Cherry Ridge logging road protested

Pressure is growing to stop a logging road in Cherryville before all possible risks are known

Pressure is growing to stop a logging road in Cherryville before all possible risks are known.

The Regional District of North Okanagan board voted Wednesday to urge B.C. Timber Sales to not issue a contract for road construction and proposed logging until there is a risk assessment done on Cherry Creek in Cherryville.

“We want it documented that it’s safe,” said David Sewell, chief administrative officer.

A provincial agency, BCTS is moving towards construction of a road so part of Cherry Ridge can be clearcut.

However, that has raised significant concern in the community below.

“It’s 190 hectares and crosses four streams. There’s 70 to 90 per cent slopes,” said Eugene Foisy, Cherryville director.

“We’re afraid that a slope could take place. Four slides have already come down there.”

Foisy fears that critical community infrastructure could be in jeopardy if there is a slide.

“Hanson Park is right on the edge of the creek as is the school and community hall,” he said.

The Cherry Ridge Management Committee, which operates a community forest, wants to see the area identified by BCTS to be selectively logged instead of clearcut.

“It’s just ridiculous to put a road through an area like that,” said Foisy.

BCTS has suggested that a contract for road construction could be issued by Sept. 9 so RDNO will be contacting the agency immediately.

“Time is of the essence,” said Foisy.