forestry

UBC’s Pulp and Paper Centre,located on the university’s Vancouver campus. Photo courtesy of UBC BioProducts Institute.

STANDING TALL: Forestry workers meet the challenges, remain hopeful

A look at the forest sector in B.C. – and those hoping for the best – amid mill curtailments

  • Aug 13, 2020
UBC’s Pulp and Paper Centre,located on the university’s Vancouver campus. Photo courtesy of UBC BioProducts Institute.
Protesters hold placards and signboards outside North Island MLA Claire Trevena’s office in Campbell River. The group is calling the provincial government to stop old-growth logging. Photo by Binny Paul/Campbell River Mirror.

Old-growth forest defenders in Campbell River call for B.C. forest minister’s resignation

Protestors outside North Island MLA’s office ask government to stop old-growth logging

Protesters hold placards and signboards outside North Island MLA Claire Trevena’s office in Campbell River. The group is calling the provincial government to stop old-growth logging. Photo by Binny Paul/Campbell River Mirror.
Log booms located near Iona Beach, in Richmond. Photo Kristen Holliday.

STANDING TALL: ‘Forced retirement’ a reality for sawmill employees

A look at the forest sector in B.C. – and those hoping for the best – amid mill curtailments

  • Aug 12, 2020
Log booms located near Iona Beach, in Richmond. Photo Kristen Holliday.
One of Wahkash Contracting’s logging trucks, a Hayes HDX, loaded with logs. Photo courtesy of Wahkash Contracting Ltd.

STANDING TALL: For some, B.C.’s forest industry is the best office in the world

A look at the forest sector in B.C. – and those hoping for the best – amid mill curtailments

  • Aug 11, 2020
One of Wahkash Contracting’s logging trucks, a Hayes HDX, loaded with logs. Photo courtesy of Wahkash Contracting Ltd.
Douglas fir in Saanich, B.C., 2019. (B.C. government)

What exactly is ‘old growth’ B.C. forest, and how much is protected?

Forests minister Doug Donaldson doesn’t support ‘moratorium’

Douglas fir in Saanich, B.C., 2019. (B.C. government)
Fred Thompson of Port Alberni was part of a crew logging near Jennis Bay when he spied a face cut into a rockface that was ‘too perfect’ to be natural. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

QUINN’S QUIPS: Alberni man discovers a mystery in a rock face

Fred Thompson said ‘face’ revealed in rock after area was logged has to be man made

Fred Thompson of Port Alberni was part of a crew logging near Jennis Bay when he spied a face cut into a rockface that was ‘too perfect’ to be natural. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
The Norgang brothers (left), Fred Brand, Bill Brand and an unidentified boy pose in front of the boiler at Brand’s Sawmill in Cherry Creek in 1910. The mill, which was built on Fred Cowley’s property, was almost destroyed by fire in May 1917, but was restored and continued operation until 1930. This photo is one of nearly 24,000 in the Alberni Valley Museum’s collection. See more at https://portalberni.pastperfectonline.com. (PN00127 COURTESY ALBERNI VALLEY MUSEUM)

LOOK BACK: Fred Brand, Brand’s Sawmill

Take a peek at Alberni Valley history with the Alberni Valley Museum

The Norgang brothers (left), Fred Brand, Bill Brand and an unidentified boy pose in front of the boiler at Brand’s Sawmill in Cherry Creek in 1910. The mill, which was built on Fred Cowley’s property, was almost destroyed by fire in May 1917, but was restored and continued operation until 1930. This photo is one of nearly 24,000 in the Alberni Valley Museum’s collection. See more at https://portalberni.pastperfectonline.com. (PN00127 COURTESY ALBERNI VALLEY MUSEUM)
Several goshawk nests were discovered in the Alberni Valley Community Forest last year. Logging operations in the vicinity have been halted to allow biologists to study the site and determine if it is an active breeding area. (AV COMMUNITY FOREST PHOTO)

QUINN’S QUIPS: Hawks’ nests halt logging in Alberni Valley Community Forest

Biologists will take two years to study nest site, says forest manager

Several goshawk nests were discovered in the Alberni Valley Community Forest last year. Logging operations in the vicinity have been halted to allow biologists to study the site and determine if it is an active breeding area. (AV COMMUNITY FOREST PHOTO)
Alberni Valley Community Forest chairperson Jim Sears hands over $2 million to Port Alberni Mayor Sharie Minions during the AVCF’s annual general meeting on June 18, 2020. The cheque represents the dividends from the forest operations in 2019. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

City of Port Alberni receives $2M from community forest

AVCF hands over largest dividend cheque ever after successful year in 2019

Alberni Valley Community Forest chairperson Jim Sears hands over $2 million to Port Alberni Mayor Sharie Minions during the AVCF’s annual general meeting on June 18, 2020. The cheque represents the dividends from the forest operations in 2019. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
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)
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)
Suki, left, and Kamal Sanghera, owners of San Group, wait for the official opening ceremony for their brand new mill at their Coulson site near Port Alberni, B.C. on Friday, May 29, 2020. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

PROGRESS 2020: San Group’s Sangheras bank on technology in Port Alberni sawmill operations

Company focuses on state-of-the-art machinery for its expanding operations

Suki, left, and Kamal Sanghera, owners of San Group, wait for the official opening ceremony for their brand new mill at their Coulson site near Port Alberni, B.C. on Friday, May 29, 2020. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
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)
LETTER: Mosaic must live up to its commitment

LETTER: Mosaic must live up to its commitment

In the Aug. 9, 2018 press release that announced the formation of Mosaic Forest Management…

  • Jun 10, 2020
LETTER: Mosaic must live up to its commitment
Raw logs are loaded onto a logging ship from a log sort down the Alberni Inlet in March 2019. SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News

Federal government says no to relaxing log export rules

News comes after Steelworkers, Mosaic ask for ‘temporary relief’ on log export policy

Raw logs are loaded onto a logging ship from a log sort down the Alberni Inlet in March 2019. SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News
San Group employees and contractors watch the first official log come out of a ring debarker before heading via conveyor to the hewsaw at the new B Mill on San’s Coulson site, Friday, May 29, 2020. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

San Group opens new sawmill in B.C.

It’s the first mill in 15 years to be built on west coast

San Group employees and contractors watch the first official log come out of a ring debarker before heading via conveyor to the hewsaw at the new B Mill on San’s Coulson site, Friday, May 29, 2020. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
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)
San Group owners Kamal Sanghera, centre, and Suki Sanghera, second from right, together with employees from Port Alberni and the Lower Mainland say the fibre supply chain in western Canada is broken, and raw log exports are not going to fix it. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

San Group says union deal with Mosaic will kill fibre supply chain

Increasing raw log exports will take away badly needed fibre from Canadian market, says San owner

San Group owners Kamal Sanghera, centre, and Suki Sanghera, second from right, together with employees from Port Alberni and the Lower Mainland say the fibre supply chain in western Canada is broken, and raw log exports are not going to fix it. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
Deep roots and fresh growth for local silviculture company

Deep roots and fresh growth for local silviculture company

From tree planting to wildfire management, this company is proud to call Port Alberni home

  • May 18, 2020
Deep roots and fresh growth for local silviculture company
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