forestry

Fire still burns at the West Fraser Log Yard in the morning of Nov. 10. The fire was first spotted at 2 p.m. on Nov. 9. (Cassidy Dankochik Photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)

West Fraser log yard fire in Quesnel appears under control

The fire on Quesnel-Hixon Road is fully surrounded by sprinklers this morning

Fire still burns at the West Fraser Log Yard in the morning of Nov. 10. The fire was first spotted at 2 p.m. on Nov. 9. (Cassidy Dankochik Photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)
Truck leaves log sort on the Fraser River at Maple Ridge B.C. (Tom Fletcher/Black Press)

U.S. softwood ruling, old-growth plan add uncertainty to B.C. lumber trade

Canfor, West Fraser get more time to argue against border duties

Truck leaves log sort on the Fraser River at Maple Ridge B.C. (Tom Fletcher/Black Press)
Jim Hilton pens a column on forestry each week for the Quesnel Observer.

FORESTRY INK: New report provides old growth alternative

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.
The clouds move among the old growth forest in the Fairy Creek logging area near Port Renfrew, B.C. on October 5, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Indigenous leaders concerned over B.C.’s process for old-growth logging deferrals

A 30-day time frame for such complex analysis called ‘totally unreasonable’

The clouds move among the old growth forest in the Fairy Creek logging area near Port Renfrew, B.C. on October 5, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
B.C. forests ministry map shows priority areas for harvest deferrals across the province. (B.C. government)

Two-year target set to finalize B.C.’s old-growth protection plan

Indigenous communities may decide on selective logging

B.C. forests ministry map shows priority areas for harvest deferrals across the province. (B.C. government)
Logging equipment waits for auction on Vancouver Island, 2009. The B.C. industry has seen a series of downturns in recent years. (Tom Fletcher/Black Press)

B.C. old-growth protection will hit hard, industry group says

B.C. Greens, environmentalists say changes overdue

Logging equipment waits for auction on Vancouver Island, 2009. The B.C. industry has seen a series of downturns in recent years. (Tom Fletcher/Black Press)
B.C. Forests Minister Katrine Conroy defends her latest plan to defer logging in more areas of the province in the legislature, Nov. 2, 2021. (Hansard TV)

B.C. pauses logging on up to 2.6M hectares of old-growth forest

Timber sales to stop while Indigenous title holders consulted

B.C. Forests Minister Katrine Conroy defends her latest plan to defer logging in more areas of the province in the legislature, Nov. 2, 2021. (Hansard TV)
Fresh sawdust is seen from a tree cut near near Port Renfrew, B.C. Monday, Oct. 4, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Long-awaited logging report to shape response to B.C.’s war in the woods

B.C. government to discuss old-growth logging with release of advisory panel report

Fresh sawdust is seen from a tree cut near near Port Renfrew, B.C. Monday, Oct. 4, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Neal Kandola presents to Quesnel Council during a Nov. 23 meeting. (Cassidy Dankochik Photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)

Quesnel value-added mill presents to council

“We’re going to be in this community for a long time,” Kandola Forest Products CEO Neal Kandola said

Neal Kandola presents to Quesnel Council during a Nov. 23 meeting. (Cassidy Dankochik Photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)
Jim Hilton pens a column on forestry each week for the Williams Lake Tribune.

How did we almost eliminatesome of our most productive old growth forests

As I was researching information for writing this article, it was apparent…

  • Oct 31, 2021
Jim Hilton pens a column on forestry each week for the Williams Lake Tribune.
A protest flotilla gathers in the waters off 1 Port Dr. in Nanaimo, speaking against exporting of raw logs from Canada. (Karl Yu/News Bulletin)

B.C. environmental activists form flotilla in protest of raw log exports

Extinction Rebellion Nanaimo and others warn of exporting of raw logs, climate crisis

A protest flotilla gathers in the waters off 1 Port Dr. in Nanaimo, speaking against exporting of raw logs from Canada. (Karl Yu/News Bulletin)
Each year, less than one per cent of the area designated for sustainable timber harvesting by B.C.’s independent chief forester is harvested. (B.C. government photo)

Modernizing B.C. forests starts with up-to-date facts, industry says

30% of old forests on high-productivity sites, 75% off limits

Each year, less than one per cent of the area designated for sustainable timber harvesting by B.C.’s independent chief forester is harvested. (B.C. government photo)
B.C. Forests Minister Katrine Conroy is leading an overhaul of the B.C.’s Crown forest management. (Hansard TV)

B.C. begins forest management overhaul to increase Indigenous participation

Province reasserting control over Crown forests, minister says

B.C. Forests Minister Katrine Conroy is leading an overhaul of the B.C.’s Crown forest management. (Hansard TV)
A family of bears took a dip in Coquitlam, B.C., to cool off during a record-breaking heat wave this summer. (Lyle Jeffrey/Twitter)

FOREST INK: Public can learn to co-exist with bears

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

A family of bears took a dip in Coquitlam, B.C., to cool off during a record-breaking heat wave this summer. (Lyle Jeffrey/Twitter)
Deciduous trees drop their leaves annually. The community forest in Quesnel will be harvesting 27,000 cubic metres of deciduous timber annually, which has not previously been traditionally used in lumber production. (File Photo)

INDUSTRIAL UPDATE: Quesnel-area community forest entering land-selection phase

Quesnel, Nazko, Lhtako Dené, ?Esdilagh and Lhoosk’uz Dené have partnered in the forest

Deciduous trees drop their leaves annually. The community forest in Quesnel will be harvesting 27,000 cubic metres of deciduous timber annually, which has not previously been traditionally used in lumber production. (File Photo)
Saik’uz First Nation held a news conference Friday, Oct. 15 declaring forest management in its territory must change immediately. (Saik’uz First Nation Facebook screen grab)

Saik’uz First Nation makes swift changes to forest management in its territory

“When you look out in our territory all I see is devastation,” said Chief Priscilla Mueller

Saik’uz First Nation held a news conference Friday, Oct. 15 declaring forest management in its territory must change immediately. (Saik’uz First Nation Facebook screen grab)
Jim Hilton pens a column on forestry each week for the Quesnel Cariboo Observer. (Black Press Media image)

FOREST INK: Working with nature’s resiliency

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

  • Oct 9, 2021
Jim Hilton pens a column on forestry each week for the Quesnel Cariboo Observer. (Black Press Media image)
Protesters to old-growth logging used a 1200-year-old slice of a tree to block an entrance in the west wing where British Columbia Premier John Horgan’s office is located in the legislature in Victoria on Monday, Oct. 4, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

Celebrities call on B.C. to stop old growth logging

Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, primatologist Jane Goodall and actor William Shatner among signees

Protesters to old-growth logging used a 1200-year-old slice of a tree to block an entrance in the west wing where British Columbia Premier John Horgan’s office is located in the legislature in Victoria on Monday, Oct. 4, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
Quesnel mayor Bob Simpson spent more than an hour talking to and answering questions from UBC Masters of International Forestry program students on Oct. 6. (Cassidy Dankochik Photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)

Quesnel hosts UBC’s international forestry students

Mayor Bob Simpson was the keynote speaker at their three-day tour of Quesnel

Quesnel mayor Bob Simpson spent more than an hour talking to and answering questions from UBC Masters of International Forestry program students on Oct. 6. (Cassidy Dankochik Photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)
Logging trucks from around the province arrive at the Union of B.C. Municipalities convention in downtown Vancouver to protest forest industry job loss, Sept. 27, 2019. (Kat Slepian/Black Press Media)

LETTER: Embattled B.C. forest industry needs government leadership

Industry getting attention ‘for all the wrong reasons’

  • Oct 5, 2021
Logging trucks from around the province arrive at the Union of B.C. Municipalities convention in downtown Vancouver to protest forest industry job loss, Sept. 27, 2019. (Kat Slepian/Black Press Media)