STONEY HILL UPDATE: The municipality is widening the country road to create a logging road for wide equipment. The actual logging tender is out and will be awarded by the end of the month .
The wind fall at the entrance to the extraordinary western cliffs of Stoney Hill, featured in the WhereDoWeStand.ca video - that could be a world class park - is about to be harvested. Trees will be taken down; logging roads, skid trails and landing areas built. However, Stoney Hill is a composite of cobble stones, with shallow, sparse soil, and will be irreparably damaged. The trees need all the organic matter available for nutrients, including from the wind fall trees.
“With regard to the blow down on Stoney Hill, natural disturbances - (in moderation) - in forests are not a disaster, they are nature’s way of renewing itself,” says well known retired professional forester Ray Travers.
Thanks for support from: JS Plumbing, Pacific Industrial Marine, David Coulson Design, Drill Well and David Slade, Cowichan Valley Voice Magazine, Maple Bay Marina, Community Farm Stores, Lila Music Centre, Yoga With Paulina, Chris Istace Media, Beyond The Usual
One Cowichan and the Cowichan Valley Naturalists “support Where Do We Stand’s campaign for the protection and ecological management of the forests on Stoney Hill and all Six Mountains.”
To learn about the mystery of root systems and soil, view Suzanne Simard’s Ted Talk: How Trees Talk To Each Other - The Mother Tree Project on YouTube. Simard will be coming to the Performing Arts Centre, October 2.
Photography by Chris Istace