s forest to recover.

I urge the DOS and the SCCF to protect the Wilson Creek Forest and preserve our quality of life here on the Sunshine Coast. Please register my opinion.

Thank you.

Name______________________________Signature_____________________

Address:___________________________________Postal Code____________

  • District of Sechelt Mayor and Council
  • Mayor: John Henderson “John Henderson” <john@sechelt.ca>Email: council@sechelt.ca (Sends an email to the Mayor and all Councillors simultaneously)
    Councillors:
    Doug Hockley, “Doug Hockley” <Hockley@sechelt.ca>
    Tom Lamb, “Tom Lamb” <Lamb@sechelt.ca>
    Alice Lutes, “Alice Lutes” <Lutes@sechelt.ca>
    Chris Moore, “Chris Moore” <Moore@sechelt.ca>
    Mike Shanks  “Mike Shanks” <Shanks@sechelt.ca>
    Darnelda Siegers.“Darnelda Siegers” <Siegers@sechelt.ca>
  • In Person: 2nd Floor, 5797 Cowrie Street, Sechelt, British Columbia, Canada
  • By Phone: 604-885-1986
  • By Fax:     604-885-7591
  • By Email:  info@sechelt.ca
  • To email a specific person at the District of Sechelt please see our Online Contact List.
  • Feedback and Service Requests can now be submitted online using our new Online Feedback Form.
  • After Hours 24 Hour Emergency Line: 1-866-951-7450
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SUNSHINE COAST COMMUNITY FOREST
Unit C - 5588 Inlet Avenue
PO Box 215
 Sechelt, British Columbia
 V0N 3A0 

Office
Dave Lasser, Operations Manager
Linda Harris, Administrator
Telephone:(604) 885-7809
E-mail SCCF: scpi@telus.net
Website: www.SCCF.ca

Directors
Stan Anderson
Tim Anderson, Vice Chair
Glen Bonderud, Chair & President
Dale Eichar
Cam Forrester
Tony Greenfield
Peter Moonen
Tom Pinfold
Elise Rudland

Help Protect the TrailFest-Wagon Forest

Doug.Konkin@gov.bc.ca, tom.jensen@gov.bc.ca, Norm.Kempe@gems7.gov.bc.ca, Forests.ExecutiveDivisionOffice@gov.bc.ca

 

At May 2012 Logging Has Destroyed/ Flattened This Forest, However You Can still Communicate Your Outrage

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Dear ________,

I am very concerned about proposed logging by BC Timber Sales (BCTS) in the TrailFest-Wagon Forest.   The area is surveyed as BC Timber Sales as (TSL:A87124).  This forest is important as it is a key northern boundary forest in the proposed Mt. Elphinstone Prov. Park expansion area. The section contains many key mountain bike and historic skid road trails, including the popular Caroline’s Connector. If the logging proceeds it will join up with the massive CNI 160 Ha (400 acre) clear-cut on its northern boundary.

As I understand you (Norm Kempe) are the BCTS Forest Planner in charge of this area and so I strongly request to you that there be no more logging of intact forest lands in the park expansion boundaries.

I request that you direct your staff to cancel TSL: A87124 which will increase the bio-diversity of the Mt. Elphinstone map area – one of the most fragmented landscape areas in the entire province due to over-logging.

Thank you and please register my opinion.

Name:____________________________Signature:_______________________

Address:__________________________________________

City:_________________________Postal Code:__________________

Doug Konkin, Deputy Minister – Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations – Doug.Konkin@gov.bc.ca |

Tom Jensen, Assistant Deputy Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations (for.minister@gov.bc.ca), P.O. Box 9049 Stn Prov Govt, Victoria BC, V8W 9E2 |

Steve Thomson, Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations (for.minister@gov.bc.ca), P.O. Box 9049 Stn Prov Govt, Victoria BC, V8W 9E2 |

Norm Kempe, Planning Forester, B.C. Timber Sales, 370 S. Dogwood Street, Campbell River, B.C. V9W 6Y7 | Ph(250) 286-9359 | Norm.Kempe@gov.bc.ca|

FLNRO.MediaRequests@gov.bc.ca    (media contact for Forests, Lands, Natural Resources)| Minister and Deputy Minister of Forestry – Victoria etc. |

Minister’s Office, Minister of Environment – Honourable Terry Lake
PO BOX 9047 STN PROV GOVT
VICTORIA BC V8W 9E2

Telephone: 250 387-1187
Fax: 250 387-1356
E-mail: env.minister@gov.bc.ca

Find your local MLA’s address at http://www.leg.bc.ca/mla/3-1-1.htm

Failure: Unfortunately the ‘Help Protect the TrailFest-Wagon Forest’ Campaign was lost and the forest has been clearcut logged and ‘wiped out’.  However, all is not lost nor were all of our efforts in vain – the messages to the government and to BCTS and the MOF are starting to be heard.  Feel free to still voice your outrage to those individuals listed in the email section. 

Save the Dakota Ridge Ancient Forests

Doug.Konkin@gov.bc.ca, Blake.Fougere@gov.bc.ca, Norm.Kempe@gems7.gov.bc.ca, Don Hudson <don.hudson@gov.bc.ca>, flnr.minister@gov.bc.ca, forests.deputyministersoffice@gov.bc.ca, Premier@gov.bc.ca, for.minister@gov.bc.ca,Forests.ExecutiveDivisionOffice@gov.bc.ca, FLNRO.MediaRequests@gov.bc.ca, Forests.SunshineCoastDistrictOffice@gov.bc.ca, env.minister@gov.bc.ca

Dear ________,

I am very concerned about proposed logging of some of the last remaining Old-Growth Forests found on Dakota Ridge and the Mt. Elphinstone slopes, Sunshine Coast, BC.  The area is surveyed as BC Timber Sales TSL A84612 (44 ha/102 acres).

This ecosystem has evolved since the last ice age with no signs of fire disturbance thus it’s one of the oldest connections we have to natural history. This gallery forest of towering yellow cedars, mountain hemlock, and balsam is also a productive site for wildcrafting and shows a high degree of bio-diversity. Many of the yellow cedar trees have evidence of historic First Nations use.  Carbon storage is another important environmental service provided by this forest.  The Sunshine Coast Regional District has recently stated they are against further exploitation of old growth forests.

When the government of the day listens to citizens’ concerns about losing more old-growth, then future generations will appreciate the wisdom that it took to save them.

I have looked at the website www.loggingfocus.org and have read the detailed description of the area and seen the wonderful pictures of the Ancient Trees some of which are in excess of 1000 years old.  For the many reasons described here and on the website.  THIS AREA NEEDS TO BE SAVED AND PROTECTED NOW FOR ALL AND FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS.

I request that you direct staff to cancel TSL: A84612 which will increase the bio-diversity of the Mt. Elphinstone map area – one of the most fragmented landscape areas in the entire province due to over-logging.

Thank you and please register my opinion.

Name:____________________________Signature:_______________________

Address:__________________________________________

City:_________________________Postal Code:__________________

W. Blake Fougère, Resource Stewardship Officer, Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Sunshine Coast District, 7077, Duncan Street, Powell River B.C. V8A 1W1 | Phone 604-485-0728 | Fax 604-485-0799 |Blake.Fougere@gov.bc.ca|

Norm Kempe, Planning Forester, B.C. Timber Sales, 370 S. Dogwood Street, Campbell River, B.C. V9W 6Y7 | Ph(250) 286-9359 | Norm.Kempe@gov.bc.ca|

Doug Konkin, Deputy Minister – Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations – Doug.Konkin@gov.bc.ca |

FLNRO.MediaRequests@gov.bc.ca    (media contact for Forests, Lands, Natural Resources)|

Minister and Deputy Minister of Forestry – Victoria etc. |

Premier’s Office, Premier Christy Clark (premier@gov.bc.ca), P.O. Box 9041 Stn Prov Govt, Victoria BC, V8W 9E1 |

Steve Thomson, Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations (for.minister@gov.bc.ca), P.O. Box 9049 Stn Prov Govt, Victoria BC, V8W 9E2 |

Minister’s Office, Minister of Environment – Honourable Terry Lake
PO BOX 9047 STN PROV GOVT
VICTORIA BC V8W 9E2

Telephone: 250 387-1187
Fax: 250 387-1356
E-mail: env.minister@gov.bc.ca

Find your local MLA’s address at http://www.leg.bc.ca/mla/3-1-1.htm

Success: Two of the three cutblocks within the TSL (timber sale licence) have been granted OGMA (Old Growth mangement Status) and have been saved for perpetuity.  THANK YOU to all who participated in these efforts.  Unfortunately, there is still ‘the Roberts Creek Headwaters Old Growth Ancient Forest’ (cutblock DK045) within this TSL that has not been saved YET…please look for upcoming information on this campaign.

 

Protect the Gough Creek (Frog WHA)

“French, Wayne” <wfrench@islandtimberlands.com>,”Wanhill, Lori” LWanhill@islandtimberlands.com,Forests.ExecutiveDivisionOffice@gov.bc.ca, FLNRO.MediaRequests@gov.bc.ca, Forests.SunshineCoastDistrictOffice@gov.bc.ca

I understand that logging has begun on Island Timberlands’ property in the Gough Creek area (above Roberts Creek, BC). Elphinstone Logging Focus (ELF) has noted, with concern, that minimum buffer zones along the east and west Gough channels. It’s important to create larger than normal buffers (up to 2 trees in lengths) to ensure continued, stable conditions for the Coastal Tailed Frog (blue-listed on the Endangered Species List). Additional solar inputs caused by clear-cut openings in the frog’s ravine habitat will lead to increased water and ravine temperatures. There are no current studies looking at mortality rates of frogs due to temperature fluctuations. As good corporate citizens, we ask that you be respectful of the cautionaryprinciple when operating in unknown scientific territory. ELF will be monitoring for larger buffers and will conduct a series of before-and-after temperature studies of their own. Additionally I understand that on a recent group hike through the area 11 frogs were seen. I have to wonder whether a comprehensive management strategy for the sensitive frog habitat can be put into place and have any positive results if logging is already pushing through.
I would suggest Island Timberlands is damaging the Coastal Tailed Frog habitat. Please provide comments back that there will be wider buffers in this zone guaranteeing long-term, stable conditions for this significant population of frogs in our area and give us some sort of guarantee that a comprehensive management strategy for the sensitive frog habitat can be put into place.

Island Timberlands Limited Partnership , 4th Floor, 65 Front Street, Nanaimo, BC Canada V9R 5H9 | Phone: (250) 755-3500, Fax: (250) 755-3540

(formerly Weyerhaeuser Company. In May of 2005, Weyerhaeuser sold all of their BC coastal assets. Island Timberlands was formed as a result of the purchase of the BC coastal private timberlands and began operating in June 2005. Island Timberlands is a privately held company based on Vancouver Island – http://www.islandtimberlands.com/ ||

FLNRO.MediaRequests@gov.bc.ca (media contact for Forests, Lands, Natural Resources)|Doug Konkin, Deputy Minister – Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations – Doug.Konkin@gov.bc.ca ||.

Failure: Unfortunately the ‘Protect the Gough Creek Frog WHA ‘ Campaign was lost and the forest has been clearcut logged and ‘wiped out’.  Though the messages to the government, to BCTS, the MOF, the Press and the company Island timberlands resulted in Island Timberlands bringing onsite a frog biologist to supposedly mitigate damage to the surrounding frog habitat this was not what occured. 

In 2004 it was documented in a report ‘Assessment of Red-Legged Frog and Coastal Tailed Frog Conservation Values on Mt. Elphinstone’ by Ascaphus Consulting (August 2004) that ideal amphibian habitat are the wedge shape pieces of land where 2 creeks meet: “Forked or dendritic watercourses provide more linear breeding habitat and promote exchange among individuals between tributaries. Such meta-dynamics are critical for the long-term survival of sedimentary species like tailed frogs, because of greater gene flow leads to greater population fitness”.

In a Press Release dated June 10, 2012,  ISLAND TIMBERLANDS LOGS SENSITIVE ELPHINSTONE AMPHIBIAN HABITAT (See the News section),  Elphinstone Logging Focus (ELF) documents the results of a completed site survey of  the area logged and document that there has been damage to the sensitive amphibian habitat.  “IslandTimberlands took out an area of forest that the writers of the report suggested be protected as a Wildlife Habitat Area (WHA), and then proceeded to cut above the east branch of Gough Creek leading to blow-down of the very thin buffer designed for this block.” Ross Muirhead of ELF states. “The blow-down we’ve documented opens up the previously shaded conditions along the creek to full sunlight exposure which increases water and soil temperatures. Frogs have low tolerances to changes in their habitat conditions. The effects of IT’s irresponsible planning will very likely see frog populations decrease.  It’s a real shame the way IT hacked away at these forests which impacts long-term survival of Elphinstone’s amphibian populations”. 

Feel free to still voice your concern to those individuals listed in the email section.



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

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