Requiem For the Eakin Creek Road

Scenic Stream Section - Destroyed By Loggers

Scenic Stream Section – Destroyed By Loggers

I regretfully report that, except for the short portions passing through a provincial park and protected talus slopes, the Kamloops Forest District, the BC Forest Service and loggers have cooperated in the complete destruction of the beautifully scenic Eakin Creek Road.  And this wasn’t clearing off dead pine trees along the right-of-way – this was convenient access logging, from the road, of huge fir, cedar, birch and aspen, leaving an ugly mess behind.

Beaver Pond - Destroyed By Loggers

Beaver Pond – Destroyed By Loggers

No longer will tourists, fishermen, bicyclists, photographers or Sunday afternoon wanderers take that route.  And the nearby resorts have little of scenic surroundings to entice tourist to visit, let alone to stay that extra day.  Wildlife habitat has been wantonly destroyed in pursuit of profit and stumpage fees with complete disregard of these other values.

Curses on you all!!!

With your indiscriminate logging you have turned a beautiful bit of road into the equivalent of a World War I battle field.  It will not be restored to its former beauty in my lifetime nor yours.  You should all hang your collective heads in shame.

Scenic Stream Section - Destroyed By Loggers

Scenic Stream Section – Destroyed By Loggers

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14 Responses to Requiem For the Eakin Creek Road

  1. smwolfe says:

    Oh, that’s terrible! I guess we will have to explore elsewhere.

    Sent from my iPhone, Sue Wolfe

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  2. Diane Hopp says:

    Yes Derek I noticed the expanding devastation on short forays this winter. What a great pity. What shortsightedness. Diane Date: Mon, 6 Apr 2015 20:46:52 +0000

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  3. Donna Nesjan says:

    I passed this message on to my son (who is a Professional Forester) who passed it on to the Ministry of Forests (Kamloops). Donna Nesjan

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    • Larry Citra says:

      Thank you Donna ……. the person or persons responsible for putting the stamp of approval on this logging operation should be ashamed (or stoned). Eakin Creek Rd. was enjoyed be so many over the years including cyclists, hikers, ATV’s, photographers or just poeple out for a Sunday drive ( I have been going there for 25 years), Biologists have even done bird studies on this route, so sad. The change in elevation from top to bottom made for such a diversity of vegetation along the route that this should have been made an ecological reserve not a wasteland. The destruction of this area borders on the criminal!!!

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  4. Diane says:

    Sure hope those who should see this, do. But even so, i bet they don’t respond or care as their wallets are all fuller.

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  5. Thanks to Donna they will have seen it, Diane. But, like you, I doubt they will respond.

    They’ll just falsely label us as “tree huggers” (which I am certainly not). That will allow them to ignore the message. That’s a logical fallacy, of course, “ad hominum” or “attack the man”, so they can ignore the need to respond to what has been said. Politicians do it all the time…

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  6. Albert Munson says:

    Its hard to fathom that some people can know so much about so little!

    This road was daylighted as a safety and interface project in cooperation with Forestry, logging and MOTI as it is a public gazzeted road and was extremely dangerous to all users.

    Maybe next time before shooting your mouths off do some research first?

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    • Then the “daylighting” was a mistake! The road was NOT dangerous. I and many others traveled it frequently and without incident. It was and is not a major transportation route, having been long ago abandoned as the main route from Interlakes to Little Fort. I suspect it was upgraded purely to make it easier for logging companies to access further cut blocks. There are many frequently used public roads in this province which are of the same standard as the Eakin Creek Road was.

      Those making the decision to “upgrade” it did not consult widely enough nor consider all the factors involved. Ignorance has nothing to do with the issue – making the right choices does. The result of this choice, made by those with the responsibility, is appalling.

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    • larrycitra says:

      No one used this road as a necessity, only as an alternative route because of the beautiful snenery. I suspect very few will travel this route more than once now.

      Also, isn’t it amazing how the road looses it’s “extremely dangerous” designation as it passes through the park areas.

      My regret is that we were unaware that this little project was about to happen and didn’t have the opportunity to, as you put it, “to shoot our mouths off” and save this beautiful piece of scenery from destruction.

      A little “daylighting” of the people responsible may have saved this area.

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    • Furthermore, the only road safety issue which I experienced was caused by logging trucks driving faster than the road conditions and its multi-use nature allowed. We should not have to upgrade a road simply in order that logging trucks can get the timber to the mill at high speed. Moreover, the logging, in many areas is far wider than the Eakin Creek Road right-of-way, just happening to extend beyond a really nice stand of excellent timber, thereby making it a target for harvesting.

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  7. Albert Munson says:

    You are definitely a very misinformed individual. I hope you travel safely while exploring public roadways. The park areas are protected from logging and if you cared to travel this roadway you will see the blowdown along these areas.
    If you cared half as much as you say you do maybe you would have mentioned or cleaned up the dumping sites along the Eakin road starting at the 2km working its way to the 22 Km.
    The world is full of Hypocrytes but we are still obliged to keep them safe even if it is against their will.

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    • What an unnecessarily rude comment.

      I have been driving the backroads of BC for well over 50 years and have had no problems. Why? Because I am properly equipped to do so. You imply that the park areas are dangerous to travel because of blowdowns. What nonsense. We just carry a chainsaw and axe the first few trips after the snow has melted to clear stuff out of the way. We and others have been doing that for years. Blowdowns which do not impeded travel are park of nature’s cycle – they’re fine where they are.

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  8. Albert Munson says:

    I forgot to cover your comment about the ” Wider” sections that were harvested along the ROW right of way,
    There was a Fir Beetle trap tree program implemented along with the danger and fire fuel tree removal strategy along this roadway as was implemented along both sides of the Coquihalla Hwy between Inks Lake and the Cascades Forest District Boundary.
    There is very high levels of Fir Bark beetle attack in the whole North Thompson especially in the Eakin Corridor,
    The trap tree program helps control the spread of Bark beetle which if you remember was catostrophic with the “Mountain Pine Beetle” Epidemic.
    The Fir bark beetle isn’t as prominent as the mountain pine beetle but has been destroying timber at a high rate in this valley.
    Also unfortunate was the piracy of firewood cutters stealing portions of the green felled trap trees which in turn spreads the ‘live beetle” populations into their own backyards.
    Ignorance is Bliss.
    Unfortunately the protected sections have not been treated and will continue to spread the infestations,
    I hope this might help you understand better why this was done.

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