Forestry Management
Dec. 14, 2016 – With the Douglas-fir beetle population increasing in B.C.’s Cariboo region, the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations will begin its treatment plan this week in the city of Williams Lake, via heli-logging to prevent further spreading of the pests.

“As part of the Williams Lake Beetle Management Unit 2016 Treatment Plan, helicopter harvesting will be used on steep slopes in the Williams Lake area to remove trees infested with the beetles and prevent damage to healthy trees nearby,” the ministry stated.

The ministry said it will also control the issue by trapping the beetles in healthy Douglas-fir trees which, when taken to a sawmill, will destroy the beetles in the sawmilling process.

Other approaches, depending on the area, will include applying the methyl cyclo hexenone (MCH) repellant, deploying funnel traps, and either cutting or burning down trees where no other option is available.

The beetle populations are currently higher than average in parts of the Cariboo region, igniting a fear that the issue will grow to the same proportions as in 2008 when the beetle outbreak covered 68,550 hectares, and killed a volume of timber totalling nearly 173,000 cubic metres in the Williams Lake Timber Supply Area.

The ministry’s mapping data reveals that more than 81,000 cubic metres of timber was destroyed by bark beetles in the Cariboo region in 2015.

The beetle removal work is set to move through other areas of the region and be complete by Feb. 15, 2017.

Dec. 9, 2016 - During a project aimed at gathering innovative ideas on how to use technology in Canada’s natural resource sector, Natural Resources Canada asked industry leaders to talk about what clean technology means to them.

CEO of the Forest Products Association of Canada, Derek Nighbor spoke about what Canada’s forest industry is contributing to clean technology on a global scale.

In a video posted by Natural Resources Canada, Nighbor said, “It's really a win-win-win across the value chain, and that's the message we're going to continue to bring to Canadians and to the world because Canada can be a global leader.”

You can read the whole transcript below:

"It's the forests, how we manage the forests. How we're applying technology in the forest to maintain the best environmental standards in the world, and draw value from a truly renewable resource.

We have our mills, which are very important in terms of the way we manage water, the way we effectively manage greenhouse gas emissions and reduce those.

And how can we turn some of those mills... Many of those are power plants now where they're selling power into the grid.

And then the products we're making are less intensive on the fossil fuel side to make. And then you get into tall wood buildings that store carbon, and a host of other wood-based products.

So it's really a win-win-win across the value chain, and that's the message we're going to continue to bring to Canadians and to the world because Canada can be a global leader."

Nov. 29, 2016 - The power of fungi to replenish forests following clear-cut logging is knowledge that's spreading.

Motherboard took a closer look at this natural phenomenon by talking to mycologist Paul Stamets on Cortes Island in B.C.

“33,000 trees were planted and tagged,” Stamets told Motherboard. “We [selected] 1,100 of them that we're tracking, and we’ve been labouriously measuring them. This is a labour of love."

Here's the full story.
Motherboard is a division of Vice Media.
Nov. 25, 2016 - In October 2015, a month after I started as President and CEO of the Council of Forest Industries (COFI) and President of the BC Lumber Trade Council, the 2006 Softwood Lumber Agreement between Canada and the U.S. expired. Now, a year later, the standstill period also passed which means the U.S. industry can initiate trade action at any time.
Nov. 25, 2016 - By building up new equipment and a solid succession plan, operator Bertrand Tremblay built a growing forestry company.
Nov. 25, 2016 - As a way to learn more about the latest technologies and research underway to improve Canada’s forest industry, Canadian Forest Industries sat down with FPInnovations’ executive vice-president Dr. Trevor Stuthridge, to discuss the organization’s latest projects. In the second of a three-part series of interviews, we discussed some of FPInnovations’ current work related to developing innovative manufacturing processes and products.
Nov. 25, 2016 - Change is an inevitable part of any business. Companies frequently make changes to meet flighty consumer demands. But it’s not often the federal government warns an entire sector to change – or else.
Nov. 11, 2016 - After two fatalities involving danger trees in October, BC Forest Safety released some tips to stay safe:

1.) Do a full 360 assessment of a danger tree’s condition.

2.) Is the danger tree sound enough to maintain the control of fall?

3.) Consider whether to ask for qualified assistance for a second opinion.

4.) Determine if an alternative method of removal is required.

5.) Is there an adequate opening?

6.) Make 2 escape trails behind cover if available.

7.) Place falling cuts at a comfortable height to assist you in monitoring the top.

8.) While using escape trail do not turn your back to falling tree.

9.) Do not take your eyes off of the falling tree.

10.) Be sure to let the canopy settle down before going back to stump.

Read more, here.
Oct. 21, 2016 - Multiple reports show the B.C. government often fails to hold logging companies to account despite clear violations.
Oct. 13, 2016 - As a way to learn more about the latest technologies and research underway to improve Canada’s forest industry, Canadian Forest Industries sat down with FPInnovations’ executive vice-president Dr. Trevor Stuthridge, to discuss the organization’s latest projects. In the first of a multi-part series of interviews with Trevor, we discussed some of FPInnovations’ current work related to Canada’s fibre supply.  
Oct. 13, 2016 - One of the biggest challenges for companies is related to the reporting of safety incidents. And not just incidents that require first aid treatment or result in damage to equipment or property. The real challenging ones are getting the information about the “near miss” or “close call” incidents. Those are the incidents when someone almost has an incident that results in an injury or damage. But human nature being what it is, we are not motivated to report these incidents.
Oct. 13, 2016 - With our roots inextricably linked to the B.C. coastal communities where our members live and work, the TLA recently reported on the outcome of two surveys we conducted, one in 2004 and the other in 2015, benchmarking changes in attitudes and expectations of coastal mayors.
Sept. 27, 2016 - The Nature Conservancy of Canada has finalized protection of 395 hectares (976 acres) of coastal properties in southwestern Nova Scotia in a region designated by UNESCO as a biosphere reserve because of its rich diversity of species.
Sept. 26, 2016 - Members of the Alberta Forest Products Association planted 74 million tree seedlings in Alberta’s forests during the 2016 planting season. This means that for every Albertan, 18 trees were planted this spring and summer. The industry replants an average of 2 trees for every 1 that is harvested.

"Our industry plants trees because we want a sustainable and green future for Alberta," said AFPA president and CEO Paul Whittaker. “We know that healthy forests are one of the best defenses against climate change. Planting trees also fulfills our commitment and obligation to the people of Alberta to regenerate all forests that we harvest. We take this commitment very seriously.”

The Honourable Oneil Carlier, Minister of Agriculture and Forestry, emphasized the importance of reforestation. “Our forests are essential to the quality of life in Alberta. They support a healthy ecosystem, thousands of well-paying jobs, and pristine recreational spaces. Government and the forest sector work closely together to maintain our forests for future generations.”

Planting trees supports renewable forests and provides jobs for Albertans. Tree planters, who are often youth and post-secondary students, worked 37,000 person days on replanting operations. Tree planting also creates jobs in support sectors like tree nursery employees and local businesses that supply goods and services to planting operations.
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Sept. 2, 2016 - The Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) will announce today the launch of its largescale effort to quantify the conservation benefits associated with well-managed forests stretching across North America from British Columbia to Florida. Forests certified to the SFI Forest Management Standard cover more than 280 million acres/113 million hectares. Millions more acres/hectares benefit from the SFI Fiber Sourcing Standard.

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