Thursday, December 19, 2013

Gate Openings and Firewood Opportunities - Weekend of December 21-22

The following gates are planned to be open for safe, responsible recreation this weekend.
Gates hosting firewood permits are listed below; permits are $30 cash and safety equipment must be presented and used for a permit to be issued.

Iron River: Gate closed.

Buckley Bay: Gate closed. Firewood permits available for firewood cutting just outside the Hastings Road gate. Please contact our security staff at 250.468.5983 or 250.701.1782 to purchase a firewood permit. 

Northwest Bay: Gate opens at 7am and will close at 4:00pm. Firewood permits available at the gate. 

Copper Canyon: Gate opens at 7am and will close at 4:00pm. Firewood permits available at the gate. 

Shawnigan (4890 Waters Road): Gate opens at 7am and closes at 4:00pm. Firewood permits available at the gate.

The road network from Highway 4 accessing Mt. Arrowsmith Regional Park is expected to be open for the weekend. Expect snow.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Gate openings and public firewood opportunities - Weekend of December 14-15

The following gates are planned to be open for safe, responsible recreation this weekend. Gates hosting firewood permits are listed below; permits are $30 cash and safety equipment must be presented and used for a permit to be issued. Iron River: Gate closed. Buckley Bay: Gate closed. Firewood permits available for firewood cutting just outside the Hastings Road gate. Please contact our security staff at 250.468.5983 or 250.701.1782 to purchase a firewood permit. Northwest Bay: Gate opens at 7am and will close at 4:00pm. Firewood permits available at the gate. Copper Canyon: Gate opens at 7am and will close at 4:00pm. Firewood permits available at the gate. Shawnigan (4890 Waters Road): Gate opens at 7am and closes at 4:00pm. Firewood permits available at the gate. The road network from Highway 4 accessing Mt. Arrowsmith Regional Park is expected to be open for the weekend. Expect snow.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Gate openings and public firewood opportunities - Weekend of December 7-8

The following gates are planned to be open for safe, responsible recreation this weekend.  Gates hosting firewood permits are listed below; permits are $30 cash and safety equipment must be presented and used for a permit to be issued.

Iron River: Gate opens at 6am and will close at 4:30pm.

Buckley Bay: Gate opens at 6am and closes at 4:30pm.  Firewood permits available at the gate.

Northwest Bay:
 Gate opens at 6am and will close at 4:30pm.  Firewood permits available at the gate.

Nanaimo River:  Open for hunting ONLY on weekends - No firewood cutting. Gate opens at 6am and will close at 2:30pm.  A valid watershed permit is required for entry and available through the Nanaimo Fish and Game Protective Association.

Copper Canyon: Gate opens at 6am and will close at 4:30pm.  Firewood permits available at the gate.

Shawnigan (4890 Waters Road): Gate opens at 6am and closes at 4:30pm.  Firewood permits available at the gate.

Gate times are adjusted for the hunting season currently underway until early December.  Be alert hunters may be in the area.

The road network from Highway 4 accessing Mt. Arrowsmith Regional Park is expected to be open for the weekend.  Expect snow.

Both camping and fires are not permitted on our property unless with written permit.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Gate openings and public firewood opportunities – Weekend of November 30 – December 1

The following gates are planned to be open for safe, responsible recreation this weekend.  Gates hosting firewood permits are listed below; permits are $30 cash and safety equipment must be presented and used for a permit to be issued.

Iron River: Gate opens at 6am and will close at 4:30pm.

Buckley Bay: Gate opens at 6am and closes at 4:30pm.  Firewood permits available at the gate.

Northwest Bay:
 Gate opens at 6am and will close at 4:30pm.  Firewood permits available at the gate.

Nanaimo River:  Open for hunting ONLY on weekends - No firewood cutting. Gate opens at 6am and will close at 2:30pm.  A valid watershed permit is required for entry and available through the Nanaimo Fish and Game Protective Association.

Copper Canyon: Gate opens at 6am and will close at 4:30pm.  Firewood permits available at the gate.

Shawnigan (4890 Waters Road): Gate opens at 6am and closes at 4:30pm.  Firewood permits available at the gate.

Gate times are adjusted for the hunting season currently underway until early December.  Be alert hunters may be in the area.

The road network from Highway 4 accessing Mt. Arrowsmith Regional Park is expected to be open for the weekend.  Expect snow.

Both camping and fires are not permitted on our property unless with written permit.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Gate Openings and Public Firewood Opportunities - Weekend of November 23-24

The following gates are planned to be open for safe, responsible recreation this weekend.  Gates hosting firewood permits are listed below; permits are $30 cash and safety equipment must be presented and used for a permit to be issued.

Iron River: Gate opens at 6am and will close at 4:30pm.

Buckley Bay: Gate opens at 6am and closes at 4:30pm.  Firewood permits available at the gate.

Northwest Bay:
 Gate opens at 6am and will close at 4:30pm.  Firewood permits available at the gate.


Copper Canyon: Gate opens at 6am and will close at 4:30pm.  Firewood permits available at the gate.

Shawnigan (4890 Waters Road): Gate opens at 6am and closes at 4:30pm.  Firewood permits available at the gate.

Gate times are adjusted for the hunting season currently underway until early December.  Be alert hunters may be in the area.

The road network from Highway 4 accessing Mt. Arrowsmith Regional Park is expected to be open for the weekend.  Expect snow.

Both camping and fires are not permitted on our property unless with written permit.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Gate Openings and Public Firewood Opportunities - Weekend of November 16-17

The following gates are planned to be open for safe, responsible recreation this weekend.  Gates hosting firewood permits are listed below; permits are $30 cash and safety equipment must be presented and used for a permit to be issued.

Iron River: Gate opens at 6am and will close at 4:30pm.

Buckley Bay: Gate opens at 6am and closes at 4:30pm.  Firewood permits available at the gate.

Northwest Bay:
 Gate opens at 6am and will close at 4:30pm.  Firewood permits available at the gate.

Nanaimo River:  Gate opens at 6am and will close at 2:30pm.  A valid watershed permit is required for entry and available through the Nanaimo Fish and Game Protective Association.

Copper Canyon: Gate opens at 6am and will close at 4:30pm.  Firewood permits available at the gate.

Shawnigan (4890 Waters Road): Gate opens at 6am and closes at 4:30pm.  Firewood permits available at the gate.

Gate times are adjusted for the hunting season currently underway until early December.  Be alert hunters may be in the area.

The road network from Highway 4 accessing Mt. Arrowsmith Regional Park is expected to be open for the weekend.  Expect snow.

Both camping and fires are not permitted on our property unless with written permit.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Gate openings and public firewood opportunities - Weekend of November 9-10

The following gates are planned to be open for safe, responsible recreation this weekend.  Gates hosting firewood permits are listed below; permits are $30 cash and safety equipment must be presented and used for a permit to be issued.

Iron River: Gate opens at 6am and will close at 4:30pm.

Buckley Bay: Gate opens at 6am and closes at 4:30pm.  Firewood permits available at the gate.

Northwest Bay:
 Gate opens at 6am and will close at 4:30pm.  Firewood permits available at the gate.

Nanaimo River:  Gate opens at 6am and will close at 2:30pm.  A valid watershed permit is required for entry and available through the Nanaimo Fish and Game Protective Association.

Nanaimo Lakes Road - Community Firewood Fundraiser:  The Nanaimo Boxing Club will be hosting a firewood fundraiser off Nanaimo Lakes Road.  Follow the posted signs out from the Colliery Dam Park.  Starts at 8am and ends at 3pm.

THIS WILL BE THE FINAL WEEKEND FOR FIREWOOD SALES AT THIS SITE.

Copper Canyon: Gate opens at 6am and will close at 4:30pm.  Firewood permits available at the gate.

Shawnigan (4890 Waters Road): Gate opens at 6am and closes at 4:30pm.  Firewood permits available at the gate.

Gate times are adjusted for the hunting season currently underway until early December.  Be alert hunters may be in the area.

The road network from Highway 4 accessing Mt. Arrowsmith Regional Park is expected to be open for the weekend.  Expect snow.

Both camping and fires are not permitted on our property unless with written permit.


Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Gate Openings and Public Firewood Opportunities - Weekend of November 2-3

The following gates are planned to be open for safe, responsible recreation this weekend.  Gates hosting firewood permits are listed below; permits are $30 cash and safety equipment must be presented and used for a permit to be issued.

Iron River: Gate opens at 6am and will close at 4:30pm.

Buckley Bay: Gate opens at 6am and closes at 4:30pm.  Firewood permits available at the gate.

Northwest Bay:
 Gate opens at 6am and will close at 4:30pm.  Firewood permits available at the gate.

Nanaimo River:  Gate opens at 6am and will close at 2:30pm.  A valid watershed permit is required for entry and available through the Nanaimo Fish and Game Protective Association.

Nanaimo Lakes Road - Community Firewood Fundraiser:  The Vibe Performance Dancers will be hosting a firewood fundraiser off Nanaimo Lakes Road.  Follow the posted signs out from the Colliery Dam Park.  Starts at 8am and ends at 3pm.

Copper Canyon: Gate opens at 6am and will close at 4:30pm.  Firewood permits available at the gate.

Shawnigan (4890 Waters Road): Gate opens at 6am and closes at 4:30pm.  Firewood permits available at the gate.

Gate times are adjusted for the hunting season currently underway until early December.  Be alert hunters may be in the area.

The road network from Highway 4 accessing Mt. Arrowsmith Regional Park is expected to be open for the weekend.

Both camping and fires are not permitted on our property unless with written permit.


To report a wildfire on your mobile device call *5555.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Recreation Access Closure - Mt. Horne Trail South Ridge

Effective immediately this trail is closed weekdays for public use.
This closure is necessary to mitigate safety concerns from nearby operations for both the public and workers.

This closure is in place until further notice.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Gate Openings and Public Firewood Opportunities - Weekend of October 26-27

The following gates are planned to be open for safe, responsible recreation this weekend.  Gates hosting firewood permits are listed below; permits are $30 cash and safety equipment must be presented and used for a permit to be issued.

Iron River: Gate opens at 6am and will close at 4:30pm.

Buckley Bay: Gate opens at 6am and closes at 4:30pm.  Firewood permits available at the gate.

Northwest Bay:
 Gate opens at 6am and will close at 4:30pm.  Firewood permits available at the gate.

Nanaimo River:  Gate opens at 6am and will close at 2:30pm.  A valid watershed permit is required for entry and available through the Nanaimo Fish and Game Protective Association.

Nanaimo Lakes Road - Community Firewood Fundraiser:  The Nusa'Lon Dragons dragonboating team will be hosting a firewood fundraiser off Nanaimo Lakes Road.  Follow the posted signs out from the Colliery Dam Park.  Starts at 8am and ends at 3pm.

Copper Canyon: Gate opens at 6am and will close at 4:30pm.  Firewood permits available at the gate.

Shawnigan (4890 Waters Road): Gate opens at 6am and closes at 4:30pm.  Firewood permits available at the gate.

Gate times are adjusted for the hunting season currently underway until early December.  Be alert hunters may be in the area.

The road network from Highway 4 accessing Mt. Arrowsmith Regional Park is expected to be open for the weekend.  Expect snow.

Both camping and fires are not permitted on our property unless with written permit.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Gate Openings and Public Firewood Opportunities - Weekend of October 19-20

The following gates are planned to be open for safe, responsible recreation this weekend.  Gates hosting firewood permits are listed below; permits are $30 cash and safety equipment must be presented and used for a permit to be issued.

Iron River: Gate opens at 6am and will close at 4:30pm.  Oyster River Main closed at 16.5km.

Buckley Bay: Gate opens at 6am and closes at 4:30pm.  Firewood permits available at the gate.

Northwest Bay:
 Gate opens at 6am and will close at 4:30pm.  Firewood permits available at the gate.

Nanaimo River:  Gate opens at 6am and will close at 2:30pm.  A valid watershed permit is required for entry and available through the Nanaimo Fish and Game Protective Association.

Nanaimo Lakes Road - Community Firewood Fundraiser:  Heart of the Island Chorus Group will be hosting a firewood fundraiser off Nanaimo Lakes Road.  Follow the posted signs out from the Colliery Dam Park.

Copper Canyon: Gate opens at 6am and will close at 4:30pm.  Firewood permits available at the gate.

Shawnigan (4890 Waters Road): Gate opens at 6am and closes at 4:30pm.  Firewood permits available at the gate.

Gate times are adjusted for the hunting season currently underway until early December.  Be alert hunters may be in the area.


The road network from Highway 4 accessing Mt. Arrowsmith Regional Park is expected to be open for the weekend.  Expect snow.

Both camping and fires are not permitted on our property unless with written permit.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Gate Openings and Public Firewood Opportunities - Weekend of October 12-14

The following gates are planned to be open for safe, responsible recreation this weekend.  Gates hosting firewood permits are listed below; permits are $30 cash and safety equipment must be presented and used for a permit to be issued.

Iron River: Gate opens at 6am and will close at 4:30pm.  Oyster River Main closed at 16.5km.

Buckley Bay: Gate opens at 6am and closes at 4:30pm.  Firewood permits available at the gate.

Northwest Bay:
 Gate opens at 6am and will close at 4:30pm.  Firewood permits available at the gate.

Nanaimo River:  Gate opens at 6am and will close at 2:30pm.  A valid watershed permit is required for entry and available through the Nanaimo Fish and Game Protective Association.


Nanaimo Lakes Road - Community Firewood Fundraiser:  Kirkwood Dance will be hosting a firewood fundraiser off Nanaimo Lakes Road.  Follow the posted signs out from the Colliery Dam Park.

Copper Canyon: Gate opens at 6am and will close at 4:30pm.  Firewood permits available at the gate.

Shawnigan (4890 Waters Road): Gate opens at 6am and closes at 4:30pm.  Firewood permits available at the gate.

Gate times are adjusted for the hunting season currently underway until early December.  Be alert hunters may be in the area.


The road network from Highway 4 accessing Mt. Arrowsmith Regional Park is expected to be open for the weekend.  Expect snow.

Both camping and fires are not permitted on our property unless with written permit.

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Gates will be open on Thanksgiving Monday at the same times as posted above for hunting.  Firewood permits will be available at all sites except for Nanaimo Lakes Road site.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Recreation Access Closure - Judges Route Trail

Effective October 7, this trail is closed for use weekdays until further notice.
This closure is necessary to minimize unsafe conditions for both workers in the area and the public.
The trail is expected to be available weekends for use.

Recreation Access Closure - Main Gully Trail

Effective October 7, this trail will be closed for use weekdays until further notice.
This closure is necessary to prevent unsafe conditions for workers and the public in this region.


Thursday, October 3, 2013

Gate Openings and Public Firewood Opportunities - Weekend of October 5-6

The following gates are planned to be open for safe, responsible recreation this weekend.  Gates hosting firewood permits are listed below; permits are $30 cash and safety equipment must be presented and used for a permit to be issued.

Iron River: Gate opens at 6am and will close at 4:30pm.  Oyster River Main closed at 16.5km.

Buckley Bay: Gate opens at 6am and closes at 4:30pm.  Firewood permits available at the gate.

Northwest Bay:
 Gate opens at 6am and will close at 4:30pm.  Firewood permits available at the gate.

Nanaimo River:  Gate opens at 6am and will close at 2:30pm.  A valid watershed permit is required for entry and available through the Nanaimo Fish and Game Protective Association.


Nanaimo Lakes Road - Community Firewood Fundraiser:  Football Nanaimo will be hosting a firewood fundraiser off Nanaimo Lakes Road.  Follow the posted signs out from the Colliery Dam Park.

Copper Canyon: Gate opens at 6am and will close at 4:30pm.  Firewood permits available at the gate.

Shawnigan (4890 Waters Road): Gate opens at 6am and closes at 4:30pm.  Firewood permits available at the gate.

Gate times are adjusted for the hunting season currently underway until early December.  Be alert hunters may be in the area.


The road network from Highway 4 accessing Mt. Arrowsmith Regional Park is expected to be open for the weekend.  Expect snow.

Both camping and fires are not permitted on our property unless with written permit.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Gate Openings and Public Firewood - Weekend of September 28-29

The following gates are planned to be open for safe, responsible recreation this weekend.  Gates hosting firewood permits are listed below; permits are $30 cash and safety equipment must be presented and used for a permit to be issued.

Iron River: Gate opens at 6am and will close at 4:30pm.  Oyster River Main closed at 16.5km.

Buckley Bay: Gate opens at 6am and closes at 4:30pm.  Firewood permits available at the gate.

Northwest Bay:
 Gate opens at 6am and will close at 4:30pm.  Firewood permits available at the gate.

Nanaimo River:  Gate opens at 6am and will close at 2:30pm.  A valid watershed permit is required for entry and available through the Nanaimo Fish and Game Protective Association.


Nanaimo River Road - Community Firewood Fundraiser:  The Chase River Parent Advisory Committee will be hosting a firewood fundraiser off Nanaimo River Road.  Follow the posted signs out from the Colliery Dam Park.

Copper Canyon: Gate opens at 6am and will close at 4:30pm.  Firewood permits available at the gate.

Shawnigan (4890 Waters Road): Gate opens at 6am and closes at 4:30pm.  Firewood permits available at the gate.

Gate times are adjusted for the hunting season currently underway until early December.  Be alert hunters may be in the area.


The road network from Highway 4 accessing Mt. Arrowsmith Regional Park is expected to be open for the weekend.

Report any chance of wildfire to the Coastal Fire Center, *5555 on your mobile phone.

Both camping and fires are not permitted on our property unless with written permit.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Gate Openings and Public Firewood - Weekend of September 21-22

The following gates are planned to be open for safe, responsible recreation this weekend.  Gates hosting firewood permits are listed below; permits are $30 cash and safety equipment must be presented and used for a permit to be issued.

Iron River: Gate opens at 6am and will close at 4:30pm.  Oyster River Main closed at 16.5km.

Buckley Bay: Gate opens at 6am and closes at 4:30pm.  Firewood permits available at the gate.

Northwest Bay:
 Gate opens at 6am and will close at 4:30pm.  Firewood permits available at the gate.

Nanaimo River:  Gate opens at 6am and will close at 2:30pm.  A valid watershed permit is required for entry and available through the Nanaimo Fish and Game Protective Association.

Copper Canyon: Gate opens at 6am and will close at 4:30pm.  Firewood permits available at the gate.

Shawnigan (4890 Waters Road): Gate opens at 6am and closes at 4:30pm.  Firewood permits available at the gate.

Gate times are adjusted for the hunting season currently underway until early December.  Be alert hunters may be in the area.


The road network from Highway 4 accessing Mt. Arrowsmith Regional Park is expected to be open for the weekend.

Report any chance of wildfire to the Coastal Fire Center, *5555 on your mobile phone.

Both camping and fires are not permitted on our property unless with written permit.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Gate openings - Weekend of September 14-15

The following gates are planned to be open for safe, responsible recreation this weekend:

Iron River: Gate opens at 6am and will close at 4:30pm.  Oyster River Main closed at 16.5km.

Buckley Bay: Gate opens at 6am and closes at 4:30pm.

Northwest Bay: Gate opens at 6am and will close at 4:30pm.

Nanaimo River:  Gate opens at 6am and will close at 2:30pm.  A valid watershed permit is required for entry and available through the Nanaimo Fish and Game Protective Association.

Copper Canyon: Gate opens at 6am and will close at 4:30pm.

Shawnigan (off Waters Road): Gate opens at 6am and closes at 4:30pm.

Gate times are adjusted for the hunting season currently underway until early December.  Be alert hunters may be in the area.

Firewood permits will not be available this weekend due to the increasing forest fire danger weather.

The road network from Highway 4 accessing Mt. Arrowsmith Regional Park is expected to be open for the weekend.

Report any chance of wildfire to the Coastal Fire Center, *5555 on your mobile phone.

Both camping and fires are not permitted on our property unless with written permit.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Hunting Season

Rifle hunting season commences September 10.  Hunting will be permitted on Island Timberlands' property on weekends only.  This is to minimize safety risks between industrial activities and hunters.

The following gates will be operated by personnel and open on weekends, starting September 14:

·         Shawnigan, Copper Canyon, Northwest Bay, Buckley Bay:  The gates will be open from 6am-5pm. Firewood permits for personal use will be available from the gate attendant for $30 cash per truckload as well.  Designated cutting areas will be advised.
·         Nanaimo River:  The gate will be open from 6am-3pm.  No firewood cutting opportunities available.
·         Iron River/Oyster:  The gate will be open from 6am-5pm.  No firewood cutting opportunities available.

Please adhere to any signage in place restricting area use due to forestry related operations.


Report any questionable activity please to 250.755.9623.

Gate Openings & Public Firewood - Weekend of September 7-8

The following gates are planned to be open for safe, responsible recreation:

Iron River: Gate opens at 8am and will close at 3:30pm.  Oyster River Main closed at 16.5km.

Northwest Bay: Gate opens at 7am and will close at 4:30pm.

Copper Canyon: Gate opens at 7am and will close at 3:30pm.

Shawnigan (off Waters Road): Gate opens at 7am and closes at 4:30pm.

Firewood permits will be available from the person operating the gate at Northwest Bay, Copper Canyon and Shawnigan gates.  The cost per truck load (or cord) is $30 cash.  Safety gear must be presentable to attain a permit; gear includes hearing protection, eye protection, chainsaw pants and protective footwear.


The road network from Highway 4 accessing Mt. Arrowsmith Regional Park is expected to be open for the weekend.

Report any chance of wildfire to the Coastal Fire Center, *5555 on your mobile phone.

Both camping and fires are not permitted on our property unless with written permit.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

General Access Policy

Island Timberlands considers its private road network to generally be closed to the public on weekdays, with the exception a few designated road systems.  This perspective is to mitigate interaction between the public and workers to minimize safety risks and damage to assets (e.g. equipment vandalism, garbage dumping).  
Road access is open to the public on weekends in areas where gates are open.  However, if heightened risk to our assets is expected (e.g. increasing forest fire danger risk) or damage has been experienced, public access will be restricted.


Walking on trails on the property is generally permitted unless otherwise marked on the ground, on our website or both.  It is expected that people will abide by all signage but lack of signage does not infer lack of activity.  It is a use-at-your-own-risk approach and one should expect the unexpected.  

Motorized recreational use of trails by unlicensed off-road vehicles is not permitted.

We hope and expect that all users will respect this approach at this time and report any negligent and/or unlawful behavior to Island Timberlands immediately.    

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Gate Closures - Weekend of August 31 - September 2

The following gates are planned to be open for safe, responsible recreation for the upcoming long weekend. 

Both camping and fires are not permitted on our property unless with written permit.

Iron River: Gate opens at 8am and will close at 3:30pm.

Northwest Bay: Gate opens at 7am and will close at 4:30pm.

Copper Canyon: Gate opens at 7am and will close at 3:30pm.

Shawnigan (off Waters Road): Gate opens at 7am and closes at 4:30pm.

The road network from Highway 4 accessing Mt. Arrowsmith Regional Park is expected to be open for the weekend.

Report any chance of wildfire to the Coastal Fire Center, *5555 on your mobile phone.

There are no firewood cutting opportunities at this time.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Closure - Franklin River Bridge

The Franklin River Bridge located at Bells Bay will be deactivated the week of August 26.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Gate Closures - Weekend of August 24-25

The gate accessing the Iron River/Oyster River will be open for the weekend. Oyster River Main will be closed to the public at 16.5km. Gates at Copper Canyon, Northwest Bay and Shawnigan are closed for the weekend due to continued hot, dry weather conditions and associated forest fire hazard conditions. Access up to Mount Arrowsmith is expected to be open for Saturday and Sunday.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Road Closure - Comox Mainline

Comox Main (aka Comox Trail) will be closed from August 19 to 23 at 3.5km.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Gate Closures - Weekend of August 17-18

Shawnigan, Copper Canyon and Northwest Bay gates will be closed for public access this weekend. Iron River will be open from 8:00am - 3:30pm. The Oyster Mainline will not be open for public access beyond 16.5km.

Friday, August 9, 2013

Road Closure - Ash Mainline

The Ash Mainline will be closed at 48km from August 12-20.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Gate Closures - Weekend of July 27-28

All Island Timberlands regularly managed for weekend public access are closed weekends until further notice.  This is the result of the increasing dry, warm weather trend.

This includes gates at Shawnigan, Copper Canyon, Northwest Bay and Iron River.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Recreation Access Closure - Labour Day Lake trail

Effective July 15, the lake trail will be closed to the public weekdays until further notice.  This closure is anticipated until the end of August.  This closure is necessary to manage the safety of the public and workers in the area.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Recreation Access Closure - Mt. Moriarty trail

The trail ascending from Labour Day Lake to Mt. Moriarty is closed effective July 15 weekdays until the end of August.  This closure is necessary for the safety of workers and the public.

The trail will be open for access on weekends unless otherwise posted due to unforseeable circumstances, such as very dry, hot weather.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Recreation Access Closure - CPR Lookout Loop trail

This trail is closed weekdays for approximately three weeks, effective immediately.

This closure is necessary to ensure the safety of workers and the public in the area.

Please obey any signage you may come across on the trails.

Recreation access closure - Cokely Trail

The Cokely Trail will be closed weekdays for approximately three weeks, effective immediately.

This closure is necessary to ensure the safety of our staff and the public.

Gate openings - July 2013

Unless otherwise posted, the following gates are scheduled to be open Saturday and Sunday for safe, responsible public access. Drive to the road conditions; camping and especially campfires are not permitted.  Report any chance of wildfire to the Province - *5555 on your mobile phone.

There are no firewood cutting opportunities at this time.

Iron River:

Gate opens at 8am and will close at 3:30pm.

Northwest Bay:

Gate opens at 7am and will close at 4:30pm.

Shawnigan (4890 Waters Road):

Gate opens at 7am and closes at 4:30pm.

Copper Canyon:

Gate opens at 7am and will close at 3:30pm.



Public firewood - Weekend of July 6-7

Public firewood cutting is shut down once again for the summer season. The program is planned to commence in the fall.
Please refer back to this blog for updates if weather patterns permit a significant change in temperature and precipitation.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Public Firewood - June 29 - July 1

With the recent precipitation, public firewood will be available at the following locations Saturaday through Monday.

Port Alberni:
Permits and directions to cutting locations can be obtained by contacting representatives of the Alberni Fish & Game Club at 250.724.4657 or 778.421.1947.

Northwest Bay: Gate opens at 7am and will close at 4:30pm. Permits are available at the gate with a map for the applicable cutting location(s).

Shawnigan area:
Gate opens at 7am and closes at 4:30pm. The gate into the operating area is at the end of Waters Road in the Cowichan Valley Regional District. Permits are available at the gate with directions provided to areas for firewood cutting.

Copper Canyon:
Gate opens at 7am and will close at 3:30pm.

We reserve the right to not sell permits to individuals not following safety expectations while cutting.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Recreation Access Closure - CX91

This road is closed effective immediately seven days a week.  This closure is expected to last to the end of July.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Recreation Access Closure - Alberni Inlet Trail

Phase One of the Alberni Inlet Trail will be closed weekdays at its southern extent for the installation of a foot bridge.  Please adhere to on-site signage and do not enter an active work zone.
This notice is active immediately and will be in place for approximately the next two weeks.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Gate Openings - June 2013

Unless otherwise posted, the following gates are scheduled to be open Saturday and Sunday for safe, responsible public access.  Drive to the road conditions, do not have campfires and report any chance of wildfire to the Province - *5555 on your mobile phone.

There are no firewood cutting opportunities at this time.

Iron River:

Gate opens at 8am and will close at 3:30pm.

Northwest Bay:

Gate opens at 7am and will close at 4:30pm.

Shawnigan:

Gate opens at 7am and closes at 4:30pm.

Copper Canyon:

Gate opens at 7am and will close at 3:30pm.



Monday, June 3, 2013

Recreation access closure - Labour Day Lake Trail & Mt. Moriarty Trail

Effective June 10, the trail circling Labour Day Lake and the trail to Mt. Moriarty will be closed weekdays for approximately five weeks.  These closures are required to facilitate safe forest operations for both the public and workers.

These trails will be open weekends for use unless posted otherwise.

Please respect these closures.

Public firewood - Weekend of June 8-9

Public firewood cutting is now closed for the summer season.  The program will commence in the fall.

Please refer back to this blog for updates if weather patterns permit a significant change in temperature and precipitation. 

Monday, May 27, 2013

Public Firewood - Weekend of June 1-2

Gate openings for public firewood cutting for personal use will be available in these areas this coming weekend:


Cash only permitted on a per-cord basis, generally $30 per cord.

Safety equipment must be available to present in order to obtain cutting permit.

Northwest Bay:
Gate opens at 7am and will close at 5pm. Permits are available at the gate with a map for applicable cutting location(s).

Nanaimo:
Location is off Nanaimo Lakes Road on logging road NLR76. From the corner of Wakesiah Avenue and Nanaimo Lakes Road, turn right onto Nanaimo Lakes Road and travel up a few kilometers following the posted firewood signs. You will end up turning off the pavement to the right to access the site. Cutting will start just after 8am and end at 3pm.

Shawnigan area:
Gate opens at 7am and closes at 5pm. The gate into the operating area is at the end of Waters Road in the Cowichan Valley Regional District. Permits are available at the gate with directions provided to areas for firewood cutting.

Copper Canyon:
Gate opens at 7am and will close at 5pm.

We reserve the right to not sell permits to individuals not following safety expectations while cutting.



Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Public firewood - Weekend of May 25-26

Gate openings for public firewood cutting for personal use will be available in these areas this coming weekend:

Cash only permitted on a per-cord basis, generally $30 per cord.

Safety equipment must be available to present in order to obtain cutting permit.

Qualicum Bay:

The BowHorneBay Community Group is hosting a second weekend of firewood sales off Lynx Road. Travelling north on the old Island Highway, turn left on Charlton Drive, left onto Lynx Road then travel about 2.5km on logging roads until you get to a gate.

Northwest Bay:

Gate opens at 7am and will close at 5pm. Permits are available at the gate with a map for applicable cutting location(s).

Nanaimo:

Location is off Nanaimo Lakes Road on logging road NLR76. From the corner of Wakesiah Avenue and Nanaimo Lakes Road, turn right onto Nanaimo Lakes Road and travel up a few kilometers following the posted firewood signs. You will end up turning off the pavement to the right to access the site. Cutting will start just after 8am and end at 3pm.

Shawnigan area:

Gate opens at 7am and closes at 5pm. The gate into the operating area is at the end of Waters Road in the Cowichan Valley Regional District. Permits are available at the gate with directions provided to areas for firewood cutting.

Copper Canyon:

Gate opens at 7am and will close at 5pm.
We reserve the right to not sell permits to individuals not following safety expectations while cutting.



Monday, May 13, 2013

Public firewood - Weekend of May 18-19

Gate openings for public firewood cutting for personal use will be available in these areas this coming weekend:

Cash only permitted on a per-cord basis, generally $30 per cord.

Safety equipment must be available to present in order to obtain cutting permit.

Qualicum Bay:
The BowHorneBay Community Group is hosting a second weekend of firewood sales off Lynx Road. Travelling north on the old Island Highway, turn left on Charlton Drive, left onto Lynx Road then travel about 2.5km on logging roads until you get to a gate.

Northwest Bay:
Gate opens at 7am and will close at 5pm. Permits are available at the gate with a map for applicable cutting location(s).

Nanaimo:
Location is off Nanaimo Lakes Road on logging road NLR76. From the corner of Wakesiah Avenue and Nanaimo Lakes Road, turn right onto Nanaimo Lakes Road and travel up a few kilometers following the posted firewood signs. You will end up turning off the pavement to the right to access the site. Cutting will start just after 8am and end at 3pm.

Shawnigan area:
Gate opens at 7am and closes at 5pm. The gate into the operating area is at the end of Waters Road in the Cowichan Valley Regional District. Permits are available at the gate with directions provided to areas for firewood cutting.

Copper Canyon:
Gate opens at 7am and will close at 5pm.
We reserve the right to not sell permits to individuals not following safety expectations while cutting.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Public Firewood - Weekend of May 11-12

Given the unseasonably warm, dry weather, public firewood cutting opportunities are closed for the near future. 

Please refer back to this blog for updates if weather patterns permit a significant change in temperature and precipitation.

Friday, May 3, 2013

Gate openings - Weekend of May 4 & 5

In addition to those areas open for firewood cutting this weekend, our gate at Iron River is also open.

If you choose to enter this area, please respect all signage that may restrict access to certain areas as this is in the best interest of everyone's safety.

Gate will be open from approximately 8am-4pm.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Recreation Access Closure - Rosseau Trail

Effective May 1, the Rosseau Trail is closed weekdays until May 10 to facilitate safe road building activities in the area.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Public Firewood - Weekend of May 4 & 5

Gate openings for public firewood cutting for personal use will be available in these areas this coming weekend:


Cash only permitted on a per-cord basis, generally $30 per cord.
Safety equipment must be available to present in order to obtain cutting permit.

Port Alberni:
The Kiwanis Hilton House will be hosting firewood cutting this weekend at our Cold Creek area (behind the Coombs Country Candy Store). Cutting will open at approximately 8am and close around 3pm.

Qualicum Bay:
The BowHorneBay Community Group is hosting a second weekend of firewood sales off Lynx Road. Travelling north on the old Island Highway, turn left on Charlton Drive, left onto Lynx Road then travel about 2.5km on logging roads until you get to a gate.

Northwest Bay:
Gate opens at 7am and will close at 5pm. Permits are available at the gate with a map for applicable cutting location(s).

Nanaimo:
The Pauline Haarer Parent Advisory Committee and the Crohn's and Colitis Nanaimo Chapter will be hosting the firewood permitting this weekend. Location is off Nanaimo Lakes Road on logging road NLR76. From the corner of Wakesiah Avenue and Nanaimo Lakes Road, turn right onto Nanaimo Lakes Road and travel up a few kilometers following the posted firewood signs.  You will end up turning off the pavement to the right to access the site.  Cutting will start just after 8am and end at 3pm.

Shawnigan area:
Gate opens at 7am and closes at 5pm. The gate into the operating area is at the end of Waters Road in the Cowichan Valley Regional District. Permits are available at the gate with directions provided to areas for firewood cutting.

Copper Canyon:
Gate opens at 7am and will close at 5pm.

We reserve the right to not sell permits to individuals not following safety expectations while cutting.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Public Firewood - Weekend of April 27-28

Gate openings for public firewood cutting for personal use will be available in these areas this coming weekend:
Cash only permitted on a per-cord basis, generally $30 per cord.
Safety equipment must be available to present in order to obtain cutting permit.

Port Alberni:
The Kiwanis Hilton House will be hosting firewood cutting this weekend at our Cold Creek area (behind the Coombs Country Candy Store). Cutting will open at approximately 8am and close around 3pm.

Qualicum Bay:
The BowHorneBay Community Group is hosting firewood sales off Lynx Road. Travelling north on the old Island Highway, turn left on Charlton Drive, left onto Lynx Road then travel about 2.5km on logging roads until you get to a gate.

Northwest Bay:
Gate opens at 7am and will close at 5pm. Permits are available at the gate with a map for applicable cutting location(s).

Nanaimo:
The Nanaimo Amateur Boxing Club will be hosting the firewood permitting this weekend. Location is off Nanaimo Lakes Road on logging road NLR47. From the corner of Wakesiah Avenue and Nanaimo Lakes Road, turn right onto Nanaimo Lakes Road and travel 6.6km, turn through gate on right hand side of the road. Cutting will start just after 8am and end at 3pm.

Shawnigan area:
Gate opens at 7am and closes at 5pm. The gate into the operating area is at the end of Waters Road in the Cowichan Valley Regional District. Permits are available at the gate with directions provided to areas for firewood cutting.

Copper Canyon:
Gate opens at 7am and will close at 5pm.

We reserve the right to not sell permits to individuals not following safety expectations while cutting.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Public firewood - Weekend of April 20-21

Gate openings for public firewood cutting for personal use will be available in these areas this coming weekend:

Cash only permitted on a per-cord basis, generally $30 per cord.
Safety equipment must be available to present in order to obtain cutting permit.

Port Alberni:
The Kiwanis Hilton House will be hosting firewood cutting this weekend at our Cold Creek area (behind the Coombs Country Candy Store).  Cutting will open at approximately 8am and close around 3pm.
Northwest Bay:
Gate opens at 7am and will close at 5pm. Permits are available at the gate with a map for applicable cutting location(s).

Nanaimo:
The Nanaimo Amateur Boxing Club will be hosting the firewood permitting this weekend. Location is off Nanaimo Lakes Road on logging road NLR47. From the corner of Wakesiah Avenue and Nanaimo Lakes Road, turn right onto Nanaimo Lakes Road and travel 6.6km, turn through gate on right hand side of the road. Cutting will start just after 8am and end at 3pm.

Shawnigan area:
Gate opens at 7am and closes at 5pm. The gate into the operating area is at the end of Waters Road in the Cowichan Valley Regional District. Permits are available at the gate with directions provided to areas for firewood cutting.

Copper Canyon:
Gate opens at 7am and will close at 5pm.

We reserve the right to not sell permits to individuals not following safety expectations while cutting.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Recreation Access Closure - Mount Arrowsmith CPR Trail

Access along the CPR Trail past the Lookout is closed weekdays effective April 15, 2013 to May 17, 2013 for safety reasons with forest harvest activities in the vicinity.

Public firewood - Weekend of April 13-14

Gate openings for public firewood cutting for personal use will be available in these areas this coming weekend:


Port Alberni:
Please contact representatives of the Alberni Fish & Game Club for a permit and locations at 250.724.4657 or 778.421.1947.

Northwest Bay:
Gate opens at 7am and will close at 5pm. Permits are available at the gate with a map for applicable cutting location(s).

Nanaimo:
The Nanaimo chapter of the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation will be hosting the firewood permitting this weekend.  Location is off Nanaimo Lakes Road on logging road NLR47.  From the corner of Wakesiah Avenue and Nanaimo Lakes Road, turn right onto Nanaimo Lakes Road and travel 6.6km, turn through gate on right hand side of the road.  Cutting will start just after 8am and end at 3pm.

Shawnigan area:
Gate opens at 7am and closes at 5pm. The gate into the operating area is at the end of Waters Road in the Cowichan Valley Regional District. Permits are available at the gate with directions provided to areas for firewood cutting.

Copper Canyon:
Gate opens at 7am and will close at 5pm.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Public firewood - Weekend of April 6-7

Public firewood cut for personal use will be available in these areas this coming weekend:


Port Alberni:

Please contact representatives of the Alberni Fish & Game Club for a permit and locations at 250.724.4657 or 778.421.1947.

Northwest Bay: Gate opens at 7am and will close at 5pm. Permits are available at the gate with a map for applicable cutting location(s).
** Saturday, April 6 - 155 Mainline will be closed at 8 km bridge for the morning only.

Nanaimo:
The Pauline Haarer Elementary Parent Advisory Committee will be hosting the firewood permitting in Nanaimo. Gate is open from 8am and will close at 3pm. See post from March 2-3 weekend for details of where and when.

Shawnigan area:
Gate opens at 7am and closes at 5pm. The gate into the operating area is at the end of Waters Road in the Cowichan Valley Regional District. Permits are available at the gate with directions provided to areas for firewood cutting.

Copper Canyon:
Firewood available.  Gate opens at 7am and will close at 5pm.


Please keep in mind those issuing permits can refuse access to cut firewood if you do not show up or use required safety equipment, or if inappropriate behaviour is occurring.



Thursday, March 28, 2013

Recreation Access Closure - Cameron Connector

The Cameron Connector road will remain closed this weekend as the contractor is worried that a log could dislodge and hit the road. The gate on this road off Highway 4 will be locked.


The roads on Pass have been plowed so if you wish to partake in winter activities this would be an excellent opportunity.

The Gulch (Cam100) gate is open for people to access the area.


Public firewood - Weekend of March 29-April 1

Public firewood cut for personal use will be available in these areas this coming weekend:


Port Alberni:
Please contact representatives of the Alberni Fish & Game Club for a permit and locations at 250.724.4657 or 778.421.1947.

Northwest Bay - 29 Mar to 1 Apr:
Our gate opens at 8am and will close at 4pm. Permits are available at the gate with a map for applicable cutting location(s).

Nanaimo - 30-31 Mar:
The Pauline Haarer Elementary Parent Advisory Committee will be hosting the firewood permitting in Nanaimo on Saturday and Sunday only.  Gate is open from 8am and will close at 3pm. See post from March 2-3 weekend for details of where and when.

Shawnigan area - 29-31 Mar:
Our gate opens at 8am and closes at 4pm. The gate into the operating area is at the end of Waters Road in the Cowichan Valley Regional District. Permits are available at the gate with directions provided to areas for firewood cutting.

Copper Canyon - 29-31 Mar - Public access but no firewood available:
Gate opens at 7am and will close at 5pm.

Please keep in mind those issuing permits can refuse access to cut firewood if you do not show up or use required safety equipment, or if inappropriate behaviour is occurring.



Monday, March 25, 2013

Recreation Access Closure - Museum Mainline

The Museum Mainline will be closed weekdays for access at 18km (MUS180) effective immediately.  This closure is anticipated to last for approximately six weeks.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Public firewood - Weekend of March 23-24

This weekend will host the same public firewood cutting locations as the previous weekend.  Please see the post for March 16-17 weekend for details.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Public firewood - Weekend of March 16-17

Public firewood cut for personal use will be available in four areas this upcoming weekend:
Port Alberni:

Please contact representatives of the Alberni Fish & Game Club for a permit and locations at 250.724.4657 or 778.421.1947.
Northwest Bay:

Our gate opens at 8am and will close at 4pm. Permits are available at the gate with a map for applicable cutting location(s).
Nanaimo:

The 'Heart of the Island Chorus' will be hosting the firewood permitting in South Nanaimo. See post from March 2-3 weekend for details of where and when.

Shawnigan area:

Our gate opens at 8am and closes at 4pm.  The gate into the operating area is at the end of Waters Road in the Cowichan Valley Regional District.  Permits are available at the gate with directions provided to areas for firewood cutting.

Please keep in mind those issuing permits can refuse access to cut firewood if you do not show up or use required safety equipment, or if inappropriate behaviour is occurring.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Public Firewood - Weekend of March 9-10

Public firewood will be available in three areas this upcoming weekend:

Port Alberni:
Please contact representatives of the Alberni Fish & Game Club for a permit and locations at 250.724.4657 or 778.421.1947.

Northwest Bay:
Our gate opens at 8am and will close at 4pm.  Permits are available at the gate with a map for applicable cutting location(s).

Nanaimo:
The Clay Tree Society will continue to host a second weekend of firewood cutting in South Nanaimo.  See post from March 2-3 weekend for details.

Please keep in mind those issuing permits can refuse access to cut firewood if you do not show up or use required safety equipment, or if inappropriate behaviour is occurring.


Monday, February 25, 2013

Public firewood - Weekend of March 2-3

Public firewood will be available in the south Nanaimo area this upcoming weekend, hosted by the Clay Tree Society.

To find the site: Turn onto Cranberry Avenue from the Island Highway in Chase River and travel to where Cranberry turns into Extension Road. Take your first right on McKeon Way after you drive under the Parkway overpass. Posted signs should lead the way from McKeon Way.

Cutting permits: Permits will be sold on-site by the cord (approximately one pick-up truck box full) for $30 - cash only.

Safety gear: All individuals looking to cut firewood must come prepared with chainsaw pads/pants in good condition and sturdy, closed toe footwear suitable for wood cutting. Eye protection is strongly recommended. There will be a safety gear check required at the time of permit purchase.

Good luck and safe cutting.

Recreation Access Closure - Cameron Connector

The Cameron Connector road will be closed weekdays effective immediately for the next six weeks. The gate on this road off Highway 4 will be locked.
The Connector will be open for weekend access off Highway 4 Saturday and Sunday. 

Access is still available weekdays off CAM100 through the Cameron Glutch into the Cameron Valley.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Public Firewood - Weekend of February 23-24

Personal cut firewood will be available for a second weekend just off McKeon Way in south Nanaimo hosted again by the BC Boys Choir.  See last weekend's information for further details.

Firewood will cost $30 per load (1 load = 1 cord).

Safety equipment is required for cutting and a permit will not be issued unless it on hand and being used during the course of firewood cutting.

Safe cutting.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Public Firewood - Weekend of February 16-17

Our first weekend of firewood cutting in Nanaimo is upon us.  The BC Boys Choir hosts the personal firewood cutting this weekend off McKeon Way in south Nanaimo, just outside the community of Chase River. 

To find the site: Turn onto Cranberry Avenue from the Island Highway in Chase River and travel to where Cranberry turns into Extension Road.  Take your first right on McKeon Way after you drive under the Parkway overpass.  Posted signs should lead the way from McKeon Way.

Cutting permits: Permits will be sold on-site by the cord (approximately one pick-up truck box full) for $30 - cash only.

Safety gear:  All individuals looking to cut firewood must come prepared with chainsaw pads/pants in good condition and sturdy, closed toe footwear suitable for wood cutting.  Eye protection is strongly recommended.  There will be a safety gear check required at the time of permit purchase.   Good luck and safe cutting.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Public Firewood in Nanaimo - Weekend of February 16-17

Stay tuned for our first public firewood opening for 2013 planned for the South Nanaimo area. 

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Recreation Access Update - Cameron Main

The Cameron Mainline is closed weekdays at all hours to facilitate active forest harvesting operations at the junction of the Cameron Connector and the Cameron Mainline.  This location is approximately at 8km on the mainline.  The Cameron Mainline is planned to be open for weekend access (though expect no snow removal on roads) but this is subject to change, with little notice.

This update will be in effective until mid-February.

Monday, January 7, 2013

Public firewood for January

Public personal cut firewood is available weekends in the Port Alberni area only at this time.

Permits are available through the Port Alberni Fish and Game Club.  Please contact representatives of this club at 250.724.4657 or 778.421.1947 for permit purchase and cutting locations.



Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Gate openings for weekends in January

Until further notice, all gated and un-gated areas accessing higher elevations are effectively closed on weekends due to snow accumulations.  Roads will not be maintained unless they directly access active weekday harvest operations.