Salvage logging, drought, cold weather all factors in Chilcotin ranch water woes

Salvage logging of beetle-killed lodgepole pine forests contributed to water problems on a Chilcotin ranch, the Forest Practices Board said in a report released Tuesday.

But the board suggested that drought and cold weather were also contributing factors on Twinflower Creek flowing through Randy Saugstad’s ranch.

In January 2011, the rancher experienced an “unexpected loss of water when a stream his cattle regularly drink from inexplicably froze solid, and then later in the year two floods affected his pasture land,” the board found. Saugstad blamed salvage logging by Tolko Industries Ltd. of beetle-killed timber in the watershed.