High on the Mountain Top
Join Date: May 2006
Location: North Vancouver, BC, Canada.
Interest: Having Fun!
Leimrod the reason the trails were blocked off as wel as signs posted and mentioned on SORCA sites and everywhere really was that when they are logging they do not want anyone around, the reason is that they are cutting huge trees and working with equipment that can kill someone very quickly and easily.
It is also important that loggers bit on cut blocks around squamish, so you can imagine when they do they look at the whole plot and figure out how much it will be worth to them. Imagine when they do and bit and buy, they have 5 years to cut, if they wait more than that they get penalties. So imagine if you bought a cut block then arrive to find mountain bikers have built illegally in your area and now they are going to the local papers and people to tell you not to cut the land you purchased a cutting permit for.
This is what happened with the plunge, the logger caved cause he did not want to be the bad guy! This sucks for loggers when they purchase areas. In the case of the plunge it is not the worse trail in squamish since it was not cut but the roads used to cut around it then were to build better tails like Hoods in the Woods.
This is why trail builders must get section 57's now before they build so these issuse won't happen. However there are a few builders, Jim Harvey, Gary McFarlane to mention a few who are still building without a section 57 because they don't feel these issue's are valid for them. They have built some amazing trails, which I think is great however what they are doing is causing more harm than good.
We recently found a trail where a builder who just moved from Pemberton to Squamish is building a trail and has cut 46 or more cedars to build a massive jump...I was blown away at what this person had done and was actually the first time i felt sickend that some feels it is their right to go cut trees with out a permit for mtb trails. This is about 500m from houses too so not far from people....