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Tyax Heli-skiing was fined a total of $29,000 last week for cutting trees on Mount Fee without a permit. The fine, which includes $3,000 for remedial forestry work, was imposed under the Forest Practices Code. The maximum fine that could have been imposed for the 1.3 hectares involved was $130,000. Tyax Heli-skiing owner Mike Jakobsson admitted to cutting the trees at a hearing before the Squamish Forest District Feb. 3 and said he would pay the fine. "I made a mistake in not trying harder to get a cutting permit," Jakobsson said. He added the tree cutting was done to improve the safety of the heli-ski run. Trees in the area had been wiped out by a major slide approximately 25 years ago. Most of the trees cut were not m small business boost from Chamber The Whistler Chamber of Commerce has set up a small business seminar committee to develop a series of workshops to inspire the business efforts of Whistler's merchants. The first workshop is in the planning stage, says Chamber manager Thelma Johnstone. Its focus will be to listen to small businesses for ideas of what they'd like to have in a series of seminars to take place over the coming year. For more information, call the Chamber at 932-5922. David Aldcroft, president of the Cowichan Valley Natural History Society, will be the guest expert on this month’s bird walk, organized by the Association of Whistler Area Residents for the Environment. Local experts will also help out for the walk, which begins at 8 a.m. at the bottom of Lorimer Road. AWARE will be organizing bird watching walks the first Saturday of each month through to the fall. All walks will start at the bottom of Lorimer Road, but starting in April the meeting time will be 7 a.m.

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