The Kimsquit watershed has been identified as an important drainage for intensively planned forest development. The Ministry of Forests has made a commitment to complete a comprehensive management plan for the watershed to guide forestry activities and resolve potential conflicts. The Kimsquit Valley lies on the west side of Tweedsmuir Park in the northeastern corner of the Mid Coast Timber Supply Area , approximately 60 km NNW of Bella Coo1a. The Kimsquit River drains into the northernmost extremity of the Dean Channel. The Kimsquit Valley is well inland, approximately 140 km from the open Pacific. The western edge of the watershed is roughly the southeastern 1imit of Tree Farm Licence No. 41. Objectives established for the Kimsquit plan are to: i) direct timber harvesting operations of the licensee, specifying rate of harvest, road location and construction standards, constraints on areas harvested and the general pattern of development; ii) ensure basic silviculture objectives are met during development; iii) plan forest operations so that mass wasting hazards are avoided in areas of unstable or potentially unstable terrain, and to minimize hydrological impacts; iv) integrate development with fisheries and wildlife management objectives, with the aim of maintaining habitat for fish, moose, grizzly bear and other wildlife; and to v) ensure a viable and efficient harvesting operations subject to the above constraints.
It is recommended that:
?intensive silviculture be undertaken in the Kimsquit drainage.
?the Dean PSYU have a Class B re-inventory:
?inter-agency field examinations at the development plan stage be comprehensive enough to ensure that cutting permit applications which adhere to the development plan may be approved without delay.
?the Fish and Wildlife Branch continue to place a high priority on identifying critical wildlife areas in that area between Trapper Creek and Salahagen Creek.
Ministry of Forests. 1984. Integrated Resource Management Plan for the Kimsquit Watershed. Ministry of Forests