Update on Blowdown Salvage in Municipal Forest Reserve

(North Cowichan) – In March, Council decided to proceed with completing existing 2018 logging contracts within the Municipal Forest Reserve and to harvest trees that blew down or were heavily damaged in the 2018 windstorm. Assessments to inventory the blowdown throughout the Municipal Forest Reserve began in January and some requests for proposal (RFPs) were released in April seeking contractors to salvage the Council-approved areas of blowdown.

The contract has been awarded for salvage of approximately 4,200m3 of blowdown on Maple Mountain, which will begin this week.

The contract has been awarded for reactivation of approximately 1,300m of road in Stoney Hill to facilitate safe access for blowdown salvage, which will begin this week.  

An RFP to salvage approximately 1,800m3 of blowdown on Stoney Hill and 1,000m3 of blowdown on Mount Tzouhalem is currently open for bids. 

In all blowdown salvage areas, contractors are asked to remove damaged timber only, as long as there are no safety risks of doing so.

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.

Trail closures, which may include trail bypasses, will be in place during blowdown salvage work on Maple Mountain and will be posted on North Cowichan’s website and at the main entrance off of Osborne Bay Road and at all key trail access points. Anyone recreating on Maple Mountain is asked to:

  1. Check online before hiking or biking 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.

For more information on the Municipal Forestry Reserve and background documents on what has taken place in 2019 please visit: https://www.northcowichan.ca/EN/main/community/current-topics/municipal-forest-reserve.html  

For more information, please contact:
Al Siebring, Mayor
Municipality of North Cowichan
T 250.710.3416
E mayor@northcowichan.ca