Thursday, December 14, 2017


Firewood Opportunities for the weekend of Dec 16th and 17th 2017

Island Timberlands has fundraising opportunities available in the Nanaimo, Parksville, and Qualicum areas. Any group that is interested in our firewood fundraisers can contact Island Timberlands at;  info@islandtimberlands.com
 
Firewood is for personal use only and not to be sold.
To purchase an Island Timberlands Firewood Permit and the accompanying maps, please contact the following Visitor Centers:

Parksville Visitor Centre:

Address: 1275 East Island Hwy, Parksville BC V9P2G3

Phone: 250-248-3613

Hours: Mon-Fri 9-5, closed weekends


Port Alberni Visitor Centre:

Address: 2533 Port Alberni Hwy, Port Alberni BC V9Y8P2

Phone: 250-724-6535

Hours: Mon-Fri 9-5, closed weekends


Cowichan Regional Visitor Centre:

2896 Drinkwater Rd, Duncan BC V9L 6C2

Phone: 888-303-3337

Hours: Mon-Sat 10-4, closed Sundays 



The following table displays the cost of a firewood permit.  Visitor Centers and Fund Raiser Groups use the same cost structure.


Firewood sites and times are as follows;





There will be random checks for Permits and Safety Equipment.  If you do not have a permit or adequate safety equipment your firewood may be confiscated, and you will be asked to leave the property.  Non-Compliance with these mandatory requirements may result in further penalties and restrictions.

You must carry your valid permit with you at all times!
Safety equipment requirements include: chainsaw pants, sturdy work boots, eye and ear protection
Check the "Access" section of this blog for gate time openings and closings.
Unless otherwise noted, public and fund raiser firewood opportunities are for weekends only. 
Notice
There have been incidents where people have been cutting firewood in non-authorized areas.  These areas may be allocated for our commercial firewood cutters and the public is not permitted to cut firewood in these areas.  Please be respectful to our commercial firewood cutters and only cut firewood in the areas outlined above.
Access information for the weekend of Dec 16th and 17th, 2017

Cameron Operation:  The Cameron Connector gates will be will be closed this weekend. The Cameron Connector is blocked between Highway 4 and Cameron Main.  Public access to Pass Main (Mount Arrowsmith)  and Labour Day Lake will be via Cameron Main from 0 kms at the Cameron shop. Please use caution and obey all signs. 

Comox and Ash Operation: Will be open to the public this weekend.  Crews and equipment will be operating in some areas; please obey the signs and do not go beyond an active work site sign.

Horne Lake North 100 and Loon Lake Mains: No public access this weekend due to active hauling.

Northwest Bay Operation: Access beyond the 6 km mark on the 155 mainline will be closed on Saturday.  142-124 to Sundew will be closed Saturday and Sunday.  Access beyond 142-139 (Cottle Lake) will be closed Saturday and Sunday.   The rest of NWB will be open this weekend.  In some areas, equipment may be operating.  Please do not go beyond an active work site sign. 



Chemainus (Copper Canyon) Operation: Will be closed Saturday and open on Sunday up to the 22km gate

Shawnigan Operation: Will be closed Saturday and opening again on Sunday.


Please use caution and be aware that you may encounter heavy equipment at any time this weekend.

GateStatusHours (if applicable)
Cameron Main Open  6 am - 4 pm
Cameron ConnectorClosed
Loon LakeClosed
Horne Lake North 100Closed
Ash Main (at 22 km)Open  6 am - 4 pm
Ash Main (at 28.6 km)Open 6 am - 4 pm
Comox MainOpen 6 am - 4 pm
Comox-91Closed
Museum MainClosed
Northwest Bay Partial Closure on Saturday (see above)  6 am - 4 pm
Nanaimo Lakes Road 45Open 8 am - 4 pm
Chemainus MainClosed Saturday (see above) 6 am - 4 pm
Glenora (Shawnigan)Closed Saturday (see above) 6 am - 6 pm
Buckley BayClosed 
Ashling Rd (Spider Lake) Closed
Oyster RiverClosed 
Nanaimo River CampClosed 

Please Note: On weekdays, access is closed to the public unless authorized by Island Timberlands. Gates may be open to facilitate access by operational equipment and vehicles and may be closed anytime.

 Authorized ATV access to Island Timberlands' Roads


Island Timberlands has entered into access agreements with 2 ATV clubs on Vancouver Island, they are: The Comox Valley ATV Club and the Mid-Island ATV Club.  With similar values that include promoting safe and respectful recreational use of our roads this agreement allows for legal and authorized access to our private lands.  It is our hope that these agreements will help to continue building positive co-operation with ATV club enthusiasts and provide future opportunities for those wishing to ride their ATV's on Island Timberlands' roads.  For more information on either club contact:

Non-club members on ATV’s are not permitted on Island Timberlands’ roads or property.


Authorized Snow Mobile access to Island Timberlands   


Island Timberlands has renewed it access agreement with the North Island Snow Mobile Club (NISC).  The NISC has authorized access to specific roads and area in our Oyster River Operation.  For more information on the NISC contact:


    • North Island Snow Mobile Club
      • Loren
      • TBA


Non-club members on Snow Mobiles are not permitted on Island Timberlands’ roads or property




CSWM Launches Illegal Dumping Prevention Program

Comox Strathcona Waste Management (CSWM) has launched a new program aimed at preventing illegal dumping across the region. This new program includes a public education and awareness campaign and a new illegal dumping bylaw.
For more information please visit: www.cswm.ca/illegaldumping
informative video material is available:

What is Illegal Dumping?

How Can We Stop Illegal Dumping? Please share with your networks.

To report a wildfire call 1-800-663-5555 or *5555 from a cell phone.

Unauthorized Access or Suspicious Activities
Unauthorized access, at any time, will not be tolerated.
Unless otherwise authorized, ATV's and Snow Mobiles are not permitted on Island Timberlands Property. In addition, campfires, camping and off-roading are not permitted. Please respect the environment and keep your vehicles on the main travelled roads at all times.

Don't let the few criminals ruin access for everyone!
If you see any suspicious activities on our lands you can report them! Please do not put yourself in an unsafe situation or confrontation:  Contact Safety Net Security 250-830-8343 or
http://www.islandtimberlands.com ***On our home page, and at the bottom right hand corner, hover your pointer on the word "Contact", select, then go to the Type of Enquiries drop down. Select "Report Suspicious Activities".

Please Report Poachers and Polluters!
Conservation Officer 24 Hour Hotline 1-877-952-RAPP (7277)

Thank you and please enjoy your weekend safely