Building a sustainable community in the wilderness
Valley Wide Land Use/Resource Management Committee
A valley wide forestry committee was put together in the spring of 2014 to advocate at a “big picture” level on issues of concern for the entire valley. In 2017 the scope and mandate was change to more generally reflect land use and resource management issues. We expect areas of interest to include mineral exploration and all forms of land use.
The committee consists of representatives of the Gun Lake, Marshall Lake and Tyaughton Lake Ratepayers Assn. as well as the Trails Committee (BRVCA) and the Bralorne Community Advisory Committee (BRVCA). In addition community members from the Yalakom have joined in and we have gone to the Yalakom to support each other on forestry issues.
Below you will see a great deal of different kinds of information and maps related to forestry in the upper Bridge River Valley. Click on the links below for more information. Scroll down to leave a comment.
Please click on the links below to find documents & maps specific for each neighbourhood. More information will be added as it comes in.
Lillooet harvesting companies have timber licenses in the valley and logging is actively happening in and around our neighbourhoods.
Stuwix and BCTS-Cascades have been designing the Taylor & Liza developments with careful considerations into hydrology, wildlife, water intakes, terrain stability, private land and interests, recreation values, and First Nations values/concerns to list a few topics. We are getting closer to a sale date for Taylor and Liza is a little behind as we reconsidered the direction of hauling later on.
Taylor TSL A89489: (Lead Planner= L.Williams with Site specific knowledge from Christian Shears in BCTS).
NE block TY15 is now dropped and we will not pursue due to concerns raised after a terrain assessment and too high of risks to accept.
TY12 was dropped a long time ago to protect a water line and local landholder concerns.
The other 5 blocks are in plans to move forward and these include TY2, TY4, TY6, TY8, and TY14.
TY2à Highest concern for us to manage at present is for Recreation. I have met with Rec folks in the field and attached my current understanding of the commitments made inside the attached ‘Recreation_Referral_MAP_March_2020_Taylor.pdf’ map.
TY2 is a late fall to spring harvest commitment to avoid recreation & logging conflicts (both for safety and to reduce hindrance to rec & tourism).
Wildlife Tree Retention Areas (WTRAs) are being allocated in the 5 blocks and the focus of these will be to protect, waterways, steep slopes, recreational experience, and cultural values.
Sale timing is hoped for this coming winter, however we are allowing time for cultural values to be protected here first and hopefully those are all mapped out before snow fall.
Liza TSL 1632: (Lead Planner= Mike Smithers at Stuwix; site specific knowledge via M.Smithers and C.Shears)
6 blocks proposed to move forward (LIZ9A, LIZ99, S01, LIZ9, LIZ17, and LIZ5).
Sale date hoped for this winter (2021/22 winter).
Wildlife Tree Retention Areas (WTRA’s) currently being designed and laid out.
Cultural referrals and concerns currently being planned for and we are working with local First Nations behind the scenes here.
Wood to be hauled out the South end of the Liza chart now that Aspen and folks fixed the FSR and slump to the south of here.
Key concerns heardà Highest value Cultural areas to protect and/or research.
Cruising, final road system between Liz17 and Liz 5 being developed, and cultural works still being done.
A deactivation is being considered for the FSR branch road LI 5496.11 in response to concerns for increased hunting impacts, First Nations values protection, and Grizzly Bear management strategies. This is still being planned, but we do wish to avoid ‘circle-routes’ and to not increase stresses on wildlife passage through the area.
Road density not to have net increase; either no net road gain or a decrease in unnecessary roads to help with wildlife and cultural concerns.