Video Presentation: 25 yrs of Harvesting @ Apex

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This week representatives from the APOA Forestry Advisory Committee met with government staff from the forest ministry and from 3 of the 4 timber harvest licensees who have been actively harvesting in the Apex area:  LSIB, Weyerhaeuser and Gorman Brothers. The APOA, Nickel Plate Nordic Centre, and Apex Resort have an Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in place that provides a forum for the licensees to convey their harvest plans, and the local stakeholders to provide their input with respect to those plans.

For many years the forestry committee has been voicing concerns about the annual rate of harvesting, and especially the cumulative impact of clearcut harvesting on the Apex area.  That is why we started off our portion of this year’s discussion with a video that shows just how extensive the harvesting has been in the last 25 years. It is definitely having a visible impact!  For example, Nickel Plate Nordic Centre is now surrounded by clearcuts, eliminating the opportunity for any significant trail expansion for the next 50 years.  Trees only grow 6-8 inches a year up here.  Take a look and see what you think:  Apex harvesting video

The Apex MOU is actually the type of landscape level planning and collaboration process that is being discussed during the provincial government’s “phase 2” updating of FRPA, the legislation that governs forestry in BC.  FRPA was updated this year via Bill 21, with more extensive updates planned for next year.  See the discussion paper for details.

The APOA’s position is that in theory our current MOU with the harvest license holders does define a collaborative mechanism for protecting recreation values. But in practice the lack of supporting legislation and regulation inhibits the ability of the participants like the APOA to achieve their goals with this type of ad hoc MOU.  Outcomes such as “protect recreation values” are not well-defined in regulation nor in the licensee’s Forest Stewardship Plans, and hence left up to interpretation and debate.  This leads, not surprisingly, to local residents feeling the cumulative impact of harvesting is too high, while the licensees see it as appropriate for an area that remains included in the timber harvest land base.  What is missing, and what we need added to FRPA and its associated regulations, are well defined measures of compliance.

Compliance in this case would mean achieving the specific goals established during the landscape-level planning phase, which is the phase where well-established intensive recreation areas such as Apex are designated as “special” and hence not to be considered just another part of the timber supply.  The Carmi trail system is another example of an area that is already specially designated, but where the actual goals in maintaining the recreation quality are not well defined. We all want a strong and viable forestry industry in BC, but especially as the timber supply dwindles we must also ensure non-timber values are protected and the economic and social value of area such as Apex are conserved.

The great news is that you can get involved and voice your opinion!  There is a simple online government survey available at: https://engage.gov.bc.ca/forestandrangepractices/  The deadline is July 15, 21019.  So don’t delay!  Let the government know how you think our society can better ensure the Apex recreation area remains one of BC’s premier winter and summer recreation areas.

 

APOA presents to RDOS Directors

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On March 21, 2019, Jeff Brown, Chair of the APOA Forestry Committee presented to the RDOS Directors.   The presentation and speaker notes can be found here: APOA presentation to RDOS  The topic was the upcoming changes to the Forest and Range Practices Act, and how the APOA feels this is an opportunity for local governments to become more effective at protecting recreation areas such as Apex.

2019 APOA AGM

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APOA Annual General Meeting
Sunday, March 24, 2019
3 PM
Apex Mountain Inn Meeting Room

As well as APOA committee reports, Area I Director Subrina Monteith will provide her RDOS update. James Shalman will summarize resort activities and future plans. Jeff Brown will provide an update on what is happening with forestry legislation in BC and how this may impact the Apex area.

So please mark Sunday, March 24 on your calendar and we will see you there!

APOA Season Opener Social **Update**

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The date for the APOA annual Season Opener Social has changed.

It is now on Saturday Dec 15, 2018

Location:  Apex Mountain Inn
Time: 5 PM to 9 PM
Complementary appies for APOA members, drink special: $6

Informational updates from APOA Forestry Committee, Apex Mountain Resort, and RDOS

Fire and Flooding preparedness links

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Floods What to Do?

Warmer Weather be Prepared

FireSmart – Homeowner’s Manual – reduce fire hazards, preventative steps, home assessment

2018 AGM APOA Sat Mar 17, 2018

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APOA AGM notice Saturday March 17th, 2018 3 PM-5 PM at the Apex Mountain Inn games room. Mark your calendars. Hear more about what is happening with forestry, your mountain and the conservation issue of the Apex recreation area.

Your APOA needs you!!! We are looking for members to put their name forward to fill the outgoing board positions. Many of our retiring board members have been at it a VERY long time and it’s time to give them a rest. If you think this may be for you and want further info, please email us your contact details and we can chat more about it by phone. If you would like to put your name forward email us at apoaexec@gmail.com. This is a great way to keep your community strong and influence the future direction of our recreational area.

Minutes of last years AGM can be viewed by clicking this link >>>   2017 APOA AGM MINUTES

APOA- founding member of BC Coalition for Forestry Reform

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APOA is a founding member of the provincial organization BC Coalition for Forestry Reform. The website can be found at this link. The initial mission of BCCFR is to assist communities in BC to get directly involved in pressuring the BC government to create the resource regulation and policies needed to ensure local communities have a strong and effective voice in forestry planning and management. The BCCFR membership includes local community organizations from across BC. Websites of the BCCFR member organizations can be found at this link.

Skul’qalt Forestry Operations – Winter Creek/Nickel Plate

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Hello All

Please consider this email as a notification that Skul’qalt Forestry LP will be considering operations in our proposed developments in Winter Creek and Nickel Plate this fall/winter season. Skul’qalt is still awaiting CP/RP approval and with the extreme summer we have had are hoping operations will be starting up around Mid to Late October 2017 till December 15, 2017. If the Nickel Plate Nordic Center and Apex Mountain Resort could please let me know of any large event dates between October 1 and December 15, 2017 would be greatly appreciated so I can ensure these dates are noted in my Pre-work & Safety meeting with the logging/trucking contractors.

Potential Operation Schedule:

Winter Creek Development (WC-4 and WC-5) – Highest Priority and Primary target to focus on harvesting/Hauling. Hoping hauling and harvesting operations will be completed by Late November/Early December to avoid as much disruption of the cross country ski-trail system (motherlode and Vindicator). I will keep everyone informed once operations begin and possible timetables.

Nickel Plate/Strayhorse Development (NP18 & NP-19)–We are hoping to complete this project before December 15, 2017 ( before – Christmas/peak ski season for tourists).

Please find the dropbox link to view the draft map of the operational areas in Winter Creek/Nickel Plate/Strayhorse:

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/uhr49jl8fh34zvw/AADMT8IXw4kEHR2gazS6Wtq4a?dl=0

Thank you,

Mike Beck, RPF

Engineering Manager

Apex Mountain Resort – New Era Letter Sept 2017

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AMR_Ltr_Welcome Sept 2017

Results from HRVA

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Risk Profile Apex click on this link