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DNV issues warning after logging crew caught in Lynn Canyon

DNV issues warning after logging crew caught in Lynn Canyon
DNV issues warning after logging crew caught in Lynn Canyon

The two attempted to remove the tree to make room for cliff jumping.

Two bogus arborists narrowly avoided being fined while attempting to cut down a tree at Lynn Canyon.

On Saturday afternoon, a park ranger caught two vandals with pruning and cutting tools and lengths of rope in Lynn Valley Park trying to remove a tree they thought was dead, said Steffanie Warriner, the park’s director.

The two were in an unauthorized, closed-off part of the park and planned to remove the tree to make room for cliff jumping.

“Fortunately, our rangers patrol regularly and were able to intervene and educate the individuals before any damage was done,” said Warriner, who added that the two complied with the rules and quickly left the area.

According to Waarriner, the logging would not only have resulted in a fine of more than $500, but would also have been dangerous for the two amateur tree cutters and damaging to the park itself.

“The District of North Vancouver parks are protected areas. They all have ecological sensitivities and Lynn Canyon is certainly one of our most sensitive areas,” she said. “It’s also a super risky activity. In an area like Lynn Canyon, it’s rugged, rugged terrain with steep, slippery slopes and lots of cliffs. No one should be going into these areas for any reason.”

It is strictly forbidden under any circumstances to remove any vegetation of any kind in any of the district’s parks, Warriner said. The same goes for exploring closed areas.

In the past week alone, local rescue teams have been called to the notoriously treacherous section of the park three times: First for a botched rescue of a man who drowned while going over Lynn Canyon’s Twin Falls, a few days later to save a drunken swimmer, and again on Sunday to help a hiker who had slipped and twisted his ankle.

Warriner said she “can’t stress enough” that visitors to the gorge should stay on designated trails in designated areas.

“We want people to enjoy the gorge, but in a safe and respectful way.”

If visitors have concerns about vegetation or trail maintenance, they can report them to the district for evaluation by trained park staff. Problems can be reported through the district’s website at dnv.org/report-a-problem. For problems that require immediate attention, call 604-990-2311.

Mina Kerr-Lazenby is an Indigenous and civic affairs reporter for the North Shore News. This reporting beat is made possible by the Local Journalism Initiative.

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