As of June 2023, and for the first time in almost a decade, the Elphinstone parcel known as District Lot 1313 is NOT slated for logging in BC Timber Sales’ five year operating plan.
- Read Coast Reporter News Article
- Check out BC Timber Sales Operating Plan 2023-2027
- Wait, what the heck is DL1313?
As I said to the Coast Reporter, this is good news, but we have yet to secure permanent protection for this valuable and biodiverse forest.
What accounts for the sudden shift of plans from BCTS? I can only speculate. Has BCTS taken note of the SCRD’s intention to file for nominal rent tenure? Did the recent Hydrology report on Mount Elphinstone raise sufficient concerns about stormwater and watershed degradation to deter them? Or has the Sḵwx̱ wú7mesh Nation weighed in?
Stay tuned for the next episode of the battle to protect the Reed Road Forest.
And thank you to the determined and persistent volunteers who have been working with the Sunshine Coast Conservation Association and the Elphinstone Community Association on this file. Your efforts have made a critical difference.