The Penticton Indian Band has shut down logging by Weyerhaeuser around Apex Mountain by blockading an access road. Chief Stewart Phillip says the company failed to consult with the band council before logging in its traditional territory.

“We set up a blockade at the entry point to serve notice the logging was to come to an end, and shall not take place until there’s an agreement between the Penticton Indian Band and Weyerhaeuser Canada,” he said.

Phillip says the band does not want logging in what it considers an environmentally sensitive area. He also says the band also wants a share of the timber in its traditional territory.

Weyerhaeuser says it is willing to negotiate a solution that will meet the band’s environmental concerns.