Collaborative approach to logging in the Nelson area


Planned logging in the Selous Creek Drainage area near Nelson is being approached collaboratively.

Kalesnikoff Lumber Forest Development Manager Gerald Cordeiro says the harvest area is roughly 100 hectares, which is fairly large, but they're planning a really dispersed selective cut, with a high level of retention.

The RDCK has received funding from the Forest Enhancement Society of BC, so there will be more fuel reduction beyond what you would normally see in a logging operation to reduce fuel loading.

Cordeiro says they feel it's important work that needs to be done.

Nelson has been ranked by an independent study of being the most at risk city in BC with a population over 10-thousand when it comes to wildfires and that's led to the collaboration.

According to Cordeiro, Kalesnikoff isn't leading the process they're more of a partner, with direction coming from the RDCK, independent experts and the BC Wildfire Service.

They're also working with the City of Nelson.

The earliest work would start would be in the Fall, according to Cordeiro. 

Public consultation is expected later this Summer.