forestry

Bid Group Salmon Arm branch staff, including manager Wilf Rischmueller and assistant manager Jason Rischmueller (front right), have been celebrating a workplace milestone: 2,000 consecutive work days without time lost to injury. (Lachlan Labere-Salmon Arm Observer)

Bid Group’s Salmon Arm branch celebrating 2,000 days without time lost to injuries

‘It’s extremely unheard of to have this many safety days in our industry…’

 

From left, Hal Hanlon with Woodtone Specialties, Adams Lake Kukpi7 (Chief) Lynn Kenoras Duck Chief and Greg Smith with Gilbert Smith Forest Products, hold the Adams Lake flag in April 2023 after signing a memorandum of understanding intended to promote fibre security, value-added manufacturing and long-term local employment. (Photo contributed)

3-way agreement, cash infusion for Adams Lake band to save timber, create jobs in the Shuswap

‘It fits with doing more with the wood’ says resource director of value-added plan

 

Harry Lali, who served as transportation minister from 1998 to 2001 and represented two rural ridings in southwestern BC during two separate periods, said in a statement issued Thursday morning that his former party has become an urban-interest party. (Black Press Media file photo)

Former B.C. NDP minister Harry Lali endorses BC United

Lali says he joining BC United because the rural B.C. lacks ‘voice’ in NDP government

 

Premier David Eby, here seen in February, called on the forest industry to transform after another round of curtailments impacting northern B.C. (Black Press Media file photo)

Premier David Eby says days of ‘high-volume’ raw log exports are over

He called on forestry sector to transform, otherwise province ‘will have to intervene’

Premier David Eby, here seen in February, called on the forest industry to transform after another round of curtailments impacting northern B.C. (Black Press Media file photo)
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Canfor reports $142M first-quarter loss compared with a profit a year ago

Pricing pressures on Western Canada operations blamed

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People take part in a peace circle along a logging road in the Fairy Creek logging area near Port Renfrew, B.C., on Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021. The B.C. Prosecution Service says it has withdrawn contempt charges against 11 old-growth logging protesters accused of breaching a court injunction during blockades at Fairy Creek on Vancouver Island.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

B.C. old-growth protesters celebrate as contempt prosecution has ‘collapsed’

Acquittal of protester earlier this year leads to 11 cases being withdrawn, others could follow

People take part in a peace circle along a logging road in the Fairy Creek logging area near Port Renfrew, B.C., on Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021. The B.C. Prosecution Service says it has withdrawn contempt charges against 11 old-growth logging protesters accused of breaching a court injunction during blockades at Fairy Creek on Vancouver Island.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Delegates at the Association of Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities convention at Nanaimo’s Vancouver Island Conference Centre on Saturday, April 15. (Greg Sakaki/News Bulletin)

Vancouver Island leaders vote against resolution to protect B.C.’s old-growth forests

AVICC delegates vote instead to support old-growth panel’s recommendations

Delegates at the Association of Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities convention at Nanaimo’s Vancouver Island Conference Centre on Saturday, April 15. (Greg Sakaki/News Bulletin)
The free public panel and discussion will take place at the Museum and Archives of Vernon on Saturday, April 22. (Contributed).

Free Indigenous seminar on fire burning happening at Vernon museum

The panel, featuring Indigenous fire experts, will take place on Earth Day

The free public panel and discussion will take place at the Museum and Archives of Vernon on Saturday, April 22. (Contributed).
A tiny tick is almost unnoticeable when it’s hidden by an animal's fur (or a human’s hair). It is important to check pets and yourself for the tiny blood-drinkers when returning from enjoying the outdoors. (File photo)

It’s officially tick time in the Okanagan

Blood-sucking arachnids are but there is no need to worry if you’re tick-checking regularly

A tiny tick is almost unnoticeable when it’s hidden by an animal's fur (or a human’s hair). It is important to check pets and yourself for the tiny blood-drinkers when returning from enjoying the outdoors. (File photo)
The yellow portion of this map is the Okanagan Shuswap Natural Resource District (NRD), the green are parks and protected areas, and the tiny purple areas are where audit activities were undertaken. They can be seen southwest of Salmon Arm near Highway 97B, southeast of Sicamous near the northwest tip of Mabel Lake, and at the northeast end of Shuswap Lake. (Forest Practices Board map)

Forestry operations near Salmon Arm, Sicamous and Enderby earn passing grade

B.C.’s Forest Practices Board does audit of Yucwmenlúcwu (Caretakers of the Land) forest licence

The yellow portion of this map is the Okanagan Shuswap Natural Resource District (NRD), the green are parks and protected areas, and the tiny purple areas are where audit activities were undertaken. They can be seen southwest of Salmon Arm near Highway 97B, southeast of Sicamous near the northwest tip of Mabel Lake, and at the northeast end of Shuswap Lake. (Forest Practices Board map)
An end slide area sign just before the Cottonwood River on Highway 97 South is shown just outside of Quesnel, B.C., on Thursday, March 9, 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/James Doyle

Logging, forest loss may have awakened ancient B.C. landslides, at cost of about $1B

UBC professor concerned money being spent on rebuilding roads could be wasted

An end slide area sign just before the Cottonwood River on Highway 97 South is shown just outside of Quesnel, B.C., on Thursday, March 9, 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/James Doyle
A review is underway to look at how RCMP interact with protesters during resource protests like this one at Fairy Creek. (File - Black Press Media)

Watchdog investigating how B.C. RCMP unit handles resource project protests

Complaints commission will assess if the group followed own policies and the law

A review is underway to look at how RCMP interact with protesters during resource protests like this one at Fairy Creek. (File - Black Press Media)
Forest at the Argenta-Johnsons Landing Face, with Kootenay Lake in the distance. Photo: Wilderness Committee

Watchdog reprimands logging company for large clearcut near Kootenay community

Forest Practice Board says Cooper Creek Cedar overstepped its consulted plan

Forest at the Argenta-Johnsons Landing Face, with Kootenay Lake in the distance. Photo: Wilderness Committee
Part of an old-growth deferral area is shown in one of Downie Timber’s cut blocks north of Revelstoke, B.C. in this undated handout photo. The company wants to avoid logging sections of at-risk old growth but says it was told by the Crown corporation that manages B.C.’s public forests to cut the trees down or pay to leave them standing.THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, Eddie Petryshen

B.C. logging firm wants to avoid cutting old growth, but province said it must pay

Forestry Ministry demands pricey stumpage fee for trees left standing

Part of an old-growth deferral area is shown in one of Downie Timber’s cut blocks north of Revelstoke, B.C. in this undated handout photo. The company wants to avoid logging sections of at-risk old growth but says it was told by the Crown corporation that manages B.C.’s public forests to cut the trees down or pay to leave them standing.THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, Eddie Petryshen
FILE - A northern spotted owl, named Obsidian by U.S. Forest Service employees, sits in a tree in the Deschutes National Forest near Camp Sherman, Ore., in this May 8, 2003 file photo. (AP Photo/Don Ryan, File)

Province halts old-growth logging in at-risk owl territory another two years

Old-growth suspension in the Spuzzum and Utzilus watersheds extended until February 2025

FILE - A northern spotted owl, named Obsidian by U.S. Forest Service employees, sits in a tree in the Deschutes National Forest near Camp Sherman, Ore., in this May 8, 2003 file photo. (AP Photo/Don Ryan, File)
Pacific Woodtech’s Scott King shared this image of a ‘healthy, happy, climatically adapted’ Douglas fir growing at a test site in Golden during presentation to the Columbia Shuswap Regional Board on Jan. 19, 2023. (Pacific Woodtech/Scott King photo)

Vernon research station one of numerous test sites for climate-based seed transfer

CSRD board receives presentation on forestry climate change adaptation strategy

Pacific Woodtech’s Scott King shared this image of a ‘healthy, happy, climatically adapted’ Douglas fir growing at a test site in Golden during presentation to the Columbia Shuswap Regional Board on Jan. 19, 2023. (Pacific Woodtech/Scott King photo)
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Documentary exposes ‘what really lies behind the trees’ in Kelowna’s backcountry

Teaser released for upcoming Okanagan wilderness documentary

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Raw logs are loaded onto a logging ship from a log sort down the Alberni Inlet in March 2019. SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News

Trudeau government mum on Japan’s invitation to rejoin global timber treaty

Group works with countries to share conservation practice, promote sale of sustainable timber

Raw logs are loaded onto a logging ship from a log sort down the Alberni Inlet in March 2019. SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News
The province plans to rev up protection of old growth forests. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, TJ Watt )

B.C. moves to kickstart and ease old-growth harvesting deferral process

Premier David Eby and forest minister Bruce Ralston announced eight additional measures

The province plans to rev up protection of old growth forests. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, TJ Watt )
The many pressures on B.C.’s forests and the rural and northern communities that directly depend on them are coming to a head this spring, with sawmill, pellet and pulp closures set to affect hundreds of workers in different corners of the province. Logs are seen in an aerial view stacked at the Interfor sawmill, in Grand Forks, B.C., on May 12, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Mill closures threaten to punch holes in the fabric of rural B.C. towns

Sawmill, pellet and pulp closures are affecting hundreds of workers

The many pressures on B.C.’s forests and the rural and northern communities that directly depend on them are coming to a head this spring, with sawmill, pellet and pulp closures set to affect hundreds of workers in different corners of the province. Logs are seen in an aerial view stacked at the Interfor sawmill, in Grand Forks, B.C., on May 12, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck