Islands Community Stability Initiative

THE ICSI CONSENSUS

 

9 PROTECTED AREAS
9.1 BACKGROUND

Over the years, the Council of the Haida Nation has identified certain areas of cultural significance. These have come to be known as "the Haida Protected Areas." A primary purpose of these areas includes continuing opportunities to meet cultural and societal needs.

Two of these, Gwaii Haanas and Duu Guusd, have been formally designated by the Haida Nation to be free of industrial change. Other protected areas have been identified because of their significant spiritual, cultural and environmental values.

The Haida consider their culture to be a direct reflection of the land, and consider the wholesale change of the Islands to be equivalent to the removal of a People from the land.

Protected areas on-Island recognized in Canadian and BC law include Naikoon, Gwaii Haanas (which has been designated a National Park Reserve and a Haida Heritage Site) and Krajina Ecological Reserve (which is located in Duu Guusd). These areas make up 22.4% of the entire Islands' land base.

The Haida Protected Areas are said to contain some 51,000 ha (MoF) or about 20 percent of the remaining "operable timber." This represents a volume of wood that is comparable to the 20 percent margin of error in the forest inventories, acknowledged by both industry and government.

If the entire annual cut was concentrated in the Haida Protected Areas they could all be logged in about 10 years.

Over the years, the Ministry of Forests has avoided issuing cutting permits in the Protected Areas, but has still included them in the inventory and calculation of the Annual Allowable Cut.

Under Part 15 of the BC Forest Act, areas identified for protection can be temporarily withdrawn from the forest land base by the provincial cabinet.
(The figures below are from the Ministry of Forests District Office.)

9.2 DUU GUUSD

Designated by the CHN in Assembly in 1982.
Status: Immediate development pressure.
Location: northwest Graham Island.
Size: 148,800 ha
Operable area: 15,900 ha
Operable Volume: 8,745,000 cu m
On the assumption that all operable mature trees will be logged, Duu Guusd represents four years of logging at the current Island rate.

ICSI Consensus:

9.3 TLELL WATERSHED

Status: Immediate development pressure.
Size: 20,437 ha TSA ; 11,000 ha TFL
Operable area: 6,500 ha TSA ; 8,100 ha TFL
Operable Volume: TSA 3,575,000 cu m; TFL 4,800,000 cu m

ICSI Consensus:

9.4 GOVERNMENT CREEK (jiinanga)

Status: Immediate pressure.
Size: 1,770 ha
Operable area: 1,230 ha
Operable Volume: 610,000 cu m

ICSI Consensus:

9.5 GREY BAY - CUMSHEWA

Status: Immediate pressure.
Size: 4,925 ha
Operable area: 1,260 ha
Operable Volume: 756,000 cu m

ICSI Consensus:

9.6 KOOTENAY INLET

Status: Immediate pressure.
Size:
Operable area:
Operable Volume:

ICSI Consensus:

9.7 YAKOUN LAKE WATERSHED

Status: No immediate pressure.
Size: 6,900 ha
Operable area: 3,540 ha
Operable Volume: 2,100,000 cu m

ICSI Consensus:

9.8 YAKOUN RIVER CORRIDOR

Status: No immediate pressure.
Size: 11,400 ha
Operable area: 10,000 ha

Operable Volume: 1,950,000 cu m
ICSI Consensus:

9.9 NADEN HARBOUR - MASSET INLET

Status: No immediate pressure.
Size: 21,760 ha
Operable area: 971 ha
Operable Volume: 534,050 cu m

ICSI Consensus:

9.10 KUMDIS SLOUGH

Status: No immediate pressure.
Size: 1,101 ha
Operable area: 179 ha
Operable Volume: 98,450 cu m

ICSI Consensus:

9.11 KITGORO - NIISII

Status: No immediate pressure.
Size: 1,668 ha
Operable area: 292 ha
Operable Volume: 160,600 cu m

ICSI Consensus:

9.12 KAISUN VILLAGE

Status: No immediate pressure.
Size: 3,092 ha
Operable area: 827 ha
Operable Volume: 454.850 cu m

ICSI Consensus:

9.13 SECURITY INLET

Status: No immediate pressure.
Size: 7,939 ha
Operable area: 2,116 ha
Operable Volume: 1,163,800 cu m

ICSI Consensus:

9.14 KANO (GIVENCHY ANCHORAGE)

Status: No immediate pressure.
Size: 730 ha
Operable area: 16 ha
Operable Volume: 8,800 cu m

ICSI Consensus:

9.15 CAREW BAY

Status: No immediate pressure.
Size: 2,073 ha
Operable area: 230 ha
Operable Volume: 126,500 cu m

ICSI Consensus: