forestry

Vancouver Island sawmill operation, 2009. (Tom Fletcher/Black Press)

B.C. delays increase to log export restrictions in COVID-19 crisis

Market slump frustrates NDP plan to revive mill employment

Vancouver Island sawmill operation, 2009. (Tom Fletcher/Black Press)
Mark Haddock, left, and Doug Wahl with the Forest Practices Board examine Woodjam Creek in the summer of 2018. (Forest Practices Board photo)

Forest Practices Board investigates Woodjam watershed for sediment in streams

The 2018 investigation resulted in several recommendations, some already acted on

Mark Haddock, left, and Doug Wahl with the Forest Practices Board examine Woodjam Creek in the summer of 2018. (Forest Practices Board photo)
Old growth wood remains a mainstay for logging in Vancouver Island. (Dave Mann)

B.C.’s logging industry pleads for certainty as push away from old-growth continues

Truck Loggers Association wants to run their business without worrying about changing goalposts

Old growth wood remains a mainstay for logging in Vancouver Island. (Dave Mann)
The Forestry Worker Program for displaced workers in the Interior has been accessed by hundreds of applicants. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)

Displaced Interior forestry workers access support programs

Hundreds have signed up for pension bridging said consultant Terry Tate

The Forestry Worker Program for displaced workers in the Interior has been accessed by hundreds of applicants. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
Shown is Canfor’s closed Vavenby sawmill. (File photo)

Canfor announces permanent closure of Isle Pierre Mill

The company also announced curtailments at their pulp mills in Prince George.

Shown is Canfor’s closed Vavenby sawmill. (File photo)
REN Energy will source waste wood from ATCO Wood Products and other forest companies to create Renewable Natural Gas in a new facility planned for Park Siding just outside of Fruitvale. (Townsman file photo)

Renewable Natural Gas facility targeted for small B.C. town

Once in a lifetime thing, it doesn’t happen in small communities very often, says Fruitvale mayor.

REN Energy will source waste wood from ATCO Wood Products and other forest companies to create Renewable Natural Gas in a new facility planned for Park Siding just outside of Fruitvale. (Townsman file photo)
Inspection of bridge crossing on a B.C. forest service road. (B.C. Forest Practices Board)

B.C.’s backroad bridges being built better, forest watchdog says

Investigation finds fewer unsafe culverts and crossings

Inspection of bridge crossing on a B.C. forest service road. (B.C. Forest Practices Board)
As tree planting gets underway in B.C., especially in areas impacted by wildfires in 2017 and 2018, several new measures are being implemented due to COVID-19 precautions. This photo was taken in a previous planting season. (Paige Mueller photo)

B.C. tree planting season ramping up with COVID-19 measures in place

Every year about 5,000 tree planters from B.C. and other areas travel to the province

As tree planting gets underway in B.C., especially in areas impacted by wildfires in 2017 and 2018, several new measures are being implemented due to COVID-19 precautions. This photo was taken in a previous planting season. (Paige Mueller photo)
This aerial photo shows a tar sands mine facility near Fort McMurray. In his column, Jim Hilton explores the persistence of jello-like sludge (File photo by THE CANADIAN PRESS)

FOREST INK: Stop mining phase of tar sands until sludge problem is solved

Main problem with the ponds is toxic chemicals such as ammonia, mercury, and naphthenic acids.

This aerial photo shows a tar sands mine facility near Fort McMurray. In his column, Jim Hilton explores the persistence of jello-like sludge (File photo by THE CANADIAN PRESS)
‘It’s job No. 1 right now’: B.C.’s Harmac Pacific providing pulp for critical medical supplies

‘It’s job No. 1 right now’: B.C.’s Harmac Pacific providing pulp for critical medical supplies

Bryan Reid Sr. of Williams Lake said they received a call of thanks from Canada’s Chrystia Freeland

‘It’s job No. 1 right now’: B.C.’s Harmac Pacific providing pulp for critical medical supplies
Nechako Lumber Co Ltd. in Vanderhoof, B.C. (Aman Parhar/Omineca Express)                                Nechako Lumber Co Ltd. in Vanderhoof, B.C. (Aman Parhar/Omineca Express)

Sinclar Group curtailing all sawmill operations temporarily

Nechako Lumber, Apollo Forest Products and Lakeland Mills to be curtailed for three weeks starting April 5.

Nechako Lumber Co Ltd. in Vanderhoof, B.C. (Aman Parhar/Omineca Express)                                Nechako Lumber Co Ltd. in Vanderhoof, B.C. (Aman Parhar/Omineca Express)
Knapweed leaves have big lobes with smaller ones next to them. (File photo)                                Notice knapweed leaves have big lobes with smaller ones next to them.

FOREST INK: Introduced species that haven’t become invasive

Have you heard of the African hippos in Colombia, South Africa?

  • Apr 1, 2020
Knapweed leaves have big lobes with smaller ones next to them. (File photo)                                Notice knapweed leaves have big lobes with smaller ones next to them.
Ron Kohnke has been working on a fir bark beetle salvage contract around Fox Mountain. (Jim Hilton photo)

COLUMN: Small scale logging contractors have to be versatile

There is logging activity in the Fox Mountain area with chip trucks heading into town

  • Mar 29, 2020
Ron Kohnke has been working on a fir bark beetle salvage contract around Fox Mountain. (Jim Hilton photo)
Sawdust Bin project manager West Fraser Millwright Nico Ainley stands with the new bins directly behind him. (Mauro Calabrese photo)

INDUSTRIAL UPDATE 2020: West Fraser Sawmill sawdust bin project helps utilize all fibre

West Fraser Sawmill in Williams Lake recently finished a project that separates out sawdust

  • Mar 22, 2020
Sawdust Bin project manager West Fraser Millwright Nico Ainley stands with the new bins directly behind him. (Mauro Calabrese photo)
Interfor has announced curtailments in all the regions where they have forestry operations. (Black Press file photo)

Forestry giant Interfor curtails operations in the face of COVID-19

Forestry giant set to reduce production by 60 per cent for at least two weeks.

Interfor has announced curtailments in all the regions where they have forestry operations. (Black Press file photo)
Efforts, as seen here in the Esler area, have been ongoing through a wildfire protection plan being developed for Williams Lake and area. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)

FOREST INK: Public encouraged to review the community wildfire protection plan

Based on some comments I have been getting there is a wide variety of opinions as to how and why

  • Mar 6, 2020
Efforts, as seen here in the Esler area, have been ongoing through a wildfire protection plan being developed for Williams Lake and area. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
Former mill worker unhappy with B.C. forestry retirement bridging rules following imprecise language
Former mill worker unhappy with B.C. forestry retirement bridging rules following imprecise language
Caitlin Burge of Nelson, who works for Next Generation Reforestation, has 14 years of experience in treeplanting camps. She’s developing sexual safety guidelines and training for the company. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

Stories of sexual assault at B.C. tree planting camps ‘shocking but not surprising:’ advocate

Contractors’ association is working with trainers to create respectful culture

Caitlin Burge of Nelson, who works for Next Generation Reforestation, has 14 years of experience in treeplanting camps. She’s developing sexual safety guidelines and training for the company. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
COLUMN: Forestry no longer close to top of B.C.’s economy

COLUMN: Forestry no longer close to top of B.C.’s economy

Our reactions to a forestry downturn reflect the past, not the present

COLUMN: Forestry no longer close to top of B.C.’s economy
Approximately 150 gallons of biochar was produced from fireproofing one acre of this forest. For example, some tops and dry branches were cut, collected and burned using flame carbonization. (Jim Hilton photo)

FOREST INK: Forestry practices and mine reclamation in B.C.

Mine reclamation is certainly a topic worth paying attention to

  • Feb 23, 2020
Approximately 150 gallons of biochar was produced from fireproofing one acre of this forest. For example, some tops and dry branches were cut, collected and burned using flame carbonization. (Jim Hilton photo)