The Cherry Ridge Management Committee is focused on forest health and public access in the Cherryville area.

The Cherry Ridge Management Committee is focused on forest health and public access in the Cherryville area.

Input sought in Cherryville

The Cherry Ridge Management Committee will hold a public meeting at the Cherryville Hall Jan. 17 at 7 p.m.

Cherryville residents are being urged to take an interest in the environment around them.

The Cherry Ridge Management Committee will hold a public meeting at the Cherryville Hall Jan. 17 at 7 p.m.

“All residents are invited to attend to review our maps and business records, and to provide their input,” said Hank Cameron, with the committee.

In 2012, CRMC concentrated its efforts on improving forest health, developing access, planting trees, surveying the land base and make the forest more fire resistant.

“The forest health focus of our select harvest was to remove lodgepole pine and Douglas fir bark beetle-killed or infected stems, and windfall,” said Cameron.

“We have developed more access trails on our land base using both old trails and new construction. Glenn and Jerry  Mazu removed the mountain pine beetle infestation above Joe Lesowski’s farm leaving a cedar/fir mix with a stable set of trails.”

The major focus of CRMC’s community advocacy in 2012 was a mudslide.

“This matter has not yet been satisfactorily resolved but we have communicated our concerns to the Association of BC Forest Professionals,” said Cameron.

“They have prioritized this issue of slope stability and drainage structures on the meeting agenda for their liaison committee with the B.C. Professional Engineers Association.”

CRMC silviculture plans are to improve any poorly stocked backlog areas and replant new openings.

“We are now in the process of updating our paper base maps,” said Cameron.

“We plan to do more planting, spacing, and fuel management projects. There may be funding available for community fuel management/fire safety next year.”

The water stewards, including Larry Arcand,  Aline Piche,  Doug Becker, Tim and Melanie Staker, continue to sample Cherry and Ferry creeks and the Shuswap River for water quality.

“This program has built a superior data base over the last four years,” said Cameron.