05/24/2013 10:53 EDT | Updated 07/24/2013 05:12 EDT

Juan De Fuca Marine Trail Logging Begins

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New trail on bluff above Strait of Juan de Fuca. Dungeness Spit in distance.

VICTORIA - A property developer says logging is underway on a portion of land near the rugged and pristine Juan de Fuca Marine Trail on Vancouver Island's southwest coast.

Ender Ilkay has been trying for years to sell the 2.5-square kilometre section of property between Jordan River and Port Renfrew to any level of government, in hopes it would be preserved.

He says logging has begun on about 10 per cent of the land, roughly 80 kilometres northwest of Victoria, and more trees will be cut.

According to Ilkay, there have been discussions about selling the property, but he says if any deal were imminent the logging would have been delayed.

Ilkay originally planned to build a large resort on the land, but the development was rejected by the Capital Regional District after strenuous public protest.

Critics of the resort doubted the property would be logged, arguing timber harvesting is not economically viable on that section of land. (CFAX)


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