Logging began mid October 2018. Date of access to the trails is still unknown.
Information on the logging plans:
Kids Stuff, Eric's Trail, Splitting Bears, Hessian, Bored to Tears, Split Decision and R-Trail. This area was to be logged first, 50-100 trees to be left standing per hectare. Numerous skid paths will cross the trails.
4 Corners area, Deadfall, Oh Dear, Faceshots, EVT-CDT, Stumpy, Ich Bin Sofa, Bridget Funda. This area was to be logged after freeze up (Dec-Jan start) and 100-150 trees to be left standing per hectare. Numerous skid paths will cross the trails.
Wildlife Tree Patch & Reserve includes the following trails: Eco-Terrorist (all sections), Kiddy Up, WUD, Queen V, Broken Derailleur, Deadfall (south of 4 Corners) Brad's Gay Trail and some of Sidewinder. No logging in this area but some of the trails do border the other zones. The north end of this area comes just short of 4 Corners.
Logging commenced mid October and there was NO ACCESS to the property from this date forward until logging, wood chipping and cleanup is completed.
Ridgemont Road will remain open for logging trucks during this period but there will be no public access. 1000 truck loads of wood are expected to be removed from Ridgemont property. VAST has stated that all slash piles will be chipped and removed from the property. Machine Free Zone means that the mechanical machine will not enter that zone but the arm reach is 8 meters and harvestable wood will be removed. What this means is that our trails have a 8 meter MFZ around them but the arm will remove value wood trees without affecting the trails. Trees will be removed from the trails.
VAST (Pollyco) will be installing more signage and gates on most of the access points into Ridgemont stating its Private Property with NO ACCESS during this period of time. They state that there will be enforcement of this, the area is considered a Worksafe BC site.