Following many discussions on the controversial logging at Mount Macpherson planned for 2016, the Revelstoke Cycling Association has reported a new logging proposal presented recently by BC Timber Sales contains concessions.
The Mount Macpherson recreation area is designated by the provincial government as an active working forest, but when plans to log amongst popular Nordic trails and cycling trails were proposed, it triggered controversy within Revelstoke and resulted in a public open house earlier this year, a petition against the plans, and larger public debate in the community about rebalancing community values.
The RCA and provincially-owned logging entity BC Timber Sales (BCTS) have met a few times with the RCA trying to reduce the impact on their trails as much as possible. The City of Revelstoke and the Regional District have also become involved in the controversy.
“After the meeting in the spring the RCA board requested that BCTS leave as many trees around the trails in the impacted areas to keep as much of the character of the trails as possible while still allowing the logging to be economically viable,” RCA president Keith McNab wrote in an email to members on August 22.
Following a meeting on August 11, McNab has reported a buffer will be left around the trails of upper TNT and the Ridgewalk area.
“Hopefully the buffer that will be left is large enough that when blow down occurs the trails will not be significantly impacted,” he wrote.
BCTS will also take the trees that would have been left around Madman’s Step and move them around TNT to grow this buffer area and build a connection from TNT to Madman’s Step plus rebuild Madman’s Step if it is impacted by the logging.
“BCTS representatives also told us they will not be logging around Black Forest or the Nordic Lodge at this time,” McNab wrote.
McNab also said that BCTS is now working on a five year timeframe with no further plans to log the Mount Macpherson area once they finish in 2016.
In the email, McNab said the RCA board plans keep the communication channels open and meet regularly with BCTS to discuss their logging plans and the RCA trail building and maintenance plans to mitigate any future problems.
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