Here’s an update on Logging that is taking place above the Cabins. Sorry for the length of the email.
- The roads were put in last fall, and logging will take place this season.
- Greg Hislop from CFP toured myself and John through the area twice this spring.
- Greg has personally committed to inspecting the area frequently to look for problems while the logging is underway.
- John and I filed a complaint with the Forest Practices Board. The FPB has undertaken a thorough investigation, and will likely report out that CFP is following legislated requirements, and under the current regulations the Licensee (CFP) is allowed to determine the level of risk to others from their logging, so it is unlikely that FPB will be in a position to require CFP to change their plan.
- The outstanding issues:
- We asked CFP to reduce the risk(life and property) to downslope cabin owners from moderate to low. We feel that moderate risk is just too high. This risk is ‘involuntary’ (not a risk the cabin owners have control over or are rewarded for). However CFP believes there are no economic means to log this area at a low risk level. Risk may be classified on a scale that goes from very high, high, moderate, low, or very low. A Terrain Stability Assessment (TSA) done for CFP classifies the risk with these roads and logging, provided the TSA recommendations are followed, as either moderate or low, depending on the specific area above the cabins.
- We asked that a standard be established by the Ministry of Forests for the level of involuntary risk that CFP (or any licensee) is allowed to pass on the public where life and property are put at risk. It is unlikely that the Ministry will want to take action on this as there haven’t been a lot of problems to date. A quick internet search indicates that the public will accept voluntary risk levels that are approximately 1,000 times higher than involuntary risks.
- We asked CFP to provide a performance bond so that if something happens the cabin owners won’t have to argue/take legal action to get compensation. CFP carries insurance, but refuses to provide a performance bond. It would also be an incentive for CFP to reduce risk to the cabin owners, as presumably the performance bond would cost less if risk was lower.
- We asked CFP to undertake more rigorous, well defined planning, monitoring and documentation of inspections, weather and soil conditions, and response plans. CFP is improving in this area because of the spot light on this logging, but we feel improvement is still needed.
- We asked CFP to produce a long term plan on how the area will be monitored until the forest regenerates (perhaps 10 or 15 years). CFP has indicated they will follow the recommendations that will be made by the firm that wrote their TSA, which will likely cover de-activation of the logging roads. The 2002 slide that went through Bev Rumsey’s property was caused by logging/roads built by Federated Coop (CFP’s predecessor) in 1996. There was also a slide in 1972 near the log dump that was likely caused by logging in previous years.
- We asked that a copy of the TSA be made available for the public. CFP will allow cabin owner to read the TSA in their office, but not take a copy. CFP is concerned because they have been burned in the past. We find it difficult to read a 100 page technical document sitting in their office, and it would be impractical to have the document reviewed by a technical expert that we might hire. The TSA has also been reviewed by the Ministry of Forests technical expert.
- Cabin owners are encouraged to keep any eye on the streams that come down from the hillside. We asked CFP what we should look out for, and what we should do if someone sees a potential problem:
o Watch for sudden/ unexpected changes in stream flow, either up or down. They could indicate a stream diversion or blockage upstream.
o Watch for unexpected change in turbidity (colour) of the water.
If you see a problem immediately call Greg Hislop at 1 250-833-1237, or after hours call Mike Johnson, CFP Woods Manager 1-250-463-5700 (cell). If you can’t get CFP, call Emergency Management BC at 1 800 663-3456. Do not go up the creek looking for the problem, and stay away from the creek bed.
John and I have been pursuing this issue on behalf of the cabin owners. We now need advice from you, the Cabin Owners, on whether/how to pursue this issue further, or whether to let the issue drop. Please let us know what you think.
Scott Kyllo Cabin 41
John Irvine Cabin 42