Environmental Protection and Sustainability
Protecting the McKelvie Creek Community Watershed is an important priority for the Village of Tahsis. Tahsis Councils have passed resolutions in support of preserving the watershed and seeking its removal from Tree Farm Licence 19. The most recent resolution is cited below.
|3||McKelvie Community Watershed Preservation Confirmation Resolution|
|Llewellyn/Lambert: VOT 539/2018|
|THAT Council confirm its continued support for Resolution VOT 326/2018 passed at Council’s June 19, 2018 regular meeting. For convenience, that resolution is re-printed below.|
|WHEREAS less than 10% of productive old growth forests remain on Vancouver Island; and|
|WHEREAS intact and contiguous old growth forests are necessary to sustain the diversity of species for the preservation of these ecosystems; and|
|WHEREAS there is overwhelming evidence that accessible old growth forests are a significant natural asset for the eco-tourism economy; and|
|WHEREAS the McKelvie Creek watershed is one of the few remaining valley bottom virgin forest watersheds on Vancouver Island; and|
|WHEREAS the McKelvie Creek watershed is the community watershed for the Village of Tahsis since McKelvie Creek is the source of drinking water; and|
|WHEREAS neither Western Forest Products, Inc. nor the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development have expressed a willingness to preserve this entire watershed; and|
|WHEREAS Tahsis Council and the Mowachaht/Muchalaht Council of Chiefs have engaged in dialogue on the value of this watershed;|
|THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED:|
|THAT Tahsis Council support the complete preservation of the McKelvie Creek watershed by opposing all forms of resource extraction and development including all logging activity; and|
|THAT Tahsis Council call on the Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development to remove the McKelvie Creek watershed from TFL 19.||CARRIED|
In 2019, extensive field work in the McKelvie Creek watershed was conducted to identify wildlife habitat, vegetation as well as terrain and soil stability and determine risk assessment. The reports and maps from the field work are below.