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Issue date: 
Apr. 17, 2012

Confidential report warns pine beetle set to destroy B.C. forestry jobs

The full, devastating impact of the pine-beetle epidemic that has swept across British Columbia will be felt in the next few years when up to half the forest-industry jobs in the province’s interior will vanish, according to a government report meant to be confidential.

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April 14, 2012

Opposition mounts to government talks on opening forest reserves to loggers

The B.C. government is holding talks with the forest industry over ways to supply more timber to beetle-hit Interior sawmills, including the option of opening forest reserves that have until now been out of bounds to loggers.

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April 12th, 2012

British Columbia releases new Forest Sector Strategy

British Columbia released its Forest Sector Strategy today.

Issue date: 
April 12, 2012

Logging in forest reserve areas within MPB epidemic area

Honorable Steve Thomson
Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
PO Box 9071 Stn Prov Govt
Victoria, BC, V8W 9E9

Panic in the government should not descend into head-over-heels panic

Minister Bell
Parliament Buildings
Victoria, BC
V8V 1X4

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April 5th, 2012

Allowed harvest levels on Haida Gwaii cut in half

There is a new joint council, called the Haida Gwaii Management Council, that has been established between the Haida and the British Columbia government to govern the forest management of Haida Gwaii (formerly known as the Queen Charlotte Islands).

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April 5, 2012

Wood pellet exports from the US and Canada to Europe reached a record high

Wood pellet exports from the US and Canada to Europe reached arecord high in the 4Q/11 thanks to increased demand in the United Kingdom, reports the North American Wood FiberReview

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Apr. 01, 2012

Politics trumps reason as B.C. eyes bid to raid protected forests

The fire that destroyed the lumber mill in Burns Lake this winter was sudden and catastrophic, sending a small town into shock. Overnight, 250 jobs vanished.

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March 09, 2012

A crisis of neglect in the province’s forests

In 1985, the rapidly growing amount of not-satisfactorily-restocked (NSR) land in B.C. forests became a crisis. This resulted in a joint provincial and federal $300-million funding plan, the Forest Resource Development Agreement (FRDA) that restocked many thousands of hectares.

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March 12, 2012

Transforming forest management in B.C

The recent auditor-general's report on government mismanagement of our forests should serve as a wake-up call to the people of British Columbia to demand transformation of forest governance and management. Healthy forests provide us with clean water and clean air.


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