Cutting MPB with Duz Cho Logging
Dec. 2, 2014, Mackenzie, B.C. – The woods west of Mackenzie towards Fort St. John is a hotbed of logging activity with renewed demand for lumber and pulp for both domestic and international markets.
The Duz Cho Group of Companies is among a handful of logging contractors working in the woods near the Mount Milligan mine. Duz Cho, a company that cuts approximately one million cubic metres each year, is meeting demands for wood from Canfor, Conifex, Mackenzie Fibre, as well as its own sawmill.
A large portion of the wood being cut is pine killed by the Mountain Pine Beetle, with more than 70 per cent of the wood infected in most areas throughout the pine-rich forests west of the Williston Lake.
As is the case in other infected areas throughout B.C., the push is on to rid the woods of the MPB wood before the wood loses its value. That’s part of the reason why the Allowable Annual Cut (AAC) just saw a sharp increase in the Mackenzie timber supply area, rising from 3.05 million cubic metres to 4.5 million cubic metres.
Cutting the wood might not be the issue though, as logging companies in the region continue to struggle with the number of available logging trucks and logging truck drivers working in the area. However, an increase in interest from logging/sawmill operations from outside of the region could change that.
Watch for a full profile of the Duz Cho Group of Companies logging operations in an upcoming issue of Canadian Forest Industries.