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Roberts Creek, Sunshine Coast, British Columbia. September 9th, 2016.
Police respond to a court injunction against an ongoing logging blockade on Mount Elphinstone. Concerned citizens are hoping to protect this area: it's one of the older easily accessible forests on the Sunshine Coast. The BC Government considers it a "blue-listed ecosystem," which, in their own terms, means that it's an "ecosystem that is of special concern" as well as "formerly vulnerable". It is also a popular recreation area, for locals and tourists alike, with mountain bikers, hikers, dog walkers, mushroom pickers, artists, and others frequenting the area every-day year-round. The iconic mountain bike trail Twister, which runs next to Mach Chicken, is in the middle of this proposed cut-block, and the cut-block is within the proposed area for a much needed expansion of the Mt. Elphinstone Provincial Park from a mere 240 ha to 2137 ha. Biodiversity and tourism are both on the chopping block, without community consent.
If this concerns you, consider making your voice heard and/or body seen.
Potential government email addresses to send your concerns to:
Minister of Environment: Mary.Polak@gov.bc.ca
Minister of Forests: Steve.Thomson@gov.bc.ca
BCTS Executive Director: Mike.Falkiner@gov.bc.ca
FLNR Office: FLNR.Minister@gov.bc.ca
For more information on this + expanding the park: