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Teal Jones concerned over lack of consultation in old-growth deferrals


November 3, 2021
By Teal-Jones Group
Teal-Jones Group's small log sawmill in Surrey, B.C. Photo: Annex Business Media

Teal-Jones is issuing this statement in response to [yesterday’s] announcement by the B.C. government of the potential deferral of logging activities in 2.6 million hectares of old-growth in British Columbia:

We have just received the B.C. government’s process for deferrals and are still reviewing it in detail to determine the impact on our operations.

We are concerned this significant change is being made with little or no consultation with the industry, First Nations, unions, and forestry communities. Process changes of this magnitude have the potential to disrupt the lives of thousands of British Columbians, and should be made with all the facts, science, and perspectives on the table.

The BC Council of Forest Industries has predicated the decision could cost 18,000 jobs and result in the closure of 14-20 sawmills, two pulp mills, and an undetermined number value-added manufacturing facilities.

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Teal-Jones is committed to engaging with local First Nations in whose territories we operate.