Logging and forest thinning plans for community forest revealed
Representatives from the Cheakamus Community Forest held their spring open house on Thursday, June 7. Plans for this year involve a major forest thinning project along the Cheakamus Lake Forest Service Road (FSR) and retention logging of areas in the Callaghan Valley and an area above Jane Lakes. The thinning project begins at the start of the forestry road and ends at the parking lot that allows you to drop into the Cheakamus Lake section of Garibaldi Park. The aim is to thin out a band of forest, which will help prevent the rapid spread of wildfire, explained Tom Cole, a forest manager for the non-profit Cheakamus Community Forest Society (CCFS). …”The idea is we leave the bigger trees and take out the little ones,” said Cole, adding that a similar fuel-thinning project in the Callaghan Valley has proven tremendously effective.