‘Challenging’ conditions leads Mosaic to curtail logging operations
By Maria Church
Roughly 2,000 coastal loggers are off the job today. Employer Mosaic Forest Management announced last week it is curtailing its harvesting operations on Vancouver Island and coastal B.C. due to current market conditions.
The B.C. contractor released a statement Thursday announcing the Nov. 25 shutdown, noting the company’s “first priority is safety and getting everyone back to work as soon as markets allow.”
Mosaic communications manager Pam Agnew told the Campbell River Mirror the company will begin production shutdown this week, but will continue planning and silviculture operations, “to ensure that we are ready to resume harvesting when the market outlook improves.”
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Mosaic formed last year as a partnership between TimberWest and Island Timberlands.
The company’s logging shutdown news comes less than a week after the latest round of negotiations broke down between Western Forest Products and the union representing its striking workers. The strike, which began July 1, has ground much of the coast’s forest products industry to a halt.