New effort launched to Save Macpherson

A new initiative has been launched to try to protect Mount Macpherson recreation area from future logging.

Mountain bikers ride the Flow Down trail at Mount Macpherson. A new effort is underway to protect the trail network.

Mountain bikers ride the Flow Down trail at Mount Macpherson. A new effort is underway to protect the trail network.

A new initiative has been launched to try to protect Mount Macpherson from future logging.

Save Macpherson‘ is the latest effort put together to protect the popular recreation area from logging.

“The MacPherson recreational area is at the heart of Revelstoke’s year round mountain tourism industry,” said Brent Strand, in a news release. “Provincial land use policies and process need to evolve to include the voice of all those who stand to gain from this priceless resource.”

A big outcry emerged after the Review revealed plans by BC Timber Sales to log the area of the TNT trail in September 2014. A subsequent petition gained more than 1,600 online signatures, and local politicians appealed to the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations to start a new land-use planning process.

Those calls were ignored, and logging is set to take place any time between June 1 and October 31.

The new initiatives calls for people to write city council, MLA Norm Macdonald, and MLA Steve Thomson, the Minister for FLNRO.

The group Save Macpherson have created a website and a video featuring numerous locals saying, “Save Macpherson.”

The group says “current provincial land use management and policy do not allow for inclusive decision making for this important multi-use area.”

A rally to “save Macpherson” has been scheduled for Saturday, May 21, at 2 p.m. starting at the Nordic Lodge parking lot.

Find out more at savemacpherson.org

Save MacPherson from FD Productions on Vimeo.

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