District Lot 1313 (also called the “Reed Forest Reserve”) is a 56 hectare (140 acre) lot on the slopes of Mount Elphinstone at the top end of Reed Road, on the boundary between Areas E and F of the SCRD. BC Timber Sales plans to log this piece of Crown Land, but neighbours want to see it preserved.
In 2014, Elphinstone Logging Focus (ELF) launched a campaign to protect this ecologically rich block of natural Douglas fir forest. They emphasize that this is one of the last remnants of the type of forest that once covered the lower slopes of Mount Elphinstone. Residents living directly downslope of the property are also worried about the probably impacts of logging on the wet slope, such as runoff, erosion, and harm to well water. Preserving this property as a conservation area or ecological reserve makes sense and would be a big asset for Elphinstone.
This is also part of a larger conversation that needs to be held about Mount Elphinstone. Large tracts of second growth forest on the slopes of the mountain are due to be harvested in the next few years. Residents and foresters need to meet and agree on priorities, such as maintaining a green buffer zone between residential areas and logging, and maintaining key hiking and mountain biking trails.