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General News · 4th February 2022
Sonya Friesen
Here are 3 screen shots from the Mosaic Community Zoom meeting last Thursday. They identify the areas ( draft only ) where roads and harvest polygons are planned over the next 3 years. I thought Mosaic would share them with the community by now. Only about 40 community members attended.. Mosaic asked for input from the community on the planning. Many think the first request should be for Mosaic to hold an in person community meeting so more community members can attend.

When asked about volumes, the answer was” approximately 6,000 to 8,000 m3 per year.”

That's a potential of 18,000m3 to 24,000m3 total over the 3 yr plan and that would amount to approx. 500 to 700 logging truck loads. One logging truck at approx 35m3..
So one truck load some say is approx 6500bft of milled lumber and approx enough lumber for a 1,000 ft2 home. Not sure ? I would like to hear island miller's comment on that.

Below is an open letter sent to Mosaic’s Management, voicing some of my concerns. I think it is pertinent to share publicly our concerns and reasons for etc, and hope you all also share yours as we also educate each other.

Open letter to Mosaic Forest Management
Colin Koszman, RPF, RBTech

I live within the forest community of Squirrel Cove on the unceded territories of the Klahoose, Tla'amin and Homalco First Nation. I honor their history of 10,000 years of knowledge learnt from time in place, and their respect for all natural systems kept in balance.

RE - Mosaic Logging plans

The sensitive Ecosystem Data for Cortes Island's total forest crown land base shows it only has 2% of its old forest left ( over 240 yrs ). The timber supply data done in 2011 for the same lands shows a total of only 6 % of the forest is over 160yrs. Mosaic lands are similar but I think have areas with a higher percent of old forest. A few of these old trees are currently protected in parks and old growth management areas; the others are scattered throughout the rest of the Island's forests. Mainly these few mother trees are sheltered and connected within our mature forest's ( most are 80 to 140 yrs ). These naturally regenerated second growth stands are precious and essentially are Cortes Island's old growth forests. They also are what is targeted for logging by all forest managers.

Many of the richer growing sites, the valley bottom pockets; are located in the central part of Cortes Island. These amazing big tree second growth groves are connected through wetlands, they hold the water, protect and moisturize all species within, sequester and store large amounts of carbon, and are just starting to return to healthy biodiverse forest ecosystems. They may prove to be the best equipped to adapt to climate warming. Most would agree the younger planted second and third growth forests will never compare and also present a much higher wildfire risk

On the east side of Vancouver Island very few of these natural low elevation second growth stands remain, in particular on Mosaic's ( Island timberlands/ timber west) private managed forest lands.
We are all members of the forest community, they do not need us to manage them, we need the other species to manage us. We need to listen to the other's, seems we have lost our language, heart, and that what we feel in a forest is legitimate.

Words! UG especially mine, but in specific I mean the " plastic forestry words" like resilient, sustainable, Ecosystem based management. They often lack sufficient definition, have fuzzy boundaries, but sound great. I know I use them too, just think mine mean more! Sorry joking a bit , not personal , just industry trust issues. Definitions are necessary. So many of us have spent years listening to First Nations, forest ecologists, biologists, foresters, educating ourselves by observing the forests,the more I learn the more I appreciate the complexity involved. But at this point does FN silver, FSC or SFI certification really matter?
We took too much already. Lately I like the word STOP !

Meanwhile, applying the complexity of eco to economics of actual logging is what the CFGP works diligently and tirelessly at doing. They have demonstrated different approaches to harvest methods/volumes in the 5 logged area's so far. These methods/ volumes all have pros and cons depending on many etc. and now new concerns about the most recent cut block. Mosaic mentioned at the meeting they intend to follow similar practices but should be aware that CFGP logging is not devoid of community disagreement about volumes, roads, planning methods and transparency.

The biggest blind spot in forest management is the lack of the overall landscape level planning. We can no longer use artificial property boundaries and just plan within them as if everything on the other side will not impact the ecology on the other side .All forest planners need to work together to share their long term plans with each other and the community. The Community needs to have a plan to look at the whole landscape especially on a small Island. The SEI data and mapping is a start but is missing alot of data in some areas and also needs finer detail overall.

Defining what you plan to protect before what you plan to cut is crucial to good land use planning. Do you have a protected landscape map for mosaic lands ? identifying areas that will be protected ( ie riparian areas, wetlands, rocky outcroppings, wildlife tree's, old tree patches, mature big tree nodes (future old growth), connected wildlife corridors

After protected areas and rds are netted out, what is the area of your working timber harvest land base ?

Do you have a long term plan beyond the 3 yrs , and if so could you approximate where that logging would potentially take place ? Over the next 10, 20 yrs.

The draft 3yr logging plan, when asked about volumes, the answer was approximately 6,000 to 8,000 m3 per year. Total potential 24,000m3 ….approx 700 logging truck loads at 35m3 per load ? Is that close estimate ?

Meanwhile the Cortes forest partnership is finishing up logging 6500m3 from the Von donop cut block , and as you likely know very few of those logs will stay on island. Many community members would like a much higher percentage of those logs to stay on the island. I think it would benefit island millers and builders if Mosaic considered a much smaller harvest volume, this would provide a chance for long term supply , call it " Slow Forestry " might even become a new plastic word.

Logging roads have a huge impact on the landscape ecology of these area's and the fewer roads built the better. The roads planned through the delight watershed are beyond tragic as they will carve through incredible groves with old/ big trees and lush wetlands. The upper gorge rd will also cut through a riparian area and small creek feeding an amazing grove of cedar and a few beauty firs. Consultation with the community on these roads is crucial and I hope alternatives can be presented.

I would suggest all logging plans including road clearing or building, need to be shared with the community a full year in advance of starting, ideally within a 5 yr plan ,and by the 4th yr , the next 5 yr plan is available to the community.

Most of the polygon’s defined for harvest do have big/old trees very near them and some within them significantly in the Delight area. Some cuts also are within sensitive riparian areas or if not very close too them.. Some also are adjacent to areas that have already been clear cut and these watersheds that have been severely impacted by them. The Squirrel Cove polygon will be impacted by north west wind as trees still crash due to the huge past clear cut, and the potential green lined area beside Basil creek is a very sensitive area?This important salmon creek and the area is still recovering from past adjacent clear cuts and needs to be left alone. . .

I plan to share more specific concerns about these individual polygon areas . Do you have a date for the in person Community meeting ?

Thankyou for considering community input words UG ! rather be walking in the forest
Sonya Friesen