forestry

Each year, less than one per cent of the area designated for sustainable timber harvesting by B.C.’s independent chief forester is harvested. (B.C. government photo)

Modernizing B.C. forests starts with up-to-date facts, industry says

30% of old forests on high-productivity sites, 75% off limits

 

B.C. Forests Minister Katrine Conroy is leading an overhaul of the B.C.’s Crown forest management. (Hansard TV)

B.C. begins forest management overhaul to increase Indigenous participation

Province reasserting control over Crown forests, minister says

 

LETTER: Is premier saying $50 million not enough to ‘pause the saws?’

Do you remember when Premier John Horgan agreed to implement the 14…

  • Oct 11, 2021

 

Protesters to old-growth logging used a 1200-year-old slice of a tree to block an entrance in the west wing where British Columbia Premier John Horgan’s office is located in the legislature in Victoria on Monday, Oct. 4, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

Celebrities call on B.C. to stop old growth logging

Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, primatologist Jane Goodall and actor William Shatner among signees

Protesters to old-growth logging used a 1200-year-old slice of a tree to block an entrance in the west wing where British Columbia Premier John Horgan’s office is located in the legislature in Victoria on Monday, Oct. 4, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
Logging trucks from around the province arrive at the Union of B.C. Municipalities convention in downtown Vancouver to protest forest industry job loss, Sept. 27, 2019. (Kat Slepian/Black Press Media)

LETTER: Embattled B.C. forest industry needs government leadership

Industry getting attention ‘for all the wrong reasons’

  • Oct 5, 2021
Logging trucks from around the province arrive at the Union of B.C. Municipalities convention in downtown Vancouver to protest forest industry job loss, Sept. 27, 2019. (Kat Slepian/Black Press Media)
Jaswinder Athwal packs cedar shakes at the Teal Jones mill in Surrey. On Sep. 30, Teal Jones is halting operations across the province in honour of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. Shawn Hall Photo

BC lumber company pauses operations to honour National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Family-owned company encourages employees to take time to attend local events, pay respect

  • Oct 4, 2021
Jaswinder Athwal packs cedar shakes at the Teal Jones mill in Surrey. On Sep. 30, Teal Jones is halting operations across the province in honour of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. Shawn Hall Photo
RCMP officers gather in front of a tripod erected by protesters during enforcement of the BC Supreme Court injunction in the Fairy Creek watershed on Tuesday, Sept. 14. (RCMP photo)

Protesters arrested for blocking industry at Fairy Creek

Police also investigating protesters’ interaction with tree planters

RCMP officers gather in front of a tripod erected by protesters during enforcement of the BC Supreme Court injunction in the Fairy Creek watershed on Tuesday, Sept. 14. (RCMP photo)
A bus and sign are shown near the Eden blockade in the Fairy Creek area near Port Renfrew, B.C., on May, 11, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS

United Steelworkers condemn ‘extremist’ protest tactics at Fairy Creek

Union says protesters used tree spikes, tampered with helipads and encroached on tree fallers

A bus and sign are shown near the Eden blockade in the Fairy Creek area near Port Renfrew, B.C., on May, 11, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS
RCMP officers and protesters face off at a camp in Fairy Creek with tripod structures visible in the background. (Submitted by BC RCMP)

Police union survey says most in B.C. support enforcement at Fairy Creek

82% agree with enforcement, 77% support right to peaceful protest

RCMP officers and protesters face off at a camp in Fairy Creek with tripod structures visible in the background. (Submitted by BC RCMP)
Fairy Creek protesters say that some of their belongings, including tarps and awnings, ended up in this dumpster at the Bings Creek waste management facility. (Carole Toothill photo)

Protesters, Teal Jones disagree about Fairy Creek ‘garbage’

Abandoned or confiscated? Company says personal items are being returned

Fairy Creek protesters say that some of their belongings, including tarps and awnings, ended up in this dumpster at the Bings Creek waste management facility. (Carole Toothill photo)
Quesnel Coun. Laurey-Anne Roodenburg, vice-president and Vanderhoof Coun. Brian Frenkel, president, prepare for virtual session of the Union of B.C. Municipalities in Vancouver, Sept. 14, 2021. (UBCM photo)

B.C. municipal leaders back more local say in future of logging

Old growth ban makes no sense in Interior, convention told

Quesnel Coun. Laurey-Anne Roodenburg, vice-president and Vanderhoof Coun. Brian Frenkel, president, prepare for virtual session of the Union of B.C. Municipalities in Vancouver, Sept. 14, 2021. (UBCM photo)
RCMP officers gather in front of a tripod erected by protesters on the Granite Mainline Forest Service Road in the Fairy Creek watershed on Tuesday, Sept. 14. (RCMP photo)

Fairy Creek arrests surpass 1,000 mark

Canada’s largest act of civil disobedience continues

RCMP officers gather in front of a tripod erected by protesters on the Granite Mainline Forest Service Road in the Fairy Creek watershed on Tuesday, Sept. 14. (RCMP photo)
Protesters hold a banner as they stand in front of stacks of lumber during a demonstration against old-growth logging, at Teal-Jones Group sawmill in Surrey, B.C., on Sunday, May 30, 2021. Teal-Jones holds licenses allowing it to log in the Fairy Creek Watershed on Vancouver Island. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Old-growth activists want fewer police powers at Fairy Creek, RCMP asking for more

Teal Cedar Products asks B.C. court for one-year injunction extension at Fairy Creek

Protesters hold a banner as they stand in front of stacks of lumber during a demonstration against old-growth logging, at Teal-Jones Group sawmill in Surrey, B.C., on Sunday, May 30, 2021. Teal-Jones holds licenses allowing it to log in the Fairy Creek Watershed on Vancouver Island. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
FILE – Protesters hold a banner as they stand in front of stacks of lumber during a demonstration against old-growth logging, at Teal-Jones Group sawmill in Surrey, B.C., on Sunday, May 30, 2021. Teal-Jones holds licenses allowing it to log in the Fairy Creek Watershed on Vancouver Island. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

RCMP make 27 more arrests at Fairy Creek old-growth logging blockades

Officers have made nearly 1,000 arrests in total at the old-growth protests

FILE – Protesters hold a banner as they stand in front of stacks of lumber during a demonstration against old-growth logging, at Teal-Jones Group sawmill in Surrey, B.C., on Sunday, May 30, 2021. Teal-Jones holds licenses allowing it to log in the Fairy Creek Watershed on Vancouver Island. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Sawmill workers in Princeton, B.C., 2018. The B.C. government has committed to redistributing Crown forest resources to provide a greater share for Indigenous communities. (B.C. government photo)

‘Disrespectful’: B.C. First Nations blast NDP’s forest renewal effort

20 Indigenous communities call for more time, resources

Sawmill workers in Princeton, B.C., 2018. The B.C. government has committed to redistributing Crown forest resources to provide a greater share for Indigenous communities. (B.C. government photo)
An RCMP specialist removes a protester from a trench across a road at a blockade in the Fairy Creek watershed. (Submitted by BC RCMP)

RCMP remove Fairy Creek protesters as trenches fill with rain

Rainforest Flying Squad concerned that logging has resumed

An RCMP specialist removes a protester from a trench across a road at a blockade in the Fairy Creek watershed. (Submitted by BC RCMP)
RCMP officers and protesters face off at a camp in Fairy Creek with tripod structures visible in the background. (File - RCMP)

Court to hear more Fairy Creek challenges

Protesters challenge RCMP exclusion zones; logging company wants continuation of injunction

RCMP officers and protesters face off at a camp in Fairy Creek with tripod structures visible in the background. (File - RCMP)
Waterfall Camp on the Granite Main is blocking access to old-growth cut blocks that Teal Cedar has a licence to log. The court injunction that declared such blockades illegal expires Sept. 26. (Zoe Ducklow/News Staff)

Logging company seeks extension to Fairy Creek injunction on south Island

Elders for Ancient Trees to argue against renewal at B.C. Supreme Court hearing Sept. 13

Waterfall Camp on the Granite Main is blocking access to old-growth cut blocks that Teal Cedar has a licence to log. The court injunction that declared such blockades illegal expires Sept. 26. (Zoe Ducklow/News Staff)
Demonstrators gathered outside Nelson’s RCMP detachment Aug. 23 to protest the treatment of people blocking roads at the Fairy Creek old growth forest. Photo: Tyler Harper

Parties pledge support for B.C.’s old-growth forests as RCMP crack down on activists

Candidates address battles over the harvesting of B.C. forests against climate change backdrop

Demonstrators gathered outside Nelson’s RCMP detachment Aug. 23 to protest the treatment of people blocking roads at the Fairy Creek old growth forest. Photo: Tyler Harper
An aerial view of Canfor’s Plateau operation west of Vanderhoof. (Aman Parhar photo - Omineca Express)

Canfor to operate B.C. sawmills at 80 per cent of production capacity

Reduced operating schedules to start week of Aug. 30 due to challenging market conditions

An aerial view of Canfor’s Plateau operation west of Vanderhoof. (Aman Parhar photo - Omineca Express)