Running on Empty: The BC Forestry Crash

By Ben Parfitt
The Tyee
January 18, 2023
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The coming closure of a pulp mill in Prince George and the loss of 300 high-paying jobs is just the beginning of what promises to be a new and painful chapter for the province’s beleaguered forest industry, which has already lost more than 40,000 direct jobs in the past 20 years.    …Most of the readily accessible primary forests in that 80,000-square-kilometre land mass are gone, stripped of their green gold by the logging industry in the space of just 50 years.  …The evidence has long been clear that a supply crisis loomed. But rather than reduce logging rates immediately so as to avoid an even worse day of reckoning, provincial governments have for decades elected to roll the dice, keep logging rates artificially high and gamble that the carnage would happen on someone else’s watch.

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