Popular Armstrong-Spallumcheen hiking area hit again by vandals – Vernon News

Vandals punch Rose Swanson

Rose Swanson Mountain was hit by vandals again – and this time they brought a chainsaw.

The popular hiking spot of Armstrong-Spallumcheen recently came to the public’s attention after it was announced that selective logging would be allowed in the area.

A petition to stop planned logging in green space has garnered more than 24,000 names.

In February 2021, the province announced it was putting a pause on the proposed logging.

Last spring, a wooden sign in the Rose Swanson parking lot was demolished and set on fire by vandals.

More recently, a cedar with a large metal sign placed several meters above the ground was cut down and the sign stolen.

“The vandals were very lucky to get away from that,” said Beverley Peacock, a local resident who helped organize the anti-logging campaign.

“When their chainsaw cut halfway through the tree, it ‘capped’ and broke a few feet above the cut. Even experienced fallers can be seriously injured or killed when this happens.

The fallen cedar was left after the panel was removed.

“Sadly there have been too many cases of illegal logging, fires and vandalism in this beloved and popular area,” Peacock said.

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