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Logger wants Yukon Government to improve logging, biomass industry in Watson Lake

By Julien Gignac
Yukon News
February 13, 2020
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

There is untapped logging and biomass potential in Watson Lake that the Yukon government needs to consider, according to a logger from that community. …He said Watson Lake used to be a boomtown before sawmills were shuttered. That’s why he’s calling on the government to establish a 20-year timber harvest plan, which includes biomass. There’s upwards of a million cubic metres of burnt wood that can be used for biomass, Whimp said, adding that, when paired with his trade, it makes good business sense. …Lisa Walker, director of the Yukon government’s forest management branch, said there are timber harvest plans in the community already, and loggers can apply for additional volumes. A maximum volume of 120,000 cubic metres can be harvested, Walker said, but it usually comes in as less than this.

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