Summary

Poor logging practices will still negatively impact the forest ecosystem regardless if it’s done on public or private lands. But the province is not regulating logging on private lands. In the current provisions, private land owners can log their land without even the most basic standards of environmental stewardship. That needs to stop.

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Stop Unregulated Private Logging

When Sunshine Logging of Kaslo started clearcutting a huge area above Cottonwood Lake near Nelson, our phones were ringing off the hook. Concerns ranged from land stability to wildlife habitat to the conservation of a popular recreation area.

As a prominent visual of a widespread problem, this situation drew local attention to the deep impacts of unregulated private logging. Of course, this is far from the only example of this policy loophole being abused. This is a province-wide issue, often hidden deep in the mountains away from public view.

The health of BC’s wildlife, watersheds, and ecosystems depends on private logging being held to a higher standard. The Regional District of Central Kootenay is calling on the provincial government to take action, but they need your support.

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Resources

The logging plan no one wants to talk about

Logging could take place on both sides of Highway 6 from north of Cottonwood Lake to south of Apex
https://www.nelsonstar.com/news/the-logging-plan-no-one-wants-to-talk-about/


Logging planned for Cottonwood Lake and Apex areas

The private land to be logged is owned by Nelson Land Corporation headed by Mike Jenks
https://www.nelsonstar.com/news/logging-planned-for-cottonwood-lake-and-apex-areas/


Unregulated private land logging continues near Nelson at Cottonwood Lake

Sunshine Logging of Kaslo is cutting on private land in the area of Giveout Creek Road
https://www.nelsonstar.com/news/unregulated-private-land-logging-continues-near-nelson-at-cottonwood-lake/


RDCK wants province to regulate private land logging

A resolution will go to the Union of BC Municipalities in September
https://www.nelsonstar.com/news/rdck-wants-province-to-regulate-private-land-logging/

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