The public is invited to review and comment before Feb. 18 on plans to establish more than 18,000 hectares of old growth management areas on the Sunshine Coast.
Old growth management areas protect the biological diversity of old growth forests. The ministry is proposing to establish old growth management areas along Toba and Jervis inlets near Powell River and on parts of the Sechelt peninsula.
•The Homfray Land-scape Unit (2,802 hectares) on the east side of Homfray Channel and the southeast side of Toba Inlet.
•The Jervis Landscape Unit (4,479 hectares) on the east and north sides of Jervis Inlet.
•The Quatam Landscape Unit (2,971 hectares) on the north side of Pryce Channel and east side of Toba Inlet.
•The Salmon Inlet Landscape Unit (4,434 hectares) on the north and south sides of Salmon Inlet.
•The Southgate Land-scape Unit (3,212 Hectares) northeast of Bute Inlet and southwest of Chilko Lake.
Old growth management areas are established by a land use objectives order under the Land Act. Copies of the proposed land use objectives order, background reports and maps showing the location and boundaries of the landscape units and proposed old growth management areas are available for review at ministry offices in Surrey (200-10428 153 St.), Campbell River (370 S. Dogwood St.) and Powell River (7077 Duncan St.) or online at: www.newsroom.gov.bc.ca/2013/12/input-sought-on-sunshine-coast-old-growth-management-areas.html
Comments can be sent to: Chuck Anderson, Stewardship Forester Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, 7077 Duncan St., Powell River, V8A 1W1.