From time to time, BC Timber Sales (BCTS) sends Squamish Environment Society (SES) a request to review proposals for changes related to management of our forests. Changes can relate to areas protected as old growth forest or blocks of forest to be made available for harvest.
These review requests have a time limit and we don’t have any dedicated resources for tasks like this, so we encourage anyone interested in conducting or helping conduct such reviews to temporarily act as a volunteer Technical Advisor to our Board of Directors.
BCTS is proposing to develop 22 blocks (466.7 ha in total) and 39 road sections over the next 5 years. BCTS wishes to determine whether there are any concerns and/or possible impacts to our interests within the proposed harvest areas in the Mamquam River drainage, Culliton Creek, Woodfibre, and Mill Creek areas.
We have a letter outlining the proposal. All proposed forest activities pertaining to the Operational Plan # 26, are available for viewing on the BCTS website. We note that the plan includes reactivating two log dumps in the Woodfibre and Mill Creek areas, where harvesting is planned to start in 2023.
The timeline is tight. We received notice of the current proposal, Operational Plan 26, in late December, but the volunteer who was interested in working on this project is no longer available to help. BCTS has asked that we reviews blocks to be sold in 2021 as a priority. If you have comments which could help the SES Board provide a response to BCTS, please send them to email@example.com by February 25.