Tuesday April 22, 2014


question of the week

Survey results are meant for general information only, and are not based on recognised statistical methods.





Important things to keep in mind when buying firewood

Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
Comments

As the nights get colder and longer, more people are lighting their fireplaces to help stay warm. But do you know where your firewood comes from? Was it legally harvested?

Cutting down trees on Crown land without the appropriate permit and then selling the logs as firewood is a serious problem throughout the province. This activity is illegal and could result in a violation ticket of $173 (or more, if significant environmental damage occurs). It can also create safety hazards for recreationalists and other forest users, or have a negative effect on ecosystems and fish habitats.

A vehicle involved in the transportation of illegally cut firewood may be seized and the driver may be held liable for fines beyond those issued to the people who actually cut the wood. Over a dozen individuals were caught and issued fines in the South Coast Region over the past year, had their vehicles seized and had loads of firewood confiscated.

Firewood that comes from Crown land or private land in the South Coast Region and is bought or sold without proper documentation may be seized by natural resource officers.

The public can do its part to stop illegal cutting by only purchasing firewood from legitimate producers. If you buy firewood, ask whether the wood comes from Crown land or private land and insist on receiving a copy of the sellerís load slip (transportation documentation).

If you want to cut firewood on Crown land for personal use, you can obtain a permit online at: www.for.gov.bc.ca/dsc/Permits/Firewood.htm

through a Service BC Centre with locations listed at: http://www.servicebc.gov.bc.ca/locations/ or by contacting the Sunshine Coast District office in Powell River at 1-604-485-0700.

ó Submitted


Comments

Comments


NOTE: To post a comment in the new commenting system you must have an account with at least one of the following services: Disqus, Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo, OpenID. You may then login using your account credentials for that service. If you do not already have an account you may register a new profile with Disqus by first clicking the "Post as" button and then the link: "Don't have one? Register a new profile".

The Coast Reporter welcomes your opinions and comments. We do not allow personal attacks, offensive language or unsubstantiated allegations. We reserve the right to edit comments for length, style, legality and taste and reproduce them in print, electronic or otherwise. For further information, please contact the editor or publisher, or see our Terms and Conditions.

blog comments powered by Disqus



About Us | Advertising | Contact Us | Sitemap / RSS   Glacier Community Media: www.glaciermedia.ca    © Copyright 2014 Glacier Community Media | User Agreement & Privacy Policy
Business in Vancouver Whistler Question Squamish Chief Powell River Peak Real Estate Weekly My Local Flyers

LOG IN



Lost your password?