Silversdaisy Peak in Skagit River Valley. (Wilderness Committee photo)

Silverdaisy Valley near Hope saved from logging activity

Province commends environmental and user groups for speaking up to save pristine area

The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society is applauding the Province today as they announced a beloved park region outside of Hope has been saved from commercial logging.

Silverdaisy Valley is located in the upper reaches of the Skagit River Valley, surrounded by Manning and Skagit Valley Provincial Parks. The Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development (FLNRO) said it was those who opposed planned logging in the area who should be credited with protecting the area.

“Effective immediately, BC Timber Sales will no longer award timber licences in the Silverdaisy area, ensuring no additional commercial forest harvesting occurs in that area,” said Doug Donaldson, FLNRO minister. “We’ve heard loud and clear from individuals and groups on both sides of the border that logging should stop in the Silverdaisy, and we’re making sure that commercial timber harvesting in that area does not continue.”

The Silverdaisy management area – commonly known as the “Donut Hole” – is about 5,800 hectares. It consists of lands removed from the original Skagit Valley Recreation Area in 1995, and Skagit Provincial Forest and lands removed from E. C. Manning Park in 1968.

A timber sale licence was awarded for the Silverdaisy area in 2015, according to a press release from the Province, and that allowed commercial forest harvesting to occur in the area. That timber harvesting has now ended and no future licences will be awarded by BC Timber Sales, they added.

“Today’s announcement demonstrates tremendous leadership from the BC government to work towards nature protection in critical parts of the province,” said Tori Ball, Terrestrial Campaigner for CPAWS-BC. “We congratulate everyone involved for their persistent and collaborative efforts to find a resolution to the threat of logging in the rich and intact Silverdaisy Valley.”

@CHWKcommunity
jpeters@theprogress.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Kanaka Bar chief joins BMO advisory council after Indigenous man, granddaughter handcuffed at branch

The council will provide input on training and policies at the Bank of Montreal

Fraser Valley Marches for Women cancelled due to weather and safety issues

Melting snow and ice will make for slippery sidewalks so decision made to cancel for 2020

Fraser Cascade schools closed again today due to weather

Schools in Hope, Agassiz, Harrison closed for the third day this week

FVRD seeking outdoor rec feedback

Open house meetings slated for next week

LETTER: Mental health support group in Hope offers open arms

Peer-to-peer group meets regularly in Hope

‘Scariest boat ride of my life’: Passengers trapped by ice on rocky B.C. ferry sailing

The Nimpkish docked in Bella Coola on Jan.12 coated in a thick layer of ice

Special prosecutor to review Cranbrook toddler drowning case

Evidence disclosure at issue in the case of a woman sentenced for criminal negligence causing death

UPDATE: Supreme Court dismisses B.C.’s appeal in Trans Mountain pipeline case

Judges decide whether B.C.’s power to protect environment can include impeding a federal project

10 B.C. cities break temperature records in winter storm

Quesnel dipped to -41.9 C, breaking a record from 1916

Vancouver Island child struck, pinned under SUV while sledding

Boy suffers serious injuries, no charges laid in incident

UPDATE: Snowfall warning ends for Metro Vancouver

Five to 10 centimetres of snow, wind chills to hit -20 C or lower

VIDEO: Lower Mainland principal makes ‘Moana’-themed snow day music video

Kendra Simonetto parodied “How Far I’ll Go” to share weather updates with her students

Unprepared for chemistry test, B.C. student begs superintendent to call another snow day

The student from West Vancouver promised he would study more, but was distracted by skiing and hot chocolate

Most Read