Media Release – and Video – On Saturday October 19th, Sunshine Coast residents secured more than 1,000 felt hearts onto trees in the threatened Clack Creek Forest – the critical central zone of the proposed Mt. Elphinstone Provincial Park expansion. The expansion of this 140 ha fragmented park to a unified and ecologically robust 2,000 ha, has been a 25 year campaign first initiated by the late Rick O’Neill during the 1990s Protected Area Strategy.
Sunshine Coast residents mobilized today to create a Forest with a 1,000 Hearts. This Clack Creek Forest is now a sea of hearts and one of the most cherished places in the entire province. Its truly is a phenomena to walk into this forest and down its trail with a 1,000+ colorful felt hearts saying keep this place intact forever – we love you.
From the B & K Rd (off Hwy 101), pass the power lines and just follow the signs. We encourage everyone to get up here to feel this energy. Black Mount Logging Ltd. of Squamish could move in any day now and begin the unthinkable. Not one Sunshine Coast contractor bid on this block due to its known sensitivity and importance as the crown jewel to an expanded Mt. Elphinstone Prov. Park.
To take action – sample letter to government to protect this forest – a key part of the proposed Mt Elphinstone Park
Expansion. Click Here.
October 22, 2019
On Saturday October 19th, Sunshine Coast residents secured more than 1,000 felt hearts onto trees in the threatened Clack Creek Forest – the critical central zone of the proposed Mt. Elphinstone Provincial Park expansion. The expansion of this 140 ha fragmented park to a unified and ecologically robust 2,000 ha, has been a 25 year campaign first initiated by the late Rick O’Neill during the 1990s Protected Area Strategy.
In 2018, when the NDP formed government, there was hope that park expansion would finally take place, but to date, they have let BC Timber Sales continue selling off blocks despite the objections of the Sunshine Coast Regional District, the community of Roberts Creek, the Sierra Club, Wilderness Committee, Elphinstone Logging Focus, scientific reports that underscore the areas high ecological value, and a deficit of natural mature and old growth forests in this landscape unit. If the Clack Creek Forest falls, this community’s dream of having at least one sizeable low elevation natural forest preserved on the lower Sunshine Coast, dies with it.
The BCTS Blk A9334 (Clack Creek Forest) was sold to a single bidder (Black Mount Logging Ltd. of Squamish) with no Sunshine Coast contractors putting forward bids.
“This forest has now been graced with 1,000 hearts by residents who showed their compassion and understanding of the role it plays in the health of their community” states Ross Muirhead, Forest Campaigner for ELF. “The Clack Creek Forest is a blue-listed plant community (of special concern) that the Forest Practices Board, Banner Consulting, and respected biologist Wayne McCrory, recommend be protected. It has all of the functional integrity of an Old Growth Forest, an important fact that the BCTS Planner in charge does not seem to appreciate. ELF is calling on Forest Minister Doug Donaldson to assist Black Mount Logging in surrendering this timber sale. There are other uncontentious blocks in second growth tree plantations in the area that could be traded off.”
“Our hope is that more residents of the Sunshine Coast and even visitors from Metro Vancouver, will appreciate the beauty of this forest and the artistic effect of 1,000 hearts,” states Hans Penner of ELF. “All of these hearts highlight the profound relationship that humans and forests have in our shared evolution. What kind of government would allow logging of this special place cherished by hundreds of residents seeking its protection for future generations to enjoy.”
The Forest with a Thousand Hearts can be found by turning north off the Sunshine Coast Hwy 101 at the B & K Rd (Largo Rd on maps), pass the powerlines, follow signs with hearts on them. When come to the last sign on an old access road 5 minutes – park. Walk up this road and look for a trailhead on the left and enter.
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To take action – sample letter to government to protect this forest – a key part of the proposed Mt Elphinstone Park Expansion. Click Here.