June Update on Blowdown Salvage in Municipal Forest Reserve

In March, Council decided to harvest trees that blew down or were heavily damaged in the 2018 windstorm. Assessments to inventory the blowdown throughout the Municipal Forestry Reserve began in January and the requests for proposal (RFP) were released in May seeking contractors to salvage the Council-approved blowdown salvage areas.

A contract was issued in May for blowdown salvage on Maple Mountain, and a contract has now been awarded to Integrated Operations Group Inc. to salvage blowdown on Stoney Hill and Mount Tzouhalem. As with all blowdown salvage areas, contractors are asked to remove damaged timber only. All undamaged timber will be left standing as long as there are no safety risks of by doing so.

Blowdown salvage harvesting is anticipated to begin on Stoney Hill the week of June 24, 2019, but there is a possibility of delays given the fire hazard rating for the area. North Cowichan adheres to the Provincial guidelines for harvesting during hot, dry weather and harvesting activities will be postponed if necessary depending on the weather.

Some trail closures will be in place during the blowdown salvage work on Stoney Hill and Mount Tzouhalem. Before recreating, the public is asked to:

  1. Check online to ensure that your planned route is open: www.northcowichan.ca/trails, and
  2. Adhere to on-site signage and area closures to avoid any potential safety risks.

 Background:

 For more information, please contact:

Al Siebring, Mayor
Municipality of North Cowichan
T 250.710.3416
E mayor@northcowichan.ca