Logging in ts’uḵw’um on hold
By Connie Jordison
Contractors who responded to Sunshine Coast Community Forest’s (SCCF) call for tenders for logging of cutblock EW 24 will be waiting until further input is received from the shíshálh Nation to hear if the work will proceed. “In EW24, as with all areas we operate in, we go through a multi-step review process with the shíshálh Nation. This includes an archaeological assessment conducted by the shíshálh Nation’s archaeologist,” SCCF administrator Sara Zieleman said. “This assessment … is subject to final review and acceptance by the shíshálh Nation’s technical team, and hiwus and council. EW24 was still in the midst of this process when an area was identified which required further archaeological review.” …Elphinstone Logging Focus (ELF) expressed concerns that the location may be of archaeological significance. …ELF has also stated opposition to logging of EW 24 as the cutblock is located within the Sunshine Coast Regional District’s (SCRD) Chapman Creek community watershed.
By Susie Quinn Alberni Valley News September 30, 2022