Loggers arriving at cut block A87125 in the forest above Roberts Creek Monday morning were greeted by a flaming log blockade across the access road.
The fiery obstacle is the latest salvo in a confrontation that has been simmering since Peninsula Logging won a B.C. Timber Sales auction for the 18-hectare mixed forest earlier this year.
“We thought there would be a protester presence here, but we didn’t expect this,” said Aaron Service, co-owner of Peninsula Logging. “Every time they pull something like this it costs (the crew) about two hours work.”
Several groups of protesters have been camping in the woods near the cut block over the summer, watching for activity on the site.
But with logging now in full swing, the opposition has escalated to protest rallies, road blockades and arrests. Some protesters have entered the worksite.