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Monthly Archives: May 2013

Opinion / Editorial

Election Reflections: Implications for Forestry and BC’s Coastal Communities

Truck Loggers Association
May 28, 2013
Category: Opinion / Editorial
Region: Canada, Canada West

Raise your hand if you predicted the Liberals would win the election?  I thought as much.  So why did the pollsters get it so wrong and what does the result mean for forestry and BC’s coastal communities? With respect to the election results, there’s been a lot of ink spilled on the misread by the pollsters. Vancouver Sun columnist Vaughn Palmer reminded us in a column last week that for 43 years (up to 1982) opinion polling during an election was illegal, so as not to “influence the order of finish among the candidates.” Given how wrong the pollsters were in 2013, perhaps the crime being avoided should be more along the lines of “careless misrepresentation.” Here are some the top explanations for the misread.

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Business & Politics

CAW, CEP unions now known together as Unifor

New private sector union will represent 300,000 people in the Canadian workforce
CBC News
May 30, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

The CAW and Communications, Energy and Paperworkers unions will now be known as Unifor. The two unions, who officially merge on Labour Day weekend announced the new name Thursday in Toronto. It’s the latest step in their historic merger. The merger creates a 300,000-member union, the largest private sector union in Canada More than 5,000 name suggestions were submitted by, but the winning entries remains a secret.

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CP Rail sues for mineral, timber rights on B.C. lands

Railway company says seeks damages and title for 800,000 acres
CBC News
May 31, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

CP Rail has launched an unprecedented lawsuit to reclaim timber and mineral rights on hundreds of thousands of acres of land in B.C. The railway filed the claim in B.C. Supreme Court Thursday against the province and hundreds of unnamed landowners and contractors. CP claims it never gave up resource rights on more than 800,000 acres of land it transferred to private owners and the province. The land — mostly in the Kootenays and Okanagan — was originally granted to the railway companies in the late 1800s.

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New Catalyst GM brings fresh attitude to mil

Alberni Valley Times
May 28, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Fred Chinn is bringing a new attitude with him as he returns to the Port Alberni Catalyst operation, this time as the general manager. He said, heading into the future, the operation has to shed its old attitude and develop a new innovative way of thinking. For Chinn, that means building a healthy relationship with the community and becoming a good corporate citizen. “We are poised on the edge of being spectacular,” he said during a tour of the Port Alberni paper mill on Friday. “We’ve gotten through the dark times.

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Feeling the squeeze

May 30, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

After more than 100 years in existence, the industry that helped shape this town has quietly disappeared from its maps. The municipality’s Official Community Plan erases log handling from Squamish’s peninsula. The District of Squamish’s present truck route map ignores some of forestry’s log sorting facilities completely. While there’s a long-term idea to move all log handling to an area on the southeast side the Mamquam Blind Channel — Site B — employees at the log sort on the other side of the waterway worry they’re being squeezed out of town altogether.

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Natural resource industries critical to B.C.’s economic success

by Jock Finlayson – BC’s urban elites are out of step with the province’s resource-based economy
Troy Media
May 28, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

British Columbia is a province with an increasingly urban-based population whose economic success has historically been tied to the efficient extraction, processing and exporting of commodities. …Today’s heavily urban population is poorly equipped to understand the realities of B.C.’s industrial and economic base. …There is, in short, a growing disconnect between the demographic structure of the province and the industrial and export base that supports the province’s economy.

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Hring surge underway at Weyerhaeuser Co.’s Longview facilities

Longview Daily News
May 30, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Fueled by an upswing in the nationwide housing market and rising consumer demand for paper products, Weyerhaeuser Co. is in the midst of hiring 100 new workers in Longview, company officials said Thursday. The company has hired 54 new employees at its Longview sawmill since last year and 16 at the log yard this year. By the end of this year it will hire 20 entry-level workers and four salaried managers at its pulp mill, at least 10 more workers in the log-export yard and an undisclosed additional number at the sawmill and Norpac newsprint mill, company spokesman Anthony Chavez said.

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NC Ports takes step toward wood pellet business

WWAY NewsChannel 3
May 29, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

WILMINGTON, NC — New business could be burning its way into the Port of Wilmington. After months of negotiations the North Carolina Ports Authority and wood pellet company Enviva are inching closer to a partnership. The NC Ports Board of Directors took an axe to the bargaining table and came away with two agreements that could chop into North Carolina unemployment. “They relate to one another relative to a project that we have been talking about for a while for the development of a wood pellet export facility at the Port of Wilmington,” Acting Ports Executive Director Jeff Miles said.

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Kangaroo Island timber mill operations suspended

ABC News, Australia
May 31, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Operations at the Parndarna Sawmill on Kangaroo Island, off the coast of South Ausdtralia, have been suspended indefinitely. The owner RuralAus has told the Australian Stock Exchange that low timber product prices and lack of cost-effective transport options to mainland markets are to blame. The mill initially stopped operating after a fire damaged part of it in Febraury.

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Global Witness: 75% of Ghana Logging Permits Violate EU Timber Regulation

Hardwood Floors Magazine
May 30, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

According to investigations by London-based watchdog group Global Witness, only 300 of the 800 logging permits in Ghana meet EU Timber Regulation standards, meaning a majority of Ghanaian timber could land European importers in jail. “Ghana’s logging permits are in a mess. Of six types of permit issued by the authorities to logging companies, only two fall within the government’s own definition of what is legal. Until the government gets its house in order, European buyers should consider all Ghanaian timber products as extremely risky, and make sure they are doing thorough checks along their supply chains,” said David Young, Forest Sector Transparency Campaigner at Global Witness.

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Metso to supply complete tissue line for Yunnan Yun-Jing Forestry and Pulp Mill in China

Marketwired
May 29, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Metso will supply a complete tissue production line for Yunnan Yun-Jing Forestry and Pulp Mill Co. Ltd in China. The new tissue machine will be installed at the company’s mill in Jinggu County, Yunnan Province. The start-up of the machine is scheduled for mid 2014. The value of the order will not be disclosed. With this new tissue line Yunnan Yun-Jing will be able to develop their forest resources into valuable consumer products and add high-quality tissue to their current product portfolio.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Changing the OBC for six-storey wood frame construction (video)

Daily Commercial News
May 30, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

Members of the building and development industry are calling for changes to the Ontario Building Code which would allow construction of wood frame buildings up to six-storeys. The current limit is four storeys. Developers and city planners gathered last week in downtown Toronto to announce the proposal.

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Timber industry goes after green LEED certification

Marketplace.org
May 30, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

Green building is one of the world’s fastest-growing industries. The program known as LEED certifies a million and a half square feet of building space every day. . …Rita Hite, with the American Forest Foundation, says LEED standards are designed for industrial operations like Weyerhaeuser. “Small land-owners don’t necessarily find it cost effective to participate in one of the larger industrial standards,” Hite says. So the industry wants the state to end LEED certification of public buildings.

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Forestry

Private forest rules for benefit of landowners

Cowichan Valley Citizen
May 30, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Despite the claims of Mr. Rod Bealing, director of the Forest Landowners Association, private forest lands are still managed for the express benefit of the landowners themselves, not the communities who are left wondering where their woods – and jobs – went after the final feller-buncher has left the area. Due to the rapacious exploitation of our precious natural resources, both merchantable timber and regular employment have become increasingly rare commodities.

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What to Do About Moose

250 News
May 30, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George, B.C. – Moose will be the focus of a day long symposium slated for Saturday in Prince George.  Last fall, it was reported the moose population in the Prince George-Omineca region had dropped by as much as 50%, the decline was even more drastic in other areas of the province. …But that is not the only theory says Glaicar. He says some believe the heavy logging of the mountain pine beetle stands had left moose with an increased “dash zone” meaning they have to cover a lot more open ground to get to cover.

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Upper Lands forest foray

North Shore News
May 29, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

I want you to come on a journey with me, to a wild place up in the mountains where trees grow big and old. …It is a rare opportunity to go look at the issues surrounding “use of the forest” in an area that is relatively untouched with trees as old as 650 years that are growing in one of the largest pieces of undeveloped land in the Metro region. The outcome for the trees is always in question where development, conservation and recreational uses are traded between private and public ownership agendas.

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Five new wildfires ignited

Fort McMurrary Today
May 29, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Despite the Wildfire Hazard Level for the Waterways area being lowered slightly to “High,” five new wildfires were ignited in the Fort McMurray area Tuesday evening, each caused by lightning. There are currently four wildfires still burning in the area, all of which are northeast of the city. Two of the fires are classified as “being held” and two are considered “under control.” No communities or industrial sites are being threatened by the fires.

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Emerald ash borers targeting the city’s trees

Mississauga News
May 30, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

MISSISSAUGA — An invasive and destructive pest that has the potential to devastate Mississauga’s ash tree canopy is being seen in much greater numbers than initially thought. Gavin Longmuir, the City of Mississauga’s manager of urban forestry, told councillors yesterday during General Committee that, after a thorough inspection of ash trees by City staff, it has been determined that the emerald ash borer infestation is widespread.

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Growing a healthy environment with native trees

UofT Faculty of Forestry
May 31, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

University of Toronto PhD student uses Mitacs-Accelerate to discover the huge benefits of planting native trees in urban areas Less than half of all tree species now growing in urban areas around the world are native to the local environment. While imported tree species are chosen for aesthetic reasons, it has a huge impact on wildlife. Native trees are known to support local ecosystems much more effectively, providing a home and food source for local insects and wildlife. But the exact benefit of using native trees has never been studied in Canada.

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Emerald ash borer sets up shop in Durham

Insect boring into municipal budgets
Durham Region
May 30, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

DURHAM — It’s tiny, doesn’t belong here and it’s likely never going to leave. The emerald ash borer has been making its way through Ontario since first being discovered in the Windsor area in 2002. Huge swaths of ash trees have been decimated, forcing municipalities and conservation authorities to spend heavily to battle the invaders. Over the next five years, Ajax is going to be spending about $2 million in the fight.

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Missoula to expand plots of trees watered with effluent

The Missoulian
May 30, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The school paper forester Mark Vander Meer wrote years ago about watering poplar trees with effluent from the sewer plant got a B grade. On the ground at the Wastewater Treatment Plant, though, the pilot project was successful enough for the city of Missoula to launch an expansion of 130 acres. Vander Meer, with Watershed Consulting, is part of the poplar implementation team, and on Thursday he and other city officials and scientists shared the benefits of the $1.375 million hybrid tree project underway near the Clark Fork River.

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Scientists Peek Into The Hidden World Of Tree Roots

KUOW News and Information
May 30, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

When you think of a tree, you probably think of the trunk and all those parts you see above ground. But there’s a whole lot more going on under the soil than meets the eye. Scientists are now digging into the hidden world of tree roots in an effort to illuminate some unexplained mysteries. “This is something really weird. This is something like a mystery for forest ecologists,” says tree scientist Dr. Nalini Nadkarni. She’s standing in front of a strange looking tree stump in Olympia near the Capitol Building.

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New tool helps in battle against Mountain Pine Beetles

Custercountynews
May 30, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

While the solution for the Mountain Pine Beetle destruction is still being sought, a consulting firm from Colorado is using a new method to destroy pine beetle trees and eliminate fuel on forest floors. NRG Consulting Services, based out of Bayfield, Colo., bid on the 100-acre Little Teton Hazardous Fuel Reduction project located west of Custer. The project is all on private land and part of a grant for the fight against the beetles.

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Congressman Jared Polis pitches land sale for affordable-housing development

Summit Daily News
May 31, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Congressman Jared Polis spoke in Frisco Thursday to announce two new bills related to affordable housing in Summit County; one providing land for future development and a second simplifying finance regulations for attainable housing in high-tourism areas. …Officials said the plot, surrounded by development and recently stripped of most of its timber following the pine-beetle epidemic, has lost its national forest character.

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Evacuations called off as fire north of LA calms

The Missoulian
May 31, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A wildfire that broke out north of Los Angeles burned out of control and threatened homes and power lines, but improved firefighting conditions after nightfall slowed its growth and residents who had evacuated were allowed to return, officials said. The fire in the Angeles National Forest surged to 1,000 acres Thursday and sent out big clouds of black smoke amid afternoon temperatures in the high 80s and winds gusting at more than 20 mph.

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Wildfire in Santa Barbara County now 80% contained, officials say

Los Angeles Times
May 29, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A wildfire in Santa Barbara County is now 80% contained, the U.S. Forest Service said Wednesday. The White fire has been burning in the Los Padres National Forest since Monday afternoon and has burned more than 1,800 acres. Forest Service officials on Wednesday revised downward the total acreage burned. With firefighters gaining the upper hand, residents in the area have been allowed to return to their homes, though many campground and road closures are in effect. Crews are focusing their efforts on extinguishing small hot spots and keeping the blaze’s northeastern face from advancing.

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Voters Want Trees, Wildlife and Clean Water

Eugene Weekly
May 30, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Oregonians would rather protect water, forests, fish and wildlife on their federal forestlands than cut them down for money for the timber economy and local governments. That’s the gist of a recent bipartisan statewide poll of likely voters in western Oregon by the Pew Charitable Trusts. The poll came out of Gov. John Kitzhaber’s panel of timber interests, conservationists and county commissioners who were tasked with finding a solution for Oregon’s O&C lands, named for the Oregon and California Railroad.

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Kilmer’s Wild Olympics stance unchanged

Peninsula Daily News
May 29, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

PORT ANGELES — Derek Kilmer continued to remain noncommittal this week on planned legislation that would ban logging on more than 126,000 acres of Olympic National Forest by declaring it wilderness and creating a protective buffer around Olympic National Park. Supporters of what is known as Wild Olympics legislation, which also would protect 19 rivers and seven tributaries in the national forest, are unconcerned about Kilmer not staking out a position — but hope he does so by the end of the year, Quilcene resident Connie Gallant, chair of the Wild Olympics Campaign, said Wednesday.

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Ontonagon students learn about logging history

Your Daily Globe.com
May 31, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

ONTONAGON — Tom Pestka gave Ontonagon Area Elementary School children a glimpse of the lumberjacks and camps of the past at the school recently. Pestka, 70, said he was born in a lumber camp near Ontonagon and worked in the woods for better than 50 years. …Through the years, he has acquired a unique collection of lumberjack tools of the past, including a cross-saw that is more than 150 years old.

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Genetically Engineering an Icon: Can Biotech Bring the Chestnut Back to America’s Forests?

In the 20th century, a blight killed of four billion of these towering trees. Now, new research shows that a gene, taken from wheat, provides resistance.
The Atlantic
May 31, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

“The forests of America,” John Muir wrote in The Atlantic in 1897, “… must have been a great delight to God; for they were the best he ever planted.” Muir didn’t know it yet, but by the time he wrote those words, the king of the eastern forests, the American chestnut tree, was already doomed. An interloping fungus had arrived at America’s shores two decades earlier, and it would soon make short work of this then-common species. In less than a century’s time, it killed off an estimated four billion of these towering trees.

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WA’s timber plantations shrinking

ABC News, Australia
May 30, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A report by the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES) has found the total size of WA’s timber plantations in WA diminished by nearly two per cent in just one year. ABARES plantation statistics publication found WA was the only state where the total area of plantations declined between 2011 and 2012, falling 1.8 per cent to 405,000 hectares.

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Brazil rainforest deforestation leads to seed shrinkage

BBC News
May 30, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The destruction of tropical rainforests is having an even greater impact on the environment than was previously thought, a study suggests. Scientists have found that deforestation in Brazil is causing trees to produce smaller, weaker seeds that are less likely to regenerate. They believe this has been triggered by the loss of large birds from the forests, which have beaks big enough to feed on and disperse the seeds. The study is published in Science.

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Woodland Trust warns thousands of historic trees at risk

BBC News
May 30, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Pests, disease and development are threatening more than 4,200 of Wales’ most historic trees, a charity has warned. The Woodland Trust said some of the most treasured trees it found at risk are more than 1,000 years old. It said trees face regular problems from diseases such as ash dieback and pests like the Asian longhorn beetle. Last month the Pontfadog Oak, a 1,200-year-old tree at Chirk, Wrexham, was blown down in high winds.

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The invisible extinction of forest genetic resources: Can trees survive?

Reuters AlertNet (blog)
May 29, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Trees are the oldest and largest beings in the world, living for hundreds, even thousands, of years. But the secret to their longevity – their genetic diversity – is under threat, experts say. “Trees are highly diverse genetically,” said Laura Snook of Bioversity International during her keynote presentation at CIFOR’s Sustainable forest management in Central Africa conference in Yaoundé. “They contain not only the traits to survive the tests of time, but also the seeds for producing the next generation of trees.” “But their genetic resources are undergoing an invisible extinction,” she warned.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Indigenous carbon conservation project to start selling credits

Mongabay.com
May 30, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

An effort by an Amazonian tribe to protect their rainforest home against encroachment and illegal logging has finally been validated and verified under a leading carbon accounting standard, enabling it to begin selling carbon credits, reports Forest Trends, an NGO that helped support the project. The Surui Forest Carbon Project, named after the indigenous Paiter Suruí tribe, has been in development for more than four years with the support of a number of heavyweight partners, including the Amazon Conservation Team, tech giant Google, Forest Trends, the law firm Baker & McKenzie, Brazil-based Idesam, and indigenous NGO Kanindé.

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Market for REDD+ carbon credits declines 8% in 2012

Mongabay.com
May 30, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

The market for carbon credits generated from projects that reduce deforestation and forest degradation — a climate change mitigation approach known as REDD+ — dipped eight percent in 2012 according to an annual assessment of the global voluntary carbon market. The report, published by Ecosystem Marketplace and Bloomberg New Energy Finance and slated to be released next month, found that overall demand for voluntary carbon credits rose four percent in 2012, with buyers offsetting 101 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions.

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Protecting and planting forest carbon is important but does not offset fossil fuel emissions

University of Bristol
May 30, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Policy-makers and the off-setting industry worldwide need to re-think the idea that planting trees can offset carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels, says an international study published today in Nature Climate Change. Professor Brendan Mackey of Griffith University, lead author of the study involving researchers from Australia and the UK, said: “There is a danger in believing that land carbon sinks can solve the problem of atmospheric carbon emissions because this legitimises the ongoing use of fossil fuels.”

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Burn the Forests, Save the Planet?

Wall Street Journal
May 29, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Good news for the American logging industry: Timber is back, with an assist from Europe’s anti-carbon crusade. Across the forests of East Texas and deep in the Florida swamps, trees are in rising demand as “biomass” to help utility companies in Europe meet their targets for so-called “renewable energy.” That basically includes everything except nuclear and fossil fuels—even wood pellets, made from compressed sawdust or trees run through a chipper.

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General

Contractors call foul at local log yard

Terrace Standard
May 28, 2013
Category: Uncategorized

Piles of logs destined for export are laying stagnant in a recently-reopened log sort yard while the company that owns the logs sorts out a dispute with one of its contractors. The contractor, Bryco Enterprises, blocked the entrances to the Yaorun Wood yard with heavy equipment last week to prevent Yaorun from moving any wood until the dispute was settled. Yaorun leased the property from the city in Feburary for 10 years.

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Feeling the squeeze

May 30, 2013
Category: Uncategorized

After more than 100 years in existence, the industry that helped shape this town has quietly disappeared from its maps. The municipality’s Official Community Plan erases log handling from Squamish’s peninsula. The District of Squamish’s present truck route map ignores some of forestry’s log sorting facilities completely. While there’s a long-term idea to move all log handling to an area on the southeast side the Mamquam Blind Channel — Site B — employees at the log sort on the other side of the waterway worry they’re being squeezed out of town altogether.

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