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Foresters join warning cry over risk to forest sustainability

Vancouver Sun | 10 years 11 months ago

B.C. forest inventories are so far out of date that the foresters' professional association is questioning whether provincial forestlands can still be managed sustainably. A report by the Association of B.C. Forest Professionals released Monday says that at a time when wildfire and insect pests...

British Columbia’s Auditor General releases his timber management report

Forest Talk | 10 years 11 months ago

British Columbia Auditor General John Doyle has released his latest report, An Audit of the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations’ Management of Timber.


BC New Democrats | 10 years 12 months ago

The Forest Practices Board has confirmed that former forest minister Pat Bell has been grossly understating the true problems facing B.C.’s forests. New Democrat forest critic Norm Macdonald said Bell needs to explain why his estimate of crown lands that have not been adequately replanted was less...

Proof Is in: Our Forests Are Badly Mismanaged

The Tyee | 10 years 12 months ago

On the second of February, I attended a presentation at the Western Silvicultural Contractors' Association AGM in Kamloops. The presentation was made by Marvin Eng, a special investigator at the Forest Practices Board, who is tasked with clarifying the status and implications of "not satisfactorily...

Forests? Depends on who's counting

Times Colonist | 10 years 12 months ago

B.C.'s foresters are an argumentative lot, and for the past few years, one particular disagreement has repeatedly seized their attention. It's the question of how much forest land falls into the official category known as NSR - not satisfactorily restocked.

Forestry's 'perfect storm'

Vancouver Sun | 11 years 1 month ago

The Chilcotin's beetle-killed lodge-pole pine forests are saturated with water. The harvesting crews have been sent home. And logging trucks known as Super-B Trains, hauling 300 to 400 logs apiece, are inching their way through deep mud wallows. Tolko Industries Ltd. needs 125 loads per day to...

Pine beetle plague is being exploited to cut healthy trees

Vancouver Sun | 11 years 1 month ago

I wish to commend The Sun and Larry Pynn for the excellent series of articles "In the Wake of a Plague." This sober second look at the issues and myths surrounding the mountain pine beetle panic is long overdue. I have lived in the Chilcotin since 1980 and seen more than one beetle out-break, and...

Pine beetle plague is being exploited to cut healthy trees

Vancouver Sun | 11 years 1 month ago

Ask who caused this plague destroying our province's biodiversity. Those who go to our backcountry are familiar with our huge clearcuts and the damage done. "How goes the raping and pillaging?" is a greeting used by our truck-loggers that dates to the 1970s for its origin, well before the beetle...

Pine beetles part 3: A flood of problems for ranchers

Vancouver Sun | 11 years 1 month ago

Watching the pine beetles kill off the Chilcotin's vast stands of lodgepole pine forest was bad enough for cattle rancher Randy Saugstad. But he argues the greater concern is the way the B.C. government has allowed salvage logging to take precedence on Crown forests at the expense of other land...

'It looks like Armageddon': The destruction of B.C. pine forests

Vancouver Sun | 11 years 1 month ago

VANCOUVER - Debbie Atha had a dream that went like this: Gregarious woman approaching 30 quits her well-paying pharmaceutical sales job in England to move to the B.C. Interior to invest her time and money building a dude ranch. "I had an early midlife crisis," she allows. "I wanted to do something...

In the wake of a plague

Vancouver Sun | 11 years 2 months ago

The plan was simple: Log and sell as much dead pine as possible before it decayed or burned. But the environmental costs of the large-scale salvaging of Interior forests are still being tallied... The province sold the epidemic as unprecedented in North American history. Biblical plagues of...

'Dead' pine forests very much alive

Vancouver Sun | 11 years 2 months ago

Phil Burton calls this place a jungle. It's not the tropical Amazonian rainforest or even B.C.'s temperate rainforest, but a stand of lodgepole pine located off the Pelican Forest Service Road about an hour's drive southwest of Prince George. The federal forests researcher estimates the pines were...

Forest denizens struggle in clearings

Vancouver Sun | 11 years 2 months ago

Salvage logging of B.C.'s Interior lodgepole pine forests is having major consequences for wildlife by eliminating vast stretches of habitat used for activities such as feeding, hiding and keeping warm or cool. While species such as the moose - a "generalist" that eats various types of plants -...

Fiery debate surrounds benefits of salvage operations

Vancouver Sun | 11 years 2 months ago

Logging B.C.'s beetle-killed pine forests can, in theory, reduce the risk of a wildfire. But when fire ecologist Bob Gray visits a logging site, he can see just the opposite: a heightened fire risk because of so much uneconomic wood left on the ground. "There's more of a mess afterwards," he said...

Reporting the Results of Forestry Activities: Compliance with Section 86 of the Forest Planning and Practices Regulation

Forestry Practices Board | 11 years 2 months ago

Reports from the forest industry about the effects of their activities have always been important to managing the public forests. However, forestry in BC is in a new era that differs from the past in two important respects in the context of reporting.


11 years 2 months ago

Download the PDF here... November 15, 2011 The Honourable Christy Clark Premier of British Columbia PO Box 9041 Station Provincial Government Victoria, BC V8W 9E1 Dear Premier Christy Clark,

B.C. should use policy, not dollars, in carbon fight

Times Colonist | 11 years 4 months ago

In the late 1990s and early 2000s, natural gas prices were high and many major gas consumers worried that continued high prices posed serious risks to future profitability. One of the more concerned sectors of British Columbia's economy was the commercial greenhouse industry, which uses lots of...

Minister responds to MP’s columns

BC Local News | 11 years 5 months ago

In response to Alex Atamanenko’s claims in his Aug. 2 and Aug. 16 columns, I believe the readers of your newspaper deserve and need to know the facts. While there have been changes in the provincial government’s natural resource ministries over the last year, what hasn’t changed is this government’...

New solutions needed for wildfire woes

Vancouver Sun | 11 years 5 months ago

In the aftermath of the disastrous wildfires in 2003 that burned hundreds of homes and caused millions of dollars in property damage in and around the communities of Kelowna and Barriere, the City of Cranbrook began doing what hundreds of other communities across B.C. must do if they wish to better...

Missing out on green job potential

Vancouver Sun | 11 years 5 months ago

Ever since United States house prices peaked in mid-2006 and the great economic slump began south of the border, British Columbia's government and forest industry alike have been understandably anxious. Dependent as we have been on the U.S. market for billions of dollars in forest product...


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