The City of Revelstoke announced plans for an open house to on revised logging plans in the Mount Macpherson recreation area on Oct. 7.
BC Timber Sales will host the open house. The media release outlined new partnerships between BCTS and local recreation users.
Logging plans in the popular hiking, skiing, mountain biking and running trails created a community controversy when they were unveiled in 2014. Since then, BCTS has indicated their intention to revise the plans after receiving input.
For more stories on the issue, see the dedicated Revelstoke Mountianeer Mount Macpherson page.
Here is the Sept. 18 media release:
British Columbia Timber Sales (BCTS) and the City of Revelstoke understands the recreational values of the community with respect to the various uses on Mount Macpherson and are consulting with the primary users.
Stakeholder meetings with local groups have and will continue to be very important in establishing successful multiple use forest management in the working forest at Mount Macpherson. BCTS has committed to entering into a Memorandum of Understanding with the Revelstoke Cycling Association and Revelstoke Nordic Club which will include meaningful and cooperative consultation on forestry issues in the Macpherson area.
While speaking to the additional public consultation process Mayor McKee stated, “The city is pleased that the province recognizes how important the public consultation process is and that recreational values are respected and the primary users are involved in the planning process.”
BCTS has scheduled an open house on Wednesday, October 7 from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Macpherson Room in the community centre to present their final 2016 harvest plans for the Mount Macpherson area.
BCTS explained to the city that community and stakeholder input has been received and revisions in the forestry plans presented earlier this year are significant. The City of Revelstoke has received positive feedback from the local groups on the revisions made to the Mount Macpherson harvest plan.
The City of Revelstoke looks forward to reviewing the revised BCTS plans and working with all stakeholders, including industrial users and recreation users in the area.