Forest cover loss on the Discovery Islands
PART OF THE WORK THIS PROJECT HAS UNDERTAKEN is to record the extent of forest loss on each of the Discovery Islands. We are currently identifying all clearcuts created since 2010. On Quadra Island alone, well over 300 different clearcuts were logged between 2010 and 2021. Ministry of Forests records show that over 1.1 million cubic metres of logs were removed from clearcuts on Quadra during that period. At 40 cubic metres per logging truck load, that would have filled about 27,600 loads.
Other islands in the Discovery group have been hit even harder.
Below is the Ministry of Forests’ most current mapping of cutblocks (RESULTS Openings), shown as red cross-hatched areas. Additional clearcuts—created about 2 years ago—that haven’t yet been added to this ministry of forests database may also be visible. Not yet visible are more recent clearcuts—those created within the last year or two—that have not yet been added to the RESULTS database. There are a few older clearcuts on Crown land that were never added to this database about which we are making inquiries.
Click on a red-bordered polygon to learn when that cutblock was logged, by what company and how large the cutblock is. You can zoom in and out of the map below using the + or - buttons. Pan around the islands by clicking on the map and dragging it.
The links below the map will take you to the “Clearcut Tour” for each island (at this point the tour only includes Quadra Island).
The clearcut tour
Our record of forest cover loss back to 2010 is divided island by island. The links below will take you to each island’s record (this is, unfortunately, a work in progress).
Quadra Island forest cover loss
Cortes Island forest cover loss
Maurelle Island forest cover loss
Sonora Island forest cover loss
West Redonda Island forest cover loss
East Redonda Island forest cover loss
Recent satellite imagery of forest cover loss on the Discovery Islands
Island-by-island images highlighting where logging has occurred recently.
Other maps and information relevant to forest cover loss
• To view planned logging in TimberWest-Mosaic Management’s TFL 47 on Quadra and Sonora, see this map.
• BC Timber Sales’ planned logging on Sonora, Maurelle and West Redonda can be seen on this map.
• To view historical documents related to forest cover loss on the Discovery Islands, go to this page.
Below: Satellite image of West Thurlow Island, 2020. Logging is mainly by TimberWest-Mosaic Forest Management