A logging company said it has resumed harvesting at a site near an ongoing protest to protect old-growth trees on southern Vancouver Island.
Teal Jones said it resumed harvesting at two locations in the Caycuse area Friday morning after RCMP cleared access to the cutblock.
“The sites are a safe distance from lingering protest activities, and spotters are positioned to watch for any unsafe activity,” a spokesperson for the company told CHEK News.
One of the sites halted harvesting activities when a spotter saw activists entering the area, the company said.
“We will continue responsible harvesting where it is safe, and in consultation with RCMP.”
In an Instagram post, one protester with Rainforest Flying Squad, the group that has been staging blockades to the old-growth area since late last year, alleged that cutting was happening dangerously close to activists.
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At least one person was also arrested at the Caycuse area Friday for crossing the exclusion zone set up by RCMP.
Seven people were arrested Thursday at the site, six for breaching the court-ordered injunction (civil contempt of court) and one person was escorted out with no recommended charges.
The RCMP is also recommending that two individuals be charged with obstruction, two for possession of stolen property and one for obstruction and assaulting a police officer.
More to come…