If you live, work, or recreate in the Discovery Islands, you should know there is a landscape management review taking place. It is formally called the 2019 Sunshine Coast Forest District Visual Quality Objective Review.
It has been brought to the attention of the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations & Rural Development that the Discovery Islands have high scenic values which may need increased protection. Currently, much of the area has a Visual Quality Objective (VQO) of Partial Retention or Modification. These two designations allow for cutblock sizes to range between 7 - 18% visual modification of the landscape. A local group of citizens and outdoor recreationists are proposing the VQO designation of Retention which allows for 0-1.5% visual modification. This will ensure that many of the marine corridors in the Discovery Islands will see significantly reduced levels of visual clearcuts going forward. But increased protection will only come with broad public support. Read, Cortes, East & West Redonda, Raza, & Stuart Islands are included
along with significant portions of the mainland coast and inlets. (Please Note: Quadra and Sonora Islands are not in the Sunshine Coast Forest District VQO Review. Quadra and Sonora are in the Campbell River Forest District and will have a review in 2 years.)
Raising Visual Quality Objectives to Retention does not stop forest industry activities in the area. Logging will continue but with greater care and in some instances, at a slower rate. If you support increased protection for the beautiful coastlines of the Discovery Islands, contact:
FLNRO&RD District Manager Derek Lefler,
Use the subject line: Sunshine Coast/Discovery Islands 2019 VQO Review
With Copies to:
Honourable Doug Donaldson, Minister of FLNRO&RD
-Tell him you live here and/or own land here and want to see increased levels of landscape protection in the Discovery Islands.
-You want forest landscape management elevated to the VQO level of Retention or higher
*Remember, a long passionate letter is great but a succinct letter of 3 or 4 lines also works quite well.
For an easy to understand reference to Visual Quality Objectives, use this government site:A BC Guide to Visual Quality Objectives
For more information contact: