Land use meetings coming up

  • Jan. 8, 2010 11:00 a.m.

At least two communities on the islands are holding public meetings this week and next to talk about the effect of new proposed logging rules for the islands. This week in Sandspit (Jan. 7), regional district director Evan Putterill held a well-attended public consultation at the hall on a wide range of topics, including the land use plan and logging rules. Next Thursday in Port Clements (Jan. 14), the village council is hosting a public meeting and education session on the subject of the proposed logging rules (more technically known as the proposed land use objectives for ecosystem-based management). Port has arranged for foresters David Trim and Hyland Fraser to speak at the meeting, as well as Ministry of Forests district manager Len Munt. That meeting will be held in the multi-purpose building’s seniors room, starting at 7 pm. The week after that, the Council of the Haida Nation and the provincial government are hosting a series of open houses in every community on the proposed land use objectives. The meetings start Jan. 18 in Old Massett and continue on Jan. 19 in Port, Jan. 20 in Masset, Jan. 21 in Skidegate, Jan. 22 in Queen Charlotte and Jan. 23 in Sandspit. Each meeting will be held in the village’s community hall and will run from 4 pm until 8 pm, except in Sandspit, when the hours are from 10 am until 2 pm. Copies of the draft land use objectives are available at most village offices and the CHN offices. A public review period for the objectives is open until Feb. 12.