Logging planned for Boulder Mountain

Planned logging on Boulder Mtn will affect bike trails there; Stella-Jones trying to get message out after Macpherson logging controversy

This image created by Stella-Jones shows a before (above) and after (below) view of proposed logging on Boulder Mountain. The viewpoint is from Centennial Park in Revelstoke.

Representatives from  forestry company Stella-Jones are trying to boost communications before a planned cut on Boulder Mountain. They are trying to avoid a repeat of the controversy that came with logging in the vicinity of recreation areas near Mount Macpherson in 2012.

They held an open house at the Revelstoke Community Centre on Jan. 31, where three company foresters were on hand to discuss plans for logging on the mountain.

The cuts are visible from Revelstoke, and they will also impact some popular downhill mountain biking trails.

Forester Pat McMechan explained that the company was harvesting blowdown and fir beetle-infected areas.

A previous cut on Boulder several years ago covered about 45 hectares. This time, Stella-Jones plans to clear about 13 hectares.

McMechan said the area contains about 60 per cent Douglas fir, and about 50 per cent of that amount is beetle infested.

“That is visible. It’s probably more than that,” he said.

In addition to the visual impact from Revelstoke, some bike trails will be impacted.

A 50-metre section of Redneck’s Revenge will be affected, and a 200-metre section of Iron Lotus will also be impacted.

A new logging road will cross the Snakes and Ladders trail and the Redneck’s Revenge trail.

McMechan said the company had consulted with the Revelstoke Cycling Association about the logging plans. Stella-Jones will work on a rehabilitation plan once harvesting is done.

The representatives noted they haven’t yet submitted a harvesting proposal to provincial authorities, and are gathering input first.

About 20–30 people attended the three-hour open house at the Revelstoke Community Centre on Jan. 31.

 

 

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

QUIZ: Are you ready for a summer road trip?

How much do you really know about roads, motor vehicles and car culture? Take this quiz to find out.

Provincial COVID-19 data can now be used for B.C. to prepare for a second wave

In the past week, B.C. has seen a slight spike in daily test-positive case counts

Jocelyn’s Jottings: When everyone is a friend of a friend

Chances are I know someone in Revelstoke who knows you, such is… Continue reading

Revelstoke city staff bring forward community centre reopening plans

Plans for the arena and pool will come later this summer

Slow melt at high elevations near Revelstoke this spring

At one location on Mt. Fidelity there is double the usual snowpack for early July

Okanagan sisters-in-law sleep out successful

Kiley Routley and Heidi Routley raise nearly $2,400 and awareness for youth homelessness

Beverly Hills 90210 star’s family selling Vancouver Island Beach Resort

You can own Jason Priestley’s Terrace Beach Resort in Ucluelet for less than $5 million

Genetic detectives begin work to trace spread of COVID-19 in Canada

The kinds of genetic technology being used for this project did not exist when SARS hit Canada in 2003

Sports fishers protest Fraser River Chinook closures

Public Fishery Alliance wants hatchery fish open for harvest

COVID-19: Homeless to be relocated from temporary Okanagan shelter

Homeless shelters in Vernon have been combined into one site at the curling rink since April

Dozens of fish die at popular lake near Chase

A few natural phenomena are possible causes for their deaths.

Amber Alert for two Quebec girls cancelled after bodies found

Romy Carpentier, 6, Norah Carpentier, 11, and their father, Martin Carpentier, missing since Wednesday

Most Read