Operation Windfall

North Cowichan Municipal Forest Update

On February 15, in the Council meeting addressing our community forests and the budget, Council took another step forward in the evolution of a forestry practice plan that could make our Six Mountains a world class example of community forestry.

This year, Operation Windfall will define our commitment to exploring alternative ecological harvesting methods.

Our Council has heard the public request for pause and public consultation. Now it’s up to us, the citizens of North Cowichan to support our new Forest Advisory Committee by staying involved and informed.

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  • No new clear-cuts contracts in 2019.
  • Existing 2018 logging contracts will be honored.
  • Expansion of the Forest Advisory Committee to include new members from a diverse set of backgrounds.
  • Full review of current practices including review of the vision and management framework for the forest reserve.
  • All logging plans to be put before council for review and consideration, prior to bidding
  • Low impact harvesting of the Storm Blowdown (Operation Windfall) approved
  • No increase in Taxes

“Today’s discussion achieved something that all local governments strive for, which is significant public interest and participation, conducted in a respectful and thoughtful way,” says Mayor Al Siebring. “We thank everyone who has provided input on this complex topic, and we know there are more discussions to come.”

North Cowichan: Decision on 2019 Forestry Plans and Budget

View Video of the Feb 15th Council Meeting

View Meeting Agenda and Budget Options

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