Sunday, November 29, 2015

Recreation Access Closure - Nanaimo - Extension Ridge Trail / Abyss Trail

The Extension Ridge Trail, also known as the Trans Canada Trail or the Abyss trail, is closed for the next few months as it extends from Harewood Mines Road to the southeast through private managed forest land.

This trail closure is anticipated to last until the end of March 2016.  It is required to facilitate safe forest operations in the area.


Friday, November 27, 2015

Nanaimo Community Firewood Fundraiser - Weekend of November 28-29

Fairview Community School will be selling firewood permits at our NLR47 gate this weekend (Nanaimo Lakes Road, approximately 4.7km from the intersection of Wakesiah and Nanaimo Lakes Road).

Permits will be sold for $30 cash per load (~2/3 of a cord, i.e one pick-up truck or trailer).

Sales will start at 8am and close at 3pm.

Safety gear is mandatory while cutting; you will not be sold a firewood permit if you cannot present your safety gear before you enter the site and privileges will be revoked if you do not wear it while cutting.  Gear includes protective footwear, eye protection, ear protection, gloves and chainsaw pads/pants.

Firewood Opportunities for the Weekend of November 28-29

Online permit sales for firewood harvesting in the Northwest Bay, Buckley Bay, Cameron, Ash and Oyster areas are available at - http://www.islandtimberlands.com/community/Firewoodpermit.aspx

If you do not receive two emails immediately after purchasing your permit, one from us and the other from PayPal, the transaction has not been successful.  Troubleshooting tips:  
   1) Try refreshing your page, 
   2) Ensure you have a strong, stable internet connection, and 
   3) sign up for a PayPal account and purchase through PayPal.  

If you are have difficulties, please email environment@islandtimberlands.com and we will respond to you on the next business day.

Permits for firewood harvesting are available this weekend in Port Alberni at the Port Alberni Visitor Center at 2533 Port Alberni Hwy; hours are 9am-5pm daily.

There is no firewood available in the Shawnigan, Chemainus, Port McNeill, Powell River or Extension areas at this time.

Safety Equipment Required  *REVISED*:
Safety gear is mandatory while cutting; you will not be sold a firewood permit if you cannot present your safety gear before you enter the site and privileges will be revoked if you do not wear it while cutting.  Gear includes protective footwear, eye protection, ear protection, chainsaw pads/pants and gloves.

Safety is our priority.

You must have a copy of your firewood permit on you at all times when cutting firewood, and transporting it to your residence.  It can be on paper, or on a tablet or smartphone.

Please review gate timing on the 'Access Information' blog post for this weekend to ensure you are not too early or too late to get your firewood.

Access Information for the Weekend of November 28-29

The following gates are expected to be open for this weekend.
Do not expect any additional gates to be opened for the weekend.
  • Shawnigan*: Open 6am / close 4pm.
  • Chemainus*:  Open 6am/ close 4pm.  Note the road is closed for the foreseeable future at 22km.  You cannot access past this point.
  • Nanaimo River Camp*:  Open 6am / close 3pm.
  • Northwest Bay*:  Open 6am / close 4pm.
  • Buckley Bay*:  Open 6am / close 4pm.
  • Oyster River*:  Open 6am / close 4pm.  Note the road is closed for the foreseeable future at 17km.  You cannot access past this point.
  • Cameron Main to 17km - expect it to be closed at 17km.  
  • Ash Main, Comox Main, Canal Main:  Open 
  • Pass Main (access to Mt. Arrowsmith):  Open

These gates will be closed promptly at these posted times.  You will be locked in for the night if you do not plan your exit time accordingly.

All other gates not listed may or may not be open, and may be closed at any time. If you enter with your vehicle you risk being locked in; we will not send staff out to open any gate after hours.  Please do not park your vehicle blocking any road, at any time.

You are required to sign in at all gates with an asterisk (*).  There will be gate attendants and/or a registration board.

Firewood harvesting for personal use is available; please review the firewood specific blog post.

No fires, no camping, and no off-road vehicles (i.e. ATVs, UTVs, buggies or side-by-sides) are authorized on our private property.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Nanaimo Community Firewood Fundraiser - Weekend of November 21-22

Volunteer Nanaimo will be selling firewood permits at our NLR47 gate this weekend (Nanaimo Lakes Road, approximately 4.7km from the intersection of Wakesiah & Nanaimo Lakes Road).

Permits will be sold for $30 cash per load (~2/3 of a cord, i.e one pick-up truck or trailer).

Sales will start at 8am and close at 3pm.

Safety gear is mandatory while cutting; you will not be sold a firewood permit if you cannot present your safety gear before you enter the site and privileges will be revoked if you do not wear it while cutting.  Gear includes protective footwear, eye protection, ear protection, gloves and chainsaw pads/pants.

Safety is our priority.

Any questions, just submit them here on the blog to get the answers for everyone to read.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Access Information for the Weekend of November 21-22

The following gates are expected to be open for this weekend.
Do not expect any additional gates to be opened for the weekend.
  • Shawnigan*: Open 6am / close 4pm.
  • Chemainus*:  Open 6am/ close 4pm.  Note the road is closed for the foreseeable future at 22km.  You cannot access past this point.
  • Nanaimo River Camp*:  Open 6am / close 3pm.
  • Northwest Bay*:  Open 6am / close 4pm.
  • Buckley Bay*:  Open 6am / close 4pm.
  • Oyster River*:  Open 6am / close 4pm.  Note the road is closed for the foreseeable future at 17km.  You cannot access past this point.
  • Cameron Main to 17km - expect it to be closed at 17km.  
  • Ash Main, Comox Main, Canal Main:  Open 
  • Pass Main (access to Mt. Arrowsmith):  Open

These gates will be closed promptly at these posted times.  You will be locked in for the night if you do not plan your exit time accordingly.

All other gates not listed may or may not be open, and may be closed at any time. If you enter with your vehicle you risk being locked in; we will not send staff out to open any gate after hours.  Please do not park your vehicle blocking any road, at any time.

You are required to sign in at all gates with an asterisk (*).  There will be gate attendants and/or a registration board.

Firewood harvesting for personal use is available; please review the firewood specific blog post.

No fires, no camping, and no off-road vehicles (i.e. ATVs, UTVs, buggies or side-by-sides) are authorized on our private property.

Firewood Opportunities for the Weekend of November 21-22

Online permit sales for firewood harvesting in the Northwest Bay, Buckley Bay, Cameron, Ash and Oyster areas are available at - http://www.islandtimberlands.com/community/Firewoodpermit.aspx

If you do not receive two emails immediately after purchasing your permit, one from us and the other from PayPal, the transaction has not been successful.  Troubleshooting tips:  
   1) Try refreshing your page, 
   2) Ensure you have a strong, stable internet connection, and 
   3) sign up for a PayPal account and purchase through PayPal.  

If you are have difficulties, please email environment@islandtimberlands.com and we will respond to you on the next business day.

Permits for firewood harvesting are available this weekend in Port Alberni at the Port Alberni Visitor Center at 2533 Port Alberni Hwy; hours are 9am-5pm daily.

There is no firewood available in the Shawnigan, Chemainus, Port McNeill, Powell River or Extension areas at this time.

Safety Equipment Required  *REVISED*:
Safety gear is mandatory while cutting; you will not be sold a firewood permit if you cannot present your safety gear before you enter the site and privileges will be revoked if you do not wear it while cutting.  Gear includes protective footwear, eye protection, ear protection, chainsaw pads/pants and gloves.

Safety is our priority.

You must have a copy of your firewood permit on you at all times when cutting firewood, and transporting it to your residence.  It can be on paper, or on a tablet or smartphone.

Please review gate timing on the 'Access Information' blog post for this weekend to ensure you are not too early or too late to get your firewood.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Nanaimo Community Firewood Fundraiser - Weekend of November 14-15

The Oceanside Rage U12 Girls Softball will be selling firewood permits at our NLR47 gate this weekend (Nanaimo Lakes Road, approximately 4.7km from the intersection of Wakesiah & Nanaimo Lakes Road).

Permits will be sold for $30 cash per load (~2/3 of a cord, i.e one pick-up truck or trailer).

Sales will start at 8am and close at 3pm.

Safety gear is mandatory while cutting; you will not be sold a firewood permit if you cannot present your safety gear before you enter the site and privileges will be revoked if you do not wear it while cutting.  Gear includes protective footwear, eye protection, ear protection, gloves and chainsaw pads/pants.

Safety is our priority.

Any questions, just submit them here on the blog to get the answers for everyone to read.

Access Information for the Weekend of November 14-15

The following gates are expected to be open for this weekend.
Do not expect any additional gates to be opened for the weekend.
  • Shawnigan*: Open 6am / close 4pm.
  • Chemainus*:  Open 6am/ close 4pm.  Note the road is closed for the foreseeable future at 22km.  You cannot access past this point.
  • Nanaimo River Camp*:  Open 6am / close 3pm.
  • Northwest Bay*:  Open 6am / close 4pm.
  • Buckley Bay*:  Open 6am / close 4pm.
  • Oyster River*:  Open 6am / close 4pm.  Note the road is closed for the foreseeable future at 17km.  You cannot access past this point.
  • Cameron Main to 17km - expect it to be closed at 17km.  
  • Ash Main, Comox Main, Canal Main:  Open 
  • Pass Main (access to Mt. Arrowsmith):  Open

These gates will be closed promptly at these posted times.  You will be locked in for the night if you do not plan your exit time accordingly.

All other gates not listed may or may not be open, and may be closed at any time. If you enter with your vehicle you risk being locked in; we will not send staff out to open any gate after hours.  Please do not park your vehicle blocking any road, at any time.

You are required to sign in at all gates with an asterisk (*).  There will be gate attendants and/or a registration board.

Firewood harvesting for personal use is available; please review the firewood specific blog post.

No fires, no camping, and no off-road vehicles (i.e. ATVs, UTVs, buggies or side-by-sides) are authorized on our private property.

Firewood Opportunities for the Weekend of November 14-15

Online permit sales for firewood harvesting in the Northwest Bay, Buckley Bay, Cameron, Ash and Oyster areas are available at - http://www.islandtimberlands.com/community/Firewoodpermit.aspx

If you do not receive two emails immediately after purchasing your permit, one from us and the other from PayPal, the transaction has not been successful.  Troubleshooting tips:  
   1) Try refreshing your page, 
   2) Ensure you have a strong, stable internet connection, and 
   3) sign up for a PayPal account and purchase through PayPal.  

If you are have difficulties, please email environment@islandtimberlands.com and we will respond to you on the next business day.

Permits for firewood harvesting are available this weekend in Port Alberni at the Port Alberni Visitor Center at 2533 Port Alberni Hwy; hours are 9am-5pm daily.

There is no firewood available in the Shawnigan, Chemainus, Port McNeill, Powell River or Extension areas at this time.

Safety Equipment Required  *REVISED*:
Safety gear is mandatory while cutting; you will not be sold a firewood permit if you cannot present your safety gear before you enter the site and privileges will be revoked if you do not wear it while cutting.  Gear includes protective footwear, eye protection, ear protection, chainsaw pads/pants and gloves.

Safety is our priority.

You must have a copy of your firewood permit on you at all times when cutting firewood, and transporting it to your residence.  It can be on paper, or on a tablet or smartphone.

Please review gate timing on the 'Access Information' blog post for this weekend to ensure you are not too early or too late to get your firewood.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Firewood Opportunities for Remembrance Day

Online permit sales for firewood harvesting in the Northwest Bay, Buckley Bay, Cameron, Ash and Oyster areas are available at - http://www.islandtimberlands.com/community/Firewoodpermit.aspx

If you do not receive two emails immediately after purchasing your permit, one from us and the other from PayPal, the transaction has not been successful.  Troubleshooting tips:  
   1) Try refreshing your page, 
   2) Ensure you have a strong, stable internet connection, and 
   3) sign up for a PayPal account and purchase through PayPal.  

If you are have difficulties, please email environment@islandtimberlands.com and we will respond to you on the next business day.

Permits for firewood harvesting are available in the Port Alberni area this holiday at the Tourism Information Centers located at 2533 Port Alberni Hwy; hours are 9am-5pm daily.

There is no firewood available in the Shawnigan, Chemainus, Port McNeill, Powell River or Extension areas at this time.

Safety Equipment Required  *REVISED*:
Safety gear is mandatory while cutting; you will not be sold a firewood permit if you cannot present your safety gear before you enter the site and privileges will be revoked if you do not wear it while cutting.  Gear includes protective footwear, eye protection, ear protection, chainsaw pads/pants and gloves.

Safety is our priority.

You must have a copy of your firewood permit on you at all times when cutting firewood, and transporting it to your residence.  It can be on paper, or on a tablet or smartphone.

Please review gate timing on the 'Access Information' blog post for this weekend to ensure you are not too early or too late to get your firewood.

Access Information for Remembrance Day

The following gates are expected to be open for this holiday.
Do not expect any additional gates to be opened at any time.  If you travel up a spur road, expect that you could be locked in at any time.

  • Shawnigan*: Open 6am / close 4pm.
  • Chemainus*:  Open 6am/ close 4pm.  Note the road is closed for the foreseeable future at 22km.  You cannot access past this point.
  • Nanaimo River Camp*:  Open 6am / close 3pm.
  • Northwest Bay*:  Open 6am / close 4pm.
  • Buckley Bay*:  Open 6am / close 4pm.
  • Oyster River*:  Open 6am / close 4pm.  Note the road is closed for the foreseeable future at 17km.  You cannot access past this point.
  • Cameron Main to 17km - expect it to be closed at 17km.  
  • Ash Main, Comox Main, Canal Main:  Open 
  • Pass Main (access to Mt. Arrowsmith):  Open

These gates will be closed promptly at these posted times.  You will be locked in for the night if you do not plan your exit time accordingly.

All other gates not listed may or may not be open, and may be closed at any time. If you enter with your vehicle you risk being locked in; we will not send staff out to open any gate after hours.  Please do not park your vehicle blocking any road, at any time.

You are required to sign in at all gates with an asterisk (*).  There will be gate attendants and/or a registration board.

Firewood harvesting for personal use is available; please review the firewood specific blog post.

No fires, no camping, and no off-road vehicles (i.e. ATVs, UTVs, buggies or side-by-sides) are authorized on our private property.

Friday, November 6, 2015

Nanaimo Community Firewood Fundraiser - Weekend of November 7-8

The Pauline Haarer PAC will be selling firewood permits at our NLR47 gate this weekend (Nanaimo Lakes Road, approximately 4.7km from the intersection of Wakesiah & Nanaimo Lakes Road).

Permits will be sold for $30 cash per load (~2/3 of a cord, i.e one pick-up truck or trailer).

Sales will start at 8am and close at 3pm.

Safety gear is mandatory while cutting; you will not be sold a firewood permit if you cannot present your safety gear before you enter the site and privileges will be revoked if you do not wear it while cutting.  Gear includes protective footwear, eye protection, gloves and chainsaw pads/pants.
Safety is our priority.

Any questions, just submit them here on the blog to get the answers for everyone to read.

Firewood opportunities for the weekend of November 7-8

Online permit sales for firewood harvesting in the Shawnigan, Northwest Bay, Buckley Bay, Cameron, Ash and Oyster areas are available at - http://www.islandtimberlands.com/community/Firewoodpermit.aspx

If you do not receive two emails immediately after purchasing your permit, one from us and the other from PayPal, the transaction has not been successful.  Troubleshooting tips:  
   1) Try refreshing your page, 
   2) Ensure you have a strong, stable internet connection, and 
   3) sign up for a PayPal account and purchase through PayPal.  

If you are have difficulties, please email environment@islandtimberlands.com and we will respond to you on the next business day.

Permits for firewood harvesting are available this weekend in the Port Alberni and the Duncan/Shawnigan area this weekend at their respective Tourism Information Centers:
  • For Shawnigan area - the Cowichan Regional Visitor Center at 2896 Drinkwater Road (250-746-4636) in Duncan; hours are 9am-5pm Friday-Saturday, closed Sunday;
  • For Port Alberni - the Port Alberni Visitor Center at 2533 Port Alberni Hwy; hours are 9am-5pm daily.
There is no firewood available in the Chemainus, Port McNeill, Powell River or Extension areas at this time.

Safety Equipment Required  *REVISED*:
Safety gear is mandatory while cutting; you will not be sold a firewood permit if you cannot present your safety gear before you enter the site and privileges will be revoked if you do not wear it while cutting.  Gear includes protective footwear, eye protection, ear protection, chainsaw pads/pants and gloves.

Safety is our priority.

You must have a copy of your firewood permit on you at all times when cutting firewood, and transporting it to your residence.  It can be on paper, or on a tablet or smartphone.

Please review gate timing on the 'Access Information' blog post for this weekend to ensure you are not too early or too late to get your firewood.

Access information for the weekend of November 7-8

The following gates are expected to be open for this weekend.
Do not expect any additional gates to be opened for the weekend.
  • Shawnigan*: Open 6am / close 4pm.
  • Chemainus*:  Open 6am/ close 4pm.  Note the road is closed for the foreseeable future at 22km.  You cannot access past this point.
  • Nanaimo River Camp*:  Open 6am / close 3pm.
  • Northwest Bay*:  Open 6am / close 4pm.
  • Buckley Bay*:  Open 6am / close 4pm.
  • Oyster River*:  Open 6am / close 4pm.  Note the road is closed for the foreseeable future at 17km.  You cannot access past this point.
  • Cameron Main to 17km - expect it to be closed at 17km.  
  • Ash Main, Comox Main, Canal Main:  Open 
  • Pass Main (access to Mt. Arrowsmith):  Open

These gates will be closed promptly at these posted times.  You will be locked in for the night if you do not plan your exit time accordingly.

All other gates not listed may or may not be open, and may be closed at any time. If you enter with your vehicle you risk being locked in; we will not send staff out to open any gate after hours.  Please do not park your vehicle blocking any road, at any time.

You are required to sign in at all gates with an asterisk (*).  There will be gate attendants and/or a registration board.

Firewood harvesting for personal use is available; please review the firewood specific blog post.

No fires, no camping, and no off-road vehicles (i.e. ATVs, UTVs, buggies or side-by-sides) are authorized on our private property.