Thursday, 12 April 2012

Regional Board Responds

The Powell River Regional District Board met this Tuesday (April 10) and was presented with a Friends of Stillwater Bluffs delegation.  New information regarding the now imminent plans of Island Timberlands was presented.  At the end of March three of our members were invited (upon request) to walk part of DL3040 with Wayne French, I.T.'s forestry representative for Powell River.  During this walkabout it was stated that IT would be in this area flagging and tagging trees with spray paint for block and road layout this April.  This new fast tracked schedule was a shock and our group quickly requested a meeting with Mac Fraser, Chief Executive Officer of the Regional District.  Mac would be absent for this upcoming Committee of the Whole meeting so Friends of Stillwater Bluffs took this new information to present at that meeting.

David Moore's pitch to the board was simple and clear, "please communicate with I.T. management that the RD is considering DL3040 for park - and please stop any onsite operations pending further development".  No director offered any directive at this point.  David (of FOSB) then reiterated to them that Wayne French was going full steam ahead with harvest planning and because Wayne and I.T. have received nothing from our Regional District and in particular the meeting our Regional District had with I.T. in March was not with management, but with lower level functionaries. 

One other request FOSB presented was a letter that a board member from Cortez Island had written and submitted to I.T. that resulted in a six month ceasing of operations.  Our request was for a similar letter to be written on behalf of DL3040.  This request was not taken enthusiastically and it took City Councilor Maggie Hathaway's outburst of, "Let's just write the letter!  They can say no but at least we can write a letter."  She was then asked by the chair if she would like to put that in a motion.  She did and it was unanimously passed.  THANK YOU MAGGIE!!  We will wait to see what results this letter will yield to us.

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