Region Archives: Canada

Business & Politics

Scott Thomson retiring as Finning International’s CEO; Kevin Parkes named as successor

Finning International Inc.
September 26, 2022
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

Kevin Parkes

VANCOUVER, BC — Finning International announced that Scott Thomson, President and CEO will retire from the Company and the Board of Directors on November 15, 2022, after leading the company for the last nine years. Kevin Parkes, currently COO will succeed Mr. Thomson and will join the Board on November 16, 2022. “I would like to thank Scott for his invaluable contributions to the Company,” said Hal Kvisle, Board Chair. “Over the last nine years, Scott has navigated Finning through periods of significant end-market change, including the COVID-19 pandemic.” …Kevin Parkes  became Chief Operating Officer for Finning International in April 2022, after serving as President of Finning Canada since 2019. Over the course of his career at Finning, Kevin has held progressively senior leadership positions, including Managing Director of Finning UK and Ireland. …Kevin holds a BA in Business Administration from Staffordshire University.

Related coverage in BNN: Porter retiring as Scotiabank’s CEO; Finning CEO Scott Thomson named successor

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

The Williams Lake Tribune
September 23, 2022
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

The MP for Cariboo-Prince George has been recognized as a community champion by the Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC). Todd Doherty was among the recipients of the FPAC’s Community Champion Award, which recognizes community leaders who demonstrate support for the forest sector and its contributions to Canada’s environmental, economic and social priorities. He received the award with Dawson Creek mayor Dale Bumstead, Radium Hot Springs mayor Clara Reinhard and the Alberta Northwest Species at Risk Committee at an awards ceremony held Thursday, Sept. 22, in Ottawa. “In their own special way, each of those being recognized today have demonstrated an ongoing commitment to the advancement of sustainability and responsible resource development in Canada,” said FPAC president and CEO Derek Nighbor.

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Business, individual take home Canadian awards during National Forest Week

By Kirk Penton
Castanet
September 25, 2022
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

This is National Forest Week, so FPAC handed out its annual Awards of Excellence, which recognize people across Canada who have made exceptional contributions to the forest sector and to forestry communities. One of the those winners was Coldstream’s Mark Tamas, who was honoured with an FPAC Lifetime Achievement Award. Tamas, who recently retired after 32 years with Tolko and its predecessor companies, was everything from logging supervisor to planning forester to Woodlands manager. He also represented Tolko in three provinces with the federal government on matters relating to sustainable forestry. …The other winner this week was West Kelowna’s Ntityix Resources LP, which captured the FPAC-Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business Indigenous Business Leadership Award. General manager Dave Gill accepted the award in Ottawa on behalf of the company.

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Mayor Reinhardt awarded as community champion by FPAC

East Kootenay News Weekly e-KNOW
September 25, 2022
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Clara Reinhardt

Village of Radium Hot Springs Mayor Clara Reinhardt is winding down her second, and last, term in office with another accolade – this time from Forest Products Association of Canada. …“The FPAC Awards of Excellence program is an opportunity to pay tribute to the remarkable people who help make our sector a world leader in sustainable forest management and who advance the many environmental, social, and economic benefits of Canadian forestry,” said FPAC President and CEO Derek Nighbor. Mayor Reinhardt is one of four people/groups receiving FPAC Community Champion Award, along with Todd Doherty – MP for Cariboo-Prince George, British Columbia, Dale Bumstead –City of Dawson Creek Mayor and Alberta Northwest Species at Risk Committee (NWSAR). Reinhardt’s honour was noticed and lauded by Kootenay-Columbia MP Rob Morrison in Parliament.

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Canada’s Forest Sector Announces Awards of Excellence Recipients, Celebrating Its Best and Brightest

Forest Products Association of Canada
September 22, 2022
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

As National Forest Week is celebrated across the country, Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) is seizing the opportunity to announce the recipients of its annual Awards of Excellence program – which recognizes the outstanding people across Canada who have made exceptional contributions to the forest sector and to forestry communities. “The FPAC Awards of Excellence program is an opportunity to pay tribute to the remarkable people who help make our sector a world leader in sustainable forest management and who advance the many environmental, social, and economic benefits of Canadian forestry,” said FPAC President and CEO Derek Nighbor. “As we continue our transition to a low-carbon economy, Canada’s forest products sector is proud to honour the dedicated professionals who strengthen the benefits that sustainable forest management, forest products, and family-supporting forestry jobs provide to Canadians from coast-to-coast.”

FPAC’s 2022 Awards of Excellence recipients include:

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New research outlines Drax’s CA$1.1 billion contribution to the Canadian economy

Drax Group Inc.
September 22, 2022
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, International

Independent analysis by Oxford Economics has shown that last year renewable energy leader Drax contributed CA$1.1 billion towards the Canadian economy and supported 10,400 jobs across the UK. The analysis measured the economic impact of Drax Group’s Canadian operations, which includes 10 plants across British Columbia and Alberta which produce sustainable biomass wood pellets used to generate renewable power in the UK and Asia. The renewable power leader spent CA$736 million with Canadian suppliers last year, with more than half of this total (58%) spent with businesses located in BC. A further 13% was spent with businesses in Alberta and 12% with firms in Montreal. …Matt White, Drax’s Senior Vice President, said: “not only is Drax playing a critical role in keeping the lights on for millions of homes and businesses across the UK and Asia, but we are also proud to be supporting thousands of jobs in Canada.”

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Tree spiking a criminal act putting workers’ lives at risk

Teal Jones Group
September 23, 2022
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

We’ve been detecting a large number of spiked trees coming from Tree Farm Licence 46 on Vancouver Island in recent weeks. We have measures in place to detect these logs and pull them out of milling. On September 19 one spiked log made it through. The spike hit a saw blade, destroying the saw and very nearly hitting our sawyer. He could have been killed. Tree spiking is a dangerous criminal activity meant to maim or kill forestry workers. There can be no justification for that. We’ve also been finding bundles of spikes stashed in the area around blockaders’ camps. The blockaders have … blocked culverts, dug into roads to undermine bridges, sabotaged helicopter landing pads, vandalized equipment, and spread nails on roads. In one troubling instance last year they stopped a vehicle of tree planters on their way to work, held them, and insisted they be allowed to search the tree planters’ vehicle. 

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BC Log & Timber Building Industry Association is hiring an Executive Director

BC Log & Timber Building Industry Association
September 26, 2022
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

For over 25 years, the BC Log & Timber Building Industry Association has represented members across the province and elsewhere in Canada. Members include hand crafted, machine profiled and timber framers plus associate members from builders and engineers to insurance and schools. The Executive Director is the key management and administrative position of the BC Log & Timber Building Industry Association. The Executive Director is responsible for overseeing the administration, programs and strategic plan of the organization. Other key duties include fundraising, marketing, member services, financial management and stakeholder liaising (e.g. members, government, other associations, the public). The position reports directly to the Board of Directors and oversees any project contractors. Do you have a passion for log homes, forestry value‐add and/or wood craftsmanship? Come join the BC Log & Timber Builders team and lead us into our future where building with wood is good.

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Nail spikes in Fairy Creek timber could have been deadly

By Mary Griffin
Chek TV News
September 22, 2022
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Teal Jones director of Indigenous partnerships and strategic relations, Conrad Browne, said imber taken from trees in the Fairy Creek watershed were hammered with nail spikes resulting in damage to a saw. “It went through our process, and literally almost killed our sawyer. We’re very, very fortunate not to have something very dramatic, and traumatic happen in our mill on Monday morning.” …Browne said they were able to trace the origins of the tree back to a location near a protestors’ camp.”

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Injunction against Fairy Creek logging protests extended, but protesters declare ‘moral victory’

By Ian Holliday
CTV News
September 22, 2022
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

A B.C. judge has extended an injunction against old-growth logging protesters in the Fairy Creek watershed for another year, but the protesters say his ruling is a “moral victory” for their cause. …Opting to extend the injunction granted to Teal Cedar for another year, Justice Douglas W. Thompson dedicated a significant portion of his reasons to discussing the arguments of the protesters. While his reason for doing so was to emphasize their dedication to their cause – and therefore the likelihood that they will continue attempting to disrupt Teal Cedar’s logging activity – the judge wrote sympathetically about the protesters. “I have come to understand what at first blush seems counterintuitive: the people I have sentenced value and appreciate the importance of obeying the law,” Thompson wrote. …”The purpose of outlining their motives… is to explain why I think it likely that obstructive activity will continue, and why I agree with Teal Cedar’s submission.”

Additional coverage in the Vancouver Sun by Keith Fraser: Judge extends injunction against old-growth logging protests at Fairy Creek

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Taylor pulp mill restart not expected until 2023: Canfor

By Shailynn Foster
Energetic City
September 22, 2022
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

TAYLOR, B.C. — Canfor says it doesn’t expect to consider restarting its Taylor pulp mill until next spring. Michelle Ward, a spokesperson for Canfor, says, based on ongoing discussions with the company’s transportation partners, the supply chain backlog is not expected to significantly improve before the end of the year. She adds that winter is generally a more challenging time for rail transportation. “We have therefore been preparing to winterize the facility in anticipation that it will likely be next spring before we could consider restarting Taylor Pulp,” she said in an email. This follows Canfor’s statement on Monday that production capacity at most solid wood facilities across the province will be reduced for two weeks, starting September 26th. …The initial Taylor mill curtailment was announced in February 2022, followed by a six-week extension in March.

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Diversified cargo sectors support mid-year trade results through the Port of Vancouver

Cision Newswire
September 22, 2022
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER, BC – The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority today released 2022 mid-year statistics for goods moving through the Port of Vancouver. Overall cargo declined 11% to 68.3 million from 76.4 million metric tonnes (MMT) compared to the same period last year, reflecting impacts of a poor Canadian grain harvest, congestion caused by 2021 flooding in B.C., and global and national supply-chain challenges. …Breakbulk cargo decreased 3% to 9.6 MMT. Log and wood pulp volumes decreased 7% and 8% respectively, while basic metals increased 18% compared to 2020. …Although some near-term supply-chain challenges [continue], Canada’s west coast container trade remains on a long-term growth trajectory, averaging 5% growth annually for the past decade, and west coast terminals are projected to reach capacity by the mid- to late-2020s. To meet Canada’s coming capacity needs for containerized trade, the port authority is leading the Roberts Bank Terminal 2 Project. The project is in the final stages of a federal environmental assessment process.

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Merritt forester named new BC First Nations Forestry Council CEO

By Marius Auer
The Merritt Herald
September 22, 2022
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The BC First Nations Forestry Council (BCFNFC) recently found its newest CEO in Merritt man Lennard Joe, a Registered Professional Forester with more than 30 years of experience in natural resource management and consulting. A member of the Nlaka’pamux First Nation, the council says Joe’s role as an Indigenous professional forester has opened doors in Indigenous governance, provincial and federal governments, industry, academia, and forest certification. The BCFNFC says it is an advocacy organization working to support B.C. First Nations in increasing their role as the rightful owners of forest, lands, and resources. Promoting governance and stewardship of forest resources by First Nations, the council hopes to improve and sustain economic wealth and wellbeing in these communities through Indigenous values and sustainable practices. Joe, who has acted as the organization’s CEO since his appointment on August 15, wants to see First Nations have more of a seat at the table.

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GreenFirst Announces Successful Debt Refinancing

By GreenFirst Forest Products
Business Wire in the Province
September 26, 2022
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada East

TORONTO — GreenFirst Forest Products announced the closing of $140 million in financing from the Bank of Montreal. The financing includes a $125 million asset-backed revolving credit facility and a $15 million term loan. This refinancing replaced a high yield US$90 million secured term loan and a $65 million asset-backed loan facility. The refinanced credit terms have lowered the Company’s cost of capital and have simplified compliance. The terms also provide GreenFirst with flexibility to advance our strategy, which includes deploying capital to expand production at our operations and the possible sale of non-core assets.

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Forests Ontario leaves Toronto to put down new roots in Barrie

By Shawn Gibson
Barrie Today
September 21, 2022
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada East

Forests Ontario celebrated National Forest Week, which runs Sept. 18-24, with the official opening of their new office in downtown Barrie. The organization’s headquarters had been in Toronto, across from Union Station, but the pandemic presented Forests Ontario with the opportunity to move north and get closer to its partners in the forestry sector. At Wednesday morning’s opening at the office on Maple Avenue Forests Ontario CEO Rob Keen said he and the staff were happy to be in the city, citing several of the benefits of being here. “It really is a thrill to be here in Barrie and what a great location we have surrounded by the fantastic facilities that the city has to offer,” said Keen. “Right across from our front door is the lake, and for those coming in from Toronto, there is the GO station just down the road.”

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Finance & Economics

U.S. and Canadian Housing Starts Not Yet Humbled by Higher Interest Rates

By Alex Carrick
Construct Connect
September 22, 2022
Category: Finance & Economics
Region: Canada, United States

In the U.S., the Federal Reserve has just raised its key policy setting interest rate, the federal funds rate, into a range from 3.00% to 3.25%. The intent is to cool inflation. …A higher interest rate regime is meant to stamp out excessive consumer spending. But it’s also known, through corresponding bumps in mortgage rates, for almost always having a detrimental effect on residential real estate demand and new home construction. This article, with the help of 14 graphs, examines the present state of housing markets in the U.S. and Canada. There are almost certainly more interest rate increases to come in both countries. …The surprising fact is that housing starts haven’t stumbled into the ditch just yet in either country. This has been despite cries of alarm being expressed from multiple quarters.

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Lumber falls after mortgage rates solidify their move above 6% amid hawkish Fed rate hikes

By Matthew Fox
Business Insider
September 22, 2022
Category: Finance & Economics
Region: Canada, United States

Lumber prices fell 6% on Thursday, extending their two-day decline to 10% after the Federal Reserve hiked interest rates by another 75 basis points. The aggressive interest rate hikes from the Fed have helped solidify the ongoing surge in mortgage rates, which jumped above 6% for the first time since 2008. The surge in mortgage rates have taken a significant bite out of home sales, which has in-turn led to price cuts and has dented homebuilder sentiment. “The lumber market continues to be in a state of overall malaise as buyers anticipate lower overall demand going forward. Many yards are trying to pare their inventories to minimum levels and have really no fear of price upside,” Sherwood Lumber’s director of risk management Steve Loebner said. 

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

UBC researcher develops plastic alternative from forest waste

By Tiffany Crawford
The Vancouver Sun
September 24, 2022
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Penghui Zhu

UBC researcher Dr. Feng Jiang has spent years concerned about how plastic is contributing to the ecological crisis the world faces, and contemplating solutions. Now he has developed a cellulose film that is as strong as plastic but is biodegradable, using a unique chemical process. Jiang, an assistant professor at UBC’s Faculty of Forestry and the Canada research chair in sustainable functional biomaterials, uses wood fibres collected from forest waste.  He breaks down the wood fibres in a solution of cold sodium hydroxide, and from that he can make a product that is translucent, strong and water-resistant film. The durable film can break down in the environment within three weeks, he said. …Other researchers have also developed biodegradable films to replace plastic but the UBC project — funded by the office of the chief forester at B.C.’s Ministry of Forests — is the first to use small amounts of energy and chemicals in the manufacture.

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How Winnipeg’s Forest Pavilion was built with climate change in mind

By Leila El Shennawy
Maclean’s Magazine
September 21, 2022
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Crescent Drive Park in Winnipeg has always been a destination for trail-walking, skating and canoeing. But until recently, the park’s only standing structure was a 900-square-foot picnic shelter with a gable roof, built in the mid-1960s. It didn’t just lack architectural flair. The shelter’s open-air portico also meant it wasn’t visitor-friendly throughout all four seasons—and it was extremely vulnerable to rising river levels. As flooding becomes more frequent across the Prairies, architects are designing newer structures with climate change in mind. Opened in 2021, and located at the park’s geographic high point, Forest Pavilion is built for life in the Red River flood zone. Liz Wreford and Peter Sampson, founders of Winnipeg’s Public City Architecture, drew up sketches for the $1.5-million project in 2015, and it ended up taking six years to complete.

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Forestry

Portrait of a Forest on the Climate Edge

By Jessica Leber
National Audubon Society
September 21, 2022
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, United States

In Minnesota, a boreal forest ecosystem could shift north over the Canada border this century. Local photographers, scientists, and land managers are grappling with what that means—and how to respond. Around the world, climate change is reshaping habitats already at their limits. In northeastern Minnesota, near the Canadian border, lies a boreal biome at the southern edge of its climate range. This swath of mixed coniferous forest now transitions to temperate forest to the south in the state, and drier woodland and prairie to the west. Warmer winters, longer and hotter summers, and more variable precipitation ranges are currently transforming this boreal zone, and these shifts have profound implications for vegetation and wildlife of the region. 

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Locals develop electric logging trucks

By Marius Auer
The Merritt Herald
September 26, 2022
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Chace Barber & Eric Little

Two Merritt locals are going full speed ahead on their electric logging truck idea, with truck driver Chace Barber and power system engineer Eric Little teaming up to bring a new idea to life in an old-school way. The duo has been working as part of their joint venture, Edison Motors, to create diesel generator powered electric vehicles out of their local shop. …Both soon discovered their passion for the mechanical and electrical trades, studying it in their spare time. …Barber is CEO of Edison Motors, and sat down with the Herald to explain their electric logging truck project. “It’s the same way that freight trains have been since the 1930s, so essentially what we did is build a freight train on wheels,” said Barber. “It’s a diesel generator that powers the electric drivetrain. You can also plug it in and run it entirely as an EV.

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BC’s Big Trees Protection Is Toothless. Government Knew It

By Andrew MacLeod
The Tyee
September 26, 2022
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Officials in British Columbia’s Forests Ministry understood that a regulation introduced in 2020 to protect big trees on public lands would have little impact. They designed it that way. Internal records released to The Tyee in response to a Freedom of Information request confirm critics’ suspicions that the Special Tree Protection Regulation was meant to sound good to the public while continuing to protect the interests of the logging industry. “Timber supply and economic impacts associated with the use of the proposed specifications are predicted to be insignificant when viewed on a provincial scale,” said a Forests Ministry memo dated Jan. 14, 2020 — some eight months before the government enacted the regulation. The regulations apply to a dozen tree species on Crown and private lands managed under the Forest Act. Trees above set diameters are protected from logging. A hectare of forest surrounding each of those trees is also protected as a buffer.

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Why this West Vancouver woman hasn’t eaten for 10 days

By Stefan Labbé
Vancouver is Awesome
September 24, 2022
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Susan Bibbings

Susan Bibbings hasn’t had a bite of food in 10 days. …Bibbings, who is not Indigenous, describes her hunger strike as a Water Ceremony to “honour the water of the world.” She says she stopped eating to shine a light on Wetʼsuwetʼen First Nation opposition to the $5-billion Coastal GasLink pipeline currently under construction in Northern B.C. …Bibbings has been charged with mischief twice over the past 12 months, first in October 2021, when she joined Extinction Rebellion in blocking traffic to Vancouver International Airport, and again in June of this year, when she glued her hand to a section of the Sea to Sky Highway on the North Shore to protest against the continued destruction of old-growth forests in B.C. …Bibbings’s lawyer Elizabeth Strain said the judge in the case recognized a psychiatric assessment they presented in court, which showed the 46-year-old suffered from ‘eco-anxiety’ and ‘eco-depression.’

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Forests continue to feed the B.C. economy

By Steve Kidd
100 Mile Free Press
September 24, 2022
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

B.C. is a lucky province. Not only are we blessed with a wide variety of natural resources, from coal to gold, but we also have two renewable resources in abundance: hydro power and forests. That is if we don’t squander them. …our forests have the potential to feed our provincial economy for centuries if they are managed properly. …The two keywords in that last statement are “managed” and “properly,” which are both hard to pull off. After all, for decades the path to profit in the forest has been to extract as much fibre as possible at the lowest cost. Luckily, the old model is changing and forest companies are recognizing that long-term profits come with preserving and enhancing the forest for the future. …There is a lot of research going into what makes a healthy forest, which also bodes well for the future…

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Logger’s lawyers to ask for details of protest group’s online activity

By John Boivin
The Penticton Herald
September 22, 2022
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

An organization protesting against logging in the Argenta area at the north end of Kootenay Lake may be forced to identify its social media managers, if requests by the logging company are accepted by a judge. Lawyers for Cooper Creek Cedar were expected to appear before a Nelson judge this week to ask the courts to order Last Stand West Kootenay to reveal the names of their website and social media managers. “They are alleging that account has created wrongdoings related to encouraging people to breach the injunction and counsel people to cause harm to Cooper Creek,” says the lawyer for Last Stand West Kootenay, Noah Ross out of Denman Island. …Ross says all Last Stand West Kootenay did was invite people to come to the site and witness the protest. He says he’ll argue that the application shouldn’t be granted unless there is evidence of wrongdoing.

 

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Truck Loggers Association Swag is Here!

BC Truck Loggers Association
September 23, 2022
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Many thanks to everyone who submitted their ideas for the TLA’s tagline contest. We’re pleased to announce Peter van Dongen of MNP is the winner with the most votes for his tagline: Wood for Today, Trees for tomorrow. TLA swag with a choice of Peter’s among other graphics is now available for purchase from the TLA online store. Items include unisex long and short sleeve t-shirts and hoodies in a variety of colours and sizes, a selection of stickers and a TLA trucker cap. Show your TLA membership and forestry pride by wearing TLA apparel at the job site and in your community, or placing a sticker on your equipment or vehicle – and send us a pic! 

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Partnerships in Thompson-Okanagan region reduce wildfire risk in community forests

By BC Ministry of Forests
Government of British Columbia
September 22, 2022
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

People within the Thompson-Okanagan region will have greater protection from wildfires through a provincial investment in a series of community-led projects. The BC Community Forest Association co-ordinated with 15 community forests on 48 Crown Land Wildfire Risk Reduction projects, including 11 within the Kamloops Fire Centre Region. These projects are part of the ongoing work to adapt and better prepare for climate change. “Managed by local communities and First Nations for the benefit of the entire community, community forests are key partners in our work to reduce wildfire risks across the province,” said Katrine Conroy, Minister of Forests.  …“Community forests are important partners in managing forested land near communities,” said Jennifer Gunter, executive director, BC Community Forest Association. “By partnering with the BC Wildfire Service, community forests are demonstrating an effective and efficient path forward to address wildfire risk while also supporting local employment opportunities.”

Related releases: 

  • Partnerships in northern BC reduce wildfire risk in community forests
  • Partnerships in Cariboo region reduce wildfire risk in community forests
  • Partnerships in Kootenay-Boundary reduce wildfire risk in community forests

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Canada Supports Indigenous Economic Development in BC’s Forest Sector

By Natural Resources Canada
Cision Newswire
September 22, 2022
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

ALERT BAY, BC  – The Government of Canada is joining the ‘Namgis First Nation in celebrating the successful expansion of operations of the Beaver Cove Chip Plant, now operating as Atli Chip LP. This expansion opens up forestry-related opportunities, businesses, careers and governance within ‘Namgis traditional territories and other communities in the region. The Government of Canada invests in projects to help equip communities with the tools to build greener businesses, create sustainable jobs, and promote further economic opportunities within the sector. The Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, announced over $1.4 million in funding to Atli Chip LP through the Indigenous Forestry Initiative (IFI) program which provides financial support to Indigenous-led economic development projects in Canada’s forest sector. Indigenous Services Canada also supported this project through the Strategic Partnerships Initiative.

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Campaign killing forest interests with ‘wacky’ ideas

Letter by W.E. (Bill) Dumont, Cobble Hill
Cowichan Valley Citizen
September 22, 2022
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Bill Dumont

Recently the Citizen has crossed the fine line from reporting on issues in the North Cowichan forests to being an advocate for questionable and nonsensical ideas being promoted by anti-logging, anti-forestry interests. North Cowichan has been endowed with an impressive area of forests covering more than 5,000 hectares and 25 per cent of the municipal area through tax sales and other acquisitions. At one time these beautiful forests and their sound management by forest professionals were similar to other large B.C. municipal forests such as those owned by the District of Mission. …That changed in Cowichan when radical interests convinced gullible North Cowichan politicians to stop listening to their forest professionals. The groups said they had better ideas that would stop logging and replace these forests as new parks and maybe generate some feeble income from selling carbon credits. …It’s time to return some sanity to managing North Cowichan forests.

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How local British Columbians are driving change in B.C.’s forests

By Steve Kozuki, FESBC
The Williams Lake Tribune
September 22, 2022
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

People who live, work, and play in B.C.’s forests… have enthusiastically stepped forward with great ideas to enhance our forests and then collaborated to deliver on those innovative projects. …In many cases, FESBC forest enhancement projects have brought different groups to work together for the first time. The spirit of collaboration and the resulting positive relationships is now a platform for deeper partnerships. …One substantial change we’ve seen in the past five years has been the increased utilization of low-quality wood fibre. …Another profound transformative impact of these FESBC-funded projects is that Indigenous peoples have become project leaders and, by extension, are becoming forest management leaders. . …When FESBC was created, it wasn’t fully appreciated just how many tangential, durable and profound co-benefits were possible to achieve with forest enhancement projects. Now we know.

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Biggest wildfire threat to Nelson has city powerless to address it: mayor

By Timothy Schafer
Nelson Daily
September 23, 2022
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The biggest wildfire threat for Nelson will come from its western edge, but right now the city is powerless to protect itself from that occurrence, says Nelson’s mayor. John Dooley said it has been known for years that an untreated path through the forest comprises the most dire threat to the city when it comes to wildfire interface fires. “We know, from conversations with the BC Wildfire Service, that the threat to Nelson will be coming in from the west, through Blewett,” he said. A large fire near Rover Creek over the summer — which is still burning in mid-September — west of the city illustrated how fast a fire can travel through a forest that is largely untreated for forest fire fuels. The problem with the forest west of the city is it almost entirely on private land and out of the city’s jurisdiction, said Dooley.

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Local student shares love for community with Green Dream

By Brad Quarin
The Whitecourt Star
September 20, 2022
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Cody Oliver

Cody Oliver, 21, completed his internship at the Alberta Newsprint Company (ANC) this summer after being named a winner in the 2022 Green Dream internship program. Oliver was one of 11 recipients of the Green Dream scholarship this year and the only one from Whitecourt, according to the Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC). According to FPAC, the Green Dream program supports youths across the country who “are passionate about working in the forest sector and have a strong commitment to the environment and their community”. Oliver is majoring in accounting at the University of Lethbridge, having started there in 2019. “Forestry has been a part of my life since before I could remember, providing my family with countless opportunities,” Oliver told FPAC. “I am extremely excited to help shine light on the industry.” …Oliver said he would be interested in pursuing a career in accounting in the forestry industry.

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Filmmaker takes tree-planting to the big screen

By Richard Party
Barrie Today
September 24, 2022
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada East

Rita Leistner

BARRIE, Ontario — On Monday, Sept. 26, local residents have a chance to experience a visually stunning and authentic look at the little-known and rarely appreciated life of tree planters in Forest for the Trees. Created by world-travelling photojournalist, photographer and documentarian Rita Leistner, Forest for the Trees offers an honest and moving look at the extreme conditions that are a tree-planter’s reality. “I wanted to make this film so that other people could get a feel for why so many tree-planters return year after year despite how hard the work is. I wanted folks to get a feel for why someone like me, who has had a long career as a documentarian since I planted my last tree in 1993, would be willing to go back and dedicate half a decade more of my life to tree-planting, a world I’d left behind so many years ago.”

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‘Pretty impressive’: County celebrates forest’s 100-year legacy

By Nikki Cole
Barrie Today
September 24, 2022
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada East

The roots of the Simcoe County Forest were celebrated Saturday with a special event at the Simcoe County Museum. In commemoration of National Forest Week in Canada, the event included a formal opening of the forestry education area and the unveiling of new interactive displays. Donna Lacey, a representative with the Canadian Institute of Forestry (CIF), the oldest forestry society in Canada, attended the event, which also served as a culmination of a year of celebrations of the county being named the Forest Capital of Canada for 2022. …This designation was especially significant as it marks the second time the county has received it — the first time being in 1982. …Craig Drury attended the event with his family, and told BarrieToday they felt “privileged” to be there to witness something his great-grandfather, Ernest Charles Drury — who was premier of Ontario from 1919 to 1923 — had helped set in motion a century ago.

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James Leggate Forestry Named Woodland Owner of the Year

By Natural Resources and Renewables
The Government of Nova Scotia
September 22, 2022
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada East

Christina Millar & James Leggate

The winner of the provincial 2022 Woodland Owner of the Year Award is James Leggate Forestry of Five Mile River, Hants County. Owners James Leggate and Christina Millar are silviculture contractors and have a 243-hectare (600-acre) woodlot. They have done several silvicultural treatments on the property, including tree planting, appropriate selection-harvest methods, commercial thinning and pre-commercial thinning. “Private woodlot owners play an important role in Nova Scotia’s future. This year’s winners show how sustainable woodland ownership and biodiversity go hand in hand,” said Natural Resources and Renewables Minister Tory Rushton. “It’s wonderful to have private woodlot owners working with us to foster biodiversity as we advance ecological forestry on Crown land in Nova Scotia.”

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Up to $40 million in Indigenous-led area-based conservation funding now available

By Environment and Climate Change Canada
Cision Newswire
September 22, 2022
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada East

GATINEAU, QC – Indigenous Peoples in Canada have long been environmental stewards on land, ice, and water and are the original leaders in sustainable development and natural resource management. That is why the Government of Canada is committed to working in partnership with First Nations, Inuit, and Métis to support Indigenous leadership in conservation as we tackle the twin crises of biodiversity loss and climate change. Today, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, the Honourable Steven Guilbeault, announced that the department is now accepting expressions of interest for up to $40 million in Indigenous-led area-based conservation funding. The Indigenous-led area-based conservation program provides funding to Indigenous Peoples to lead or co-lead projects to establish and recognize protected areas. This includes other effective area-based conservation measures across Canada, such as Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas that can contribute to Canada’s conservation targets.

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New Brunswick receiving less than nothing on softwood pulpwood after Crown timber royalty changes

By Robert Jones
CBC News
September 23, 2022
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada East

René Legacy

The New Brunswick government reset timber royalties as promised last month but not all charges to forest companies went up as the province has been suggesting, including to MLAs last week. …Liberal finance critic René Legacy said that is a surprise to him, especially since MLAs on the legislature’s public accounts committee put questions about timber royalties to the Department of Natural Resources and Energy Development just last week. In a written statement, the department said softwood pulp is a small percentage of wood cut in New Brunswick and that prices paid to private sellers of softwood pulp are already depressed with the lower royalty rate following that trend, not leading it. “The Department has seen significant volume of material either left in the woods during harvest operations. …The Department expects this new rate to better reflect fair market value and result in better utilization of this resource.”

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Anti-glyphosate camps pop up in Nova Scotia forests while spraying is underway

By Cloe Logan
National Observer
September 22, 2022
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada East

Yearly glyphosate spraying has begun in Nova Scotia, and with it, groups of residents are setting up opposition camps against herbicide spraying in the province’s forests. As of Wednesday, protesters are camped out around or on 10 aerial herbicide spray sites in the province, adding to a smaller number of occupations that have existed since Sept. 1. Glyphosate sprays in Nova Scotia have been cancelled in the past after efforts from the group leading the camps, Don’t Spray! Nova Scotia. Glyphosate-based herbicide spraying is common in the forestry industry, with companies using it to kill vegetation that competes with the softwood trees they harvest. …Glyphosate use is being phased out in Europe, which will ban the product come December. However, Canada’s federal government continues to approve its use, most recently in January 2019.

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Forest Fires

Battleship Mountain fire, B.C.’s largest wildfire this year, is now ‘held’

By Nicholas Johansen
Castanet
September 24, 2022
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

The largest wildfire burning in B.C. this wildfire season has now been classified as “held.” Two weeks ago, the Battleship Mountain wildfire burning in B.C.’s north forced the evacuation of hundreds of homes in and around Hudson’s Hope. But Saturday, the BC Wildfire Service officially classified the massive fire as “held,” which means it’s not likely to spread beyond its current boundaries. Since it was first discovered Aug. 30, the fire has grown to about 31,775 hectares in size, just west of Hudson’s Hope. “Crews will continue to patrol control lines, mop-up and fall danger trees in hazardous areas. Smoke within the perimeter will continue to be visible for the coming weeks.” There remains 96 firefighters working on the fire, along with two helicopters and 10 pieces of heavy equipment.

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Wildfire near Gold River sends plume of smoke over community

By Marc Kitteringham
Campbell River Mirror
September 21, 2022
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

A wildfire burning near Gold River has sent up a plume of smoke in the area, after growing to 120 hectares. The Coastal Fire Centre has upgraded their response from “Monitored” to “Active.” “That had been a monitored fire, because it had been burning in quite steep and inaccessible terrain,” said Julia Caranci, a Fire Information Officer with the Coastal Fire Centre. …A 20 person crew is en route to the fire to ensure it does not spread further. Though the fire is growing, it is growing away from the community of Gold River, which is about 8.5 km away from the near edge. “There’s no critical infrastructure or human life at risk at this time. It’s fair to say that since there was some growth on the fire, people will be seeing smoke,” Caranci said.

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