forestry

A demonstrator who showed up outside the B.C. legislature on Oct. 3, the first day of the fall session, to call for an end to old-growth logging. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)

Old-growth forest supporters greet MLAs at B.C. legislature ahead of fall session

Groups calling for an end to all logging in the old-growth ecosystems

 

A Kermode bear, better know as the Spirit Bear is seen fishing in the Riordan River on Gribbell Island in the Great Bear Rainforest, B.C. on Sept, 18, 2013. The worsening effects of climate change are compounding the historical loss of B.C.’s old-growth forests, says the co-author of a new paper that shows decades of logging on the province’s central coast targeted the highest-value forests first. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

B.C. study links policy changes and logging patterns, shows targeting of old growth

Paper demonstrates how the logging industry targeted most profitable forests first

 

Jim Hilton pens a column on forestry each week for the Quesnel Observer.

FOREST INK: Follow good habits to keep humans and bears safe

I did some research on how we are doing in the Cariboo regarding bear interactions

  • Sep 24, 2022
Jim Hilton pens a column on forestry each week for the Quesnel Observer.
Todd Doherty has been named a community champion by Canada’s forest products sector. (Forest Products Association of Canada photo/handout)

Cariboo-Prince George MP honoured by Forest Products Association of Canada

Todd Doherty recognized for support for the forest sector

  • Sep 23, 2022
Todd Doherty has been named a community champion by Canada’s forest products sector. (Forest Products Association of Canada photo/handout)
Signs showing trail closures are up around Bond Lake as work continues in preparation for a controlled burn planned for September and October. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)

Controlled burn near Williams Lake to start soon

Smoke from the burn will be visible from Williams Lake and surrounding area

Signs showing trail closures are up around Bond Lake as work continues in preparation for a controlled burn planned for September and October. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
Quesnel is home to five West Fraser mills. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward)

Celebrating our forests and products from them

National Forest Week runs until Sept. 24

  • Sep 21, 2022
Quesnel is home to five West Fraser mills. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward)
Softwood lumber is pictured in Richmond, B.C., Tuesday, April 25, 2017. Canfor Corp. is temporarily cutting production in British Columbia due to what it says are challenging market conditions. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Canfor temporarily reducing production capacity in B.C. due to market conditions

Lumber producer says it is taking a two-week curtailment at a majority of its mills

Softwood lumber is pictured in Richmond, B.C., Tuesday, April 25, 2017. Canfor Corp. is temporarily cutting production in British Columbia due to what it says are challenging market conditions. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Ancient Forest Alliance campaigner and photographer TJ Watt stands next to a giant Sitka spruce in the Mossome Grove near Port Renfrew. (TJ Watt photo)

B.C. failing to meet promised benchmarks to transform old-growth logging

Province promised to follow through on 14 recommendations 2 years ago

  • Sep 12, 2022
Ancient Forest Alliance campaigner and photographer TJ Watt stands next to a giant Sitka spruce in the Mossome Grove near Port Renfrew. (TJ Watt photo)
Jim Hilton pens a column on forestry each week for the Quesnel Observer. (Black Press Media image)

COLUMN: Forest Ink

Key posts filled, professionals have their work cut out for them

  • Sep 4, 2022
Jim Hilton pens a column on forestry each week for the Quesnel Observer. (Black Press Media image)
Jim Hilton is the author of Forest Ink.

FOREST INK: Company invests $10M in biochar

The multi-million dollar facility will use a pyrolysis approach in specially constructed retorts

  • Aug 27, 2022
Jim Hilton is the author of Forest Ink.
Jim Hilton pens a column on forestry each week for the Quesnel Observer.

FOREST INK: Helicopters are still important for forestry work

Suddenly looking down thousands of feet to the river valley below is a moment to remember

  • Aug 20, 2022
Jim Hilton pens a column on forestry each week for the Quesnel Observer.
Jim Hilton pens a column on forestry each week for the Quesnel Observer.

FOREST INK: Sustainability of community and urban forests

Jim Hilton pens a column on forestry each week for the Quesnel Cariboo Observer

  • Aug 13, 2022
Jim Hilton pens a column on forestry each week for the Quesnel Observer.
West Fraser has amended its B.C. operating plan, resulting in the elimination of one shift at Fraser Lake Sawmill, Williams Lake Lumber, and Quesnel Plywood. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo — Williams Lake Tribune)
West Fraser has amended its B.C. operating plan, resulting in the elimination of one shift at Fraser Lake Sawmill, Williams Lake Lumber, and Quesnel Plywood. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo — Williams Lake Tribune)
A Save Old Growth supporter sits atop the Victoria visitor centre Aug. 9 in a protest against old-growth logging in B.C. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

Topless demonstrator perches on B.C. rooftop to expose need for ‘dramatic change’

Save Old Growth supporter launches downtown Victoria protest to end all old-growth logging

A Save Old Growth supporter sits atop the Victoria visitor centre Aug. 9 in a protest against old-growth logging in B.C. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
Jim Hilton pens a column on forestry each week for the Observer.

FOREST INK: A sustainable planet through global forests

Jim Hilton pens a column for the Quesnel Cariboo Observer each week

  • Aug 6, 2022
Jim Hilton pens a column on forestry each week for the Observer.
Save Old Growth announced its impending return to action with a series of vandalism across Vancouver July 28. On Aug. 2, the group ran its first traffic blockade in a month near Stanley Park. (Save Old Growth website/screenshot)

Save Old Growth resumes B.C. traffic disruptions with Vancouver blockade

Environmental group back in action after 1 month pause

Save Old Growth announced its impending return to action with a series of vandalism across Vancouver July 28. On Aug. 2, the group ran its first traffic blockade in a month near Stanley Park. (Save Old Growth website/screenshot)
Ecologist Greg Utzig in an area of old growth cedar-hemlock forest near Nelson that is not in an Old Growth Management Area and which therefore could be logged any time. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

Kootenay forest management ignores old growth protection, two experts say

Some younger forest is protected as old growth, while much actual old growth is not protected

Ecologist Greg Utzig in an area of old growth cedar-hemlock forest near Nelson that is not in an Old Growth Management Area and which therefore could be logged any time. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
Spruce cones are abundant in a tree in the Chilcotin. (Wanda Gillespie photo)

FOREST INK: Drought results in bumper cone crop

Some tops were so loaded that they actually broke due to the extra weight

Spruce cones are abundant in a tree in the Chilcotin. (Wanda Gillespie photo)
A pair of U.S. senators say tariff relief on imports from Canada would take inflationary pressure off the U.S. housing market. (file)

Let’s make a deal with Canada on softwood, U.S. senators urge Biden administration

About 30 per cent of the timber used in the U.S. comes from Canada

A pair of U.S. senators say tariff relief on imports from Canada would take inflationary pressure off the U.S. housing market. (file)