Logging meeting September 15 in Port

  • Sep. 5, 2008 3:00 p.m.

Port Clements residents will be able to find out more about how the town will be affected by a timber company’s logging plans at a meeting scheduled for Monday night (Sept. 15). Council members said they have been trying to set up a meeting with Island Timberlands for the past seven months. The company, which manages the private lands that used to be part of a Tree Farm Licence, is based in Nanaimo. Its holdings on the Charlottes are mainly located east of Yakoun Lake, but it also owns forested land beside the Port Clements rifle range and along the route out to the Golden Spruce trail, one of the village’s tourist attractions. At the Sept. 2 council meeting, deputy mayor Brock Storry said the village has big concerns about how proposed logging will affect the rifle range and the visual quality along the road to the Yakoun River. Just imagine what tourists would think of passing a huge clearcut on their way out to see the fallen Golden Spruce, said councillor Urs Thomas. “The main issue is to maintain visual quality and prevent blowdown into the river, and around the gun range,” Mr. Thomas said. The range, he added, is the only approved range on the islands and is well used by the RCMP and the Junior Rangers, among other groups. The RCMP have asked the village to keep it informed about how the range will be affected, said councillor Wally Cheer. Council members are hoping to find out more about the company’s logging plans and express their concerns about the visual impact at Monday’s meeting. The meeting starts at 6:30 pm at the village office and is open to the public.