Council will invite Island Timberlands, TimberWest to discuss backcountry access issues. Port Alberni city council will be inviting forestry companies to council regarding restricted back road access across the Alberni Valley. The topic was brought forward by Coun. Chris Alemany …“What it stems from is concern in the community about access to logging roads and our wilderness areas around the city,” said Alemany. “There’s tons of reports on social media of people being locked out behind gates.” Councillor Jack McLeman suggested inviting Island Timberlands and TimberWest to a meeting of council to discuss the policies of the two companies and to hear the public complaints.