Lack of trees leads to layoffs

By Diana French, former Tribune editor/writer
The Williams Lake Tribune
August 19, 2022
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Diana French

The lack of access to available trees is one reason given for the recent layoffs at West Fraser Mills. That should be no surprise. We’ve been running out of “available” trees for years. Since 2020, some 35 Interior B.C. sawmills have closed permanently. We’ve always felled trees faster than they can replace themselves… but it took the Mountain Pine Beetle attack to make us realize forestry isn’t all that sustainable. In 2005 … the Cariboo Chilcotin Beetle Action Committee (CCBAC) [was formed] to mitigate the expected ecological, social and economic effects of the beetle invasion and to ensure a stable future for the area. …CCBAC appointed committees to determine what enterprises would flourish in this area. …When logging the beetle kill saved the lumber companies and jobs, CCBAC’s focus changed. …In 2018 a newer CCBAC board dissolved itself. I wonder how different the Cariboo Chilcotin would be if CCBAC’s original plan to diversify had happened?

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