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.
Currently, BCTS is proposing changes to its (Operating Plan) OP #25, which was communicated to us in March 2019. Some of the blocks originally proposed have been combined and some re-shaped. There have been some changes in the timing of advertising the blocks. Two blocks in the Britannia Creek area have been removed from the plan.
Maps detailing the development proposed in March, a block and road summary table, as well as spatial data such as KML and shapefiles are still available at: https://www.for.gov.bc.ca/FTP/TCH/external/!publish/FSP/Squamish/Information-Sharing/IS25. Documents now made available to us include: a revised block and road summary table, a five-year operating plan overview map, a detailed plan of the Mamquam area, and a detailed plan for the Culliton and Cheekye areas.
BCTS now wishes to determine whether there are any concerns and/or possible impacts to our interests within the proposed harvest areas. If you have comments which could help the SES Board provide a response to BCTS, plus send them to firstname.lastname@example.org by December 13, 2019.
We update the Volunteer web page with any current review requests.
This post has been updated from one created on a similar topic in June 2018.