Biofibre a tough harvest

Director of area B, Bill Miller, is concerned that the province is allowing logging contractors to burn merchantable timber.

Regional District of Bulkely Nechako chair and director of area B, Bill Miller, is concerned that the province is allowing logging contractors to burn merchantable timber.

At a meeting in Houston early this month Miller complained to member of legislative assembly John Rustad and minister of forests and natural resources Steve Thomson that too much fibre was being burned through out the region.

Miller, as reported by the Houston Times, said that close to a million cubic meters of fibre was burned in the Burns Lake and Houston areas a couple of years ago.

To put that in perspective, one million cubic metres is half the entire annual allowable cut of sawlogs in the Lakes Timber Supply Area.

“I think it borders on criminal that you [the province] haven’t addressed that,” Miller said.

Member of legislative assembly for Nechako-Lakes, John Rustad is aware of the problems that contractors face in the forest when it comes to dealing with this fibre.

“Our current logging practises are focussed on capturing sawlogs,” he said.  “That makes it challenging for people trying to capture the biofibre.”

The province is responding to the challenges faced by loggers when it comes to harvesting fibre for pellet plants.

“We’ve created something called a receiving license, and we’re making changes to that to make it more functional,” Rustad said.  “We’re also going to create something called a supplemental license… to try and allow easier access to what’s left behind after harvesting.”

These legislative changes will be introduced in February or March of 2013.

 

Just Posted

Prince Rupert Gas Transmission project searches for partners

TransCanada is renewing permits for its natural gas pipeline project to North Coast.

Coastal GasLink stops work to investigate archaeological find

OGC archaeologists are en route to the Houston-area site where Unist’ot’en report finding stone tools

All Native Basketball Tournament Day 5: Recap

Highlights and results from day 5 at the All Native Tournament

All Native Basketball Tournament Day 6: Preview

Look ahead to all the action scheduled for Feb. 16 at the All Native Tournament

Coastal GasLink prepares sites of construction work camps

Unist’ot’en condemn 14 ‘man camps’ housing 500-800 workers as threatening safety of women and children

VIDEO: Historic night in Red Deer as 2019 Canada Winter Games kicks off

Star-studded Opening Ceremony features athletes from across Canada

Eight cases of measles confirmed in Vancouver outbreak

Coastal Health official say the cases stem from the French-language Ecole Jules Verne Secondary

Plecas won’t run in next election if B.C. legislature oversight reforms pass

B.C. Speaker and Abbotsford South MLA says he feels ‘great sympathy’ for Jody Wilson-Raybould

Workshop with ‘accent reduction’ training cancelled at UBC

The workshop was cancelled the same day as an email was sent out to international students

Former B.C. premier Gordon Campbell accused of sexual touching

Accuser went to police, interviewed by Britian’s Daily Telegraph

Judge rules Abbotsford home must be sold after son tries to evict mom

Mom to get back down payment and initial expenses

Trump officially declares national emergency to build border wall

President plans to siphon billions from federal military construction and counterdrug efforts

Snow turns to slush, rain as it warms up across B.C.’s south coast

Some areas are already covered by more than half a metre of snow following three separate storms

Father to be charged with first-degree murder in Amber Alert case

11-year-old Riya Rajkumar was found dead in her father’s home in Brampton, Ontario

Most Read