forestry

Motorized vehicle access into the Municipal Forest Reserve is prohibited as the hot weather ramps up. (File photo)

Motorized vehicles restricted in Municipal Forest Reserve as hot weather kicks in

Non-motorized recreational use allowed

  • Jul 28, 2020
Motorized vehicle access into the Municipal Forest Reserve is prohibited as the hot weather ramps up. (File photo)
North Cowichan has enacted 60-day pause in its pubic consultation process on the future of the municipal forest reserve. (File photo)

North Cowichan enacts 60-day pause in consultations on forest reserve

Fears raised that process still won’t be transparent and accountable

North Cowichan has enacted 60-day pause in its pubic consultation process on the future of the municipal forest reserve. (File photo)
A placard-waving crowd of about 100 people gathered at North Cowichan’s municipal hall in May 2019 to demand a voice on plans for the municipal forest reserve. (File photo)
A placard-waving crowd of about 100 people gathered at North Cowichan’s municipal hall in May 2019 to demand a voice on plans for the municipal forest reserve. (File photo)
Ravi Kahlon, the mass timber lead parliamentary secretary with Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development touring a mass timber facility under construction in North Vancouver. (Adera Development photo)
Ravi Kahlon, the mass timber lead parliamentary secretary with Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development touring a mass timber facility under construction in North Vancouver. (Adera Development photo)
Entrance to Mosaic Forest Management’s Shoal Island Log Sort in Crofton. (Photo by Don Bodger)

United Steelworkers and Mosaic Forest Management reach landmark agreements

Crofton’s South Island Logistics shipping facility cited for unionization

  • Jun 22, 2020
Entrance to Mosaic Forest Management’s Shoal Island Log Sort in Crofton. (Photo by Don Bodger)
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)
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)
An RCMP photo showing the steep grade of the cutblock, and the supersnorkel machine involved in the incident. Jeremy Tanaka was working near the yellow arrow seen when a tree dislodged and fatally struck him. (RCMP photo)

Western Forest Products fined $73K for high-risk violations causing a 2015 fatal accident

WorkSafeBC levied the fine nearly five years after the incident that killed a north island resident.

An RCMP photo showing the steep grade of the cutblock, and the supersnorkel machine involved in the incident. Jeremy Tanaka was working near the yellow arrow seen when a tree dislodged and fatally struck him. (RCMP photo)
Ancient Forest Alliance campaigner TJ Watt is dwarfed by an enormous, 11-foot-wide old-growth red cedar tree recently cut down in the Caycuse River watershed. (Submitted photo)

Conservation group cries foul over logging old-growth forest in Caycuse River watershed

Government working on new strategy for old-growth forests

Ancient Forest Alliance campaigner TJ Watt is dwarfed by an enormous, 11-foot-wide old-growth red cedar tree recently cut down in the Caycuse River watershed. (Submitted photo)
Raw logs are loaded onto a logging ship from a log sort down the Alberni Inlet in March 2019. SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News

Steelworkers, Mosaic strike deal they hope can kickstart idled Vancouver Island logging operations

Union, forest firm reach tentative deal to unionize shipping facilities, add regional flexibility

Raw logs are loaded onto a logging ship from a log sort down the Alberni Inlet in March 2019. SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News
‘Who’s keeping an eye on logging activities on Vancouver Island during COVID-19 ?’

‘Who’s keeping an eye on logging activities on Vancouver Island during COVID-19 ?’

With no watchdog around, conservationists are worried about old-growth logging activities and call for ‘modernized regulations’ in the forest sector

‘Who’s keeping an eye on logging activities on Vancouver Island during COVID-19 ?’
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)
The charred remnants of the San Group building on Nuupts’ ikapis Way. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

Fire crews battle industrial fire at San Group construction site in Port Alberni

Four fire depts. called out to help extinguish blaze at remanufacturing plant

The charred remnants of the San Group building on Nuupts’ ikapis Way. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
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)
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)
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
Paper Excellence is dealing with a malware issue that may impact production at some of its mill, including the one in Crofton. (File photo)

Paper Excellence, owner of Crofton mill, hit by malware

Paper production in Crofton, and other mills, impacted by incident

  • Feb 20, 2020
Paper Excellence is dealing with a malware issue that may impact production at some of its mill, including the one in Crofton. (File photo)