forestry

Representatives from nine forestry companies active in the Cowichan Valley gather at the BC Forest Discovery Centre for the unveiling of a new trailer that will promote their support of the Cowichan District Hospital Foundation. (Submitted)

New trailer promotes partnership between forestry, Cowichan District Hospital Foundation

Nine local companies chipped in to support foundation and new hospital project

Representatives from nine forestry companies active in the Cowichan Valley gather at the BC Forest Discovery Centre for the unveiling of a new trailer that will promote their support of the Cowichan District Hospital Foundation. (Submitted)
From left: PPWC Local 2’s Jonathan Beam (First Vice President - Operations); Geoff Dawe (Interim President) and Rob Cage (First Vice President- Maintenance). (Photo submitted)

Information picket sets out union issues at Crofton mill

Safety, payroll and staffing among the major concerns

From left: PPWC Local 2’s Jonathan Beam (First Vice President - Operations); Geoff Dawe (Interim President) and Rob Cage (First Vice President- Maintenance). (Photo submitted)
Some of the more than 400 people arrested at Fairy Creek Watershed blockades may face criminal charges. (Zoe Ducklow/Black Press Media)

Fairy Creek logging protesters may face criminal charges

B.C. Prosecution Service to review each case, will lay charges where evidence is sufficient

Some of the more than 400 people arrested at Fairy Creek Watershed blockades may face criminal charges. (Zoe Ducklow/Black Press Media)
Workers secure equipment on a flatdeck at the Somass Sawmill site on Friday, July 15, 2021. The mill has not been in operation since 2017. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

City of Port Alberni looks at options for Somass Sawmill property

No word on negotiations, but sawmill has been busy with activity

Workers secure equipment on a flatdeck at the Somass Sawmill site on Friday, July 15, 2021. The mill has not been in operation since 2017. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
San Group owners Kamal Sanghera, left, Suki Sanghera and Paul Deol (from the Langley operation) announce $100 million in investments in their Port Alberni forestry operations on June 2, 2021. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

Langley-based San Group donates lumber to help rebuild fire-ravaged village of Lytton

Donation follows on heels of Surrey’s Teal-Jones’s challenge to suppliers

San Group owners Kamal Sanghera, left, Suki Sanghera and Paul Deol (from the Langley operation) announce $100 million in investments in their Port Alberni forestry operations on June 2, 2021. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
RCMP officers remove protesters who had locked themselves to a forestry road gate near Honeymoon Bay on Monday, July 12. (Submitted)

Old-growth protesters, loggers clash near Honeymoon Bay

Officer struck by vehicle during enforcement at Fairy Creek

RCMP officers remove protesters who had locked themselves to a forestry road gate near Honeymoon Bay on Monday, July 12. (Submitted)
Jack Gardner, a log purchaser and great-grandson of Teal-Jones Group’s company founder. (Screen shot)

Surrey sawmill donating enough lumber to build 50 houses in Lytton

Surrey-based Teal-Jones is doing this to help the fire-ravaged village recover

Jack Gardner, a log purchaser and great-grandson of Teal-Jones Group’s company founder. (Screen shot)
All protesters arrested at old-growth logging blockades on southern Vancouver Island are being processed at the Lake Cowichan RCMP detachment. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

RCMP give a lift to Fairy Creek old-growth protester

Protester got word of a family emergency, had to get out immediately

All protesters arrested at old-growth logging blockades on southern Vancouver Island are being processed at the Lake Cowichan RCMP detachment. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
A protester lies in a sleeping dragon hold at the Waterfall blockade in June in the Fairy Creek Watershed, while police confer in the background. (Zoe Ducklow/News Staff)

Logging company calls for criminal charges against Fairy Creek protesters

Mass civil disobedience in the woods is undermining the rule of law, Teal Cedar claims

A protester lies in a sleeping dragon hold at the Waterfall blockade in June in the Fairy Creek Watershed, while police confer in the background. (Zoe Ducklow/News Staff)
A fire at the Paper Excellence Crofton mill was contained as of late Wednesday night. (File photo by Don Bodger)

Fire at Crofton mill contained late Wednesday night

No details yet on the extent of damage or the cause

A fire at the Paper Excellence Crofton mill was contained as of late Wednesday night. (File photo by Don Bodger)
Protesters have occupied blockades in the Fairy Creek watershed and surrounding forests for months, trying to stop old-growth trees from being logged. (Zoe Ducklow/News Staff)

Pacheedaht Elder politely refuses First Nation’s request to leave Fairy Creek

Bill Jones says protesters will minimize activity, but stay until until logging ceases

Protesters have occupied blockades in the Fairy Creek watershed and surrounding forests for months, trying to stop old-growth trees from being logged. (Zoe Ducklow/News Staff)
The RCMP use an excavator to extract an old-growth logging protester from a blockade in the Fairy Creek area on Vancouver Island. (Submitted)

Protester removal by excavator at Vancouver Island logging blockades raising concerns

‘The RCMP has taken significant efforts to address the risks with our specially trained experts’

The RCMP use an excavator to extract an old-growth logging protester from a blockade in the Fairy Creek area on Vancouver Island. (Submitted)
Protesters block the gate to an equipment yard at Mesachie Lake where Teal Jones leases office space on Friday, June 25. (Facebook photo)

Fairy Creek protests come to Mesachie Lake

Activists block gate to equipment yard used by Teal Jones and others

Protesters block the gate to an equipment yard at Mesachie Lake where Teal Jones leases office space on Friday, June 25. (Facebook photo)
Elders for Ancient Trees insist that the court affirm the right of access, Jackie Larkin tells a gathered crowd at the legislature on June 28. (Zoe Ducklow/News Staff)

Elder group heading to Victoria court to protest RCMP exclusion zones at Fairy Creek

Seniors say their right to public access and peaceful protest have been violated

Elders for Ancient Trees insist that the court affirm the right of access, Jackie Larkin tells a gathered crowd at the legislature on June 28. (Zoe Ducklow/News Staff)
Quatsino First Nation photo

Quatsino First Nation purchases land from WFP to establish waterfront community

North Island First Nation will be returning its 595 members to a location near Coal Harbour

Quatsino First Nation photo
Douglas fir in Saanich, B.C., classified as old growth for a coastal tree at 250 years old or more. (B.C. government)

B.C. appoints expert panel on further old-growth forest preservation

More deferral areas coming this summer, forests minister says

Douglas fir in Saanich, B.C., classified as old growth for a coastal tree at 250 years old or more. (B.C. government)
Extinction Rebellion Nanaimo sets off a smoke bomb in front of a log carrier ship Tuesday, June 22, in Nanaimo harbour. (Greg Sakaki/News Bulletin)

Forestry protesters try to disrupt loading of logs in Nanaimo harbour

Extinction Rebellion Nanaimo sets off smoke bomb, blocks street

Extinction Rebellion Nanaimo sets off a smoke bomb in front of a log carrier ship Tuesday, June 22, in Nanaimo harbour. (Greg Sakaki/News Bulletin)
The Somass Sawmill sits idle in early May 2021. While the kilns have been in use occasionally, and the lot has been used to store woodchips this spring, the mill has been curtailed since July 27, 2017. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

Port Alberni to expropriate Somass Sawmill from Western Forest Products

Sawmill has been ‘indefinitely’ curtailed since 2017

The Somass Sawmill sits idle in early May 2021. While the kilns have been in use occasionally, and the lot has been used to store woodchips this spring, the mill has been curtailed since July 27, 2017. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
By protesting uninvited in First Nations’ territories, conservationists are acting in a neocolonial or paternalistic manner, says Huu-ay-aht Chief Robert Dennis. Photo by Heather Thomson

A closer look: do Vancouver Island First Nations support the war in the woods?

First Nations/environmentalist old growth alliance uneasy, if it exists at all

By protesting uninvited in First Nations’ territories, conservationists are acting in a neocolonial or paternalistic manner, says Huu-ay-aht Chief Robert Dennis. Photo by Heather Thomson
CVRD Area E director Alison Nicholson, right, hiked two hours to Waterfall Camp at the Fairy Creek watershed along with Comox town councillor Nicole Minion and Comox Valley Regional District director Daniel Arbour to meet with old-growth logging activists on Monday, June 7. (Submitted)

Cowichan Valley regional director visits Fairy Creek protest camps

‘They clearly communicated that they are committed to what they are doing’

CVRD Area E director Alison Nicholson, right, hiked two hours to Waterfall Camp at the Fairy Creek watershed along with Comox town councillor Nicole Minion and Comox Valley Regional District director Daniel Arbour to meet with old-growth logging activists on Monday, June 7. (Submitted)