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A cut above
Logging is proposed within the city’s backyard playground.
ATCO Wood Products is proposing a cut block of 37 hectares on unsurveyed Crown land in the Glenmerry geographic area southwest of Nancy Greene Provincial Park.
Late last month Atco invited the regional district board to provide comments on the application. The Regional District of Kootenay Boundary board of directors passed a motion that the application for a timber cutting permit in the Glenmerry area near Nancy Greene Provincial Park was supported, subject to consultation with the Castlegar Nordic Ski Club.
The Castlegar Nordic Ski Club maintains cross country ski trails in the area, and the proposed access road is one of the trails.
The ski club trails in the area are authorized under Section 56 of the Forest and Range Practice Act.
“Depending on the applicant’s winter access needs, and their type of access, there is a potential for conflict,” said RDKB planner Jeff Ginalias in his report.
“The applicant is aware of the Ski Club’s tenure in this area, and has been in contact with them on the proposal.”
Logging in or around watershed areas is always sensitive, said Area B director Linda Worley, but following the provincial guidelines for practices and stewardship should alleviate some of those concerns.
“I have not personally been contacted, nor am I aware of any comments or concerns directed from the public regarding either of (the issue),” she said.
The two cut blocks are on the south side of Highway 3, just beyond a prior timber harvest site which has been restocked.
The blocks will be accessed by Glenmerry Forest Service Road, with potentially more roads cut in for in-block access.
The main focus of the block is timber volume with some minor forest health being considered.
With the proposed cut area in RDKB electoral Area B, the Official Community Plan designation is Rural Resource 3, and the area is zoned Rural 1 (RUR1), meaning forestry, logging, and silviculture are permitted.
The license is in the same general area and along the same access road as the Telus TM Mobile communications tower referral to the RDKB last spring.