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Dateline Cowichan: North Cowichan gets into forestry business

The Canadian Scottish Regiment, 2nd Battalion marches along Station street in Duncan in 1940. - courtesy Cowichan Valley Museum and Archive
The Canadian Scottish Regiment, 2nd Battalion marches along Station street in Duncan in 1940.
— image credit: courtesy Cowichan Valley Museum and Archive

There’s pride in knowing North Cowichan is one of the few communities in North America that has privately owned forest lands providing income for the municipality.  In fact, North Cowichan owns 5,000 ha of lands which make up 25% of its total land area.

In July 1953, seven years after the municipality acquired its first forested land, Reeve E. A. Beasley and councillors Murison, Whittaker, Seymour and Douglas decided they would sell what merchantable timber they could at the current high prices and revise the forestry policy.

They would take out land suitable for residential or farming purposes and tie up the remainder with long-term leases for grazing and Christmas tree raising. At the time, the municipality had 200 acres suitable for farming near Osborne Bay.

To ensure all conditions in future timber sales were enforced, the B.C. Forest Service would be asked to supervise the removal of all timber and trees sold and see that the terms of leases were carried out. “

This will tie up future councils from selling the forests for next to nothing,” Beasley said. However, Murison felt that the municipality did not have enough experience to compete with large commercial firms in selling timber.

1953: awards

Cowichan High grade 11 student Sally Townsend was awarded a certificate of merit for her courtesy, service and general efficiency at Station Street’s Odeon Theatre where she was a popular usherette. Ald. Jack Dobson made the presentation.

1953: curling

Cowichan district Community Centre agreed to sell a 100 by 350-ft strip of Community Centre property to the Cowichan Co-operative Curling Association for $1,000. The proposed 80 by 150-ft building would cover five curling surfaces.

1953: Scouts

Bobby Sherman won the Powell Trophy for the best Scout spirit shown during a district camp held at Quamichan Acres. The camp was led by Scoutmaster W. Powell assisted by junior instructor and senior scout Jack Johnson.

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