forestry

Former Skeena-Bulkley Valley MP Nathan Cullen (left) speaks in 2019 at blockade on the Morice River Road near Houston B.C. attempting to stop Coastal GasLink pipeline project. Now B.C. MLA for Stikine, Cullen was appointed Feb. 25, 2022 as municipal affairs minister, with Mid-Island Pacific Rim MLA Josie Osborne moving to a newly created ministry of land, water and resource stewardship. (Facebook photo)

New B.C. minister to tackle industry permits, Indigenous cooperation

‘No easy decisions left’ for land, water, resource stewardship

Former Skeena-Bulkley Valley MP Nathan Cullen (left) speaks in 2019 at blockade on the Morice River Road near Houston B.C. attempting to stop Coastal GasLink pipeline project. Now B.C. MLA for Stikine, Cullen was appointed Feb. 25, 2022 as municipal affairs minister, with Mid-Island Pacific Rim MLA Josie Osborne moving to a newly created ministry of land, water and resource stewardship. (Facebook photo)
Fresh cut sawdust is seen from a tree cut near the “heli camp” in the Fairy Creek logging area near Port Renfrew, B.C., Monday, Oct. 4, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Crown calls application to stay charges in B.C. old-growth logging case flawed

Lawyer: Fairy Creek protest group’s petition lacks ‘factual foundation,’ not the way justice is done

Fresh cut sawdust is seen from a tree cut near the “heli camp” in the Fairy Creek logging area near Port Renfrew, B.C., Monday, Oct. 4, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
The clouds move among the old growth forest in the Fairy Creek logging area near Port Renfrew, B.C. Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

B.C. forest protest accused ask court to stay charges due to ’ systemic police misconduct’

RCMP have made close to 1,200 arrests enforcing Fairy Creek injunction

The clouds move among the old growth forest in the Fairy Creek logging area near Port Renfrew, B.C. Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
There will be 20 percent less logging in the Okanagan (Black Press file photo)

Less logging should mean more controlled fires around Kelowna, experts say

The new Annual Allowable Cut of timber is less, which may mean there needs to be more controlled burns

There will be 20 percent less logging in the Okanagan (Black Press file photo)
It’s unknown how the reduction will impact local companies, such as Tolko, which provide a significant number of jobs in the region. (File photo)

UPDATE: Tolko responds to chop of allowable Okanagan timber cuts by 20%

Lumber giant operations rely heavily on Okanagan Timber Supply Area

It’s unknown how the reduction will impact local companies, such as Tolko, which provide a significant number of jobs in the region. (File photo)
Wolf on a snowmobile track (Caribou Monitoring Unit)

UBCO research says pipelines, logging roads are hunting highways for wolves

UBCO research shows that wolf highways are bad for caribou

Wolf on a snowmobile track (Caribou Monitoring Unit)
People listen to Pacheedaht elder Bill Jones in the Fairy Creek logging area near Port Renfrew, B.C. Monday, Oct. 4, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

UPDATED: B.C. Appeal Court extends injunction against protests at Fairy Creek

An earlier B.C. Supreme Court decision denied the company’s application for an extension

People listen to Pacheedaht elder Bill Jones in the Fairy Creek logging area near Port Renfrew, B.C. Monday, Oct. 4, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Dallas Smith, president of the Nanwakolas Council, an organization of B.C. coast and Vancouver Island first nations. (Tom Fletcher/Black Press)

Four coastal B.C. first nations agree on further old-growth deferrals

Western Forest Products says more cooperation to come

Dallas Smith, president of the Nanwakolas Council, an organization of B.C. coast and Vancouver Island first nations. (Tom Fletcher/Black Press)
FILE – Smoke rises from the Babine Forest Products mill in Burns Lake, B.C. Sunday, Jan. 22, 2012. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

BAINS: Worker protections remain key 10 years after fatal northern B.C. sawmill explosions

Four workers died in two separate explosions at sawmills near Burns Lake and Prince George in 2012

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FILE – Smoke rises from the Babine Forest Products mill in Burns Lake, B.C. Sunday, Jan. 22, 2012. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
A truckload of B.C. lumber heads to the United States, which has imposed steep border duties on standard construction lumber that is in short supply as timber cutting restrictions increase. (Resource Works Society)

B.C.’s value-added forest industry pleads for old-growth wood

‘We’re talking months until we’re running out’

A truckload of B.C. lumber heads to the United States, which has imposed steep border duties on standard construction lumber that is in short supply as timber cutting restrictions increase. (Resource Works Society)
RBC Dominion Securities analyst Paul Quinn, Truck Loggers Association executive director Bob Brash and consultant Russ Taylor speak to delegates at the association’s virtual convention, Jan. 12, 2022. (TLA video)

Forest industry analysts paint grim picture for B.C. investment future

Old growth restrictions threaten value added, truck loggers told

RBC Dominion Securities analyst Paul Quinn, Truck Loggers Association executive director Bob Brash and consultant Russ Taylor speak to delegates at the association’s virtual convention, Jan. 12, 2022. (TLA video)
The 200 hectare Mabel Creek wildfire continues to burn approximately 6 kilometres from Mabel Lake on the Lumby side. While an evacuation alert has been issued for approximately 50 cabins and the Cottonwood Beach recreation site, no structures are currently threatened. (Jennifer Smith/Morning Star)

Vernon logging company ‘could have done more’ to prevent landslides, watchdog says

Tolko met all legal requirements, but four landslides followed company’s harvesting in Silver Hills area

The 200 hectare Mabel Creek wildfire continues to burn approximately 6 kilometres from Mabel Lake on the Lumby side. While an evacuation alert has been issued for approximately 50 cabins and the Cottonwood Beach recreation site, no structures are currently threatened. (Jennifer Smith/Morning Star)
Logs await milling at a Canfor sawmill in Prince George in 2017. Declining allowable harvest in the B.C. Interior and anti-logging protests on the coast have the B.C. forest company investing outside the province. (Canfor Corp. photo)

B.C. old-growth forest preservation plan off to a slow start for 2022

Canfor buys Alberta sawmills, sends harsh message to NDP

Logs await milling at a Canfor sawmill in Prince George in 2017. Declining allowable harvest in the B.C. Interior and anti-logging protests on the coast have the B.C. forest company investing outside the province. (Canfor Corp. photo)
Much of B.C.’s tree planting program so far has been replacing harvested trees, which minimizes the albedo effect. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

B.C. expected to dodge emerging climate change problem tied to tree planting

Trees combat climate change, but can also lead to the warming albedo effect

Much of B.C.’s tree planting program so far has been replacing harvested trees, which minimizes the albedo effect. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Forest ecologist Andy MacKinnon, who previously worked with the B.C Government on developing land-use plans beyond logging, speaks about the importance of revenue options for First Nations on Tuesday at the legislature. (Kiernan Green/News Staff)

B.C. ancient forest advocates call on province to fund alternative revenue streams

$300M required to help First Nations, other forest-dependent communities to transition

Forest ecologist Andy MacKinnon, who previously worked with the B.C Government on developing land-use plans beyond logging, speaks about the importance of revenue options for First Nations on Tuesday at the legislature. (Kiernan Green/News Staff)
The clouds move among the old growth forest in the Fairy Creek logging area near Port Renfrew, B.C. Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021. The British Columbia government says it is finalizing plans with First Nations that have indicated support for plans to defer logging in certain old-growth forests, while it continues talks with nations that need more time to decide.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

B.C. hears from 161 First Nations on plans for old-growth logging deferrals

Nearly three-quarters of those responding indicated they need more time

The clouds move among the old growth forest in the Fairy Creek logging area near Port Renfrew, B.C. Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021. The British Columbia government says it is finalizing plans with First Nations that have indicated support for plans to defer logging in certain old-growth forests, while it continues talks with nations that need more time to decide.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Brad Cyr is a third-generation logger from Port Hardy who began working a union job as a grapple yarder in Port Alberni in December. He brought his concerns and a freshly cut slice from a stump to the ‘Stand Up for Forestry’ rally on Johnston Road Dec. 9, 2021. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

B.C. loggers rally to protest government deferral plan for old-growth logging

Forestry workers, families mass in Port Alberni to speak out about move’s far-reaching effects

Brad Cyr is a third-generation logger from Port Hardy who began working a union job as a grapple yarder in Port Alberni in December. He brought his concerns and a freshly cut slice from a stump to the ‘Stand Up for Forestry’ rally on Johnston Road Dec. 9, 2021. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
Elders for Ancient Forests along with people declaring themselves “land defenders” take part in a peace circle along a logging road in the Fairy Creek logging area near Port Renfrew, B.C. Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Elders for old growth arrested as Fairy Creek blockade readies for winter

As cold weather arrives, the number of people in the two remaining camps has dwindled

Elders for Ancient Forests along with people declaring themselves “land defenders” take part in a peace circle along a logging road in the Fairy Creek logging area near Port Renfrew, B.C. Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Dr. Rachel Holt at a Dec. 1 video press conference on old growth forests held by the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs. Photo: Video screenshot, Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs

Nelson ecologist questions B.C.’s roll-out of old growth strategy

Rachel Holt was part of a technical panel that mapped old growth

Dr. Rachel Holt at a Dec. 1 video press conference on old growth forests held by the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs. Photo: Video screenshot, Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs
Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, president of Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs, was among those speaking against provincial policy on old growth forests at a press conference Dec. 1. (Canadian Press photo)

B.C. government falling short with old-growth forest protection, say Indigenous leaders

30-day limit to respond to old growth deferral inadequate, says grand chief and union

Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, president of Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs, was among those speaking against provincial policy on old growth forests at a press conference Dec. 1. (Canadian Press photo)