forestry

Many members of the Williams Lake Cross Country Ski Club, not all of which are pictured here, volunteered their time to make the Bull Mountain family fun day happen during the 2019/20 season. (Patrick Davies photo - WIlliams Lake Tribune)

FOREST INK: Recreation information for Williams Lake and surrounding areas: part two

Community groups have been developing the Cariboo as a world leader in outdoor recreation

  • Jan 24, 2021
Many members of the Williams Lake Cross Country Ski Club, not all of which are pictured here, volunteered their time to make the Bull Mountain family fun day happen during the 2019/20 season. (Patrick Davies photo - WIlliams Lake Tribune)
Inspection of bridge crossing on a B.C. forest service road. (B.C. Forest Practices Board)

B.C. falling behind in maintenance of forest service roads

Auditor finds nearly half of bridges overdue for repair

Inspection of bridge crossing on a B.C. forest service road. (B.C. Forest Practices Board)
Forestry companies in B.C. agree to abide by the cedar protocols based on traditional laws of the First Nation members of the Nanwakolas Council. (Photo courtesy, Nanwakolas Council)

Landmark deal sees B.C. forest firms treat big cedars like a First Nation would

Western Forest Products, Interfor among companies to adapt declaration drafted by Nanwakolas Council

Forestry companies in B.C. agree to abide by the cedar protocols based on traditional laws of the First Nation members of the Nanwakolas Council. (Photo courtesy, Nanwakolas Council)
Forest Ink columnist Jim Hilton has been studying the habits of blue grouse in Douglas fir forests around his home in the Cariboo. (Photo by Lonnie Archibald)

FOREST INK: A closer look at our blue grouse family

It turns out blue grouse have an interesting relationship with forestry practices

  • Jan 10, 2021
Forest Ink columnist Jim Hilton has been studying the habits of blue grouse in Douglas fir forests around his home in the Cariboo. (Photo by Lonnie Archibald)
Cheslatta Carrier Nation received a grant in 2020 to help cover the costs of shipping fire-damaged trees to a pellet plant or bioenergy facility. (Forest Enhancement Society of B.C.)

B.C. pellet contract with Japanese giant extended past 2023

Mitsubishi buying 80,000 tonnes a year from Pinnacle

Cheslatta Carrier Nation received a grant in 2020 to help cover the costs of shipping fire-damaged trees to a pellet plant or bioenergy facility. (Forest Enhancement Society of B.C.)
The view from Butler Mountain looking into West Branch valley. (Photo submitted)
The view from Butler Mountain looking into West Branch valley. (Photo submitted)
(Mark Worthing photo - Black Press)

FOREST INK: The good, bad and ugly of forever chemicals

It was great for putting out aircraft fires but unfortunately also readily leached into groundwater

  • Nov 29, 2020
(Mark Worthing photo - Black Press)
A big job: Former forests minister Doug Donaldson stands before a 500-year-old Douglas fir in Saanich to announce preservation of some of B.C.’s oldest trees, July 2019. (B.C. government)

B.C. returning to ‘stand-alone’ forests, rural development ministry

Horgan says Gordon Campbell’s super-ministry doesn’t work

A big job: Former forests minister Doug Donaldson stands before a 500-year-old Douglas fir in Saanich to announce preservation of some of B.C.’s oldest trees, July 2019. (B.C. government)
Twenty-three B.C. mayors have asked Premier John Horgan to enshrine five pillars of action that give natural resource development a key role in B.C.’s post-pandemic economic recovery plan. (Williams Lake Tribune file photo)

B.C. mayors want key role for resource development in pandemic recovery

23 leaders pen letter to premier, asking for inclusion in new policy discussions

Twenty-three B.C. mayors have asked Premier John Horgan to enshrine five pillars of action that give natural resource development a key role in B.C.’s post-pandemic economic recovery plan. (Williams Lake Tribune file photo)
President-elect Joe Biden, joined by Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, speaks at The Queen theater, Monday, Nov. 9, 2020, in Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

FOREST INK: Getting the right information

The recent counting of votes in the U.S. has overshadowed a similar process taking place in B.C.

  • Nov 15, 2020
President-elect Joe Biden, joined by Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, speaks at The Queen theater, Monday, Nov. 9, 2020, in Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
George Paul (left) and Walter Fookes from Quesnel Investment Corporation (QIC) speak to Quesnel council Oct. 27 at City Hall. QIC has asked for the City’s support for the transfer of the Non-Replaceable Forest Licence from C&C Wood Products to QIC. (Lindsay Chung Photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)

Quesnel council supports forest licence transfer to Quesnel Investment Corporation

The Non-Replaceable Forest Licence from C&C Wood Products has an AAC of 68,130 cubic metres

George Paul (left) and Walter Fookes from Quesnel Investment Corporation (QIC) speak to Quesnel council Oct. 27 at City Hall. QIC has asked for the City’s support for the transfer of the Non-Replaceable Forest Licence from C&C Wood Products to QIC. (Lindsay Chung Photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)
Norbord has announced it plans to permanently close the 100 Mile oriented strand board plant.

Norbord to permanently close 100 Mile Plant

Union told of the decision following company board meeting Wednesday night

Norbord has announced it plans to permanently close the 100 Mile oriented strand board plant.
Columnist Jim Hilton discusses politics in this installment of <em>Forest Ink.</em> (Wahkash Contracting Ltd. photo)

FOREST INK: Support for the productive sectors of society

I was again reminded of people who do this for a living rather than just a retirement hobby

  • Oct 19, 2020
Columnist Jim Hilton discusses politics in this installment of <em>Forest Ink.</em> (Wahkash Contracting Ltd. photo)
As part of an ongoing wildfire risk reduction project around automated weather stations, the BC Wildfire Service plans to burn about 115 piles of woody debris. (Angie Mindus photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
As part of an ongoing wildfire risk reduction project around automated weather stations, the BC Wildfire Service plans to burn about 115 piles of woody debris. (Angie Mindus photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
Forest Enhancement Society of B.C. executive director says spring, summer tree planting seasons emerged without a single reported COVID-19 transmissions. (Photo submitted)

No reported COVID-19 transmission in B.C.’s tree planting spring/summer effort

With the fall season winding up mid-October, it is hoped that trend will continue

Forest Enhancement Society of B.C. executive director says spring, summer tree planting seasons emerged without a single reported COVID-19 transmissions. (Photo submitted)
Foresters-in-training from China and Ghana, Chengdong Fang and Kingsley Kyere-Donkor enjoy the view after taking the opportunity to hike Cameron Ridge east of Williams Lake recently with mentor forester, Nathan Davis. National Forest Week is Sept. 20 to the 26 and everyone is encouraged to get out and enjoy our local forests. (Nathan Davis photo)

EDITORIAL: Forests are there for everyone to enjoy

This week marks National Forest Week in Canada

Foresters-in-training from China and Ghana, Chengdong Fang and Kingsley Kyere-Donkor enjoy the view after taking the opportunity to hike Cameron Ridge east of Williams Lake recently with mentor forester, Nathan Davis. National Forest Week is Sept. 20 to the 26 and everyone is encouraged to get out and enjoy our local forests. (Nathan Davis photo)
Lumber prices soared to a record price in September across North America. Along with increased demand, Canada also reported a lumber shortage. Black Press file photo

Lumber hitting record-high prices as supply lags behind demand

B.C.’s forest industry hasn’t been able to keep pace with the COVID-19 building boom

Lumber prices soared to a record price in September across North America. Along with increased demand, Canada also reported a lumber shortage. Black Press file photo
Closed Canfor mill at Vavenby sold to B.C. entrepreneur
Closed Canfor mill at Vavenby sold to B.C. entrepreneur
Mike Pedersen, regional executive director for the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development in the Cariboo-Chilcotin arrived in Williams Lake in 1981 for a silviculture job with the ministry. (Photo submitted)

Our Hometown: Growing a career

Mike Pedersen has spent most of his life working in forestry

Mike Pedersen, regional executive director for the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development in the Cariboo-Chilcotin arrived in Williams Lake in 1981 for a silviculture job with the ministry. (Photo submitted)
A special investigation into Interior Douglas-fir forests in B.C. found current efforts may not be leading to future healthy forests. (Forest Practices Board photo)

Interior Douglas-fir regenerating poses challenges: Forest Practices Board

A special investigation report was released Sept. 17

A special investigation into Interior Douglas-fir forests in B.C. found current efforts may not be leading to future healthy forests. (Forest Practices Board photo)