** A talk on sleep?

Hello parents in Meadow Creek, Argenta and surrounding areas! I am beginning to plan for our speaker series for parents and have a quick question: Would you be interested in attending a 2 hour talk in Meadow Creek on the topic of Sleep? It seems to me that sleep is one of the hottest topics among parents of young children but I am reluctant to organize something unless I know people want to attend. Could you please send me a quick email to let me know?
Thank you,
Barb Cyr

Email: barbcyr@nklcss.org

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Cooper Creek Cedar update


August 15

Cooper Creek Cedar Ltd (CCC) submitted the CCC 2017-2022 Forest Stewardship Plan (FSP) to the Ministry of Forest, Lands & Natural Resource Organization (MFLNRO) for approval on July 19, 2017. MFLNRO will review the FSP and will discuss concerns with CCC that need to be addressed. When MFLNRO approves the FSP, MFLNRO will refer the document to First Nations for a 60-day review and comment period. CCC will be required to address any First Nations concerns that may be identified to the satisfaction of the concerned Band and/or the MFLNRO. The Ministry would then approve the FSP.   CCC does not anticipate the FSP being approved until October. CCC’s FSP submission for approval can be viewed at:



Cooper Creek Cedar does not have a planned schedule to begin on-the-ground forest development. CCC is in the process of having LiDAR mapping completed for the majority of CCC’s tenure. The flying is nearing completion and the contractor will then compile the data for use. CCC made a commitment to the Argenta-Johnsons Landing (AJL) communities that the company would not engage in forest development until the LiDAR mapping was completed. Subsequently, there is no road construction or harvesting operations scheduled.

CCC’s terrain contractor, Chris Perdue, P.Geo., Eng.L. has been conducting preliminary field and office (mapping) terrain stability assessments of the AJL development area. Mr. Perdue will complete a thorough Terrain Stability Assessment when forest development begins and prior to the final development of any Cutting Permits or Road Permits. CCC (Bill Kestell, RPF & Chris Perdue) is scheduling a meeting with Peter Jordan, B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D., P.Geo. and Greg Utzig, M.Sc., P.Ag.. The objective of the meeting is for the three professional terrain specialists to share their knowledge and professional expertise of the terrain features specific to the AJL development area so that CCC’s final terrain assessment, that will guide the CP/RP development, will be thorough and complete.

CCC encourages the AJL community to engage with CCC throughout CCC’s forest development. Comments can be submitted to: coopercreek@porcupinewood.com

Submitted by:

Bill Kestell, RPF

Cooper Creek Cedar Ltd

Woodlands Manager

Farm Advisors program…

Area D farmers and food processors! Did you know that the Kootenay Boundary now has a “Farm Advisors” program? Similar to the old extension agents, this program is meant to provide supports to the food and farming enterprises in the Regional District of East, Central (us) and the Boundary.
Read all about it below.
As well, please do provide any input on the value the service was for you. We are partners in funding and program design, I will be eager to hear about how it worked for our region.

4 new hotspots in the LV!!!

**Hotspots are now active the following 4 locations on Kootenay Lake and around the Lardeau Valley:

  • Schroeder Creek Resort
  • Davis Creek Provincial Park campsite (Lardeau)
  • LVCC campground (Meadow Creek)
  • Glacier Creek regional park (Duncan Lake)

Cooper Creek Cedar update.

Porcupine Wood Products

April 19, 2017

Cooper Creek Cedar is providing the following update of the company’s forest development in the Argenta area:

Currently CCC has been developing a preliminary Total Chance Plan of the entire Argenta Forest Development Unit. This Total Chance Plan is simply a mapping exercise, prior to field reconnaissance, to identify potential forest development opportunities but being cognizant of other resource concerns: terrain stability, water sources & flows, wildlife & visual impacts. CCC has gathered many of the past reports and is critically reviewing these assessments. CCC will be meeting with a local biologist in mid-May. The objective of the mapping Total Chance Plan is to develop a preliminary plan prior to field work taking place. All “assumptions” identified in the mapping exercise will be field proofed in the field.

For your information, I will be out of the country from April 24, 2017 to May 15, 2017. During this time, there will be no field work conducted in the Argenta FDU. Please continue submitting comments to: coopercreek@porcupinewood.com , but I will not be monitoring my email during this period.

CCC has been in discussion with a small local group, the Argenta Johnsons Landing group over the past six weeks. The main discussions have been around CCC’s 2017-2022 Forest Stewardship Plan and Visual Quality Objectives. CCC has not been contacted by other community members/groups to form a “working group” to information share with. Therefore; CCC will continue to use this website to communicate with the Argenta community regarding the company’s forest development. And posters will be posted to notify the public of planned meetings.

Cooper Creek Cedar has recently advertised an extension of CCC’s 2017-2022 FSP to June 19, 2017. The FSP does cover the Argenta Forest Development Unit, but the document is not specific to Argenta. The Argenta FDU is attached. The FSP can be viewed at the following website:


Comments regarding the FSP must be submitted in writing and must be received by CCC by May 19, 2017 to be considered. Comments can be submitted to:

coopercreek@porcupinewood.com ,

or mailed to:  Cooper Ck Cedar – FSP Comments

Box 850

Salmo, BC   V0G 1Z0

Submitted by:

Bill Kestell, RPF

Cooper Creek Cedar Ltd

Woodlands Manager




Cooper Creek Cedar Ltd is the tenure holder of FL A30171, which includes the Argenta–Salisbury area. CCC is planning to begin forest development work in the Argenta Salisburyarea in the 2017 season. This note is to inform the public of CCC’s development intentions and to open discussions with the community on
how best to share information  between  CCC and the community. The objective is to develop a
process in which CCC can keep the community informed of the company’s development
and for the community to provide input regarding CCC’s development and to identify
specific values of interest CCC should be aware of in their development process.
The company suggests the community form an “Information Sharing Committee” that
would correspond/meet regularly with CCC. This committee would be the spokespeople
for the community so that concerns are identified in a unified form.
CCC will submit regular reports to the Lardeau ValleyLINKS Website providing updates of the planned
forest development that will include maps showing the areas being developed. Field
trips and community meetings can be organized throughout the season when both parties believe these will be informative and productive.
CCC will begin submitting reports to the website in the near future. It will
be up to the community to form a committee and contact CCC regarding scheduling meetings.
Community members can communicate with CCC by email at
Forest Development: To date, CCC has not undertaken any forest development in the
Argenta-Salisbury area. However, the company will begin office mapping within the
next month. This mapping will identify areas of interest for development
and possible road location opportunities,existing visual quality objectives, terrain stability features,
hydrologic features, old growth management areas, ungulate winter range, caribou, and
other identified resource features
This information will be used by the development  contractors when they begin
field work. Field work is expected to begin when the areas are snow-free.
Cooper Creek Cedar Ltd–2017-2022 Forest Stewardship Plan (FSP): CCC has recently
submitted their FSP to First Nations, affected Stakeholder’s & Government Agencies,
and has been advertised to the general public. For interested community members, the
FSP and the Forest Development Unit maps can be reviewed at: