Saturday, June 11, 2016

Chilcotin Holidays

Forestry Meeting Attendance

No matter where you go in the world, there always seems to be a struggle between industrial companies (such as mining groups, forestry representatives and water management committees) and environmental supporters. Arguments over land use, rights and responsibilities and best practice can sometimes rage amongst the various groups, often with poor outcomes for one or more parties.

With a proposed logging cut site set to begin in the Gold Bridge area of BC, just north of Carpenter lake, many local people, both individuals and businesses, were keen to discuss the proposition and plans that Aspen Planers had for the logging sites. It's not everyday that you get to be privy to the inner workings of a multinational company such as theirs, and to be witness to the community led initiative to monitor and assist in managing the impact that the industry will have, so the when the opportunity to join the meeting came up, I jumped at the chance to go.

Chilcotin Holidays had a very strong presence amongst the various representatives that attended the meeting. With a large mix of employees and interns, Chilcotin Holidays sent a 15 person cohort to the gathering, each of whom has a strong belief in wilderness conservation. A high priority for the group was to ensure that there was sufficient forethought in place with regards to the local animal populations that live and migrate through the areas. Moose, deer, Bighorn sheep and Black bear all frequent the locations in and around the proposed cut sites, so it is essential that careful consideration be given to the impact that any heavy industry will have on their population size, movement patterns and overall health.

The land and business owners passionately discussed their concerns regarding the environmental consequences of the proposed cut sites including questions about noise pollution, land degradation, fire hazards, planned regeneration of the area and animal impacts. It was fantastic to see such a strong sense of community spirit amongst the people at the meeting and heartening to know that so many people are interested in animal and habitat conservation in the South Chilcotin Mountain Park areas. As plans move forward and the wheels of the forestry industry continue to turn it will be interesting to keep an eye on not only the outcome of the proposed cut sites, but also on the relationship between the logging company and the local stakeholders to see how the delicate balance between nature and progress is maintained.

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We are a licensed guide outfitter and we conduct guided wilderness adventures throughout our 5,000 square km operating area. This guide area has been operational since 1880, making it the oldest in British Columbia. More about us HERE.

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