FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – BC Hydro has started transporting timber between Cache Creek and Peace Canyon as a part of Site C reservoir clearing work.

In a statement Friday, Hydro said helicopters are being utilized to move the material, which will occur regularly until March 2022.

BC Hydro says residents may experience some noise and vibration in these areas. They ask that residents stay clear of work areas as heavy machinery will be in operation.

The Site C project includes an 83 kilometre reservoir that begins at the Site C dam site and will extend west to Hudson’s Hope.

Before this reservoir can be filled, the area needs to be cleared of trees and vegetation to prepare for river diversion, Highway 29 realignment, and other activities.

Hydro says removing vegetation helps ensure boater safety and reduces impacts to dam construction and operations.

Any merchantable trees that are removed as part of the Site C clearing will be hauled to local mills in Fort St. John, Chetwynd, and Dawson Creek.

A merchantable tree must be in market demand and meet sawmill specifications, such as species and piece size.

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