Posted in Area A Director, CVRD

Mosaic commits to logging plans near Langley Lake

EDIT July 5,2021: received the following from Area A Director Daniel Arbour yesterday when I asked what were the next steps he would take now that Mosaic is proceeding.

Regional district members wanted to defer harvesting to discuss watershed

Mosaic Forest Management plans to go ahead with logging plans near Langley Lake sometime over the summer.

Union Bay and Comox Valley Regional District representatives had called for logging to be put on hold for work on a watershed plan, but company representatives have told the CVRD board it is confident of its plans to protect the watershed while logging.

“We will attempt the complete harvest in the dry season,” Molly Hudson, Mosaic’s director of sustainability, told the CVRD board at a meeting on June 29.

RELATED STORY: Comox Valley board wants to halt Union Bay-area logging plans

Hudson outlined on a map the plans for two roughly nine-hectare, second-growth blocks. The closest the work will come to the lake, which provides drinking water for Union Bay, is about 600 metres, with other parts extending to a kilometre or more away.

“There’s no water in these blocks today,” she said. “There are ephemeral, non-fish streams.”

She stressed the creek beds are currently dry, so conducting harvesting during the summer should reduce the chance of any effects on the lake. They will also haul away the timber in the opposite direction from the lake.

The company reiterated the point that it wanted to hold off any harvesting plans until the Union Bay community’s new water treatment plant was operational. Mosaic representatives said they operate in 34 community watersheds on the island and are prevented by provincial legislation from negatively affecting water quality.

“We can’t control the water source, but we can manage that risk,” said David Beleznay, Mosaic’s manager for hydrology and terrain.

Area A director Daniel Arbour credited the company foresters and staff but reiterated concerns he has had with logging near the lake. He has called for logging plans to be deferred so local government and company can come up up with a more detailed watershed plan.

Arbour also said he could foresee some opportunities such as working toward some kind of carbon credit program with the company.

“I believe a project could be supported through local governments,” he said.

Other members of the CVRD board had issues with suggestions the logging practices represented the “best science” available in terms of methods. Chair Jesse Ketler said this description seems to fit within the practices of clear-cut logging, and she suggested other means such as selective logging or heli-logging might be better.

Hudson responded the company uses many different methods to harvest timber, adding that certain methods are designed to promote the reforestation of seedlings.

“We harvest in a whole bunch of different ways across the landscape,” she said. “These decisions are not made solely from a cost perspective.”

As part of the presentation, the Mosaic representatives outlined the company’s stewardship work to protect forests and watersheds, which includes working with different organizations for environment enhancement and certification.

“It’s a big step for us on our path toward carbon neutrality,” Hudson said.

She talked about other efforts such as reforestation and reducing the burning of residual debris.

“We’ve been working in recent years to reduce our pile burning,” she said.

Area C director Edwin Grieve asked whether the company had been approached by any businesses about using its residual material, especially in light of its goals over burning.

Beleznay said the company is open to looking at more ways to reduce burning.

“The door’s wide open,” he said.

Posted in CVRD, Government

Let’s Hope There Will Finally be a Long Term Solution to Logging in the Watershed

Langley Lake supplies the drinking water for Union Bay. File photo by Bob Ell

Comox Valley board wants to halt Union Bay-area logging plans

Regional district inviting forest company to work on watershed plan

The Comox Valley Regional District board wants logging proposed for the Langley Lake area to be put on hold while the regional district and the forest licensee can work out a watershed conservation plan.

The lake provides drinking water for nearby Union Bay, and Mosaic has planned for harvesting on its private land there.

“This came as a very late surprise in the last couple of weeks,” Area A director Daniel Arbour said.

At the June 17 board meeting, directors considered resolutions to request Mosaic Forest Management to suspend harvesting activities planned for the Langley Lake watershed until 2023 and to work with the CVRD on a watershed conservation plan for the watershed, as well as have Vancouver Island communities and the province discuss how best to manage public drinking watersheds.

Arbour was responding to comments from the company in the newspaper about how the regional district, as well as the Union Bay Improvement District, had expressed no concerns about logging in the watershed. The CVRD will be taking over services such as water that UBID provides in Union Bay as of July 1.

“I would like to set the record straight,” he said. “The Union Bay Improvement District has a decades-long standing opposition to any logging in the watershed…. There has been protests in the past.”

He explained past harvesting has led to high turbidity in the drinking water. The company said it agreed not to log before the Union Bay community began operating its new water treatment system, which started a year ago.

RELATED STORY: Mosaic plans logging at Langley Lake near Union Bay

Arbour said he had yet to meet anyone in the Union Bay area not opposed to logging in the small watershed. He also cited First Nations’ opposition in 2017.

He wanted the board to send a letter to Mosaic and engage the province around a review of private forest lands. The board passed the motions unanimously. As well, Mosaic will also be asked to make a presentation to the board at an upcoming meeting.

“We need to do more, I think, to push this issue,” CVRD chair Jesse Ketler said, referring particularly to the province’s responsibilities over watersheds. “I think the province has kind of pitted local governments against forestry companies.”

Beyond the Langley Lake area, Arbour said he and other directors want to stress this is a broader issue for the provincial government. He cites submissions local governments on Vancouver Island made to the province two years ago with recommendations to protect drinking watersheds and other ecosystem values.

“The province has to show much greater leadership on regulating the management of large-scale private forest lands on Vancouver Island. Local governments on the east side of Vancouver Island have made many specific recommendations to protect drinking watersheds and local ecosystems, and I hope the government doesn’t succumb to the private sector lobby to keep the status quo,” Arbour said in a later statement.

Posted in UBID

Last Union Bay Improvement District Monthly Meeting June 17, 2021, via Zoom

Lots of information in this video. Information regarding the logging by Mosaic. Water Supt. expressed concern regarding a section of water pipe that goes under the highway by McKay
Rd. and feels it’s only a matter of time for it to blow.

Chair Munro wanted to make sure landowners are aware the rates published in the pdf from the CVRD might have caused some confusion as the table shows monthly consumption and rates which might have left the impression that should you exceed the 10 metres in one month, you would be charged the second tier rate. Since the billing is going to be quarterly, the consumption allowed in the basic rate is 30 cubic metres for a 3 month period billed at $162.

Posted in Area A Director, CVRD, Government, Kensington Coastal Pointe, Kensington Island Properties aka KIP Costanza, 34083 Yukon Inc., Kensington Union Bay Properties Gp Ltd, Kensington Union Bay Properties Ltd., Kipshit Creek, Royston Union Bay Sewage plan 2020, The Union Bay Community, Union Bay Estates, Union Bay Resorts

Answers from CVRD Regarding Sewage Grant Application, Union Bay Estates aka Kensington Island Properties Sewage Application and Gravel/sand Pit Application

I think we are screwed.

What criteria is used to approve the developer to use a specific area of the over 700 acres of land as a gravel pit?

Does the CVRD have a say in the location of the Gravel/Sand pit?

Update on the Sewage Grant application for Union Bay and Royston.

Does Kensington Island Properties sewage application to dump treated sewage into Hart/Washer Creek meet the conditions in the MDA?

Is the CVRD willing to own a system that dumps treated sewage into Hart/Washer Creek as set out in the MDA?

Posted in Area A Director, CVRD, Kensington Coastal Pointe, Kensington Island Properties aka KIP Costanza, 34083 Yukon Inc., Kensington Union Bay Properties Gp Ltd, Kensington Union Bay Properties Ltd., Kipshit Creek, Royston Union Bay Sewage plan 2020, The Union Bay Community, Union Bay Estates, Union Bay Resorts

CVRD Zoom Meeting Update for Areas A, B and C Today at Noon

Opportunity to ask questions.

These are the questions I submitted:

Typo – should read ‘willingly’

UPDATE: Video of the meeting. Didn’t get all my questions answered as some of those answering wandered off to things I didn’t ask, but have come away with more info. These meetings are so important and easy to attend and get answers from those making the decisions.

The first half hour is a presentation by each Area Director and the second half is questions.

Posted in CVRD, Government, Kensington Coastal Pointe, Kensington Island Properties aka KIP Costanza, 34083 Yukon Inc., Kensington Union Bay Properties Gp Ltd, Kensington Union Bay Properties Ltd., Kipshit Creek, The Union Bay Community, Union Bay Estates, Union Bay Resorts

Kensington Island Properties aka Union Bay Estates Sewage Application Status as of June 7, 2021

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