CHAPMAN DRINKING WATERSHED THREATENED
As of Friday, Feb. 12, a peaceful protest has been erected on a Forest Service Road (FSR) leading into the Chapman Creek Drinking Watershed (above Field Road, off Hwy 101, near Wilson Creek, between Sechelt and Roberts Creek, BC Canada – ‘on the Sunshine Coast’ – Directions below) to prevent clearcut logging from proceeding. Today at 5:30AM a small group of 8 citizens braved heavy rains and winds and set-up a roadblock to stop fallers contracted by Surespan (owners of the AJB Investments that own large private property in the Chapman) from stripping away more of the forests that provide many environmental services to the watershed that supplies drinking water to our communities.
They did this out of a real concern that further roadbuilding and logging will cause long-term damage to the Chapman drinking water. They felt they were on the right side of this issue for several reasons, including a report authored by a Professional Geoscientist (M.Sc) of the firm, Madrone Environmental Services Ltd., that looked in detail at a Surespan logging operation that took place in the same Chapman Watershed in 2014.
The 13 page Watershed Assessment makes several conclusions, including: “The short-comings are substantially more serious given the fact that this logging has been carried out in a highly sensitive watershed supplying a large population.”
Surespan has completely ignored these concerns and are back in the Chapman mucking around. Since the Sunshine Coast Regional District is not doing anything about this, then this gap means that citizens are forced to take a stand.
The Sunshine Coast needs the same standard of protection that Metro Vancouver drinking watersheds are afforded – full protection from logging, locked gates, de-activation of old roads, ban on fire arm shooting, hunting, and dog walking.
Thank you for your support.
We’re asking folks to attend the roadblock and support this cause. Can we count on you? If you can’t join us on the road block SEE ‘TAKE ACTION’ below…
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Directions: Drive up Field Rd (off Hwy 101), past the SCRD offices, turn Right at the top. Drive .7km to the powerlines, then turn Left. Drive 2.9kms along the Sechelt-Airport FSR until you come to the blockade. This is a peaceful situation and no one will be arrested, as Surespan has not issued an Injunction against the roadblock. The RCMP know of its location, and are okay with it until this issue gets resolved between the parties.
Watershed Management 101: to have a functioning drinking watershed, the first line of defense for clean water is an intact forest & vegetation cover. To remove the trees, and expose the soils from logging shows clear negligence. Let’s do something about this.
Call your Sunshine Coast Regional District Representative and email the Board demanding that they, along with the shishalh Nation, enter into meaningful discussions with the property owner (Surespan) to arrange a land purchase of their property within the Chapman Watershed.
Option B is for the SCRD to seek an Injunction against Surespan to stop logging plans.
SCRD Board can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Surespan’s President Mark Rogers can be contacted at email@example.com, or by phone at 604-998-1133. Request that he call off this logging in your drinking watershed.
Trees pump water up into their trunks, store that water, then release 99% of it back into the surrounding environment – that’s called Transpiration.
Tell Rogers that trees acts as water storage tanks, thus if Surespan trucks away these trees, they’re taking away (stealing) our water too.