ELF seeks judicial review of Clack Creek cutblock sale

Elphinstone Logging Focus (ELF) is asking for a BC Supreme Court review of the BC Timber Sales (BCTS) decision to go forward with the sale of a cutblock, A93884, in the Clack Creek Forest.

ELF said it filed a petition this week, with a West Coast Environment Law grant to cover legal fees.

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In an April 23 news release, ELF said it also filed supporting documents that include the Sunshine Coast Regional District’s Roberts Creek Official Community Plan, which supports expanding Elphinstone Provincial Park, as well as studies that recommend setting the area aside to protect rare plant communities.

“There is ample information available to BC Timber Sales regarding the value of this forest and the availability of other timber outside the proposed park expansion area,” said Matthew Nefstead, the Victoria-based environmental lawyer retained by ELF.

“This block did not need to be listed for sale now, and we are asking the court to overturn that decision. Between now and end of this month, the Timber Sales Manager has an opportunity to defer the block and allow the MLUP [Modern Land Use Plan] to be completed.” 

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