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Orchards adapt seeds for dry conditions

Publish Septemeber 29th. 2015 by Chris Bruh in the Nanaimo Bulletin – Source

Charlotte Blundell, a harvest crew member, gathers western red cedar cones at TimberWest’s Mount Newton Seed Orchard in Saanichton. B.C.’s forest industry has operated programs to selectively breed trees for more volume, higher quality wood, pest resistance and, more recently, resilience against drought. - Chris Bruh, The News Bulletin

Charlotte Blundell, a harvest crew member, gathers western red cedar cones at TimberWest’s Mount Newton Seed Orchard in Saanichton. B.C.’s forest industry has operated programs to selectively breed trees for more volume, higher quality wood, pest resistance and, more recently, resilience against drought. – Chris Bruh, The News Bulletin

The summer of 1938, one of Vancouver Island’s hottest on record, set up conditions for the Bloedel Fire that destroyed more than 30,000 hectares of timber on the north Island.

Drought-stressed trees and debris left by the fire became a breeding ground for a Douglas fir beetle outbreak that further degraded the forest. TimberWest owns much of the forest land that is still recovering nearly 80 years later.

Could climate change trigger similar future events?

“There was a Douglas fir beetle outbreak in the ’30s which was related to drought and a fire, so there actually is recorded history of what happens if we’re not prepared,” said Domenico Iannidinardo, TimberWest vice-president of sustainability and chief forester.

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Forestry breeds against climate change

Published September 29th  2015 by Chris Bruh in the Nanaimo Bulletin – Source

Nathiel Stoffelsma, owner of Arbutus Grove Nursery in North Saanich, checks one of 2.5 million TimberWest Douglas fir seedlings, destined for planting on Vancouver Island. The 10-hectare facility raises up to 12 million seedlings annually for forest companies, First Nations, governments and woodlot owners in B.C. and the Pacific Northwest. / Chris Bruh, The News Bulletin

Survival of B.C.’s forests might depend on the industry that harvests them as global temperatures rise.

A process, loosely called “assisted migration,” is part of the federal and provincial governments’ overall response to climate change that includes genetic and selective breeding research carried out by the forest industry, government and Genome B.C., a non-profit research organization that manages large-scale research projects.

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CBC’s Gregor Cragie Interviews Rick Jeffery on the Walbran Valley for On the Island

CBC’s Gregor Cragie Interviews Rick Jeffery on the Walbran Valley for On the Island

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Teal Cedar Products near Chilliwack passes audit

Published September 2015 in Forest Practices Board – Source

An audit of Teal Cedar Products Ltd. in the Chilliwack resource district found that forest planning, silviculture, fire protection, harvesting and road activities have complied with legislation, according to a report released today.

“The audit found that Teal Cedar Products followed the requirements of the Forest and Range Practices Act and the Wildfire Act,” said board chair Tim Ryan. “We are pleased to find that Teal ensured its activities did not affect drinking water that supplies communities, including Mission and Abbotsford.”

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Can Walbran’s breakthrough green forest pact stand the test of time?

Published September 2015 by Stewart Muir for Resource Works – Source 

The forest industry upheld its end of the bargain in Vancouver Island’s Walbran forest – and now must be wondering if the environmental movement can do the same

There is a fascinating irony to British Columbia’s often polarized discussions in the so-called “economy versus the environment” debate. It is how seemingly natural adversaries have worked together quietly, often over long spans of time, to devise solutions that both sides can live with.

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Teal Jones continues to meet environmental certification standards

Published September 2015 by Teal Jones in Newswire – Source

The Teal-Jones Group, a B.C. based forest products company, has once again received endorsement from the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) for its excellence in sustainability practices.

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Rick Jeffery

President & CEO, Coast Forest Products Association

Today’s land use balance is result of intensive, collaborative process

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Teal Jones employee Kyle Bailey, taken by award winning photojournalist, Richard Lam.

The Commission of Resources and Environment (CORE) Vancouver Island land use planning process that took place in the early 1990s was a comprehensive, multi stakeholder planning process. It resulted in the government enacting the 2000 Vancouver Island Higher Level Plan Order that achieved a hard won balance between environment, economic and social outcomes for land use in the region.

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