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Dear Friends,

On December 31st, 2020 the SCCA was informed by citizens of Gibsons that trees had been cut down in the sensitive forest area on Gospel Rock, Block 7.

We walked the property on January 2nd and 3rd, 2021 and documented a freshly cut swath of the sensitive ecosystem along the eastern edge of the property.

On Monday January 4, 2021 we learned from the Town of Gibsons that this cutting took place on December 18th and the Town issued a Stop Work Order on December 21, 2020. Tree cutting cannot resume on Block 7 until the Town lifts the Stop Work Order.

It is critical that the Stop Work Order be kept in place until the remaining forest is legally protected and reparation addressed.

We’ve spent the better part of the last week trying determine what happened here, whether this cutting will affect our conservation covenant agreement, and how to proceed from here.

We don’t have clear answers for you right now but we will certainly update you as we learn more. Please don’t hesitate to contact us at info@thescca.ca