News 2012

View the Latest News Releases Below
(We realize it is hard to keep track of all ongoing forest issues on the coast – In addition to the Important News Items listed by date and subject below, readers are also encouraged to read the Campaigns section and each Campaigns’ individual ‘Status Update’ tab. Additionally, Letters to the Editor for each Campaign can be viewed under the Media/ Articles section.

Ongoing news and full page articles on the Elphinstone Park Expansion are being written and published weekly in the local press. Click on The Mt Elphinstone Park We Deserve to read a recent two page story on the issue. You can also can also go to the CoastReporter and thelocalweekly online or pick up a copy of the publication (Upon visiting these sites just search for ELF, Elphinstone Park Expansion or Elphinstone Logging Focus for a complete list of breaking news, new and past articles and Letters to the Editor).

FOR  IMMEDIATE RELEASE


December 6, 2012
“Community Forest” calls on Police to arrest local citizens in order to log Wilson Creek Forest

~To View in pdf Format:“Community Forest” calls on Police to arrest local citizens in order to log Wilson Creek Forest

Read More

http://www.loggingfocus.org/campaigns/save-the-wilson-creek-forest/community-forest-calls-on-police-to-arrest-local-citizens-in-order-to-log-wilson-creek-forest/

Date: December 5 , 2012

Letter to Elected Officials – Coverage of Protests in The Wilson Creek Forest (CoastFM and YouTube)

Read More
http://www.loggingfocus.org/campaigns/save-the-wilson-creek-forest/coverage-of-protests-in-the-wilson-creek-forest-coastfm-and-youtube/
– —

Date: November 5, 2012
Subject: Press Release – to view full release post with photos: shishalh Elders Visit Wilson Creek Forest  

Excerpt:

Elphinstone Logging Focus (ELF) was pleased to be part of a blessing ceremony of the forest conducted by Sechelt (shíshálh) First Nation elders from Sechelt, BC, who visited the Wilson Creek Forest. The elders are hereditary family members who have made the Sunshine Coast their home for thousands of years. They made it clear that they support protection of all remaining intact, old forests because they are the sites for herbal medicines, protection of fisheries, wildlife and for the inherent rights of nature.

The day began with the sighting of 8 eagles circling overhead welcoming the party. A Thunderbird carving by Willard Joe was erected to a tree near the trailhead. Below the Thunderbird was a sign approved by the senior elder which reads:

” The shishalh-:tl’extl’ax-min are the authority of the people. Mus-swiya and Xwu’p’a’lich are elders and they want these Trees preserved.”

PDF of Press Release – no photos: shíshálh Elders Visit Wilson Creek Forest 

Date: September 26, 2012
Roberts Creek, BC Canada
New Archaeological Sites Created to Protect Culturally Modified Trees in the Roberts Creek Headwaters Ancient Forest (BCTS: Cutblock DK045)

http://www.loggingfocus.org/campaigns/protect-roberts-creek-headwaters-ancient-forest/new-archaeological-sites-created-to-protect-culturally-modified-trees-in-the-roberts-creek-headwaters-ancient-forest/

Date: August 30, 2012
Subject: Press Release – Wilson Creek Forest Still Threatened

Elphinstone Logging Focus (ELF) continues to have concerns that Sunshine Coast Community Forests’ (SCCF) is not addressing the real threats to the Wilson Creek Forest and its watershed. Their proposed EW002 cutblock is the last, large piece of intact forest in the entire 2,207Ha watershed. Back in May 2011 SCCF placed the cutblock on deferral due to mounting public concerns, which led SCCF to contract a team of consultants to look at the conditions of the whole watershed and whether not the last bits of forests could be logged without further to damage to fisheries.  “The recently published ‘Wilson Creek Watershed Assessment’ has several shortcomings.” Ross Muirhead of ELF says. “The focus of the study was meant to determine the impacts of past and future logging has had on downstream fisheries. Several critical points were not looked at, including: water temperature changes affecting salmon, fine sediment data compiled by local Streamkeepers, historic peak flows were taken from the Roberts Creek water station and then compared to Wilson Creek system even though each has different forest cover regimes.

Read More.. PR Wilson Creek Forest Still Threatended

Date: August  16, 2012
Subject: BC Forests – Poor forest management failing industry
By Norm Macdonald, Special to the Vancouver Sun
The report supports what Adrian Dix and the New Democrats have been saying for years: Our forests need to be managed better, raw log exports must be reduced to generate more B.C. jobs from B.C. logs, first nations and local communities are integral to planning, and we need to maintain environmental and sustainable principles while adding value to our industry.

Norm Macdonald is deputy chair of the Special Committee on Timber Supply, Opposition Critic for Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations and the MLA for Columbia River-Revelstoke.
To read more click the Subject link above.

Date: JUNE 22, 2012
Subject: LOGGING IN ROBERTS CREEK HEADWATERS PLANNED BY BC TIMBER SALES –
The BCTS cutblock #DK045 has been named by ELF ‘The Roberts Creek Headwaters Ancient Forest’ and ELF is calling for OGMA protection status.  Read more

Date: June 5, 2012
Subject: Press Release

Title: ISLAND TIMBERLANDS LOGS SENSITIVE ELPHINSTONE AMPHIBIAN HABITAT
PR Island TimberLands Logs in Amphibian Habitat June ’12 (ver.2)
  
Date: May 5, 2012
Subject: ELF Cries Foul Over Landslide – Wilson Creek

A recently discovered landslide in the Wilson Creek watershed has been offered by Elphinstone Logging Focus (ELF) as evidence that the area is “hydrologically compromised.” ……….ELF came across the landslide on a walk beside one of the Sunshine Coast Community Forests’ cutblock proposals in Wilson Creek.  ELF has begun calling upon the Sunshine Coast Community Forest (SCCF) to reconsider their proposal for operations in EW002, alleging the area requires “full protection.”

“This particular landslide was not identified in the Dobson Report — the first hydrological study undertaken in the Wilson Creek Watershed in March 2010,” alleged ELF president Ross Muirhead. “Wilson Creek has high fisheries values which must be protected at all costs.”
As seen in the Sunshine Coast Reporter

Date: Sat, April 14th
Subject: ELF Benefit Concert Annoucement – ‘Building Community Around The Trees’, A Benefit Show For Mt. Elphinstone’s Forests. Featuring Shel Neufeld’s multi-media projected photographs and acoustic guitar performance and introductory opening remarks by the Squamish and Sechelt First Nations.
As seen in the Sunshine Coast Reporter

Location/Time: Roberts Creek Hall/7:30


Date: February 11, 2012
Subject: EMERGENCY PUBLIC MEETING – Scheduled – Tuesday, Feb 21, 2012 at 7:30PM the Roberts Creek Community Hall.
Purpose: TO DISCUSS NEW LOGGING PLANS THAT WILL IMPACT THE MT ELPHINSTONE SLOPES
For more info…
Emergency Meeting Scheduled Feb 21- RC Hall – 7:30


Date: February 10, 2012
Subject: TrailFest Wagon Forest
Title: BCTS to Coast: cutblock will be sold
Publication: Coast Reporter – Front page


Date: February 10, 2012
Subject: TrailFest Wagon Forest
Title: A War in the Woods
Publication: Coast Reporter, editorial

Date: Feb 3, 2012
Subject: Elphinstone Park Expansion
Title PDF link: RCCA Backs Fight for Park Expansion
Direct Link
Publication: Coast Reporter

December 6, 2011
Nine Cutblocks Planned for Elphinstone Area
Elphinstone Logging Focus today calls for a moratorium…the nine cutblocks reside in the 1500Ha proposed Elphinstone Park Expansion Area…Click on the Link Below to View
PR – Nine Cutblocks Planned for Elphinstone Area

September 29, 2011
BCTS PLANS ON ENLARGING MASSIVE SUNSHINE COAST CLEARCUT
Huge CNI Clearcut about to be enlarged

Click on Image to Enlarge

 

July 29, 2011
MOUNT ELPHINSTONE PARK EXPANSION NEEDED AT THIS TIME
PR Mt Elphinstone Park Expansion
Elphinstone Logging Focus (ELF) has begun a campaign to expand the boundaries of the Mt Elphinstone Provincial Park, Sunshine Coast to include a 1,500Ha – 2,000Ha addition.

July 10 2011
BLUE LISTED SPECIES AT RISK DUE TO LOGGING ON THE SUNSHINE COAST
PR Blue List Species and IT Logging Plans

May 24, 2011
WILSON CREEK FOREST: HIGH VALUE RECREATIONAL AREA DESERVES FULL PROTECTION
PR Wilson Creek Legacy

May 10, 2011
BCTS CUTBLOCK DAMAGES PROTECTED AREA
BCTS Cutblock Damages OGMA

May 3, 2011
LOWER MT ELPHINSTONE SLOPES RAVAGED BY MORE CLEARCUT LOGGING
Island Timber Lands 2011 Logging Plans Elphinstone area

March 29, 2011
REPORT SHOWS BC TIMBER SALES LOST $150 MILLION OVER LAST 4 YEARS
BCTS $140M In Losses

BCTS forests subsidies _T.Jones_

Feb 22, 2011
Sunshine Coast Community Forests Logging Low-Elevation Old-Growth
Community Forests Old-Growth Logging – Feb 22 Press Release_

December 14, 2010
SUNSHINE COAST’S OLD-GROWTH FORESTS UNDER THREAT TO CLEARCUT LOGGING
Sunshine Coast’s Old-Growth Forests Under Threat – December 14, 2010

Adobe Acrobat Reader is required to view PDF files. This is a free program available from the Adobe web site. Follow the download directions on the Adobe web site to get your copy of Adobe Acrobat Reader.



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

x