Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Gate openings and public firewood opportunities for the weekend of October 18-19

The following gates are scheduled to be open this weekend for safe, responsible recreation.

Northwest Bay: Gate opens at 6am and closes at 4pm.  Public firewood will be available through this gate.

Nanaimo River:  Gate opens at 6am and closes at 3pm.  You must have a watershed permit to enter.  You can complete your watershed awareness training and receive a permit through the Nanaimo and District Fish and Game Protective Association.

Copper Canyon: Gate opens at 6am and closes at 4pm.  Public firewood will be available through this gate.

Shawnigan: Gate opens at 6am and closes at 5pm.  Public firewood will be available through this gate.

Iron River/Oyster River: Gate opens at 6am and closes at 5pm.  There is no firewood available here.

Buckley Bay:  Gate opens at 6am and closes at 5pm.  Public firewood will be available through this gate.

Be prepared that gate times are prompt and if you are not out in time, your vehicle will be locked behind the gate for the evening.

To harvest firewood, cash for a permit is required at the gate.  Cost varies from $20-$30 per load.  You must show suitable safety gear to be issued a permit; this includes eye protection, hard hat, chainsaw pants and protective footwear.

The road system (Cameron Main - Pass Main) leading up to Mt. Arrowsmith Regional Park is planned to be open for the weekend. However, road systems accessing the Beaufort Range and areas within the Cameron Valley are not planned to have their gates opened.

12 comments:

  1. Are there other access points around Shawnigan Lk, such as Frayne Rd or Renfrew Rd?

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  2. The Shawnigan gate off Waters Road is the only gate opened for the public, and staffed by an attendant, at this time in the area.

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  3. Thanks, if three trucks go in with one saw, do all require hard hat, chainsaw pants?

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  4. Each person operating a saw must have chainsaw pants or chainsaw pads that fit them. They must also have ear protection, eye protection and suitable footwear. Each person will still have to wear suitable footwear (e.g. steel toe boots if cutting, hiking boots if just loading wood).

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  5. How do we access the mt Arrowsmith firewood location to get firewood.

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  6. There is no defined firewood location at Mt. Arrowsmith.
    Please contact the Alberni Fish and Game Club, our permitting partner, for permits and firewood locations.

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  7. If the gate is open to access A Rd from Renfrew rd (shawnigan lake side) are we allowed to access that area for hunting purposes?

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  8. Is there a map of all land owned/leased by Island Timberlands so trespassing can be avoided while hunting?

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  9. Is there currently any hauling on pass main on mt arrowsmith?

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  10. There is no hauling off of Pass Main currently.

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  11. An overview of Island Timberlands' private lands is available on our website albeit small scale. http://www.islandtimberlands.com/our-company/our-present.htm

    We permit hunting with valid tags and hunting permit on our property on weekends. Weekday hunting is discouraged to avoid any potential safety risk with our staff and contractors.

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  12. For hunting in the Shawnigan area, access through our gate in Glenora is our sole promoted access point. If you find gates open in the area on weekends when accessed through the Shawnigan gate, you are welcome to hunt in these areas. Note you may be locked behind gates if you go through additional gates other than the main gate. Our Renfrew Road gate is typically locked and we do not promote access through that point, only Shawnigan gate off Waters Road.

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