Generous donations changes a dream into reality.

Forestry builds new archery facility in Nanaimo

Generous donations from the forest sector are building dreams for a fast growing sport in Nanaimo—ARCHERY.
Four forestry companies based in Nanaimo—Aggressive Timber Falling, Coastland Wood Industries, Dorman Timber and TimberWest—have donated five loads of second growth Douglas fir logs to build a new indoor archery facility over the winter for the Nanaimo Fish And Game Protective Association (NFGPA). Three of these four companies are Truck Logger Association (TLA) members—local small-to-medium sized forestry businesses providing jobs in Nanaimo.
Ted Beutler, President of Aggressive Timber Falling and Chair of the TLA’s Safety, Training and Industrial Relations (STIR) committee, coordinated the donation. “I made this a STIR committee initiative to promote the TLA’s belief that the people who work in our forests should share in the resource’s prosperity,” said Beutler. “Each log load is worth about $5,000. So we’re making a real contribution to sport and recreation in Nanaimo.”

John Noble, a director of NFGPA, explained the design, “The building will consist of fourteen indoor lanes, bathrooms, work space and common room totaling 5600 sq. ft. of floor space plus an outdoor covered area.” He’s particularly proud of the versatility of the building. “This new indoor facility will be used for many functions and sporting events the Nanaimo Fish and Game puts on each year for our members and the community,” said Noble.


This architectural drawing shows what the new facility will look like from the outside.

Clint Parcher, Vice President of Fibre Supply at Coastland and a TLA Director, organized Coastland’s two donated log loads. “As a small company, we’re happy to support a volunteer run organization that many of our employees belong to and enjoy,” said Parcher.
TimberWest has a long history with Nanaimo Fish & Game Protective Association. “We have worked with the NFGPA for many years to promote the responsible and sustainable use of our timberland for recreational purposes,” said Domenico Iannidinardo, Vice-President of Sustainability & Chief Forester at TimberWest. “We are pleased to support this new archery facility.”
Norse Log Homes’ donation is critical to achieving the Nanaimo Fish and Game’s goal of constructing a new indoor archery facility. “We’re donating the use of our construction facilities in Lantzville this winter for approximately four months,” John Dahle, owner of Norse Log Homes. “The archery facility—at 5,600 sq. ft.—is one of the largest footprint buildings ever prefabricated at our site and we’ve been here since 1984! Everyone at Norse Log Homes is proud to be part of this substantial upgrade at the Nanaimo Fish and Games Club.”

United Nations Firearms Marking System

One of the Liberal Party’s Firearms Policies.

One of the firearms policies that the liberals announced in their elections platform was to ‘Immediately implement the imported gun marking regulations that have been repeatedly delayed by Stephen Harper’.

Most of us have heard lots of rumours as to exactly what these regulations are and how they will effect law abiding gun owners.  The Canadian Shooting Sports Association (CSSA) has done an analysis of the effects of these regulations. CSSA states that there will be an enormous cost involved in complying with these regulations and in order to stay in business this enormous cost can only be absorbed by being passed on to the consumer, and the cost of a new firearm in Canada will skyrocket, perhaps more than $200 per firearm in the first five years, per CSAAA (Canada’s industry organization) estimates.  This is the average cost applicable to any firearm regardless of retail price.  It also makes the assumption that the importer can withstand the astronomical set up costs and is still in business.

If you are interested read the full article and draw your own conclusions.

Liberal Party Firearms Policy

Liberal logoBefore the Oct. 19, 2015 Election BCWF compiled a list of 13 questions that they think candidates in all ridings across BC should answer. The questions touch on issues related to hunting, fishing, trapping, firearms and habitat sustainability, among other things. Only the Liberals and Green Party Responded to this letter.

The Canadian political landscape has changed to a solid Liberal majority for new Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The Liberals were elected in 184 constituencies; the Conservatives won 99 seats, the NDP 44, the Bloc Quebecois 10, and the Green Party leader held her lone seat on Vancouver Island.

Now that the election is over, we can expect the Liberal government to implement its platform promises.  All of the items covered in the 13 questions were things we all want done, but for firearms owners it is important to examine their policies more closely in that area. Continue Reading →

Chase River Remediation

Upper Chase Gravel Bank 2The Chase River runs through club property and over the years erosion and gravel accumulation from upstream runoff have changed the nature of the flow to the extent that the banks were at risk at several locations and the area behind the caretaker’s residence was at risk from flooding and trees that had become a falling hazard due to erosion of their root systems.

In order to solve the flooding problem Larry Burnett and his Grounds/Wetland crew took on the task  of correcting all the problems that have built up over the years.

We began by retaining COPCAN EXCAVATING, our long time supporter  in projects around the club, to solve the problems.    After receiving all the permits to allow us to remove the gravel that had washed in and to create fish habitat the work began. The project took one week to complete. Continue Reading →

Coal Ship Anchorages off Gabriola Island

Ancored Coal Ship

This information was first brought to our attention by Clyde Wicks in the September October 2015 edition of the club newsletter.

The Pacific Pilotage Authority is proposing five anchorages for coal ships be approved off Gabriola’s north-east side for large vessels bound for Port Vancouver and other locations.  The site for the northern-most anchorage is due east of the homes located at the north end of The Strand/south end of Sandwell Provincial Park.  The sites of the other four anchorages are between the end of Whalebone Drive and Eva Road just northwest of Dragons’ Lodge.

The area from Entrance Island to Thrasher reef has always been one of the most productive fishing areas around here. Locals anglers harvest up to 10,000 fish per year out of this stretch of water according to DFO creel data. When the fishery collapsed back in the mid-90’s it remained the only area that continued to hold salmon and one we could still go to with the expectation of actually catching something.

It is a very unique marine environment because it sits between two major points and is tucked in behind Entrance Reef. We regularly catch rock fish, ling cod and the occasional halibut while trolling for salmon from Whalebone to the Grande.

The Pacific Pilotage Authority, which is a crown corporation, is proposing to turn our favourite fishing spot into an industrial parking lot for 900′ long freighters that are waiting to go into Vancouver to load or unload. Continue Reading →