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General News · 10th April 2024
sonya Friesen
Hey Cortes, just sharing update info below from Discovery Islands Forest Conversation Project, re Quadra Island Mosaic logging plans ( Timber West ), these plans are open for public comment until May 3, 2024 .Please consider including your comments.

This is an important update about public involvement in the management of publicly owned forests on the Discovery Islands.

Recent amendments to the Forest and Range Practices Act require that certain logging companies now communicate to the public their plans for logging.

The companies are now required to make a “Forest Operations Map” available for public review and comment as part of the cutting-permit/road-permit review and approval process.

These maps are posted on the new Forest Operations Map
The portal is quite easy to use, but if you have any difficulty we have posted a description of how to use it.

This change to the legislation puts a new onus on the public to review and comment on logging companies’ plans in a timely manner.

For Discovery Islanders concerned about the impacts of logging on watersheds, climate change, wildlife habitat, forest fire hazard and recreational access on publicly owned land, this is an important opportunity to engage with the Ministry of Forests and the logging company before permits for building roads and logging are approved.

The portal was launched on April 3 and shows that TimberWest Forest Corp. is seeking permits for 18 new clearcuts and several sections of new logging roads in 2024.

The Discovery Islands Forest Conservation Project will be reviewing and commenting on all logging plans posted to the Forest Operations Map portal. We have posted our comments on the 18 clearcuts and numerous logging roads TimberWest is proposing. So far, no other logging company operating in the Discovery Islands area has posted its plans for 2024. (Woodlots are exempt from the legal requirement to publicize their plans.)

Our comments have been posted here:

5 cutblocks south of Morte Lake

4 cutblocks and roads northeast of Long Lake

3 cutblocks and road south of Two-Mile Lake near Granite Bay

6 cutblocks and roads close to the boundary of Main Lake Provincial Park west of Clear Lake

The public is invited to comment on any or all of these proposed cutblocks and roads until May 3, 2024. It is vitally important for the future safety and security of the Discovery Islands’ life support systems that you add your voice in opposition to TimberWest’s continued extensive logging. Leave your comments at the portal. We recommend writing them out beforehand and copying and pasting them into the small comment field on the portal.

Please consider copying your comments via email to:

We Wai Kai First Nation Chief Ronnie Chickite:

Campbell River District Manager Lesley Fettes:

Please copy the DIFCP:

Kind regards,

David Broadland for the Discovery Islands Forest Conservation Project

“Silence gives consent” —Plato