Jeff Price of Jamax Enterprises pulls into Tolko’s Lakeview log yard Tuesday morning in Williams Lake. Happy to see winter arriving

Jeff Price of Jamax Enterprises pulls into Tolko’s Lakeview log yard Tuesday morning in Williams Lake. Happy to see winter arriving

Loggers hopeful for winter conditions

Winter cannot come soon enough for log haulers and mills in the Cariboo-Chilcotin.

Winter cannot come soon enough for log haulers and mills in the Cariboo-Chilcotin.

“I wish it would freeze,” said Jeff Price of Jamax Enterprises as he pulled into Tolko’s Lakeview log yard Tuesday minutes before noon.

Driving from Lac La Hache that morning, Price said the roads were slick because of the snow.

Price echoes log haulers in the Cariboo-Chilcotin who have seen a dismal year for hauling because of persistent wet weather.

Tolko’s harvesting manager Jerry Mooney said 2016’s weather has impacted the industry.

The company’s Lakeview mill presently has six days worth of logs and the Soda Creek mill has 10 days worth.

“Normally at this time of year we would like to have 30 days worth of logs,” Mooney told the Tribune. “The log hauling workforce is probably at about 65 per cent of their year-to-date target for hauling days.”

With the snow beginning to fall and Environment Canada predicting cooler temperatures, Mooney said he is optimistic things will improve, that there will be limited rain, and they can catch up, even though the days are now shorter.

“We are at the mercy of Mother Nature right now,” he said.

Mooney has been with Tolko for 15 years and said this year has been the worst weather wise.

“I’ve talked to experienced people who say it is one of the worst years on record,” he said.

There has been no lack of effort on the contractors’ part, he added.

“They have been patient and committed. There were lots of days when they  had to turn back, and were pushed and pulled in the mud while they were doing their best to keep the logs in front of the mills. It’s been a lot of heroic effort on their part without a lot of outcome.”

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

International Women’s Day is March 8. (
International Women’s Day 2021: #choosetochallenge

International Women’s Day is marked annually on March 8

Celebrate women in leadership, March 8, International Women’s Day 2021 (Unsplash)
EDITORIAL: International Women’s Day 2021 shines spotlight on achievements, ongoing inequities

COVID-19 increased gender-based violence, economic stress, the burden of care giving for women

Amarjit Khakh of Williams Lake. (Photo submitted)

Kindness and giving, key to full life

Sierra William (left) with her grandmother Eileen William. (Roger William photo)

Xeni Gwet’in woman finds strength in tradition

Cynthia English (Photo submitted)
INTERNATIONL WOMEN’S DAY 2021: Cynthia English

Cynthia English, 30, has been working in the logging industry for several years

Elvira D’Angelo, 92, waits to receive her COVID-19 vaccination shot at a clinic in Montreal, Sunday, March 7, 2021, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues in Canada and around the world. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
‘It’s been a good week’: Tam hopeful on vaccines as pandemic anniversary nears

Tam says the addition of two new vaccines will help Canadians get immunized faster

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Const. Allan Young. Photo: Abbotsford Police Department
Manslaughter charge laid in Nelson death of Abbotsford police officer

Allan Young died after an incident in downtown Nelson last summer

(The Canadian Press)
‘Worse than Sept. 11, SARS and financial crisis combined’: Tourism industry in crisis

Travel services saw the biggest drop in active businesses with 31 per cent fewer firms operating

Pictures and notes in from friends and classmates make up a memorial in support and memory of Aubrey Berry, 4, and her sister Chloe, 6, during a vigil held at Willows Beach in Oak Bay, B.C., on December 30, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
Mother of slain daughters supports recent changes to Canada’s Divorce Act

Sarah Cotton-Elliott said she believed her children took a back seat to arranging equal parenting

Victoria man Brett Andersen is asking for people’s help to secure him one of eight free tickets to the moon. (Screenshot/@brettandersen Instagram)
Victoria man wants your help securing a free ticket to the moon

Japanese billionaire offering eight people a trip to the moon

The Conservation Officers Service is warning aquarium users after invasive and potentially destructive mussels were found in moss balls from a pet store. (BC Conservation Officers Service/Facebook)
Aquarium users in B.C. warned after invasive mussels found at pet store

Conservation officers were told the mussels were found in a moss ball from a Terrace pet store.

Hockey hall-of-fame legend Wayne Gretzky, right, watches the casket of his father, Walter Gretzky, as it is carried from the church during a funeral service in Brantford, Ont., Saturday, March 6, 2021. HE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Walter Gretzky remembered as a man with a ‘heart of gold’ at funeral

The famous hockey father died Thursday at age 82 after battling Parkinson’s disease

Most Read