Member Group News


The SCCA has received the following news release from the Sunshine Coast Natural Resource District:

The Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations has decided to decline to accept a winning applicant in the recent tendering of two woodlots on Gambier Island in order for the Province of British Columbia to address community concerns and undertake further consultations with the Squamish Nation consistent with the Supreme Court of Canada’s recent decision in Tsilhqot’in Nation v. BC (Tsilhqot’in decision).  

On June 26, 2014, several months after the woodlots were tendered but prior to the selection decision, the Supreme Court of Canada delivered its decision in this case which provided greater clarity both on Aboriginal title and the Province’s responsibilities in relation to both established and asserted Aboriginal title.  In reviewing the consultation record for the two Woodlot Licence areas, the Minister concluded that more work needs to be done to ensure that the Province properly carries out its constitutional obligations consistent with this new direction, as well as to address the public interest. 

The Gambier Conservancy would like to thank all the individuals and organizations that have helped with letters, emails, attendance at rallies and meetings, handing out pamphlets, and just generally, believing that citizen perseverance works.

Gambier Lake - Photo by Donna McMahon

The Ministry of Forests is proposing to log two woodlots in the heart of Howe Sound, a combined area three times the size of Stanley Park. 

The woodlots are located in a pristine Wilderness Conservation Zone which includes Gambier Lake, a designated Provincial Recreation Site. The Forest ministry (FLNRO) did not consult with the community when establishing new woodlots and the Conservancy members note that the value of annual government stumpage fees is insignificant compared to recreational values. 

Watch the video Wild Heart of Howe Sound, or visit the Gambier Island Conservancy for more information.

Members of the Gambiier Island Conservancy have started an online petition opposing logging. They are asking SCCA members and supporters to sign the petition and forward it on to friends and family members.

The Sea to Sky Clean Air Society is holding an information meeting on Thursday October 17th, at 12:30 pm to enable SSCAS to share its progress over the past year and provide an overview of what lies ahead.

Participants will have an opportunity to share ideas and express any concerns related to air quality in the airshed, and to update the group on their clean air initiatives. The aim is to build and strengthen partnerships in our region.

The meeting will run from 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm at Chaster House, and includes a light lunch. For more information email seatoskycleanair@gmail.com.

 

Elphinstone Logging Focus has been successful in lobbying BC Timber Sales (BCTS) to take 17.6 Ha Cutblock DK045 off the table for being logged. Part of a larger block (TFL A79517 Dakota Bowl, lower Sunshine Coast), this includes yellow cedar and hemlock trees ranging in age from 800-1,800 years old. It is an important headwaters forest and wildlife corridor on the north slope of Mt. Elphinstone.

Norm Kempe, Senior Forest Planner said that ELF brought forward enough "compelling reasons for preserving this stand of timber... we considered had reasonable merit."

Following a three day art program for youth held at the Sunshine Coast Arts Centre, the SCCA will be auctioning off a collaborative painting by Rogest and his students.

Rogest, an international marine artist now living in Sechelt, taught his unique “dot” method of art creation, and at the same time educated students on how to keep our environment and oceans healthy. The painting, shown below, will be sold to raise funds for the SCCA.