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  • 2024-03-03 TimberWest's proposed cutblocks and roads west of Main Lake Provincial Park

    David Broadland




    The area within which TimberWest proposes to locate 6 cutblocks and new roads


    Comments on proposed cutblocks 11623, 11624, 11625, 11626, 11627, 11628 and roads

    [1] The total area of forest cover loss from these six proposed cutblocks would be 15.82 hectares. The permanent forest loss as a consequence of the proposed 2.03 kilometres of logging road, at 4 metres wide, would be 8,120 square metres. This loss of forest cover and permanent forest loss would have significant climate impacts compared to the economic value of the logging. This development would also degrade and fragment five important forest-aquatic ecosystems in the area, as described below.

    [2] The small Lake to the southeast of Two-Mile Lake is known to our project as Floating Islands Lake. It’s name comes from six small, apparently floating (or partially floating) islands of vegetation and soil around the lake’s edges that have formed, perhaps the result of trees having fallen into the lake over time. This is the only lake of Quadra’s 80-plus lakes/ponds that has these special habitats. TimberWest’s proposed cutblocks 11623, 11625 and 11626 would degrade the surrounding ecosystems both physically and aesthetically.



    Floating Islands Lake looking northwest toward Two-Mile Lake



    One of six floating islands on the lake


    [3] Proposed cutblock 11625 would encroach on a unique bog to the east of the lake, most of which is inside Main Lake Provincial Park, and around which there is a unique old-forest ecosystem that includes an active osprey nest (on the south side of the bog) and many large, old Douglas firs. The osprey nest tree is about 250 metres from the east edge of proposed cutblock 11625. The Ministry of Environment recommends no blasting within 1000 metres of an osprey nest and a buffer of between 200 and 500 metres between the nest and logging, especially during nesting season.



    The osprey nest close to where TimberWest proposes to log



    Looking across Cedar Bog from the near the osprey nest to an area (on left side of photo) which TimberWest proposes to log


    [4] Proposed cutblock 11628 and the adjacent proposed roads encroach very closely on a beaver pond known to the project as Castor Pond. The pond has supported an active beaver lodge and mating beaver pair for many years. There are very few remaining beaver lodges on Quadra Island and the proposed logging would fragment and degrade the habitat required for their survival. The existing Clear Lake Main road along with the proposed new roads and cutblock 11628 would virtually encircle the pond, degrading its potential as a safe habitat for the beaver pair and the numerous resident and migratory birds that use the pond. Listed species including northern red-legged frog and Hammond’s flycatcher have been recorded in the area by our project, along with cougar, wolf and black bear.



    Beaver at Castor Pond, August 2019


    [5] Cutblock 11627 is also located close to a wetland area/pond, the west end of Floating Islands Lake and the creek between Floating Islands Lake and Two-Mile Lake. Like the other proposed cutblocks in this area, this cutblock and road would badly fragment what is known to be well-occupied wildlife habitat that includes Douglas fir veterans.

    [6] The proposed complex of clearcuts around and between the lakes, the beaver pond, the bog and the wetland will dramatically fragment and diminish this important wildlife habitat area. If TimberWest will log here, they clearly will log anywhere on Quadra Island. By definition, the “timber harvesting land base” only includes forested land which is “acceptable” for logging. This area is completely unacceptable.

    [7] We also note that three of the proposed cutblocks are within 50 metres of Main Lake Provincial Park. A more appropriate buffer would be 200 metres in an area that was more acceptable for logging. TimberWest has a history of encroaching on the park along its western edge. In 2004-2005, cutblock 12-44A crossed into the park at the west end of Little Main Lake.

    [8] As mentioned in our comments about the other proposed cutblocks, these cutblocks would produce significant deleterious impacts on carbon emissions, forest carbon sequestration capacity and forest fire hazard.

    [9] Because this is an exceptionally ecologically-sensitive area right beside a provincial park, we request that TimberWest abandon its plans for these cutblocks.

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  • Maps of approved logging on publicly owned land on the Discovery Islands

    The maps below show the areas where cutting permits have been approved by the Ministry of Forests but have not yet been logged, and where logging has occurred over the past twenty or so years.

    There are three main categories of logging on public land in The Discovery Islands. Logging in TFL 47, logging in BC Timber Sales operating areas and logging in woodlots. So far the latter are exempt from any requirement to notify the public about their planned operations. They could voluntarily do so, but none are except for the Cortes Forestry General Partnership.

    TFL 47 is located on Quadra, Sonora, East Thurlow, West Thurlow and Hardwicke Islands. The first map below shows cutblocks in TFL 47 that have an active approved cutting permit—marked as “Active”. Other red-coloured polygons are areas that have already been logged. To see a list of “Active” but not yet logged cutblocks, go to this page.

    BC Timber Sales operates on West Redonda, Maurelle, Sonora and East and West Thurlow Islands. Its planned cutblocks are shown in the map immediately below the first map.


    TimberWest planned logging in TFL 47

    Use the + or - buttons to zoom in and out. You can pan around the map by clicking on it and and dragging. Click on any proposed cutblock (coloured polygon) to view the logging company, size and proposed cutting date.


    BC Timber Sales planned logging

    The interactive map below shows cutblocks planned by BC Timber Sales, which operates on Maurelle, West Redonda, East Thurlow and other islands and areas adjacent to the Discovery Islands. Use the + or - buttons to zoom in and out. You can pan around the map by clicking on it and and dragging. Click on any proposed cutblock (polygons outlined in green) to view the logging company, size and proposed cutting date.

  • The Discovery Islands Forestry-Tourism Working Group Map

    This map shows locations where logging companies may have logged, may be logging, may have cutting permits to log, may have applied for cutting permits to log, and may apply for cutting permits in the future. It does not appear to be in synch with the new Forest Operations Map which shows new applications for cutting permits. At this point its main value is as an indicator of the locations where logging companies might be thinking of logging over the next five years.


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