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forest operations

Harvesting Plans

The Community Forest comprises 1% of logging on the Sunshine Coast.

Of its 10,800-hectare area, 41% is protected by a combination of law and voluntary Community Forest policies and practises.
2024-2028 Feedback
2024-2028 Operating Plan

Our current Operating Plan was published on May 24th, 2024 for public review and comment, with the comment period running from June 1 - July 15, 2024.  Our proposed blocks are included in the new provincial Forest Operations Mapping (FOM)  portal, where general and block specific feedback can be submitted.   The portal offers a platform for considering spatial information, however the documents below offer important additional context to how planning is carried out within each block. 

 

While the plan is being published early to allow interested parties longer to review information, feedback through FOM cannot be submitted until June 1st.

 

Our Operating Plan includes three components, each providing important information:

  • Operating Plan Guidelines: document outlining general management objectives and strategies, including Ecosystem Based Management and Wildfire Risk Reduction

  • Block Table: a listing of each block number and details such as area, composition, and planned harvest year.  Note that the total volume on the table is more than our harvest over a 5 year period (75,000 cubic meters - this allows for volumes to be reduced throughout the planning process including community feedback, engineering, and professional assessments

  • Map: all of the current proposed block boundaries and our draft landscape reserve design, and other important information such as watershed boundaries

Written feedback during the specified feedback period is uniquely valuable in being able to periodically and objectively report on what people in the community are asking and telling us about our plans, however, we also welcome anyone interested in discussing our plans or their interests in the Community Forest to reach out to us by phone or e-mail, at any time of the year. 

How to provide feedback?

Between June 1 - July 15th, you can follow the links provided in the block table to comment directly on specific blocks. 

Learn more about the Forest Operations Mapping portal and access it directly

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Fall 2024 Harvesting Plans

Our harvest plans were significantly influenced by community feedback including a walk in the woods with over 40 people involved with recreation groups, as well as our ecosystem assessments. These planning considerations and commitments made to community groups include:

Buffers

Generous buffers along waterways ranging from 30-50 meters as a result of the professional advice we received from third party biologists, specifically 50m for riparian protection of Wakefield Creek and a wetland and 30m around the beaver pond.

Trails

Rebuilding trail bridges in the area, minimal impact to trails and re-establishing trails after harvesting (note that these trails are built without required planning and permission from the Province and shishalh Nation, and as such no consideration is required).

Fore and Aft Trail

Protection of a historical Fore and Aft Trail (timbered logging roads) in this previously logged area.

Ecosystem Reserve

Areas surrounding the planned harvest area including nearby Crowston Lake and stream complex to the northeast are incorporated into our landscape ecosystem reserve.

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Planning for AN15, AN03 and AN3A has included the following professional assessments :

Why do professional reports matter? 

 

The third party professionals who produce our reports value their reputations and have governing bodies who uphold the reputation of their respective fields of expertise, including through audits, receiving complaints, disciplinary processes, and requiring ongoing training.

It's important to consider sources of information.  Always be aware of information where there is no mechanism to hold the authors or publishers accountable.  .Sustainable forest management and being able to engage in meaningful conversations around the challenges we are facing as a community and society, rely first and foremost on trust and accurate information. 

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Summary

Logging started in Fall 2023 and is now completed, with firewood permits open.  The harvested area makes up 0.1% of the Community Forest (about half of its annual footprint).

 

Logs are being sold locally and to value-added BC manufacturing, and the area has been carefully replanted with genetically diverse seedlings from locally sourced seed, and will be monitored until the forest is reestablished. From the start, planning has considered both “Jessica’s Trail” and “Half Day” trails which are well used and maintained. There is also a small unused trail built for film use that we've been advised is now abandoned. 

History

The area was harvested in the 1950’s by the Jackson Logging Company.  (Members of the family still reside on the Sunshine Coast.) The average age of the trees within the block is approximately 70 years old. 

Old Growth

There is no old growth within the block; the older trees above the east boundary of the block are excluded from logging plans and are being considered by our Ecosystem Based Management planning team for inclusion in our network of ecosystem reserves.

Wildlife

There is a potential bear den and two woodpecker nests nearby, outside of the block boundary. Despite being determined as currently not occupied, they are sites which could potentially be used by these animals. Logging nearby will not occur if the nests or den become occupied prior to logging.

Reduced Harvest Area 

The block includes 2 reserve areas protecting a group of older trees which are being retained for ecological values. Combined, the areas removed from initial logging plans for these, and other planning considerations reduce the harvest area by 28%.

Fall and Winter 2023
AN15/03/3A
Community Forest Policies & Practises
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On Old Growth

No old growth logging, and a comprehensive old growth recruitment strategy for future old growth.

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On Watershed Protection

No logging in the Chapman Community Watershed, a region of paramount significance. However, it's important to note that beyond the boundaries of the Community Forest, logging activities are still taking place in this area.

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On EBM

Our Ecosystem-Based Management planning process relies on peer reviewed, prominent third-party biologists to plan our voluntarily protected areas around sensitive ecosystems that will be most vulnerable to climate change, and around riparian areas to protect water quality and quantity.

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On Recreation

Ongoing engagement with recreation groups, and protecting well-used trails where possible.

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Our public engagement process makes space for people who care about the forest and how it is managed, resulting in an Operations Plan that reflects the needs and preferences of the community.
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