Friday, December 14, 2012

Gate openings and public firewood - Weekend of December 15-16

The following three gates are open for both respectful recreation and public personal cut firewood this weekend:

  • Shawnigan - 7am-5pm;
  • Copper Canyon - 7am-5pm;
  • Northwest Bay - 7am-5pm.

All other gated areas are closed this weekend. 
Firewood permits will be available at these gates for a cost of $30 cash; appropriate safety gear must be presented in order to attain a permit.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Recreational Access Closure - Qualicum Beach Middle School trails

Effective Monday December 17, the following trails will be closed weekdays from 6am-6pm due to forest harvesting activities.  We request that you respect this closure for the safety of yourself and the workers on-site.
  • Horsey;
  • Bear;
  • Fast & Furious;
  • Picnic Log Road;
  • Kaplar Main;
  • Eagles Roost;
  • Bud; and
  • Lost & Found.

This closure is anticipate to last until late January but this may change without notice.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

ISLAND TIMBERLANDS AND CORTES ISLAND

Island Timberlands planned to start our 2012/2013 forest harvest activities on Cortes Island on November 27. Our staff and contractors were impeded from going to work on this day by masked individuals who refused to allow our workers to pass when requested to do so. A second attempt to access our property and start forest harvest related activities on November 28 was also denied.

We have received questions about our private managed forest land and planned harvest activities on Cortes Island and we would like to take the opportunity to provide some facts that are not being widely reported:

o Island Timberlands has owned property on Cortes Island since its inception in 2005; our entire property is designated Managed Forest and is zoned Forestry in the Regional District Official Community Plan.

o We have been listening to the concerns of the community since 2006 having hosted and participated in community meetings, individual visits with our neighbours and focussed discussions with a select group of environmental advocates from Cortes Island.

o At the request of the community:
  • We committed to not operating during the peak summer tourist season.
  • We have changed the size, boundaries and harvest designs of our planned harvest areas to address issues brought to our attention by the community.
  • We have hired a contractor based in nearby Campbell River to complete our forest harvest and related activities on Cortes. This contractor has subsequently hired members of the Klahoose First Nation as well as non-First Nations Cortes residents as part of our commitment to employ locally.
o Similar to each of the communities we operate in and around, we are interested in hearing from our neighbours; we have and will continue to commit to meeting with individuals who would like to learn more about our plan and business.

The most common requests we have received are:

o Do not clear-cut your property:
  • We have no plans to clear-cut in any of our blocks on Cortes – our silviculture system is “Variable Retention” (VR) consistent with the non-clearcut definition in government legislation.
  • VR requires 50% forest influence and dispersed single trees or groups of retained trees throughout the block of which we have planned both.
o Apply 100-meter no-harvest zones (also known as riparian buffers) along all water bodies, consistent with the Central Coast Implementation Team:
  • There is no such blanket requirement for riparian buffers for the Central Coast Crown-tenured lands.
  • Cortes Island does not lie within British Columbia’s Central Coast region.
  • Our harvest plans have addressed concerns on water quality through the application of our internal Riparian Management standards (which have been externally designed and verified) to ensure site specific riparian buffers are in place around water bodies.
  • Our plans address all applicable legislative and certification requirements for protection of fish, fish habitat and water quality.
o Do not harvest the last one percent of old growth forest within the Coastal Douglas fir (CDF) zone:
  • This request refers to the Coastal Douglas fir (CDF) ecosystem that is found on the south-east portions of Vancouver Island and the mainland coast; the CDF zone is not found on Cortes Island.
  • Our private managed forest lands on Cortes Island are within the very common Coastal Western Hemlock (CWH) ecosystem.
  • The vast majority of our forests on Cortes are second growth trees; we also have some third growth plantations.
  • Where it is safe and operationally feasible to do so, we have committed to retaining the old growth trees that are scattered across our property.

Any questions should be addressed to environment@islandtimberlands.com.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Gate openings and public firewood - Weekend of December 8-9

All un-gated areas are open for respectful recreation this weekend. Gate opening times are as follows:

• Buckley Bay: 6am - 4pm
• Northwest Bay: 7am - 5pm
• Nanaimo River: 6am - 3pm
• Copper Canyon: 6am-4pm
• Shawnigan: 6am - 4pm
• Iron River: 6:30am - 4:30pm

This is the last major weekend for widespread access with the close of hunting season. As well, public firewood is wrapping up to a large degree this weekend.

Public firewood cutting permits and locations are available at the following locations Saturday and Sunday approximately 8am-3pm:

• Buckley Bay gate;
• Northwest Bay gate;
• Shawnigan gate; and
• Copper Canyon.

Have a safe weekend.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Gate openings and public firewood - Weekend of Dec 1-2

All un-gated areas are open for respectful recreation this weekend. Gate opening times are as follows:


• Buckley Bay: 6am - 4pm
• Northwest Bay: 7am - 5pm
• Nanaimo River: 6am - 3pm
• Copper Canyon: 6am-4pm
• Shawnigan: 6am - 4pm
• Iron River: 6:30am - 4:30pm


 
December 9 will be the last day for access into Buckley Bay, Iron River and Nanaimo River.

Please be aware it is still hunting season; dress appropriately.

Public firewood cutting permits and locations are available at the following locations Saturday and Sunday approximately 8am-3pm:

• Buckley Bay gate;
• Northwest Bay gate;
• Nanaimo Lakes Road (NLR-47) at 4.7 km;
• Shawnigan gate; and
• Copper Canyon.

Our fall firewood cutting season will wrap up in the next week or two.


Have a safe weekend.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Recreational Access Closures - South Nanaimo/Chase River area

Effective late November 2012, the following trails (or portions thereof) in the South Nanaimo area will be closed weekdays from 6am to 6pm.  These closures are expected to last until the end of January 2013.
  • Log Drop;
  • Humility;
  • Connector;
  • Inside Out;
  • Boy-o-Boy;
  • Cheater;
  • Feelin' Lucky;
  • Fuzzy Bunny;
  • Johnny Rotten;
  • Rusty Nail;
  • Summertime Rolls;
  • Out-n-About;
  • Like Butter;
  • Twister; and
  • Ruper Dupper.
Please look out for signage and respect these closures, for the safety of workers and recreationalists.

Gate openings & public firewood locations - Weekend of November 24-25

All un-gated areas are open for respectful recreation this weekend. Gate opening times are as follows:


• Buckley Bay: 6am - 4pm
• Northwest Bay: 7am - 5pm
• Nanaimo River: 6am - 3pm
• Copper Canyon: 6am-4pm
• Shawnigan: 6am - 4pm
• Iron River: 6:30am - 4:30pm

Please be aware it is still hunting season; dress appropriately.
Public firewood cutting permits and locations are available at the following locations Saturday and Sunday approximately 8am-3pm:

• Buckley Bay gate;
• Northwest Bay gate;
• Nanaimo Lakes Road (NLR-47) at 4.7 km;
• Shawnigan gate; and
• Copper Canyon.

Our fall firewood cutting season will wrap up shortly, so get out this weekend to stock up your supply.


Thursday, November 15, 2012

Gate Closures and Public Firewood-Weekend of November 17-18

All gated and un-gated properties are open for safe, respectful recreation this weekend.

Hunting is permitted with the expectation that each individual has the appropriate license(s) and permit(s) in place as required under legislation.

Gate timing for recreationalists is as follows:
• Buckley Bay: 6am - 4pm
• Northwest Bay: 7am - 5pm
• Nanaimo River: 6am - 3pm
• Copper Canyon: 6am-4pm
• Shawnigan: 6am - 4pm
• Iron River: 6:30am - 4:30pm

To enter Nanaimo River area, you must also have undertaken watershed etiquette training and present your personal permit from this training. Training is available through the Nanaimo & District Fish & Game club.

Public firewood permits will be available at the following locations from approximately 8am-3pm at the following locations:
• Buckley Bay gate
• Northwest Bay gate
• Shawnigan gate; and
• Copper Canyon

Safety gear must be available to show at the time of permit purchase. This includes eye protection, ear protection, steel-toed footwear and chainsaw pants.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Gate Closures and Public Firewood-Weekend of November 10-11

All gated and un-gated properties are open for safe, respectful recreation this weekend.

Hunting is permitted with the expectation that each individual has the appropriate license(s) and permit(s) in place as required under legislation.

Gate timing for recreationalists is as follows:
• Buckley Bay: 6am - 4pm
• Northwest Bay: 7am - 5pm
• Nanaimo River: 6am - 3pm
• Copper Canyon: 6am-4pm
• Shawnigan: 6am - 4pm
• Iron River: 6:30am - 4:30pm

To enter Nanaimo River area, you must also have undertaken watershed etiquette training and present your personal permit from this training. Training is available through the Nanaimo & District Fish & Game club.

Public firewood permits will be available at the following locations from approximately 8am-3pm at the following locations:

• Buckley Bay gate
• Northwest Bay gate
• Shawnigan gate; and
• Copper Canyon

Safety gear must be available to show at the time of permit purchase. This includes eye protection, ear protection, steel-toed footwear and chainsaw pants.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Temporary Road Closure - Loon Lake Main

Those people using Loon Lake Main during weekdays should expect temporary road closures due to road construction in the area during the next eight to ten weeks, effective Monday November 5.

Recreational access closure - Helgas Trail, Loon Loop & Hole in the Forest trails

Effective November 5, these three trails in the vicinity of Loon Lake are closed weekdays from 6am to 7pm due to road construction in the area. 

This closure is expected to take approximately eight to ten weeks.  The lifting of this closure will be updated on this blog.

Gate Closures and Public Firewood - Weekend of November 2-4

All gated and un-gated properties are open for safe, respectful recreation this weekend.

Hunting is permitted with the expectation that each individual has the appropriate license(s) and permit(s) in place as required under legislation.

Gate timing for recreationalists is as follows:

• Buckley Bay: 6am - 4pm
• Northwest Bay: 7am - 5pm
• Nanaimo River: 6am - 3pm
• Copper Canyon: 6am-4pm
• Shawnigan: 6am - 4pm

To enter Nanaimo River area, you must also have undertaken watershed etiquette training and present your personal permit from this training. Training is available through the Nanaimo & District Fish & Game club.

Public firewood permits will be available at the following locations from approximately 8am-3pm at the following locations:

• Nanaimo Lakes Road 47
• Okeover (Powell River)
• Buckley Bay gate
• Northwest Bay gate
• Shawnigan gate; and
• Port Alberni (contact Fish and Game Club @ 250.724.4657 (Darlene) or 778.421.1947 (Donna or Russ)).

Safety gear must be available to show at the time of permit purchase. This includes eye protection, ear protection, steel-toed footwear and chainsaw pants.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Recreational Access Closure - Pass Main Trail & Rosseau Trail

The Pass Main Trail and the Lower and Upper Rosseau Trails are closed until further notice.  This is due to safety hazards related to rock blasting as part of road building in the adjacent area.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Gate closures & public firewood - Weekend of October 27-28

All gated and ungated properties are open for respectful recreation this upcoming weekend.

The gate hours for the Copper Canyon have been revised:  6am-4pm.

Personal cut firewood opportunities will be available by permit from approximately 8am-3pm at the following locations:
  • Extension/White Rapids Road;
  • Nanaimo Lakes Road 47;
  • Okeover (Powell River);
  • Buckley Bay gate;
  • Northwest Bay gate;
  • Shawnigan gate; and
  • Port Alberni (contact Fish and Game Club @ 250.724.4657 (Darlene) or 778.421.1947 (Donna or Russ)).

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Gate closures & Public Firewood - Weekend of October 19-21

Similar to last weekend, the only gate closure is at Iron River due to active operations over the weekend.

Gate opening times for Saturday and Sunday are as follows:


Buckley Bay: 6am - 4pm
Northwest Bay: 7am - 5pm
Nanaimo River: 6am - 3pm
Copper Canyon: 7am - 5pm
Shawnigan: 6am - 4pm

Public firewood will be available at the following locations.  Safety gear must be presenting when purchasing the firewood permit - $30 cash per cord:

Buckley Bay gate
Northwest Bay gate
Shawnigan gate
Extension Road/White Rapids Road cutblock (same as late spring 2012)
Nanaimo Lakes Road (NLR) 47 (same as late spring 2012)

Have a safe weekend ahead.



Friday, October 12, 2012

Gate closure - Weekend of October 12-14

Closed gates: Iron River.

Open gates: 
Buckley Bay: 6am - 4pm
Northwest Bay: 7am - 5pm
Nanaimo River: 6am - 3pm
Copper Canyon: 7am - 5pm
Shawnigan: 6am - 4pm

All ungated properties are open for respectful recreation as well.

Have a safe weekend and please recreate responsibly.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Fire closure - Weekend of October 5-8

With no significant change in the weather and ground conditions across Vancouver Island, our gated and un-gated areas around Vancouver Island and the Sunshine Coast will continue to be closed for recreational use this weekend.

One reason to perhaps look forward to more seasonable fall weather!

Have a safe and enjoyable Thanksgiving weekend and please respect our request to stay out of the backcountry.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Recreation Access Closure - Cold Creek, Port Alberni

Effective October 1, Island Timberlands will begin modest road construction in the Cold Creek area of Port Alberni.  Community members and visitors alike are advised that this area is closed for respectful recreation on weekdays from 7am to 6pm.

This closure is to ensure safety of both workers and recreationalists alike and we thank you in advance for respecting it; please heed closure signs.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Fire Closure - Weekend of Sept 28-30

All gated and un-gated Island Timberlands properties are considered closed for recreation this upcoming weekend.  This is the result of high to extreme forest fire hazard across the majority of our properties on Vancouver Island and the Sunshine Coast.

We hope that recreationalists will respect this request and wait patiently with us until conditions change.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Fire Closure - Weekend of Sept 21-23

All gated and un-gated Island Timberlands properties are considered closed for recreation this upcoming weekend.  This is the result of high to extreme forest fire hazard across the majority of our properties on Vancouver Island and the Sunshine Coast.

Public Firewood Opportunities for Fall

Personal cut firewood opportunities will commence this fall once the weather cools and we receive sufficient precipitation to allow for safe cutting.

The first area for cutting planned for opening will be on our private timberlands along White Rapids Road where it joins with Extension Road. 

Keep checking back to this blog for the first weekend opening for public firewood.

Friday, September 14, 2012

UPDATE - Gate Closures - Weekend of September 14-16

An update to our earlier posting this week:

All gated and un-gated areas are considered closed for this weekend resulting from the warm, dry weather we have been experiencing across our properties on Vancouver Island. 

Please be patient for precipitation and cooler weather for your recreational pursuits.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Gate Closures - Weekend of September 14-16

With continuing warm and dry weather across Island Timberlands property, generally speaking, the following gate closures are scheduled for the upcoming weekend:

Open - Shawnigan Lake Gate:  0700-1700 hrs.

Closed -
Copper Canyon, Nanaimo River, Northwest Bay, Buckley Bay and Iron (Oyster) River.

Un-gated areas and the Alberni Valley will be considered closed due to considerable fire risk as well.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Fire Closure - Weekend of August 31 to September 3

Area fire closure status is unchanged from the previous two weekends.


The majority of Island Timberlands' are in high or extreme fire danger class ratings.

As a result, all gated and un-gated properties on the east and west sides of Vancouver Island are closed for public recreation this weekend.

In areas where we experience a high rate of gate vandalism, we may or may not choose to physically shut these gates. Instead, we will take the approach of increasing awareness through signage and have our roaming security team visit recreationalists where accessible to address our concerns of the fire danger risk.

Thank you for respecting this request. Have a safe and enjoyable long weekend.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Fire Closure - Weekend of August 24-26

Area fire closure status is unchanged from the previous weekend.
The majority of Island Timberlands' are in high or extreme fire danger class ratings.

As a result, all gated and un-gated properties on the east and west sides of Vancouver Island are closed for public recreation this weekend.
In areas where we experience a high rate of gate vandalism, we may or may not chose to physically shut these gates. Instead, we will take the approach of increasing awareness through signage and have our roaming security team visit recreationalists where accessible to address our concerns of the fire danger risk.

Thank you for respecting this request.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Temporary road closure - Pass Mainline

There will be intermittent short-term road closures of the Pass Mainline commencing August 27, 2012 for weekdays until the end of October.  These closures are required to facilitate safe road construction in the area.

Expect workers to potentially halt traffic during daylight hours.

Recreational Access Closure - Main Gully Trail

Access to the Main Gully trail will be restricted weekdays starting September 4, 2012.  This restriction is a safety precaution for the public due to road construction activities nearby.

This trail is open for respectful recreation on weekends not withstanding area closures for fire danger.  This closure is anticipated to close late October 2012.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Fire Closure - Weekend of August 17-19

The majority of Island Timberlands' are in high or extreme fire danger class ratings. 
As a result, all gated and ungated properties on the east and west sides of Vancouver Island are closed for public recreation this weekend.

In areas where we experience a high rate of gate vandalism, we may or may not chose to physcially shut these gates.  Instead, we will take the approach of increasing awareness through signage and have our roaming security team visit recreationalists where accessible to address our concerns of the fire danger risk.

Island Timberlands would prefer if you could enjoy the beautiful forecasted summer weather closer to home and out of the backcountry this weekend.

Thank you for respecting this request.

Recreational Trail Closure - Powell Forest Canoe Route

This is advance notice that a portion of the portage trail between Lois Lake and Horseshoe Lake, on the Powell Forest Canoe Route, will be closed from September 4, 2012 to the end of October 2012.  This closure is necessary to ensure the safety of both workers and the public as active forest operations take place along the portage trail.

CAMPSITES - Horseshoe River and Horseshoe Lake campsites are not safe for camping Sunday evening through to Thursday evenings in this window.

The trail will be open weekends (5pm to 4am), weekends and statutory holidays for recreational use. 
Expect trail closure signage in the area and plan your trip accordingly.

An alternate trail is available around activities on the Horseshoe River Road to the west of the Horseshoe River.

Monday, August 13, 2012

High/Extreme Fire Danger Rating

The drying trend continues for the majority of Island Timberland's properties on both Vancouver Island and the Sunshine Coast.  With this summer weather comes the increased fire danger risk to our forests. 
http://bcwildfire.ca/Weather/Maps/danger_rating.htm

Please respect area closures posted on this site (or shared otherwise).  Report suspicious activity to your local police and CrimeStoppers (1.800.222.8477) and report a wildfire with the BC Coastal Fire Center at 1.800.663.5555 or *5555 from your mobile device.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Fire Closure - Weekend of August 10-12

All gated and ungated properties on the east side of Vancouver Island are closed for recreation this weekend.
All gated and ungated properties on the west side of Vancouver Island (Cameron, Ash, Bamfield) are open for recreation this weekend.  All properties on the Sunshine Coast and Haida Gwaii are also open.

Please travel and enjoy with respect. Camping and fires are not permitted.
Forest fires can be reported by dialing *5555 on cellphones or by calling 1-800-663-5555.

Recreational Trail Closure - Pipedream (Extension area)

A short portion of the Pipedream trail (northwest section) will be closed in this area for safety risk and asset protection until approximately the end of September.  Refer to the map link as necessary:
http://www.island.net/~pmcgarri/Nanaimo.pdf

Please respect signage posted in the area referring to restricted entry and safety risks.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Recreational Access Closure - Grassy Mountain trail

Recreational access to Grassy Mountain from TMR Road is closed weekdays from August to October due to safety risk. Rock blasting as part of nearby road construction activities is active at this time.

Weekend access to this area for respectful, non-motorized recreation is available on weekends unless otherwise noted.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Public Road Closure - Northwest Bay Road

Island Timberlands private logging road between Highway 19 and Northwest Bay Road is closed to public traffic. Commencing August 10th 2012, the road will be patrolled by Safety Net Security and all unauthorized users will be redirected.

Thank you for your cooperation in keeping our employees and private timberlands safe.

Father and Son Lake - Recreational Access Closure

Recreational access to Father and Son Lake for hiking and camping is strongly not advised weekdays from August to October due to safety risk.  Rock blasting as part of nearby road construction activities is active at this time. 

Weekend access to this area for respectful recreation is available on weekends unless otherwise noted.

Labour Day Lake - Recreational Access Closure

The Labour Day Lake trail and campsites are strongly not advised for use weekdays from August to October due to safety risk. Rock blasting as part of road construction activities are active in the area.

The area is open for recreational use on weekends.  Please experience responsibly.

Kammat Lake - Recreational Access Closure

Effective immediately, recreational access to Kammat Lake is closed weekdays due to safety concerns with active road construction in the area.  Recreational access is anticipated to re-open weekdays in October.
The area is open for access weekends unless otherwise posted.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Fire Closure - Weekend of August 3-5

Our gates will be open for respectful, non-motorized recreation this weekend at Northwest Bay and Iron River/Oyster River.  Shawnigan and Copper Canyon gates are closed due to increasing fire risk.


Our ungated properties on West Island and the Sunshine Coast are also open for respectful recreation.
A reminder that campfires and firewood cutting are not permitted.

Have a safe long weekend and please report any suspicious activity.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Fire Closure - Weekend of July 27-29

All gated properties are open for respectful, non-motorized recreation this weekend with the exception of Copper Canyon. 

Campfires and firewood cutting are not permitted.

Have a safe weekend and please report any suspicious activity.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Fire Closure - Weekend of July 20-22

The gate at Oyster River will be closed to the public this weekend.

All other Island Timberlands properties are open for respectful recreation this weekend.  
 
As always, no unauthorized fires are permitted.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Fire Closure - Weekend of July 13-15

All Island Timberlands properties south of Nanaimo are closed starting this weekend for recreational opportunities as South Island fire danger ratings move from moderate to high risk. 

Gates will be open at Oyster/Iron River and Northwest Bay as usual; however, this may be the last weekend given the projected drying trend.

As indicated before, public firewood cutting is closed for the summer season and will commence again with wet, cool fall weather.

Please recreate with safety and respect front of mind this weekend.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Public Firewood Summer Closure

Effectively immediately all public firewood cutting opportunities have been suspended for the summer season.  This suspension aims to minimize the risk of human-initiated forest fires.  We look forward to bringing this program back in the fall once cooler, wetter weather returns.

Please continue to check our blog for firewood cutting at this time.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Closure of Mount Arrowsmith CPR Trail and vicinity

The Mount Arrowsmith CPR Trail and connecting Lookout Trail and Lookout Loop Trail will be closed to the public weekdays effective June 10, 2012 until September 4, 2012..  This closure is required to mitigate safety risks involved with road construction in the area.  The Regional District of Nanaimo will be signing this closure on the ground as well as sharing this information on their website, as they hold a non-exclusive license for trail maintenance in this location.

This closure may be extended beyond the Labour Day long weekend.  Watch this blog for an update as the summer progresses.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Firewood Opportunities Approaching Fire Season

Weekend personal-cut and use firewood is available at sites in Nanaimo, Nanoose Bay, Duncan and Port Alberni.
With the warmer, drier weather approaching, weekend cutting is expected to close for the summer months in the near future.  Current sites noted for personal cut firewood will be opened on a day-to-day basis weather dependant.  Permits typically cost $30 (cash) and will only be sold to those who can present appropriate safety equipment in good condition:  chainsaw pants, eye protection, hearing protection and stable footwear.



In Nanaimo, The Chase River Elementary Parent Advisory Committee will be hosting firewood across from the intersection of Extension Road and White Rapids Road. The Nanaimo Boxing Club is hosting firewood cutting off Nanaimo Lakes Road at approximately 5km, on NL_47.

In Nanoose Bay, the gate attendant at NorthWest Bay will provide you with cutting options and permit.

In Port Alberni, firewood opening exist along Bamfield Road with permits available through Darlene Clark of the Alberni Fish and Game Club at 250.724.4657 or 778.421.1947.

In Duncan, firewood is still available at 4890 Waters Road.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Alberni Inlet Trail - open for the summer

Harvesting operations immediately adjacent to the Alberni Inlet Trail have been completed for the spring and summer months.  Island invites the residents and visitors of Port Alberni to enjoy a walk through a working forest as our weather improves. 
We anticipate a second closure in the fall, which will be communicated through this blog as well as other contact points.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Firewood Opportunities for May

Weekend personal-cut and use firewood continues to be available at the sites indicated for March and early April in Nanaimo, Nanoose and Port Alberni.

In addition, weekend firewood is available in the Shawnigan Lake area at 4890 Waters Road.  Permits are $30 for a personal truck load - one load per permit. 

Around Victoria Day long weekend, an additional firewood option should come available outside of Nanaimo, on our property at the intersection of Extension Road and White Rapids Road.

As always, personal safety equipment is absolutely necessary to purchase a permit.  This includes chainsaw pants, eye protection, hearing protection and stable footwear.

A "truckload" refers to either the box of a pick-up truck or a similarly sized tow trailer.  Each load costs the gate price; a maximum of six permits for six loads will be sold to one group per day.

Happy safe cutting.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Taco Loop Trail near Loon Lake, Port Alberni

Island Timberlands has re-established the logged sections of the Taco Loop Trail near LL15 3km that was recently harvested.  This trail is connected into the Loon Lake and greater Cold Creek area trail network.

Friday, March 30, 2012

Firewood Opportunities for late March/early April

Three areas are open for personal cut firewood permits starting this weekend:

In PORT ALBERNI: Off the Bamfield Main, $20 per pickup load.  Contact the Alberni Fish and Game Club for further details on location and permit purchase at 250.724.4657 or 778.421.1947.

In NANOOSE/OCEANSIDE:  In the Northwest Bay area, accessed through the our NWB Gate, $30 per pickup load.  Visit the NWB Bay Gate on weekends only (8am-4pm), permit purchased at the gate.

In NANAIMO:  Off Nanaimo Lakes Road, at the gate to NLR47 (just past the Nanaimo Fish and Game Club), $30 per pickup load.  Permit purchased at the gate.

Safety gear must be presented at permit purchase, including eye protection, ear protection, safety footwear and chainsaw pants.

Harvest completion on Nanaimo Lakes Road 47 (NLR47) - Roller Coaster Trail

Primary harvesting activities have been completed at our opening off Nanaimo Lakes Road 47 (NLR47). 

Monday, February 20, 2012

Closure of Alberni Inlet Trail

As of Monday, February 20, the Alberni Inlet Trail will be closed along its second phase south from China Creek Regional Park out to the Franklin River Estuary, for safety precautions. 
It is anticipated that the trail will be open for respectful recreationalists to enjoy for May Long Weekend, starting Friday, May 18, 2012.
There are signs posted at various points on the trail alerting visitors of the closure.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Horne Lake North 100 - Gate and road closures

Island's Horne Lake North 100 road (HLN 100) is scheduled for weekday closures from time to time over the next three months.  These closures are to faciliate safe harvesting-related activities adjacent to the mainline. 

The main gate at the east side of HLN 100 is planned to be locked for the next three months, weekdays and weekends, in association with these harvest activities. 

Regional District of Nanaimo, White Rapids Road - temporary traffic delays

We intend to begin harvest of a portion of our property that borders White Rapids Road, where it intersects with Extension Road.  Some of the activities involved in this harvest will involve temporary vehicle delays along White Rapids Road, controlled by flag people.  Work is anticipated for weekdays. 

Expect potential traffic delays from Monday, February 20 until the end of April.  If this date range changes, there will be an updated posting to our blog site.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Bamfield Main 5-km Bridge Closure - Saturday March 10

Bamfield Main is scheduled for closure at the 5-km bridge (across China Creek) on Saturday, March 10 for a bridge inspection.  There will be periodic openings for traffic every one to three hours.  It is recommended that travel be minimized on this Saturday around this bridge location.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Trails' closure around Faber Road and Stirling Arm Drive

The local recreational trail network within the area in between Faber Road and Stirling Arm Drive will be closed weekdays for the next couple months.  This is to provide a safe worksite for workers as well as recreationalists.
Trails affected include, but are not necessarily limited to: Keiths, New Log Ride, Cougar and Weismuller.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Northwest Bay Gate - Public Access Hours

Island Timberlands' Northwest Bay area gate is open for public access from 8am to 5pm on weekends.  Please note that no off road vehicles are permitted on our private property, so if you have one in your vehicle, you will not be permitted access.
Personal firewood cutting permits are available at the gate from the attendant for $20 cash.

Cameron Mainline - Traffic Delays

Over the next several months, travellers on the Cameron Mainline will experience minor traffic delays.  These delays will be controlled by flag people on the road.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Closure of Roller Coaster Trail - Nanaimo Lakes Road 47 (NLR47)

Active forestry operations are commencing the week of January 9, 2012 on NLR 47, in the region of the Roller Coaster mountain biking trail.  Please respect that this recreational trail will be closed during weekdays, both day and night, for the next three months; there likely will be machinery and/or logs covering the trail during this time.  This is for the safety and protection of the public, forestry workers and Island Timberlands' assets.
We will provide an update when our harvest operations are complete.