For Immediate Release
November 13, 2016
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Elphinstone Logging Focus (ELF) has come across a large stand of Western Red Cedars on the lower elevation Elphinstone slopes. One of the main factors that makes it rare is that there’s no evidence in this stand of the mid 1800’s wildfire disturbance that swept across the lower slopes.
The majority of forests on Elphinstone are comprised of old growth Douglas-fir ‘Vets’ (survivors of the fire), with emerging Hemlock and Red Cedar filling the understory. In this stand, Red Cedar is the dominant tree, with over 100 counted from a field study. Age of trees (based on diameters) would be 200-250 years old.
This approximately 50Ha forest is found within the proposed Mt. Elphinstone expanded protection area, an initiative supported by the Sunshine Coast Regional District OCP Bylaw 641, and on the overlapping territories of the Shishalh (Sechelt) and Skwxwu7mesh (Squamish) First Nations.
“ELF proposes to call this area ‘The Tree of Life Forest’ in respect to cedar being of central importance to First Nations cultures, and this stand offering a suite of ecological functions to local communities,” says Ross Muirhead of ELF. “It’s a wetter zone than other areas across Elphinstone, so it’s our conjecture that a ground fire never got established here resulting in this extra-ordinary forest still standing today. We’re very concerned about the future of this area as a possible cutblock.”
Hans Penner, also of ELF notes that “This past Fall, saw the most contentious logging by BCTS that we’ve ever seen, and it must not happen again. We’re calling for a moratorium on the sale of any further cutblocks in these Elphinstone Forests to allow the government to find a higher and better land use planning option. This is a reasonable position which we urge all parties to get behind.”
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