LETTER: BCTS thanks open house attendees

BC Timber Sales (BCTS) would like to thank members of the public who attended the open house at the Revelstoke Community Centre

Editor,

BC Timber Sales (BCTS) would like to thank members of the public who attended the open house at the Revelstoke Community Centre on January 13, and especially those who provided input.

Ken Gibson from Recreation Sites and Trails BC started with a presentation on how trails and other recreation amenities are part of the working forest. This was followed by an overview of the forest industry and forest management in the Revelstoke area by Pat McMechan of Stella Jones and Angus Woodman of Downie Timber, which underscored the importance of forestry as a major driver of the local economy. Robert Mohr then presented responses to questions prepared by the Revelstoke Cycling Association. This was followed by an open house where BCTS presented maps indicwating the proposed harvest areas in the Mt. Macpherson area, and received input and written comments from the public.

BCTS will now develop a detailed harvest plan and will discuss it with the Revelstoke Cycling Association and the Revelstoke Nordic Club before it is finalized later this year. All input received from the public will also be considered. The harvest plan will be advertised as part of the bidding process in 2016, with harvesting expected to begin soon after.

BC Timber Sales staff would like to thank local forest industry representatives who participated in the  presentation and open house, including those from Stella Jones, Downie Timber, Revelstoke Community Forest Corporation, and woodlot WL1834. The refreshments provided by the Revelstoke Forest Workers Group were also welcome and much appreciated.

We look forward to working with stakeholder groups in the Mt. Macpherson area. The forest will continue to be managed sustainably as a renewable resource to support the Revelstoke economy.

Sincerely yours,

Earl Hunt RPF

Woodlands Supervisor,

BC Timber Sales

Revelstoke

 

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