The Squamish Access Society has issued the following statement about the upcoming logging operations around Squamish.
The Squamish Access Society has received word that Oceanview Forest Products is going to commence logging TSL A 92860 (aka Block SW 144) on the Stawamus FSR in the saddle between Slhanny and the Chief March 1, 2016. Falling and road building operations will be 7 days / week from starting March 1 – to approximately the 3rd week in March. Log Hauling is scheduled to begin March 15 and will occur Monday to Friday on the following roads:
Shannon FSR from 2.2km.
Stawamus-Indian FSR from 1.6km.
The Mamquam River FSR from 3.8km to the highway.
Oceanview Forest Products anticipates harvesting and hauling to be complete mid May (if not sooner), prior to the main climbing season. Climber cooperation will greatly assist this timeline.The Squamish Access Society asks the climbing public to avoid Slhanny back side areas and Longhouse areas during this short period of time for public safety and to minimize operation time. But if you are inclined to go, expect the following.
During falling and road building operations, access to the Slhanny backside crags and trail network and the Longhouse via the Shannon FSR will be closed for public safety. (falling trees and heavy equipment). Access to the Longhouse via the Slhanny -3rd peak trail will be possible but be forewarned that an industrial ambiance will be present. Ie. It will be very noisy.
During loading and hauling operations, travel on the Stawamus – Indian and Shannon FSR for non radio equipped traffic is NOT RECOMMENDED, unless you like encountering large off highway logging trucks. Radio equipped traffic should be familiar with turnout locations and logging road and radio etiquette (loaded traffic has the right of way). Radio frequencies: inblock Kicking Horse 153 320, Hauling Mamquam FSR.
Thanks for your cooperation in advance.
Squamish Access Society