This toad waits to make his next hop.

Forest faces off with toad populations in Summit Lake

During the last two council meetings, Councillor Hughes requested an official Village response to concerns about the proposed logging

  • Oct. 29, 2014 8:00 a.m.

Trisha Shanks

Arrow Lakes News

During the last two council meetings, Councillor Hughes requested an official Village response to swelling public concerns about the proposed logging by Nakusp and Area Community Forest (NACFOR)  in the blue-listed western toads’ habitat. He was shot down by his colleagues, with the mayor requesting additional information from NACFOR itself.

According to B.C.’s Ministry of Environment, a blue  listed species is “particularly sensitive to human activities or natural events. Blue-listed elements are at risk, but are not Extirpated, Endangered or Threatened.” According to published numbers, fewer than half of the amount were carried to safety during this year’s Toadfest compared to previous years.

Wayne McRory, Biologist with the Valhalla Wilderness Society Conservation Programs wrote a letter to the Village and copied it to concerned private citizens, media outlets and several government bodies.

McRory wrote, “NACFOR runs a very high risk of causing considerable loss of thousands of toadlets that the taxpayer has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars saving and that hundreds of citizens have directly saved by bucketing the toadlets across Highway 6; not to mention a high risk of seriously damaging some of the best possible over-wintering habitat. As well, NACFOR logging effects to all-season toad habitats could be cumulative because of the extensive clear cutting that has already occurred in the past including BC Timber Sales, Slocan Forest Products and some private land logging at lower elevations.”

So far, it’s just a proposal and studies are being performed by biologists. What isn’t in place is even one expert on this species.

In a particularly unenviable position, NACFOR is accountable to its sole shareholder — the village, which represents the local citizens. The logging of local forests provides not only timber products, but also generates profits which have been disbursed to allow the Rotary Club, ski hill and golf course with major expenditures.

NACFORs Frances Swan was contacted by the Arrow Lakes News with questions regarding this story.

“We are working with the board of directors on developing a strategy to respond to the issues being raised concerning toads in Summit Lake.” Swan was not able to give any indication of when this would be available and declined to comment further.


Just Posted

Buddhist monument to be dedicated in Slocan cemetery

A new post has been created to mark the site where at least nine Japanese Canadians were cremated

Passenger counts still rising at West Kootenay Regional Airport

Reliability rates also on rise in second quarter.

Andrew Bellerby out as RDCK’s regional fire chief

Bellerby held the job since January 2016

Craft cannabis development planned for Castlegar

Plans are underway for one of the first craft cannabis industrial parks in the province.

Abra Brynne wins Kootenay-Columbia Green Party nomination

Brynne is one of three candidates who will challenge MP Wayne Stetski

Rich the Vegan scoots across Canada for the animals

Rich Adams is riding his push scooter across Canada to bring awareness to the dog meat trade in Asia

RCMP investigate two shootings in the Lower Mainland

Incidents happened in Surrey, with a victim being treated at Langley Memorial Hospital

CRA program to help poor file taxes yields noticeable bump in people helped

Extra money allows volunteer-driven clinics to operate year-round

Recall: Certain Pacific oysters may pose threat of paralytic shellfish poisoning

Consumers urged to either return affected packages or throw them out

How a Kamloops-born man helped put us on the moon

Jim Chamberlin did troubleshooting for the Apollo program, which led to its success

Sexual harassment complaints soaring amid ‘frat boy culture’ in Canada’s airline industry

‘It’s a #MeToo dumpster fire…and it’s exhausting for survivors’

How much do you know about the moon?

To mark the 50th anniversary of the first lunar landing, see how well you know space

Body, burning truck found near northern B.C. town

RCMP unsure if the two separate discoveries are related

Couple found dead along northern B.C. highway in double homicide

Woman from the U.S. and man from Australia found dead near Liard Hot Springs

Most Read