Save 'the Chanterelle Forest' (11-15-2017 - Under Extreme Threat)
‘The Chanterelle Forest’, in the already heavily logged Wilson Creek Watershed, is threatened with clear-cut logging by Sunshine Coast Community Forest (SCCF), Block EW028. SCCF is a logging company owned and operated by the Town of Sechelt. This low-elevation forest is currently surrounded by Falling Boundary Tape setting the stage for its destruction. Logging would wipe out another easily accessible mushroom harvesting site on the Sunshine Coast. This natural forest system features Old-Growth Douglas-fir ‘vets’, elk and bear trails, wildlife trees, and ideal growing conditions for a variety of fungi and lichen, including Chanterelles, Pines and Coastal Reindeer lichen. This forest supports mushroom pickers with a seasonal cash crop. It lies within the traditional territory of the shishalh Nation, and portions of it within the proposed Mt. Elphinstone Prov. Park expansion area. 'Take Action' Today - Click Here
Save 'the Chanterelle Forest' (11-15-2017 - Under Extreme Threat)
Help Protect 'The Twist and Shout Forest' (LOST - October 2016)
A key section of the the Mt. Elphinstone Provincial Park expansion zone is under threat to clearcut logging. BC Timber Sales Blk A87125 threatens to log an intact, multi-story forest between two existing former cutblocks, thus adding to fragmentation across this fragile landscape. The forest type is recorded as Blue-Listed on the Provincial Endangered Species (Flora) List, and yet does not obtain any special considerations for protection. Take a walk along the ELF trail that meanders through this older forest, and you'll feel like you're in Stanley Park as you walk under the towering Douglas-Fir trees. Please, 'Take Action' today by contacting the BCTS decision-makers found on the campaign page. This forest is on traditional Skwxwu7mesh (Squamish) lands. (Photo Credit - Thanks to Shel Neufeld)
Wayne McCrory – one of Canada’s leading conservation-biologists, has completed an ecological review of the 2,000Ha lower Elphinstone forests that is the subject of a park expansion & protection area. Wayne conducted field studies, compiled and analysed existing data and has now completed a break-through report on our Elphinstone forest. He makes a compelling case for protection of this lower elevation, emerging old-growth forest. To avoid creating 'islands of extinction' due to having 3 isolated park zones as is the present case, McCrory's recommendation is to secure a 2,000Ha zone that will provide adequate buffer zones for the 3 park parcels, and in doing so help to maintain the viability of this blue-listed ecosystem.
Protect the Dakota Bowl Bear Sanctuary
Logging these forests will destroy one of the best bear habitats on the Coast.
On the slopes rising above Dakota Creek (lower Sunshine Coast) a population of black bears (Ursus americanus) has found a sanctuary – safe from human disturbance. However, BC Timbers Sales (BCTS) is planning on logging 50.4Ha, or 124.5 acres of this forest, where dozens of bear den sites would be destroyed. Loss of this special habitat will displace these bears and drive them into human-conflict zones. Logging these old-growth forests would be a tragic loss to the Sunshine Coast. Dakota Bowl Bear Sanctuary is on traditional Squamish 1st Nation territory. The Sunshine Coast Regional District opposes logging in The Dakota Bowl Community Watershed. Find out more...
Protect Roberts Creek Headwaters Ancient Forest (SAVED - October 2013)
On the northwest slopes of Mt. Elphinstone, in Squamish Nation's traditional lands, this forest lies between 2 Wildlife Habitat Areas (WHA) and is the home of 1000+ year old endangered 'Ancient' yellow cedar trees, the endangered Marbled Murrelet, the black bear and countless other animals and species. In addition to destroying these highly prized values, clearcut logging now scheduled, would split this WHA in half and pose a high risk to downstream fisheries and water users on the lower reaches of Roberts Creek. Sunshine Coast residents and all concerned citizens must now act quickly to save this forest before it is too late. Home of many of the 'Oldest Trees in Canada' these forests are truly living monuments to the past, present and future and therefore should go into a special category of ‘Ancient Forests’ and be preserved forever.
Save the Dakota Ridge Ancient Forests (SAVED - Nov. 2011)
Similar to the Caren Range that was saved as a Park in the 1990s the Dakota Ridge Forests are not just 250+ years old (the definition of old growth), but these majestic trees are more in the range of 1,000-1,500+ years old (at this altitude the snow pack is in excess of 16 feet, the yearly growth period is short with approx. growth ring diameter measurement to age count of 1cm=10 years). In fact, one of two newly discovered 'Giant' trees, the 'Giant Twin', could surpass the Caren Range 1,835 year old tree and be the longest-living tree on record in Canada. Home of many of the 'Oldest Trees in Canada' these forests are truly living monuments to the past, present and future and therefore should go into a special category of ‘Ancient ' Forests and be preserved forever.
We are pleased to publish the latest version of the Sunshine Coast Community Health Trail Map v2 with a new trail head added. To access click on the attached pdf map link below: Elphinstone_Trail_map_Oct15_fnl Directions: Trailhead #1: drive up B & K Rd (past powerlines) and keep driving in a north-east direction past the first turn-off […]
Dear ELF Supporters, This past year was very busy for ELF on the local Sunshine Coast forest protection front. Below is a detailed summary of the year in review: • For 3 months (Feb – April) held off Surespan Ltd. from logging in the Chapman Drinking Watershed. We met them in Supreme Court of BC […]
Mr. Lorne Lewis Sunshine Coast Regional District (SCRD) Director Area E (Elphinstone) Dear Mr. Lewis, You are aware of the area (Lot 1313) on the slopes behind Gibsons, now referred to as ‘The Reed Rd Forest Reserve‘ and the history of it as a BC Timber Sales Blk 91376. You participated on […]
Letter to the Editor – Coast Reporter SCRD residents should be informed that the Chapman Creek Drinking Watershed is currently getting hit hard by clearcut logging. Surespan of North Vancouver holds private lands in the watershed and once they completed the logging of a block in June 2016 (where a 3 month roadblock took place), […]
November 5, 2016 – Honourable Steve Thomson, Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations. In a recent letter to your office, copied to local papers on the Sunshine Coast, Glen Bonderud, president of the Sunshine Coast Community Forest (SCCF), makes some misleading, deceptive remarks regarding the proposed expansion of Mt. Elphinstone Park. Please consider […]
For Immediate Release November 13, 2016 (Directions – Map At Bottom of Page) 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 […]
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- Action Required – Chanterelle & Mt. E. Park update and action
- Wilson Creek Watershed Letter to Decision-Makers
- Emergency Alert – Important Chance to Protect the Chanterelle Forest
- Elphinstone Elk Report 2017 Published
- New Tree Photo Contest – Find the Coast’s Gnarliest Tree
- Chanterelle Forest Needs Protection – double page insert
- Health Trail Map v2 published – new trailhead added
- 2016 – ELF – A year in review
- Reed Rd Forest Reserve – reconsidered for logging
- SCRD Residents Should Be Informed Drinking Watershed Hit Hard by Clearcut Logging
- ELF Letter to Honourable Steve Thomson
- Rare Red Cedar Forest Found on Elphinstone
- Post Mortem – Logged October 2016 – Twist and Shout Forest (BCTS A87125)
- Press Release – TWIST AND SHOUT INJUNCTION UPHELD
- SMALL VICTORY IN COURT – Protester vs feller buncher – Youtube video