Finger pointed at logging

A well-known Falkland politician is pointing the finger at continued logging in the mountain above Pinaus Lake for the recent evacuation and closure of the Pinaus Lake Resort.

"The mountain's moving," said Rene Talbot, a Columbia Shuswap Regional District director who represents the Falkland area. "I'm pretty sure it's caused by logging over the years."

Talbot said both provincial and district officials were aware two years ago that there was sliding on Tuktakamin Mountain. 

He said provincial officials tried to get the CSRD to do some testing but it is Crown land so the matter was thrown back into the province's lap.

"It is Crown land and they're the ones who give out the leases and approved the logging."

"They put a gate up and there's a no trespassing sign (at the resort)," Talbot explained, adding the owners, Arvid and Audrey Hoglund, are now fearful they may never be able to return.

The family was given an evacuation order last week.

"They have taken away their livelihood. All of a sudden they have nothing."

Talbot said the family has reached out to the province but have yet to get any answers.

The Hoglund's granddaughter Catherine Pynappels said yesterday that the family hoped to release a statement about the closure within the next week or so.

She said her grandparents were heartbroken and the community of Falkland was in shock.

A post on resort's Facebook page reads: "It is with heavy hearts we are announcing Pinaus Lake Resort will be closed indefinitely.

"Due to land slide activity around the resort, there has been ongoing testing, which has come back as too dangerous for the approval of the government to continue to operate. We will not be opening this season.

"We are shocked and saddened by this news and are doing everything we can to get organized, including contacting our permanent, year-round campers to co-ordinate removing their items from the resort."

At least 20 people keep their travel trailers year round at the resort, said Pynappels.

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