forestry

‘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 ?’
Letters to the Editor

LETTER: Writer quick to give credit to company despite differences

Praise should come at least as quickly as concern…

  • May 6, 2020
Letters to the Editor
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 departments called out to help extinguish blaze

The charred remnants of the San Group building on Nuupts’ ikapis Way. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
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LETTER: Writer takes issue with landscaping at main Port Alberni intersection

State of trees, topsoil a source of concern for Port Alberni resident

  • Apr 29, 2020
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San Group owners Suki, left, and Kamal Sanghera and general manager Bruce Molander oversee operations at San’s new mill in Port Alberni, San Group Specialty Mill. The company purchased the shuttered Chalwood Forest Products operation on Hector Road. (April 24, 2020) (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

San Group buys specialty sawmill in Port Alberni

Forestry company continues work on Island expansion plans

San Group owners Suki, left, and Kamal Sanghera and general manager Bruce Molander oversee operations at San’s new mill in Port Alberni, San Group Specialty Mill. The company purchased the shuttered Chalwood Forest Products operation on Hector Road. (April 24, 2020) (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
San Group contractors begin planting shrubs and trees in a berm created along Stamp Avenue and Roger Street in Port Alberni, on Friday, April 24, 2020. The planting is part of a $250,000 landscape plan for the area, where San is building a remanufacturing plant. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

San Group begins landscaping the site of its new Port Alberni remanufacturing plant

New trees will replace rotted cottonwoods that were removed

San Group contractors begin planting shrubs and trees in a berm created along Stamp Avenue and Roger Street in Port Alberni, on Friday, April 24, 2020. The planting is part of a $250,000 landscape plan for the area, where San is building a remanufacturing plant. (SUSAN QUINN/ 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)
Jayme Johnson with husband Ryan in Vancouver General Hospital after Ryan was injured by a falling tree. (FACEBOOK PHOTO)

Vancouver Island man copes with stunning diagnosis after logging accident

Surgery uncertain for father of three due to COVID-19 hospital closures

  • Mar 22, 2020
Jayme Johnson with husband Ryan in Vancouver General Hospital after Ryan was injured by a falling tree. (FACEBOOK PHOTO)
Hereditary chief (tyee hawilth) Derek Peters from Huu-ay-aht First Nations and his daughter Olivia sign an agreement with Western Forest Products using a traditional cedar bark signature at a ceremony in Anacla in 2018. (HEATHER THOMSON PHOTO)

Western Forest Products sells ownership interest to Huu-ay-aht First Nations

Huu-ay-aht will acquire seven percent ownership interest in APD sawmill

Hereditary chief (tyee hawilth) Derek Peters from Huu-ay-aht First Nations and his daughter Olivia sign an agreement with Western Forest Products using a traditional cedar bark signature at a ceremony in Anacla in 2018. (HEATHER THOMSON 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)
Hammond Cedar, a sawmill that operated for more than 100 years in B.C.’s Lower Mainland, was among those to close permanently in 2019. (Maple Ridge News)

Budget 2020: Not much new for B.C.’s struggling forest industry

Focus on wood waste utilization, efficiency, Carole James says

Hammond Cedar, a sawmill that operated for more than 100 years in B.C.’s Lower Mainland, was among those to close permanently in 2019. (Maple Ridge News)
A large crowd gathers on the lawn of the B.C. legislature on Feb. 18 for a rally in support of the forestry industry. (Shalu Mehta/News Staff)
A large crowd gathers on the lawn of the B.C. legislature on Feb. 18 for a rally in support of the forestry industry. (Shalu Mehta/News Staff)
One of the vehicles heading off to Tuesday’s rally in Victoria from Campbell River has a message for the provincial government. The rally began with a convoy setting off from Campbell River and stopping in at Parksville and Chemainus to pick up more rally participants. Photo by Alistair Taylor – Campbell River Mirror

VIDEO: Convoy of forest industry supporters on its way to Victoria

Rally at the B.C. legislature begins with participants setting off from Campbell River

One of the vehicles heading off to Tuesday’s rally in Victoria from Campbell River has a message for the provincial government. The rally began with a convoy setting off from Campbell River and stopping in at Parksville and Chemainus to pick up more rally participants. Photo by Alistair Taylor – Campbell River Mirror
Tom Jarvis of United Steelworkers Local 1-1937 mans a weekend picket in early February. (MIKE YOUDS/ Special to the News)

Forestry strike, curtailment have far-reaching impact in Port Alberni

Island business community buoyed by mediation breakthrough

  • Feb 14, 2020
Tom Jarvis of United Steelworkers Local 1-1937 mans a weekend picket in early February. (MIKE YOUDS/ Special to the News)