Canfor answers Upper Clearwater concerns

Forest company responds to concerns raised by Upper Clearwater residents about its logging plans

A map of Trophy Mountain northeast of Clearwater shows from Upper Clearwater referral group shows existing logging in green and cutblocks proposed by Canfor in orange.

A map of Trophy Mountain northeast of Clearwater shows from Upper Clearwater referral group shows existing logging in green and cutblocks proposed by Canfor in orange.

“Canfor is only at the earliest stages of field reconnaissance into the area and is doing very preliminary public consultation.”

That was the reply by company spokesperson Christine Kennedy to questions raised by the Upper Clearwater referral group as reported in the story here.

“We can understand the interest by the local community and we will work to address those concerns,” she said.

Which of the proposed logging blocks will be logged and when has yet to be decided. Possibly some or even all might not be logged, Kennedy said.

When asked if Canfor intends to abide by the letter and spirit of the Guiding Principles for the Management of Land and Resources in the Upper Clearwater Valley, Kennedy said the forest company would comply with all higher level plans and engage in public consultation.

Their intention is to be good neighbors, she said.

She could not say how much of the logging would involve clearcutting.

“It’s far too soon to consider harvesting methods,” Kennedy said.

The Canfor spokesperson said they recognize there is a history of washouts in the area. There will need to be a full hydrological assessment before logging can begin.

Visual quality will be another factor they take into consideration, if and when the blocks proceed into operational plans. There will be full public consultation on this as well, she said.

“That’s the way Canfor works,” Kennedy said.