Logging expected – in our backyard

Although not yet 100% confirmed, all evidence points to a planned aspen harvest on the hillside west of the Telus tower down to Highway 24 by Norbord within a year. This particular cut block was identified in a consolidated forestry plan created in 2002, then by Ainsworth. Aspen is harvested for the OSB plant in 100 Mile House. The harvesting process has begun as the surveyor’s flagging was put up during the week of Dec 7 when it was discovered by a local hiker. The flagged “block boundary” was chosen as the ladies’ Sunday hike last week to gain more information about its size and location and the GPS route the ladies recorded on their trek is shown below in yellow. The perimeter totals about 6 kilometers and the logging area appears to be just larger than the area of Little Lac des Roches. In keeping with the Cariboo Chilcotin Land Use Plan, the visual impact of the block seems minimal from the McDonald Rest Stop. In fact, it appears that few lake residences will have a line of site to most of the cut block. It will however, be very noticeable from the lake and in full view of highway travellers, particularly as they crest the west hill (known as Angus Hill), eastbound from Bridge Lake. Local outdoor enthusiasts will realize, this block covers several kilometers of well-used game, stock, and ORV trails which will likely be inaccessible during the harvesting project. While there has yet to be an application for a cutting permit or access road permit, evidently that process can move fairly quickly.

McCarthy Clearcut
Newly flagged aspen cut block above Lac des Roches.