Welcome to the Save Lantzville Forest home page.  We have updated the site recently.

April 2, 2018 The need for action is great given that logging is expected soon.

We are in process of obtaining opinions from provincial parties in regards to the Minister of Forests response to the District of Lantzville’s supported Knarston Creek proposal.
MLA Stilwell has said she is supportive but she also supports Mr.Gregson and hasn’t expressed an opinion in regards to whether the Ministers response has been adequate.
Minister Donaldson only supports registering the trail  that follows Knarston Creek but isn’t interested in reducing the allowable cut or changing the management plan even though we can fund the compensation that would be due to the license holder. Any reduction in government revenue would be trivial give how small the woodlot is.
We are not only interested in trail protection but seek to protect the Knarston Creek Corridor from any further logging given this areas high ecological value. The proposal asks for a change in the Woodlot management plan and this is what the majority of citizens want and this is why the District of Lanztville has supported the proposal.
The fact that other areas of crown land have been protected doesnt address our concerns.
We have reached out to the Green Party and MLA’s Sonia Furstenau and Adam Olsen.
There will be further news stories in the coming

March 14, 2018  Bad News. The Ministry of Forests(FLNRO) have up until now ignored a request by DOL to meet and discuss the proposal to spare the Knarston Creek Corridor from logging. At this weeks council meeting another request was made to have staff contact the Ministry. Mr. Gregson is planning a huge cut.  Minister Donaldson has provided NO CREDIBLE reason for why the proposal isn’t worthy even though  solution to compensating Mr. John Gregson(COPCAN) has been found. According to our sources logging will start during March break and clear cutting will affect the Knarston Creek area. Let the NDP and Greens know what you think. Why wont the government even consider the DOL and community supported proposal?

February 12, 2018  Lantzville councillors request meeting with B.C. government over woodlot

Lantzville councillors request meeting with B.C. government over woodlot

Community group calling for protected corridor within Woodlot 1475

January 20, 2018       Big Cut Planned for next Month

In a personal communication with a savelanteville.com member it was revealed that the Woodlot license holder plans to cut 3 years worth of trees or 75 logging trucks worth of trees sometime in the next month or so.

The proposal put forward by councillor Mark Swain with support from the  Nanaimo Area Land Trust(NALT) to protect a portion of the forest from logging has been rejected without a credible explanation.

Why would the NDP-Greens and Minister Donaldson reject a compromise plan that the majority of citizens, DOL councillors, MLA Stilwell, MLA Krog all support with a plan in place to compensate the woodlot license holder?

Hopefully a meeting can be called ASAP with the Ministry to discuss and come up with a solution that also represents the interests of our community.

If you care about our beautiful forest then email the Minister, District Manager Rhonda Morris and our MLA’s to voice your displeasure with the dismissal of the proposal and ask them to reconsider

FLNR.Minister@gov.bc.ca, Rhonda.Morris@gov.bc.ca, michelle.stilwell.mla@leg.bc.ca,leonard.krog.mla@leg.bc.ca

Don’t give up because thats exactly what they are hoping you will do!

September 9, 2017

Dear all, on Monday night, September 11, 7-? PM, the Lantzville Council will debate the following motion at the District office (7192 Lantzville Road):

“That the District of Lantzville send a letter to the Honourable Doug Donaldson, Minister of Forests, Land and Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development, stating the District of Lantzville Council(DOL) supports the Proposal for the Creation of the Knarston Creek Forest Corridor in Woodlot 1475 as authored by Ted Gullison, Derek Riley, Glen Dunsworth and Niels Schwarz;
And that the District of Lantzville Council will consider a level of compensation, in partnership with other funders including but not limited to the Province of British Columbia, to the current licensee of Woodlot 1475 for the reduction in timber harvest to establish the ‘Knarston Creek Forest Corridor’ as outlined in the Proposal for the Creation of the Knarston Creek Forest Corridor.”

The basis of the proposal is for the forest to remain as a working woodlot, but to increase the amount of forest protected from logging by another c. 60 ha.  This would create a wider recreational corridor along Knarston Creek (the heart of the woodlot), and increase the protection of some stands of the most endangered types of Coastal Douglas Fir.  While this proposal falls short of complete protection of the woodlot, we feel that it represents the greatest amount of reduction in logging that will be acceptable to the provincial government.
It is important to show council that Lantzville residents strongly support greater protection of Copley Ridge.  We have a once in a lifetime chance to protect mature globally endangered forest right on our doorsteps.  Once logged, the forest that regrows will be like a plantation, composed of single species even-aged young stands, rather than the diverse old forest that supports many threatened species and that still occupies much of the woodlot. This forest is worth much more to society in terms of its cultural, recreational, and biodiversity values than it is turned into pulp and lumber.  Help us try to conserve as much as we can.
The proposal is attached below.  Please feel free to contact Niels Schwarz (250) 616-6275, Ted Gullison (250) 618-0754, or  Derek Riley (250) 741-4844 if you have any questions.  We hope to see you Monday night. If you cannot make this meeting, please send an email of support to the Mayor and councillors. Their contact info is available at:   http://www.lantzville.ca/cms.asp?wpID=465
MLA Michelle Stilwell has volunteered to raise the proposal with the new Minister of Forests later this month. Support from our DOL will help her make a good case for enhancing protection.
Please feel free to forward this email and attachments to others. A good turn out and show of support would go a long way!

May 16, 2017  – Letter in the Nanaimo Bulletin by a supporter

Woodlot should be shared
The B.C. government should be finding a way to stop all logging of the woodlot No. 1475


April 10, 2017 – Nanaimo Bulletin article

Another story written by Nicholas Pescod highlighting the concerns of our community and the recent proposal to protect the Knarston Creek area

Lantzville group submits revised proposal to preserve forest
New plan calls for the protection of an area within Woodlot 1475


April 9, 2017 – The CBC covers the SaveLantville forest saga.

Thoughtful story by the CBC producer Jon Hernandez on the plight of citizens in our region who are asking for help from their representatives and politicians.

Look forward to a statement by Michele Stilwell and to hear from her what her plans are to further advance the cause.

Will there be a a compromise solution or will be more of the same?

Community groups have banded together to help save the Lantzville forest on Vancouver Island. The group wants the provincial government to conserve part of the woods.


March 10, 2017 Meeting at MLA and Minister Michele Stilwells office to discuss proposal put forward on behalf of Lantzville community and supporters. A compromise proposal was put forward to MLA Michelle Stilwell and Krista Bryce. The proposal is  much more modest and limited in its scope but may satisfy some of the conservation and recreation requirements. The proposal is for 60 hectares of protection – 30 ha for conversation and 30 ha of forest for recreation. The majority of this area is around centered around Knarston creek  and we seek to have a buffer zone on each side of the creek. This proposal would create a corridor that would be protected forever so that users can understand that at least part of the forest will actually be protected instead of the status quo which is ongoing uncertainty about what areas will be logged next. The proposal seeks to find a balance between  social, economic and conservation needs. This proposal has already received support from DOL councillors. MLA Stilwell also expressed support for the proposal and will review and discuss with Minister Steve Thomson. We hope to hear from her soon and shall keep you posted. See attachment for details.

Woodlot Proposal v2PDF

February 21, 2017

Good news. Members of the SaveLantzvilleForest will be meeting with our local MLA Michelle Stilwell at her Parksville constituency office on March 10. We are thankful to have this opportunity and look forward to having a good conversation about how to increase protection within the woodlot. The Minister of Forests Steve Thomson has indicated that the woodlot could be purchased. However,we have already explored this option with the license holder and potential supporters but this possibility doesnt look feasible and doesnt guarantee increased protection.

Last year we spoke with the Deputy Minister Craig Sutherland and he indicated that ideally Woodlots should only have a small negative impact on local communities and be “low key”. This is no longer the case in our community and our views are supported  by  District councillors and the majority of residents. Our petition with thousands of hand drawn signatures and addresses attests to the fact that we enjoy a lot of support.

We wish to present a plan that enhances the preservation of the most important ecological and recreational areas within the woodlot. Many locals wish to entirely end logging in the woodlot but is there a compromise solution that is better than the status quo? Can we find come up with a scenario whereby the majority of us feel represented and satisfied instead of only a few?

We shall explore all possibilities and keep you posted. Wish us luck!

February 3, 2017   A few photos taken during a forest walk. Despite the snow there were lots of folks getting some exercise and enjoying the peace and quiet of this magical forest.

The savelantzville forest group have respectfully asked MLA Michelle Stilwell for a meeting and to present to her  the several thousand petitions that we have collected. We shall keep you posted!

Sweet Melissa2

June 5, 2016 -Active logging is happening again in Upper Lantville – The Woodlot.
This photo reveals damage to the Sweet Melissa trail where it intersects Firebucket.

Its a shame to see destruction of an existing trail system that many of us enjoy and this public land could have been a draw for tourism to Lantzville which is something our community desperately needs. Our business community including the owners of the Market , Garage and Slegg Lumber all recognized this and were strong supporters of the SaveLantvilleForest effort to lobby for a recreational area that we could all be proud of. The economic benefits for Lanztville businesses if we had a dedicated recreational area that was on the tourist map far exceed any potential benefit from a few weeks of logging.

Ask our MLA Michelle Stilwell (250 248-2625)about whether she can be more involved and help in protection of public land that falls within the DOL boundaries. Our community spear headed petition has over 3600 signatures calling for protection of the forest. Can we not set a respectable part of the woodlot aside that will be dedicated for recreation?

Shouldn’t we be doing something to help our business community?
The village centre will soon look like a ghost town.
Look at the Cumberland Village core that thrives off of tourism brought into town because of a recognition that outdoor recreation can greatly benefit the community by creating economic opportunities.

Ask your councillors and MLA to find out whats happening….

May 9, 2016 – Road building has started again with imminent logging planned. Mr.Gregson has signalled his intention to build a road that will extend by several hundred meters towards Knarston Creek and other roads are planned as well. Hopefully a few trees including the old growth veterans will be spared.

January 2016 – Read the Nanaimo Bulletin article to find out what Minister of Forests Steve Thomson thinks about ending logging in the Woodlot.

Nanaimo Bulletin January 20, 2016

Unfortunately, Minister Steve Thomson has listened but not accepted the concerns of the community and our wish to create a community park is being denied. In fact, if the District of Lantzville(DOL) were to purchase the license, the Ministry would still demand that the forest be logged! Isn’t that incredible! The forest must be logged no matter what the majority of citizens, the business community and the councillors and Mayor say. The only glimmer of hope that was offered was that if the DOL controlled the license then the woodlot management plan could be adjusted with increased protection.

December 2015

December 23 – Nanaimo Bulletin story. Read the article to find out if MLA Stilwell is sympathetic to the wishes of thousands of her constituents. Click below.

Logging is allowed to continue by BC Liberals despite District of Lantzville motion calling for protection of forest. Majority of citizens and local businesses as well as 2000 people who signed petition are as of yet unable to convince government to do the right thing. Is democracy alive and well in BC?

Logging continues in Lantzville’s watershed despite health and safety concerns. Whats the evidence that logging has no effect on our dwindling ground water supply? Ask Minister Steve Thomson about the Water Sustainability Act that will come into effect in February 2016.

October 25, 2015 – Logging and road building has started again in the Woodlot. Please contact Minister Steve Thomson and MLA Michelle Stilwell to let them know about your concerns and your wish to protect the forest. 

A quick email could make a big difference.  

Minister Thomson –  FLNR.Minister@gov.bc.ca

MLA Stilwell – Michelle.Stilwell.MLA@leg.bc.ca


 Lantville Council Motions-sept-28-2015 and rationale

PLEASE SIGN OUR PETITION  AND HELP US CONVINCE THE PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT- https://savelantzvilleforest.com/sign-our-petition/

About Woodlot 1475

Woodlot 1475 is a 244 hectare parcel of public land located in Upper Lantville. It is an “urban forest” given that it is located in a residential area with more than 100,000 people living within 20 km.

This forest is located within the Coastal Douglas Fir ecosystem, one of the most endangered ecosystems in British Columbia. The forest contains a fish-bearing stream (Knarston Creek), wetlands and vernal pools. A number of threatened species reside in the forest.

This forest represents an incredible recreational area which is easily accessible and has a well established trail system already used by many.

It could be so much more than a woodlot.

We have directed our efforts at trying to learn more about the woodlot in order to make the case for preservation. To this end, we have met up with the loggers as well as members of the Ministry of Lands, Forests and Natural Resources.

We have also obtained two independent biologist reports of the property which can be viewed on this site.

In 2005 I retired from a job in Toronto and moved to Nanaimo, where my wife and I joined a hiking group. The trails we commonly hike are located in an area spanning from Ladysmith to Mount Washington. We have seen beautiful mountains, lakes and forests in many places. One forest we commonly hike in is part of Woodlot 1475. This woodlot is unique. It contains some of the most beautiful stands of Douglas Fir, and maple anywhere seen on Vancouver Island. The woodland is easily reached from Lantzville and Nanaimo. This is one reason why, over the last month, I hiked with my hiker friends three times through Woodlot 1475. The forest there is just to beautiful and to valuable to be clear-cut.

– BD, Nanaimo

You can help

We need your help to save this area from being logged. Please sign up as a supporter so that we can convince the Ministry that there are many of us who share similar values. A show of support by numbers will send a powerful message to the government. This is your chance to make a difference.

We wish to ask the MLA and Minister Michelle Stilwell and Minister of Environment Mary Polak to reconsider the current land designation. We are currently making an application for the property to be designated a Wildlife Protection Area.