News 2013

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Press Release
November 25, 2013
‘Dakota Bowl Bear Sanctuary’ Lives Another Day

Elphinstone Logging Focus (ELF) is pleased to announce that a BC Timber Sales (BCTS) logging proposal (TFL A79517 – 50.4Ha, or 124.5 acres) in the Dakota Bowl Watershed (Sunshine Coast) failed to receive any bids from logging contractors. BCTS has removed the block until further notice. Since it was first posted, ELF had expressed concerns about the loss of this key old-growth forest and the way it was planned out.

ELF named this forest the ‘Dakota Bowl Bear Sanctuary’ after sighting a high number of potential and active bear den sites. This information triggered a Ministry of Environment biologist to conduct a bear den survey this past October. His report (pending) will examine bear den habitat conditions across the entire Howe landscape unit, and the role this forest plays in providing den options.

The closing date for BCTS to receive bids on A79517 was Thursday, November 21st. Late Thursday afternoon, ELF received an email from BCTS’ Forest Manager, Don Hudson stating: “We did not receive any bids today. We will likely retender next Spring”.

“This is excellent news, as it allows more time for the truth to be told about this forest zone.” Ross Muirhead of ELF says. “There could have been a number of factors why contractors chose not to bid on the block, including the high cost of road construction across very steep slopes to reach the ‘mountain-top’ logging portion of the block. Contractors could have faced big time erosion problems due to 100% slope cuts to gain a road bed. It could have gotten ugly, really fast up there in a rain storm leading to untold shut-downs.” “We also have new information about the forest ecology in here, including finding culturally-modified trees (CMT) – not recorded by BCTS, black bear den sites, record size Mountain Hemlocks, pristine mountain lakes, and the fact that it’s the largest remaining old-growth forest of its type (at this elevation) on the Sunshine Coast.” states Hans Penner of ELF.

“We 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.”

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Elphinstone Logging Focus

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ELF Press Release Dakota Bowl Forest Lives Another Day

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October 31, 2013

ELF Press Release New Information on Dakota Bowl Bear Sanctuary Logging
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October 30, 2013
At October 22, 2013 – Robert Creek Headwaters Ancient Forest –  Receives Protection- THANK YOU

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…”

ELF Press Release RC Headwaters Ancient Forest Protected


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July 8, 2013
BC Timber Sales 2013 Logging Plans Presented

Elphinstone Logging Focus (ELF) has reviewed BC Timber Sales’ (BCTS) 2013 logging proposal for the Elphinstone and Dakota Bowl areas. The scope of the logging includes 3 cutblocks on the lower Elphinstone slopes, 2 cutblocks above Gibsons and 3 in Dakota Bowl. None are in tree farms, all are in maturing, intact and old-growth forests.

On June 13th, BCTS Staff met with ELF in Sechelt to review the plan, followed by meetings with Sunshine Coast Regional District (SCRD), and The Sechelt Indian Band.

The plan includes clearcut logging a former forestry research plot above the Roberts-Flume FSR, 2 blocks in the Clack Creek drainage, 2 blocks above Gibsons (one at the end of Reed Rd) and 3 blocks in Dakota Bowl, including ‘The Roberts Creek Headwaters Ancient Forest’.

“We are very concerned about the continued destruction of the Elphinstone forests and the ancient forests in Dakota Bowl by BCTS. Although we appreciate meeting with them, they were basically telling us what they planned to go ahead with, without due consideration of what our forest protection group is seeking.” states Ross Muirhead of ELF. “We told them that if they didn’t plant it – then they shouldn’t be logging it. BCTS keeps talking about their ‘harvesting plans’, to soften the impact of cutting valuable intact, older forests that provide many more key values, other than just producing 2 x 4’s and telephone poles”. Muirhead said.

“It’s alarming to us that BCTS wants to log 3 cutblocks in 1,500Ha Mt. Elphinstone Prov. Park expansion area that majority of residents support. Already 60% of the lower slopes have been logged. In another few years there won’t be anything left to protect.” Hans Penner of ELF remarks. “We proposed to BCTS to cooperate in a study that will outline the ‘highest and best use’ of these forests. BCTS agreed to entertain the idea. We have submitted a draft outline and we urge SCRD to also support it.” Penner adds.

The largest amount of forest cover lost would be in Dakota Bowl where 69Ha (170 acres) of very old, ancient forests (800-1,800 year old trees) would be logged in the sub-alpine.
For more information contact:
Elphinstone Logging Focus

To view in pdf format: ELF Press Release BCTS 2013 Plan-Final

June 25th, 2013
Extraordinary Number of Pacific Yews found in the Roberts Creek Ancient Forest
ELF Press Release Pacific Yews June 2013
Visit the Save the Roberts Creek Ancient Forest campaign Here.
Join us on upcoming trail Walks to some of the last close proximity Ancient, natural and old growth forest on the Elphinstone slopes –  near Roberts Creek and Gibsons on the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia.  SEE Trail Walks.

January 17, 2013


Elphinstone Logging Focus (ELF) has learnt that logging in South Pender Harbour’s Community Drinking Watershed could begin Spring 2013 without adequate public input, and knowledge of the water purveyor, The Sunshine Coast Regional District (SCRD).

See the Protect the McNeill Lake Drinking Watershed Campaign for full details and press release

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