The company doing the logging is Queesto Logging, a partnership between the Pacheedaht First Nation and Canadian Overseas Group. The wood is reportedly destined for a mill on the Fraser River. This group began operations in its new Tree Farm License this fall. Click here for a larger PDF version of the forest map below.
A few kilometers east of China Beach, the Jordan River log sort yard is full of timber.
This just in: Caycuse Valley has been stripped.
Below: Ancient Forest Alliance executive director Ken Wu next to old growth Douglas fir trees that were cut down in the Caycuse Valley between Cowichan Lake and the Walbran Valley. The Alliance is trying to prevent this from happening again, to preserve ’s few vital old growth forests. Photo: Tyler Clark for Lake Cowichan Gazette.
The Ancient Forest Alliance reports:
The BC government has allowed an important deer wintering range to be logged on Vancouver Island in the Caycuse Valley south of Cowichan Lake. British Columbia's coastal black-tailed deer populations that live at higher elevations (ie. where there is snow pack) spend the winter months in old-growth forests where they find food and shelter. Lichens which take a long time to spread and grow (and thus are found in much greater abundance in old-growth forests) form a large part of their winter diet.
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