The Gateway's Guiding Principles Ignored
After a three-year process beginning in 1996, an agreement, “The Guiding Principles for the Management of Land and Resources in the Upper Clearwater Valley” was reached between the BC Ministry of Forests and residents of Upper Clearwater. The residents agreed to three woodlots in exchange for restrictions on Crown land logging to small discreet incursions for removal of insect- or beetle-killed trees. Yet, in December 2016, the government ignored this agreement and issued a permit to Canfor to undertake massive salvage logging on the slopes of Trophy Mountain without consultation with local residents.

Mountain Caribou Habitat and Population at Risk
The Southern Mountain Caribou in the Clearwater Valley is the second largest population in the world, but since 1995 the numbers have shrunk from about 300 to fewer than 80 animals. In 2014, the federal Species at Risk Act identified the Clearwater Valley in the vicinity of southern Wells Gray Park as Critical Habitat for Caribou. Planned logging on the slopes of Trophy Mountain (the map is here) will contribute to the already-precipitous decline of these uniquely Canadian animals by opening the forest cover to browsers like moose and deer and predators such as wolves and cougars.

UNESCO Geopark Application will be Impacted
Wells Gray Provincial Park has been nominated for Canada’s tentative list for UNESCO World Heritage Status, and the corridor into the Park is under consideration for a UNESCO Geopark application. Such an area must have unique attributes (such as the area's volcanoes and waterfalls) and would be set aside to promote sustainable tourism, economic development, and education and research. Logging in the Clearwater Valley below the Trophy Mountain section of Wells Gray Park and near Buck Hill, a volcanic feature, impacts the Geopark application which is of great value for protecting the park’s features and for enhancing tourism in the Clearwater Valley.

Threats to Slope Stability
Canfor plans 14 cut blocks totalling over 1000 ha on the slopes of Trophy Mountain. The Society is concerned about future washouts of culverts and bridges in this watershed. This has happened before as a result of the 1980s massive clear-cut above First Canyon Creek:
• 1997 – First Canyon washout requiring a new bridge costing $1.4 million
• 1999 – Spahats Creek culvert washout requiring a new bridge costing $1 million
• 2001 – Grouse Creek washout requiring bridge replacement
• 2015 – Second Canyon culvert repair

Threats to Household and Irrigation Water
There are 23 mapped creeks in the proposed logging area with 43 water licences. New logging could affect groundwater and surface water runoff. With the forest cover removed, there will be increased risk of rapid snowmelt and runoff, resulting in spring flooding and depleted or dry creeks and wells in the fall.

Tourism Industry will be Impacted
Tourism is important to the local economy. $20 million are brought into Clearwater annually by tourists. The long-term economic future of this valley is at risk if industrial logging destroys Wells Gray Park assets. We need to protect the wilderness experience for everyone, and carefully manage the corridor to Wells Gray Park.

Concerns in the Wells Gray Gateway