Cottonwood Lake is a popular spot for fishing, boating, and picnicking. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

RDCK wants province to regulate private land logging

A resolution will go to the Union of BC Municipalities in September

The Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) is calling on the provincial government to regulate private land logging.

The RDCK voted on Thursday to take a resolution to the September conference of the Union of BC Municipalities, asking that body to lobby the forest ministry to develop regulations for the harvesting areas of private land measuring more than four hectares.

Ramona Faust, the regional director for Area E, told the Star that the initiative springs from private land logging by the Nelson Land Corporation near Cottonwood Lake and near Wynndell. In the case of Cottonwood Lake, she said the logging threatens a regional public investment.

“It is adjacent to the rail trail and the Cottonwood Lake Park and the cross country ski area. Hundreds of thousands of dollars have gone into developing these, and it seems to me that at a provincial level we need to have some assurances, if you are investing in rural areas, that it won’t be impacted negatively by logging that is not regulated like other logging is.”

Faust also suggested that non-regulated private land logging competes unfairly with regular crown land logging.

“These logs are competing with logs that people do not have to put a lot of forethought and planning into. I think that it would a great time for the province to take a look at regulations that are proactive rather than reactive, on private land.”

In a news release, the RDCK stated this week that it has been receiving calls from many upset residents and is in discussions with Nelson Land Corporation and that it has directed its staff to “explore the options that might be available” but provided no further detail.



bill.metcalfe@nelsonstar.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Comments are closed

Just Posted

Four members of Nelson and District Women’s Centre board resign

Centre is closed during COVID-19 and is currently hiring an executive director

Reflecting on former Kootenay MLA Ed Conroy’s legacy

Former BC cabinet minister and Kootenay MLA Ed Conroy passed away June 26

Civic Theatre gets $2.7 million to add two more screens

The grant will allow two small theatres to be built in the back of the current auditorium

B.C. records 31 new cases, six deaths over three days due to COVID-19

There are 166 active cases in B.C., 16 people in hospital

ICBC to resume road tests in July with priority for rebookings, health-care workers

Tests have been on hold for four months due to COVID-19

Urge travellers to follow COVID-19 rules in a ‘gentle way’: B.C.’s top doctor

Cases surging in the U.S. have B.C. officials hoping the border stays shut all summer

96-year-old woman scales B.C. butte with help of family, friends

‘I did as I was told and I enjoyed every minute of it’

Parallel crises: How COVID-19 exacerbated B.C.’s drug overdose emergency

Part 1: Officials say isolation, toxic drug supply, CERB, contributing to crisis

Canadians with disabilities disproportionately hit by COVID-19 pandemic

More than four out of 10 British Columbians aged 70 and up have various disabilities

Camping offers a great pandemic escape, for less money than you might think

But for many first-timers, knowing what to bring can be a challenge

Turbulence in Canadian opinion on airlines COVID-19 response: poll

Thousands of people have beseeched Transport Minister Marc Garneau to compel airlines to issue refunds,

Most Read