July 29, 2014
In response to the public’s call for consultation prior to the next step in the Competitive Woodlot Disposition Process by the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, one meeting was held on July 24th followed by an open house on the 25th.
The meeting on Thursday evening, July 24th at the St. Francis in the Woods Church in West Vancouver was very well attended, with people spilling into the hallway. There were ten Ministry staff in attendance, introduced by Heather MacNight, Regional Executive Director, South Coast, FLNR. From 7:00 to 10:00 p.m., the dialogue was very animated. The Ministry’s agenda was to ensure the public were informed about Woodlot Forest Management in BC, the Gambier Island Woodlot proposal and process and Howe Sound and cumulatve effects followed by Q&A and a panel discussion. This agenda was not completed and many of the public’s questions are still unanswered.
Ministry staff provided a feedback form with the promise that all feedback, comments sent in to-date and all questions will be forwarded to the Statutory Decision Maker, Dave Southam, District Forester Sea to Sky, who will make the final recommendation to proceed or pursue other alternatives.
Feedback was accepted to Tuesday August 5th and as the end of August the staff report that all comments are being processed.
Updates are available by following the Gambier Island Conservancy blog http://www.gambierc.ca/ and following on Twitter @GambierConserv.