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Sunshine Coast Forest District Photo Gallery

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We are fortunate to live and work in a very beautiful and varied environment. Our District's diversity ranges from: summer cottages and sandy beaches, to alpine meadows and icy glaciers; from raging rocky mountain creeks; to slow winding river valleys, estuaries and countless lakes; from snow capped mountain ranges, to idyllic islands; from rocks, to rich fluvial soils.

Summer Cottages
  Palm Beach
Summer Flowers
  Homathko Glacier
Brem River Source
  Paradise River
Homathko River
  Southgate River
Quatam River Estuary
  Goat and Powell Lakes
The Coast Mountains
  Looking into the Interior
Savary Island
  Looking south from Bute Inlet


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Here are some of the larger animals that live in our diverse ecosystems.

Deer Fawn
  Black Bear
Brown Bear
  Elk Herd
Deer Family
  Coastal Blacktail
Mountain Goats
  Goats in a Cave
(©Photo by Jared Hobbs)
Grizzly Bear
  Grizzly Feeding

(©Photo by Jared Hobbs)
(©Photo by Jared Hobbs)
Grizzly Looking for Lunch
  Adult Grizzly

Eagle's Nest
  Adult Bald Eagle


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From Howe Sound to Bute Inlet, the Ministry of Forests personnel require a great variety of transportation methods to manage the forests. We even take a ferry to our field office in Sechelt!.

Hughes 500
  Float Plane
Long Ranger
  Fixed Wing
  BC Ferry


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Harvesting takes place in our District in many different areas using a great variety of equipment. High up on the mountains, or in steep or sensitive areas, helicopters are often used. The fallers are flown into these locations and the trees that they cut are lifted by helicopter to the nearest road, or to the ocean.

Crew Transportation
  Bute Inlet Heli
  The drop

Some wood in our District is harvested from old cedar logs that are dead and lying on the ground. These are sawn into chunks called blocks that will be manufactured into cedar shakes and shingles for house roofs. Sometimes these shingles are shipped as far away as California.

Cedar Blocks
  Loading Blocks

Other trees that are blown down during windstorms are harvested with smaller helicopters like this Bell 214.

Bell 214
  Salvage Landing

In lower areas, backhoes or feller-bunchers can be used to cut and move the logs to the trucks waiting at the road. Still in other areas that are steeper, cable machines bring the logs to the roads or landings. The logs are then loaded on to trucks and driven to the log dump at the ocean. At the log dump heavy cables are tied around the whole load which is then pushed in the water. The boat then pushed these log bundles together in a boom to tow them to a dry land sort, like Stillwater. There the bundles are pulled out of the water and sorted according to species and grade. They are then re-bundled for towing to a sawmill that could be on the Fraser River.

Feller Buncher
  Feller Buncher Working
Back Hoe
Cable Logging
  Skyline Cables
Log Truck
Camp Dump
  Ready to Tow
  Stillwater Sort


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Fire has always been a part of forest ecosystems in British Columbia. Occasionally when there is little risk to humans, animals, and timber, we let nature take its course. But usually we try to control fire so that the trees, animals, creeks, soils, and air don't get damaged.

Bishop River
  Freda Creek Fire
DC 6
  Martin Mars

Fire fighting is very difficult and dangerous work that can sometimes carry on into the late evening hours. Working with people, planes, helicopters, and trucks we try to stop fires before they get too large. Most times we are successful. Sometimes, because of high winds, or very hot dry conditions, wildfires can be very difficult to control.

Night Work
  Texada Island 1987
Trout Lake Spot Fire
  Toba Inlet 1987
Quick Action
  Lois River 1987
  Savary Beach Fire


Road Building
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In order to harvest trees for lumber and paper, we need to build roads and bridges which can also be used for public recreation. Some of these roads have to go near rock where rock drills and explosives are used to break up the rock. The broken material is then used to stabalize the roadbed or it is crushed up for gravel for the log trucks to run on. If there wasn't rock in the road bed the loaded logging trucks, which weigh about 43,000kg., would sink into the soil. Logging roads usually need to settle for a year to harden up before they can support a loaded logging truck.

Finished Road
  Duck Lake
Rock Drill
Powder in
  Blasted Rock
Spreading Rock
  Good Base
Gravel Capped
  Completed Road


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For short-term use, bridges are usually built from logs, and then they are removed when they are no longer needed. New long-term bridges are built from steel and concrete which will last a long time and need very little maintenance to keep it safe for all kinds of traffic.

Bridge installations are carried out in August when the Dept. of Fisheries and the Ministry of Environment permit the machines to work around the creeks. Silt traps of various designs are used to prevent any fine soils from entering the creek. When old log bridges are removed, a large apron goes under the bridge to catch any debris before it enters the creek.

Here is a visual story of an old bridge being removed at Suicide Creek and the installation of a new steel bridge with a concrete running surface.

Log Bridge
  Steel Bridge
Bridge Removal
  A Silt Fence
Downstream Silt Fences
  More stream Protection
Rock Prep
  Digging Footings
Hand Prep
Pipe Columns
  Fill Added
Bridge Arrives
  Placed on Pipes
Ballast Walls
  Concrete Deck
  Fill Approach
Rails Complete
  Deck Complete
Bridge complete
  A High Elevation Bridge

This whole process took four to five days. The planning, budgeting, and tendering can take 2 years. Road building and maintenance are the biggest costs in extracting timber. If it is done well it can serve the logging industry and the public for many years.


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Cabin in the Knuckleheads
  Spelunking on north Texada Island
Center Lakes in Eldred River Valley
  Repelling Mt. Grant Texada Island
Climbing Mt. Grant Texada Island
  Emma Lakes Eldred River Valley
Emma Lakes in July
  Emma Lakes in March
Hiking out A-Branch in the Knuckleheads
  Mtn. Biking in Paradise Valley
Sea Kayaking Desolation Sound
  Sea Kayaking in Bull Passage near Jedediah Island
Sea Kayaking near Mowat Bay Texada Island
  Sea Kayaking in the Copeland Islands near Lund
  Duck Lake trails Taylorway
Windsor Lake on Powell Forest Canoe Route
  X-Country skiing in the Bunster Hills
X-Country skiing near Beta Lake in the Knuckleheads
  X-Country skiing out A-Branch in the Knuckleheads
Klein Lake recreation site
  Skiing - McNair Creek
Skiing on Mt. Elphinstone
  Tantalus Mountain Range


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Young Douglas-fir plantation in Pender Harbour
  7 year old Douglas-fir plantation manually brushed in 2000
Silviculture staff survey and assess young plantations to ensure they are healthy and growing well
  Excavators are sometimes used following harvesting to prepare sites and create more plantable ground
White tree shelter tubes are installed over planted seedlings to protect them from animal browse
  Deer browse is common on Texada Island and therefore all planted seedlings are protected with seedling protection tubes. These tubes also act like mini tree houses and boost tree growth & survival.
Fall planting in the Bunster Hills area
  Planting usually includes a mixture of different species that are selected to match the ecology of each harvested area.
Planted seedlings are surveyed and assessed at the time of planting to ensure seedling are planted correctly.
  Vigorous competing vegetation impacting the growth and survival of young planted seedlings in the Orford River area.
Chain saw brushing on Texada Island
  Competing deciduous vegetation is manually brushed using chain saws.

White pine blister rust. The disease causes a bark canker which is lethal when located on the stem.
  Sitka Spruce is rarely planted in the district because of the threat of attack from spruce terminal weevil.

Black bear bark stripping damage
  Young trees killed as a result of black bear bark stripping.

Western white pine breeding program at Texada Island seed production area. Bagging for controlled pollen crossing and protection from pine cone beetle.
  Tree mortality caused from root disease

Pruning treatments are done following juvenile spacing to produce high value knot free wood.
  Western white pine tree pruning done to control white pine blister rust.

Pruning shears and ladders are used to prune trees to a height of 5.5 meters above the ground.
  Douglas-fir pruned to 5.5 meters.

Young stands are sometimes fertilized with nitrogen to boost tree growth and performance.
  Juvenile spacing and pruning completed on a Douglas-fir stand in McNab Creek.


International Tours
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 The Sunshine Coast Forest District has hosted numerous visits from delegates from around the world. These tours are intended to show our international guests examples of B.C.'s forest practices. Delegates including media, government, industry and environmental representatives are shown all phases of our forest management. We believe our practices are some of the best in the world and we welcome the international scrutiny these tours provide.

2006 UK Forest Tour- May 2006
  2006 UK Forest Tour - May 2006
Canada Tsuga Tour- June 2005
  Hemlock Dedication to Champion Sumo - June 2005
Japanese Wood Buyers- Sept 2004
  Japanese Wood Buyers- Sept 2004
Japanese Delegation of Academics, Industry, Media, Enviros- Sept 2004
  Japanese Delegation of Academics, Industry, Media, Enviros- Sept 2004
German Forester Visit- Sept 2004
  German Forester Visit- Sept 2004
Japanese Tour 2004
  Japanese Tour 2004
Italian Delegation 2003
Staples (USA) Tour 2003
  Staples (USA) Tour 2003
Scottish Delegation 2002
  Scottish Delegation 2002
Dutch Delegation 2002
  Dutch Delegation 2002
Japanese Delegation 2002
  Japanese Delegation 2002
British Columbia Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) Delegation 2002
British Delegation 2002
  British Delegation 2002
British Minister Delegation 2002
  British Minister Delegation 2002

German Delegation 2001
  German Delegation 2001

British Delegation 2001
  British Delegation 2001

Russian Delegation 2001
  Russian Delegation 2001

Russian Delegation 2001
  Economic Council of Europe Delegation 2000

Japanese Delegation 2000
  Japanese Delegation 2000