Monday, January 4, 2016

Forestry related maps

A few selected maps and one report, all relating in some way to the Pitt River Watershed.

Landscape units
Widgeon  (PDF);   Pitt (PDF);  Alouette (PDF);  Stave Lake area (PDF)

Legal Descriptions
Pitt to Harrison Lake (PDF); Harrison Lake to the Fraser River (PDF)


Historic Licensee operating areas ( Chilliwack Forestry District )  (PDF)
Lower Fraser Sustainable Resource Management Plan, SRMP  (54 pages) 2013  (PDF)
Radio Channels being used up to 26 November 2015 (PDF)
Old Growth Managment in the Chilliwack Forestry District   (PDF)

Squamish Foresty District
Squamish  Operating tenures  (PDF)
Old Growth Squamish Forestry District (PDF)
Squamish Forestry District Bridge Locations  (PDF)

And a few images in a not so common format, from the Lands Office. Both are of the Upper Pitt River, and show some of the premptions.  You will need to have one of the appropriate converters installed since they are both in MrSID format ( Download Screen )      PNWS02Tr07    and   PNWS27Tr01


NOTE:  If any of these links do not work, please email me, and I will host the documents elsewhere.
The links are all to the FTP sites of the Chilliwack and Squamish Forestry Districts

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Sheridan Hill quarry proposal

I have a feeling that this latest proposal to turn Sheridan Hill, into just a Sheridan is probably closely related to the quarry proposal beside Minnekhada Park  that was withdrawn after much opposition a few years ago.
At that time I recognized that the claim owners also had claims at Sheridan Hill.  
And now it is time for Pitt Meadows residents to be heard, and hopefully all the neighbouring municipalities and cities can give some help.

The Province:  Pitt Meadows gov’t, residents, First Nation cast stones at quarry proposal
Global News:  Pitt Meadows residents plan protest of proposed quarry near Sheridan Hill

Pitt Meadows council, is even doing their bit by hosting a page on their site

Save Sheridan Hill on Facebook         Save Sheridan Hill on Twitter

And I see that there is now a Save Sheridan Hill website

Anyone wishing to provide their opinion on the project should write to write to the chief inspector of mines, c/o Mines and Mineral Resources Division Southwest Region, P.O. Box 9395, Stn. Prov. Govt., Victoria, B.C., V8W 9M9 or E-Mail southwestminesdivision@gov.bc.ca    An online petition is also available

And we should not forget that the Katzie peoples have lived here longer than anyone, and the hill is part of their rich cultural heritage of myths and legends; and they are very much in opposition to the proposal.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Arsonists plead guilty

Three 21-year-olds plead guilty to burning down cabin

This is a follow-up to the previous post

Still does not replace the iconic cabin :(

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

arsonists surrender

Three suspects in Pitt Lake cabin arson turn themselves in to Coquitlam RCMP after surveillance video images are publicized by media

Three arson suspects turn themselves in, says Coquitlam RCMP

UPDATE: Coquitlam arson suspects turn themselves in

This was the cabin that was on the top of the bank, almost a landmark on the way to the Widgeon beach campground.  This area was at one time a small community of homesteaders, loggers, and people wanting seclusion, very little left to remind people of the past in this area.
Screen grab of lower Pitt Lake,  from Google Earth showing the location of the destroyed cabin

Thursday, December 19, 2013

New addition to Widgeon Marsh Park reserve

No coal for Xmas for this park, a new, small additon of 8 hectares, bought from a private landholder.
 Media Release from Metro Vancouver
Warning (PDF). Nice to see these types of properties preserved in some way; so little of it remains.


Friday, August 23, 2013

Burke and Widgeon, a hiker's guide

A local hiker Lyle Litzenberger has recently published a book about Burke and Widgeon Creek areas.

Newspaper article:  Burke, by the book

      Burke and Widgeon   a hiker's guide
          Lyle Litzenberger
             pebblestone publishing 2013
                  ISBN  0981125808, 9780981125800

And a dedicated website for the book: BurkeandWidgeon

Buy the book information

Long overdue, I hope that this book is widely read and enjoyed.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Plane crash

On Monday the 15th of October, a Cessna 172 crashed into Pitt Lake, with the loss of one of the two occupants.

One man dead, another hospitalized after float plane crashes into Pitt Lake


Flight instructor was victim of Pitt Lake float-plane crash,
Student released from hospital after escaping from wreckage

Maps of the area

Maps that cover Burke-Pinecone Provincial Park, and surrounding areas. These maps are in 1: 50 000 scale, except for the geology maps.) These are all fast links to their Geoscan pages, from Natural Resources Canada, just click on “more”, which will open up a larger listing of options to the different map options, Geopdf are digitized pdf’s which allow you to customize the layers, and create your own maps. They all download in their own separate zip formatted folders, just open the folder and drag the map onto your desktop.
Vancouver North, Coquitlam, and Pitt Lake map Areas, British Columbia With Special Emphasis On the Evolution of the Plutonic Rocks; Roddick, J A. Geological Survey of Canada, Memoir 335, 1965, ; 276 pages.
( Three maps and three drawings are included in a zip file of the entire book. )


Port Coquitlam, BC , NRC. Canadian Topographic Maps 92G/7, (edition 7) 2009

Port Coquitlam, BC, NRC. Canadian Topographic Maps 92G/7, (edition 6) 2002

Geology Coquitlam, BC; Roddick, J A. Geological Survey of Canada, "A" Series Map 1153A , 1965

Pitt River, BC, NRC. Canadian Topographic Maps 92G/10, (edition 4) 2009

Pitt River, BC, NRC. Canadian Topographic Maps 92G/10, (edition 3) 2002

Geology Pitt Lake, Vancouver, East Half, BC; Roddick, J A; Armstrong, J E. Geological Survey of Canada, "A" Series Map 1151A , 1965

Mamquam Mountain, BC, NRC. Canadian Topographic Maps 92G/15, (edition 4) 2009

Mamquam Mountain, BC, NRC. Canadian Topographic Maps 92G/15, (edition 3) 2002

Stave River, BC, NRC. Canadian Topographic Maps 92G/9, (edition 5) 2009

Stave River, BC, NRC. Canadian Topographic Maps 92G/9, (edition 4) 2002

Glacier Lake, BC, NRC. Canadian Topographic Maps 92G/16, (edition 4) 2009

Glacier Lake, BC, NRC. Canadian Topographic Maps 92G/16, (edition 3) 2002

Squamish, BC, NRC. Canadian Topographic Maps 92G/11, (edition 4) 2009

Squamish, BC, NRC. Canadian Topographic Maps 92G/11, (edition 3) 2003

New Westminster, BC - Canada - United States of America, NRC. Canadian Topographic Maps 92G/2, (edition 7) 2009

New Westminster, BC - United States, NRC. Canadian Topographic Maps 92G/2, (edition 6) 2003

Pitt Lake legends videos

I personally do not believe in any of it, the Mitchell bomber site and the wreckage, should be left alone as a memorial to the crew who died there.

Mitchell Bomber Part 1 --- Part 2

Nazi gold Part 1 --- Part 2

Seekers of gold Part 1 --- Part 2

And a website devoted to putting to rest the myth of Slumach

Silver Valley 1918

Silver Valley 1918

Silver Valley 1919

Silver Valley 1919

Silver Valley 1920

Silver Valley 1920

Silver Valley 1921

Silver Valley 1921

Silver Valley 1922

Silver Valley 1922