2024 Cheekye Basin Harvest and Operational Updates

2024 Cheekye Basin Harvest and Operational Updates

In early 2024, Squamish Community Forest will be carrying out timber harvesting in the Cheekye basin. The Community Forest harvest areas consist of four blocks (MAS208, MAS212, MAS217 and MAS218) ranging in size from 2 hectares to 4 hectares in which a retention harvest system will be applied. MAS211 is the area to be cleared for the access road and construction footprint of the Cheekeye Fan Debris Flow Barrier Project. All the proposed harvest areas consist of second growth coniferous forest that is approximately 60-80 years old. Maps and an information summary are linked below.

If you have any questions about the harvest plans for MAS208, MAS212, MAS217 and MAS218 please reach us at squamishcommunityforest@gmail.com.

Although the Debris Barrier Project is located largely within the Community Forest tenure area, it is a separate and independent project from the Community Forest. For more information about the Debris Barrier Project please contact jenni@mwest.ca

January 8, 2024 Operational Update

Road construction for the Cheekye Debris Barrier Access road will begin on January 8, 2024 and will take about 4-6 weeks. As the road location is within the Squamish Community Forest tenure area, Community Forest contractors are carrying out the construction.

Due to the Barrier access road construction, two trail closures will begin on January 8, 2024, as shown on this MAP:

-Rock n’ Roll will be permanently closed due to construction of the Cheekye Debris Barrier Access Road

-Bob McIntosh trail will be closed from the bottom of Man Boobs to Rock n’ Roll until completion of the Cheekye Debris Barrier Project construction

Made in the Shade, Minitracks and Dead End Loop trails will be open during this phase, however egress from the basin will require either pushing back up Made in the Shade or up the “old” access road beneath the BC Hydro transmission line (due to closure of Rock n’ Roll and the northern section of Bob McIntosh trail).

For the safety of both the public/trail users and workers on site it is essential that these trail closures are respected.

The clearing of MAS211 (footprint for the Debris Barrier Project) and harvest of Community Forest blocks MAS208, MAS212, MAS217 and MAS218 is estimated to begin in early to mid-February 2024. Additional, temporary, trail closures and traffic safety measures will be put in place for that phase and posted on this website.