All Articles Below Can be Seen and Read in Their Entirety Through the Attached Links

2016/2017/ 2018/2019

There have been many articles written regarding our forest protection efforts.  To view them in their entirety please go to the Coast Reporter or The Local Weekly and search for Elphinstone Logging Focus or ELF.  Additionally  For more pictures and videos visit our FB page here.

At October 24, 2019 – 


September 26, 2016 –  Vancouver Sun: Editorial: Victoria must intervene in renewed ‘war in the woods’

Coast Reporter:

  • We need peace on the mountain

    SEPTEMBER 22, 2016

    The protest on Mount Elphinstone took a decided turn for the stupid this week. Sunshine Coast RCMP reported three more arrests, including two men in their twenties – one from Bowen Island – who . . .

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    Six protesters arrested

    SEPTEMBER 15, 2016

    Elphinstone Logging Focus (ELF) members and supporters staged a highly visible protest this week, after six people were arrested Sept. 9 for defying a court order against blockading a controversial. . .

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    ELF to fight injunction in court

    SEPTEMBER 8, 2016

    A lawyer for Elphinstone Logging Focus (ELF) was expected to appear in a Vancouver courtroom on Sept. 8 to argue for the lifting of an injunction against the group’s blockade on the slopes of Mount. . .

  • Injunction granted against logging protesters

    SEPTEMBER 1, 2016

    The company that holds timber harvesting rights for a contentious cutblock on the slopes of Mount Elphinstone has won an injunction against protesters. Elphinstone Logging Focus (ELF) set up camp. . .

  • ELF denies protesters violated campfire ban

    AUGUST 25, 2016

    Elphinstone Logging Focus (ELF) activists are facing scrutiny over campfires in the area around their latest protest camp. ELF established a camp on Mount Elphinstone in June in an attempt to . . .

  • Clarification regarding plant ecologist

    AUGUST 25, 2016

    Editor: Re: “ELF expecting injunction,” Aug. 18 online edition. The above story makes a reference to the Forest Practices Board that is not correct and I would like to clarify the board’s . . .

  • ELF expecting injunction

    AUGUST 18, 2016

    Elphinstone Logging Focus (ELF) is expecting the company that won a BC Timber Sales (BCTS) auction to harvest in cutblock A87125 on Mount Elphinstone to apply to the courts to have a blockade . . .

And much more…


Vancouver Sun – September 23, 2015

B.C. suspends sale of ancient forest on Sunshine Coast identified as hot spot for bear dens

CBC News – September 21, 2015

Logging protesters win temporary victory on B.C.’s Sunshine Coast



Blockade, logging end after AJB talks to Nohr – CHAPMAN WATERSHED

John Gleeson / Staff Writer –
October 16, 2014 09:26 AM

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Note: Hans Penner of Roberts Creek (running for 2014 SCRD Rep) was instrumental in bringing this recent logging in the Chapman Creek Drinking Watershed to a halt. He brokered the deal between Surespan (the logging company) and the Regional District, with Gary Nohr (SCRD Rep) assisting. If politics is the ‘art of compromise’, when the cards are on the table, then it appears Penner knows how to represent the issues fairly to get a deal done.


January – 2013

Coast Reporter article – Jan 25, 2013: SCRD calls for halt to planned logging in watershed

Coast Reporter article – Jan 18, 2013: ELF launches campaign against McNeill Lake logging

Coast Radio station article – Jan 18, 2013: McNeill Lake Logging Plan Latest to Stir Controversy



See also the respective campaign within the Campaign section and the respective Letters to the editor within Media/Articles…

Date: Saturday, June 2, 2012
Subject: Wilson Creek Forest

Content:  Read Heather Conn’s article on the Wilson Creek Forest “What does a TRUE community forest mean? Not stumps and short-sightedness”

Date: Friday, March 16, 2012
Subject: The Mt Elphinstone Park We  Deserve

Content: Two Pages Published in the Coast Reporter
The Mt Elphinstone Park We Deserve

Date: March 9, 2012
Subject: Elphinstone Park Expansion
Content: Two Pages decription (SEE March 16, above)

March 2, 2012
Subject: Elphinstone Park Expansion
Publication:Coast Reporter
Content: One Pages decription (SEE March 16, above)


Subject: Dakota Ridge Ancient Forests

Date:  September 11, 2011
Giant-yellow-cedars-at-risk-on-Dakota-Ridge: Save-our-ancient-forests

Date: September 8, 2011
Elders visit ancient Dakota Ridge forest:

Date:  January 23, 2011
A “living museum” on Mount Elphinstone could be logged

It’s one thing to seek protection of old-growth forest for the purely theoretical and  practical sake of conservation and sustainability.  It’s another to stand beneath centuries-old cedars or Douglas firs and absorb their size and wonder in your heart and gut, witnessing the canopy and life they provide for so many creatures, big and small. At such times, it’s hard to imagine an ancient forest without all of its trees and flora and fauna that thrive in symbiosis, from a creek to the nurse logs to the mushrooms to the moss to the birds and so on.

I still remember, decades ago, standing amidst the vast array of stumps of old-growth trees in the Carmanah Valley on Vancouver Island, B.C., feeling sickened by the gutted, clearcut landscape. Right next to it stood a thriving forest of cedars and firs. I stared at both of these side-by-side scenes, which represented the opposite extremes of devastation and vibrant life, and wondered: How could anyone witness this loss of ancient life, so  close to an abundant forest,  and not think that something was out of  kilter?

A friend of mine recently went up to the forest on Mount Elphinstone near Dakota Ridge recreation area on British Columbia’s Sunshine Coast, where ancient yellow cedars are slated for logging, and shared these comments: “I was astounded with what I discovered. Just 300-400 metres from the access road (quite nearby to the D-Ridge parking lot & warming hut) is a forest unlike any I’ve seen anywhere — and I’ve explored plenty of forests. It’s a high-elevation Old-Growth remnant (i.e. an island)  about 45 hectares in size, chock-a-block with veteran yellow cedar and hemlock trees, many of which are easily 400-1000 years of age. I’ve never seen such a dense old growth forest.

“But that’s only part of it ……

Save it and we will have an educational site more valuable than Stanley Park or Cathedral Grove (which lack the culturally modified trees).”…..

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