Weather halts logging plans 

Harvesting at Brew Block 2 in the Cheakamus Community Forest has been put on hold due to the weather, and unless there's a drastic change in the next few weeks the remaining logging plans will be put off until the spring.

Tom Cole, a registered professional forester for Richmond Plywood, said that at 7:30 Tuesday morning their contractors decided to hold off on the remainder of the logging operations. The work was scheduled to be completed by mid-December, weather permitting.

Cole said all the trees to be harvested have been felled and about two thirds of the logs have already been removed from the area.

The remainder of the logs will be hauled out once the snowpack clears. It's likely Richmond Plywood will expand operations in the area in the spring to keep up with the CCF's mandatory cuts as stipulated by the contract with the provincial government. The CCF must cut 100,000 cubic metres in a five-year period.

Cole said the decision to hold off on the remaining operations came down to safety - mainly getting logging trucks in and out of the area in snowy and icy conditions.

He added that there are no concerns about leaving the logs in the snow over the winter.

"It's just like putting your vegetables in the refrigerator," he said.




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