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Stakeholders reach deal on Great Bear Rainforest

Forest industry, First Nations, environmentalists and NGOs hope to end years of ‘war in the woods’

After years of conflict that featured blockades and market boycotts, environmental groups and the forest industry have finally agreed on what can be logged and what must be protected in B.C.’s Great Bear Rainforest.

A detailed plan has gone forward to the provincial government and 27 First Nations that reside in the area. If approved by those entities, it will lead to the protection of 70 per cent of the land base in a rugged coastal region that covers 6.4 million hectares on the mainland coast.

The agreement comes after two years of intensive negotiations between three environmental groups and five forest companies in what is known as the Joint Solutions Project. Those talks were preceded by years of protest which saw activists blocking roads and chaining themselves to logging equipment. A market campaign by Greenpeace in the United States and Europe finally brought industry to the table, leading to a groundbreaking deal in 2009 in which the B.C. government, First Nations, environmental groups and industry agreed to fully protect some areas, while following scientifically prescribed logging plans in others. In that broad agreement, about 50 per cent of the area was protected. The final deal increases the current protected area by 20 per cent.

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Landmark agreement reached on B.C.’s Great Bear Rainforest

After 20 years of conflict, the British Columbia forest industry and leading environmental groups say they have reached a final agreement between them on how much of the Great Bear Rainforest is to be conserved and how much is to be logged.

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Forest Companies and Environmental Groups Deliver Joint Recommendations for the Great Bear Rainforest

Joint recommendations to achieve final implementation of ecosystem-based management (EBM) in the Great Bear Rainforest have been reached among five forest product businesses and three leading environmental groups who together form the Joint Solutions Project (JSP).

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CEOs work together to create sawmill regulation

 

The night that a sawmill in Prince George exploded, two of B.C.’s leading forestry executives – normally fierce competitors – picked up the phone to talk. Hank Ketcham, chair of West Fraser Timber, called Don Kayne, CEO of Canfor. The two companies are giants in the B.C. forest industry and they run head to head in the province’s Interior. But both men were driven that night by fear of a crisis they saw headed their way. Read more

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Timberwest Announces Relocation to Downtown Nanaimo

NANAIMO – TimberWest is pleased to announce the relocation of its Nanaimo office to Port Place in downtown Nanaimo this spring. The new location will provide TimberWest’s employees on southern Vancouver Island with a more collaborative and innovative workspace that is scalable and allows room for growth. With this move, TimberWest will be one of the largest private sector employers in downtown Nanaimo.

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Rick Jeffery

President & CEO, Coast Forest Products Association

Exciting Plans in 2014 for BC’s Coastal Forest Industry

Coast Forest Products Association applauds the points made by Minister Steve Thomson at a talk he delivered today at the Annual Truck Loggers Convention.   Stating that 2014 will be an exciting year, the Minister cited that investment in industry is a hallmark of coastal forestry in British Columbia and will be a major focus for Government in the coming year.  In addition, Government will also be working on further developing the effectiveness of BCTS, reducing the regulatory red tape and continuing to develop the market in India and other countries – all to further increase industry competitiveness in the global marketplace.  Coast Forest fully supports these initiatives and anticipates an exciting and productive year of collaboration with the Minister and Government.

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Video: Visit to the San Juan Bautista Opening Ceremony

Visit to the San Juan Bautista Opening Ceremony

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