The stump of the 500-year-old Douglas fir mounted in Qualicum Beach. (Submitted photo)

Person spied loading wood in Qualicum Beach heritage forest

Restorative justice agreement entered

A person found loading wood cut in a Qualicum Beach heritage forest has entered into a restorative justice agreement.

At a Qualicum Beach council meeting on April 22, planning director Luke Sales explained that they had received complaints about someone bucking up logs from the heritage forest, as well as reports of someone loading up wood from the forest.

The forest has been protected by a covenant since 2008, and contains 50 acres of old-growth forest.

READ MORE: 500-year timeline marked alongside an old-growth Douglas fir slab in Qualicum Beach

Sales said the town’s bylaw officer attended to the scene and was subsequently able to identify one of the people involved.

“They’ve stated when they got to the heritage forest that the wood was already there… so we’re not clear on who actually did the cutting,” he said.

Sales said that the person found loading wood is now participating in restorative justice in collaboration with the Brown Property Preservation Society (which raised money to save the forest from development between 1994 and 2004).

“What we’re having them do is help in the restoration of the site,” said Sales. “I think it’s the best outcome giving the circumstances.”

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter 

forestryqualicum beach

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

Just Posted

COVID-19: Uptick in calls to Haven Society crisis line as restrictions ease

Organization reminds people of their range of services

ICET provides Qualicum Beach with $250K for East Village project

Town expects revitalization plan to attract more developments

COVID-19: Garage sales should follow mass gathering guidelines

City has received variety of queries on the issue

Parksville’s ‘Support Local’ parade celebrates businesses

Approximately 30 vehicles turn out for event

COVID-19: Qualicum Beach man stages concerts for charity out of his garage

Larry MacDougall says reception from neighbours has been heartening

Only four new COVID-19 cases, 228 active across B.C.

Health officials watching as activities ramp up

Feds looking at ways to reunite families amid COVID-19 border restrictions with U.S.

Some families with members of dual-citizenship have become separated due to the pandemic

Facing changes together: Your community, your journalists

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the world in ways that would have… Continue reading

B.C. aquaculture farm’s employees sweat it out to raise funds for food banks

For every five minutes of exercise recorded, Cermaq Canada is donating a dollar to local food banks in communities they operate

Condition in kids with possible COVID-19 link being studied in Canada

This month, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued an alert to doctors about MIS-C

‘I knew what he wanted’: Kootenay man spends hours in tree as black bear patrols below

Francis Levasseur is no stranger to the outdoors, but a recent run-in with a bear caused quite a scare

COVID cancelled their wedding plans, so they married on a BC mountaintop

Ceremony was live streamed to friends and family around the world

Stepdad able to walk bride down the aisle days before he passes away

Ceremony held amidst pandemic in order to fulfill bride’s wish to have stepdad give her away

Trudeau acknowledges racial unrest in U.S.; ‘We also have work to do in Canada’

‘Anti-black racism, racism, is real; it’s in the United States, but it’s also in Canada,’ Trudeau says

Most Read