An Earthy Cause – Stillwater Bluffs

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A community discussion on the future of the popular Stillwater Bluffs will take place from 7:00-9:00 pm on Monday, April 18th at Vancouver Island University, Room 148. Everyone is invited to attend.

When the area around the bluffs was under threat in 2008, Friends of Stillwater Bluffs was formed with the intention of protecting Stillwater Bluffs and the surrounding forests, listed as DL3040, from logging by Island Timberlands. This community effort was given support from the Powell River Regional District, with the following April 29, 2012 letter sent to Darshan Sihota, President Island Timberlands:

Darshan Sihota, President Island Timberlands

Re: District Lot 3040 Powell River – Stillwater Bluffs

As you may be aware, the Powell River Regional District has identified District Lot 3040 Powell River as one of six regional park acquisition objectives through its Regional Parks and Greenspace Plan. In recent conversation with local Island Timberlands staff, the Regional District has been made aware that planned logging operations on the property would be deferred if the Regional District entered into meaningful discussions about acquisition of the property. Please take this letter as formal confirmation of this intent with the expectation that Island Timberlands will immediately cease all planning and harvesting activities on the property. As I expect you will understand, any harvesting of the standing timber on the property will adversely affect our subsequent acquisition negotiations.

The length of the proposed deferment of planning and harvesting operations will need to be further defined to our mutual satisfaction. Our staff is ready to meet with the appropriate Island Timberland staff at a time and place of your choosing to complete this detail and start confidential discussions about acquisition of the property. It is suggested that this meeting should be a priority to give you confidence of our seriousness and not to unnecessarily encumber or delay your corporate operations.

Thank you for your staff’s offer of the deferment of operations and I look forward to a progressive and mutually beneficial negotiation of our acquisition of the property.

Mac Fraser – Chief Administrative Officer, Powell River Regional District cc: Wayne French

Posted by Friends of Stillwater Bluffs – April 29, 2012

Here is Island Timberlands reply:

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The April 18th meeting has been called as a first step and an opportunity to come together and discuss our shared vision for Stillwater Bluffs. See you there.

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