Tag Archives: Ministry of Forests

Connecting the dots between clearcut logging and BC’s megafloods

Vancouver based filmmaker Daniel J Pierce just released a film that attempts to connect the dots between clearcut logging and the megafloods wreaking havoc in BC’s Interior. 

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Effect of Octopus Creek wildfire to be felt for years: report

By Timothy Schafer, The Nelson Daily, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

The closure of recreational areas affected by one of the biggest wildfires in the history of the regional district is being recommended by a provincial report.

A Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development (MFLNRORD) post wildfire risk analysis reconnaissance report for the Michaud Creek and Octopus Creek wildfires said the risk of waterborne hazards will be so high that it recommended recreational closures for the next three years.

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All about registering groundwater wells

With the deadline for registering irrigation, commercial or industrial use wells fast approaching, the Quadra ICAN water security team is concerned that some people may miss out. 

According to the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development press release, “A water licence is not required for a household well or groundwater used for domestic purposes, such as watering lawns and gardens. Domestic groundwater users are encouraged to register their well for free.” 

Kris Wellstein pointed out that water used for home industries like egg stands, market gardens and fruit trees (if the fruit is sold) is classified as commercial.  

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Several endangered bird species spotted at Fairy Creek

CKTZ News, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

A number of species at risk were seen near a part of Fairy Creek where the logging company Teal Jones is about to commence operations.

A spokesperson for the BC Ministry of Forests confirmed there have been sightings and they have hired a species expert to conduct surveys and provide guidance for management approaches.

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Encouraging the province to become more involved in forestry research

CKTZ News, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

At their July 14th Meeting, the Strathcona District Board moved that “a letter be sent to the Minister of Forests encouraging the province to become more involved in research and distribution of science-based information.”

As Mayor Martin Davis of Tahsis, who made the motion, explained, “In the last several years there has been a real drop off of participation of Ministry of Forests in providing the research and background that we would hope would be impartial. I think that is a real lack. To depend on the logging companies for our information is really not the best place to be going for this. There should be independent research we can depend on.” 

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