June 20, 2013
A disturbing report from our coalition partner, The Gambier Island Conservancy indicate that yet another assault on the lands and area of Howe Sound is potentially under way. This area is re-emerging as key part of the Vancouver Tourist Destination and highly visible part of Super Natural BC, and it may be lost.
The north side of Gambier may be offered to tender for logging companies to clear-cut. This would be a devastating blow to the development of tourism, recreational use and the film and TV industry in Howe Sound.
or Clearcut ?
Which is the future of Gambier Island?
The Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations (MOF) is about to solicit proposals for clearcut logging in two new NE Gambier Island woodlots (3275 acres total), with one woodlot (988 acres) already operating on-island.
Unfortunately, Gambier has more unprotected wilderness Crown land available for forestry than any other south-coast island within the Islands Trust area of BC.
The aqua and pale green areas on the map above will be advertised by MOF for new woodlot operators sometime this summer. Note that the northern woodlot includes Gambier Lake, a wilderness gem. (Dark green areas are protected Old Growth Management Areas–excluded from harvesting areas.)
Why save Gambier’s forests?
- Supporters of Protect Howe Sound ( http://protecthowesound.ca/howe-sound-map/) show Gambier Crown land as central to their protected-areas strategy.
- Gambier provides easily accessible wilderness recreation for Metro Vancouver. Its Crown-land network of hiking trails is precious.
No more woodlots on Gambier, please!
What can you do about it, write your objections to…
If you believe that woodlots are the wrong choice for NE Gambier’s Crown land, write to
Ministry of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations:
This message is brought to you by friends and neighbours who love Gambier’s wilderness, including…
Gambier Island Conservancy
Morgan Campbell and Kathy McTaggart
Torsten and Paivi Kehler
Maria Van Dyk
Leiani and Brian Anthony
Sharon and David Moxon
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