Quesnel-founded forest company West Fraser ceased the use of glyphosate

By Frank Peebles
Quesnel Cariboo Observer
April 9, 2024
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

D’Arcy Henderson

…West Fraser (WF), founded in Quesnel and now one of Canada’s largest forestry companies, has announced not only are they not using glyphosate any longer, they actually halted its use in B.C. in 2019, and all other herbicides too. …D’Arcy Henderson, West Fraser’s vice-president of Canadian woodlands said West Fraser recognizes sustainable and responsible forest practices are about much more than trees and includes a wide range of values like biodiversity, water management, fire suppression, climate change, and use of traditional knowledge. “Five years ago, [public feedback] led us to permanently phase out the use of herbicides in B.C.” Henderson said the company instead uses a variety of other non-chemical techniques to cut down on the plant-life competing for sun and water in reforested areas of the bush after it has been harvested.

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