Tree Frog Forestry News

Logging-truck protest convoy driven by plea for help in B.C. small towns

Bt Derrick Penner
Vancouver Sun
September 25, 2019
Category: Special Feature
Region: Canada, Canada West

When log-haul contractor Levi Brownscombe left his home in Hixon, 60 kilometres south of Prince George, at 2:30 a.m. on Wednesday, there were already logging trucks on the road driving south to join the protest convoy headed to Downtown Vancouver. …supporters showing up at the side of the road holding ‘We Love Loggers’ signs cheered them on. From the rallying point in Merritt, the convoy culminated in a boisterous procession of logging trucks rumbling in a circuit past the Vancouver Convention Centre… “We’re not here for a handout,” McKinnon said. “I want to make that perfectly clear, we’re here to secure jobs in the forest industry.” Loggers are looking for changes to B.C.’s stumpage system that he believes the province can make. …Stumpage rates are calculated quarterly, using a formula that reflects market prices for lumber, which is important because of the Canada-U.S. softwood lumber dispute.

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