Wood Waste in Bigmouth Creek
In September 2009, the Board received a complaint about large pieces of wood (i.e., logs) being left on a cutblock at the head of the Bigmouth Creek watershed, in the interior cedar hemlock (ICH) biogeoclimatic zone north of Revelstoke. While working in the area, the complainant observed large amounts of sound wood, including cedar, hemlock and spruce, in waste piles in cutblock A60881. He also saw that at least one large spruce taken was from outside the block boundary. The complainant was concerned that merchantable timber was being left, rather than being removed to a mill. The complainant was also concerned about the impact that the harvesting in an old cedar ecosystem would have on threatened species, such as wolverine and caribou.