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Log Handling Sites

Water-based log handling sites play a crucial role in coastal forestry1, an industry that has a long history in B.C.2. The mountainous terrain and remote location of coastal operations make it too expensive to transport the logs to mills by road. Without marine log handling sites, coastal logging and the jobs it provides could not survive1.

Marine log handling refers to the movement, sorting and storage of logs in water1. The industry is heavily regulated to minimize adverse environmental effects on fish and wildlife habitat1.

As Enbridge notes in their application, log handling sites exist up and down the coast, including several in Kitimat arm3 – the site of the proposed marine terminal. If oil spilled from a tanker were to reach any marine log handling areas it would decrease the productivity and profitability of operations.

Data Source: Tenure boundaries for log handling sites are displayed on the map and were downloaded from the Province of British Columbia’s Land and Resource Data Warehouse4. Some of the tenures include multiple polygons and there may be a single point (symbolized with a red axe) that can be selected to display the information for those combined sites. Log handling sites are found coast wide but only those within the map study area on the North and Central Coast of British Columbia are displayed here.

References:
1 http://archive.ilmb.gov.bc.ca/slrp/lrmp/nanaimo/ncoast/docs/reports/background/Water-based_log_handling_do.pdf )
2 http://www-heb.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/publications/pdf/274124.pdf
3 http://www.northerngateway.ca/files/application/MASTER_Vol%207C_Final_14May10.pdf
4 www.lrdw.ca