LETTERS: Logging impacting homeowners

An open letter to Mr. Pat Byrne, district manager at the regional district office with the Ministry of Forests.

Editor:

An open letter to Mr. Pat Byrne, district manager at the regional district office with the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations.

It has come to my attention that applications for large clear cuts have been made to you by three logging companies to log Timothy Mountain.

Clear cut logging has dramatically increased over recent years, which has caused substantial water runoff.

My property is located on Timothy Lake Road, which is directly attached to Timothy Mountain and the proposed further logging.

The water runoff from the mountain caused by logging has greatly impacted my property and quality of life.

I built my home in 2000 and at that time installed a sump pump.

This pump went on once in 2000 and did not come on again until 2014 after more and more logging took place on Timothy Mountain.

Now, my sump pump comes on at least once a day and I have had to install a de-humidifier in my crawl space to keep the moisture from damaging my home.

If these new logging applications are approved, the soil on which my home is sitting will become a slide area and my home will be demolished, not to mention that when this happens I may be killed.

You must stop and not only look at the applications, but you must look at the impact on the lives of the people that further logging will have.

The properties only show as boxes on the logging maps, but people live in these boxes.

The Cariboo Regional District gave us building permits and we built believing that our homes would be safe.

Please take the time to review the three applications in conjunction with the impact that their approval will have not only one me and my home but to the other homes and resorts in the area.

I am not against logging; I am against irresponsible logging and strongly request that you will not approve these applications.

Kathleen Cook

Lac La Hache