This letter was addressed to J. Walter Cowlard, R.P.F. of Weyerhaeuser. A copy was forwarded to Pique Newsmagazine.
The Village of Pemberton requests you to come before council to discuss your proposed cut blocks 800-5 and 800-6 located in and around the community watershed of the Village of Pemberton.
Pemberton Creek is the vital water supply for more than 3,000 residents and supports a large Coho salmon population. The presentation given by Bernice Patterson at our Council Meeting # 1091, on July 6, 2004 failed to outline major issues, which need to be addressed before any further action is taken in our community watershed. These issues and concerns are:
1. The need for a Geo technical Report:
The hillside above Pemberton creek has very thin soils or moss over rock with a high probability of a slide if logged. This slope has a history of slide activity and the damage to Pemberton Creek would have great consequences to the community.
2. The need for a Creek Assessment Report:
The Pemberton Creek supports many fish species including; Coho Salmon, Sockeye Salmon, Cutthroat Trout and Dollyvarden. The proposed cut blocks contain many seasonal creeks that carry nutrients down stream to the fish. To log in the riparian zone of these upper creeks would upset the balance of water temperatures and affect an integral part of the fish habitat.
3. The need for a study on affected Wildlife Habitat:
The proposed logging area provides habitat for many wildlife species including Black Bear, Deer, Bobcat, Marten , Cougar, Eagle, Raven, and Spotted Owl.
4. The need to assess First Nation Values:
The location of the proposed cut blocks is well within the traditional territory of the Lilwat Nation. The proximity of both blocks 800-6 and 800-5 to the Pemberton Creek provides a high probability of CMT trees and warrants a study.
5. The need for a Fuel Management Plan:
The fire hazards caused by logging practices, which leave slash behind, need to be address. The slash left in the previous cut blocks of Timber Licence #0741 is now a fuel problem. The Wildfire Threat Rating System developed for the Squamish-Lillooet forest district gives the Pemberton area a high wildfire threat rating and is a serious concern to the Village of Pemberton.
6. The need to present an Access Management Plan:
The presentation at Council was not clear as to whether the access road Br. 800 was to be constructed or not. The verbal presentation mentioned the use of helicopters instead of building the road, however the written forest development plan indicates a road and bridge location over Pemberton Creek. If the logging plan is to use helicopters, the access plan needs to identify the drop zone for the logs and the safety plan for general public, who use the trail system below the cut blocks.