A Village of Port Alice resident appeared as a delegation before council April 8 to express his concern about the proposed logging of Blocks 43638 and 43696 by Western Forest Products.
Robin McKenzie told council the proposed blocks are close to Rumble Beach in an area that “has been sensitive to slides for many years”, and adjacent to residential areas including the Alderwood Acres Trailer Park where he resides. McKenzie raised the Geomatics Media Hazard Assessment Report which identifies the proposed logging area as being high risk for landslide. He asked council to leave the mountain above the community as it is. The proposed project involves two blocks of second-growth forest. WFP conducted a terrain stability assessment report, which was prepared by Island Geoscience.
“According to one of our bylaws, we have the opportunity to go out and get a second report and that is exactly what we are in the process of doing. We will get the second report and compare the two,” Mayor Jan Allen said. “Then we will make a decision if we will approve them to do the logging,” Allen said.
“We thanked Mr. McKenzie for coming forward and talking with us and told him we will be in touch when we get the second report.”