Logging blowdownIn response to concerns about proposed logging in the Wilson Creek Watershed, the SCCA has written to Sechelt Community Projects Inc. (the Community Forest) requesting a formal Coastal Watershed Assessment of the entire Wilson Creek Watershed.

The Wilson watershed was extensively harvested before 2002 and again excessively disturbed by private managed forest land logging in 2007.
Photo: Collapse of riparian management zone after Interfor logging along Husdon Creek in the Wilson watershed, September 30, 2001. Rick O'Niel photo.

Letter to SCPI, March 8, 2011
Logging, Deregulation and Hydrology in the Wilson Creek Watershed

map water licenses
Map: Victoria Times Colonist
Press Release: February 8, 2011

At least 40 streams in four adjoining B.C. inlets north of Vancouver have been targeted for new water bottling operations, five groups revealed today. The bulk of the dozens of water bottling license applications--in Bute, Knight, Jervis and Toba Inlets--were filed in 2010 and are now in the hands of the new B.C. Ministry of Resource Operations.

Friends of Bute Inlet, Sierra Club Quadra Island, Sierra Club Malaspina , the Sunshine Coast Conservation Association and the Campbell River chapter of the Council of Canadians are all calling on B.C. Environment Minister Murray Coell to authorize a formal environmental assessment covering all the applications.

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yellow cedarPublic concern about BC Timber Sales operations on Mount Elphinstone has reached an acute stage in recent months as logging and planned logging proceeds in second growth stands adjacent to residential areas, and in upper elevation old growth.  On February 7, the SCCA published a paper commenting on this proposed logging, in particular
  • biodiversity protection
  • environmental concerns in the Coastal Western Hemlock very moist maritime ecosystem
  • environmental concerns in the Coastal Western Hemlock very dry maritime ecosystem
  • concerns about cut blocks in the Wilson Creek Watershed
Comments on BCTS Elphinstone Operational Plan 2011

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Texada TourOn July 23, adelegation from the SCCA and Friends of Davie Bay met on Texada Texada Island. LeHigh Hanson Materials Ltd. wants to open a new, big quarry on Texada. The Friends have filed a court challenge. They want a provincial environmental assessment first.  

The case is important for two reasons. Firstly, if the judge rules in favour of the Friends of Davie Bay, it could change the way the provincial government issues mining permits. It could become more difficult for projects to be approved without an environmental assessment.

Secondly, the most important system of karst caves along the BC coast between Washington and Alaska could have a better chance of protection.  

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