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Fort St. John and District Chamber of Commerce met with Minister on Caribou Recovery Plan

Forestry Energeticcity.ca

VICTORIA, B.C. – The Fort St.John and District Chamber of Commerce met with Doug Donaldson, Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, and Rural Development.The FSJ Chamber along with the BC Chamber and 10 chambers from the North,
'VICTORIA, B.C. – The Fort St.John and District Chamber of Commerce met with Doug Donaldson, Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, and Rural Development.The FSJ Chamber along with the BC Chamber and 10 chambers from the North, Okanagan, and Kootenays met with the Minister to discuss concerns related to the Federal Species at Risk Act’s Section 11 Mountain Caribou Recovery Plan .  In attendance was Cheryl Montgomery from the Fort St.John and District Chamber of Commerce to ensure recommendations regarding the socio-economic impact that involves all industry sections including forestry, oil and gas, recreation, indigenous and community are being met through the section 11 criteria.  “It is an incredible opportunity to be able to have time with Minister Donaldson and ensure our voice is being heard on behalf of our members and the region of Fort St.John as a whole.My hope is that having a very large provincial voice in the BC Chamber of Commerce and all of its members will provide clarity to the minister about how important this issue is to our businesses and our local industries.” Says Executive Director of the FSJ and District Chamber of Commerce.Per the BC Chamber adopted policies on the matter, the consortium addressed:  The need for more fulsome (and broad) engagement moving forward with Indigenous nations, local governments, industry and communities  The necessity of substantial and timely socio-economic impact assessments in areas that may be affected by any management measures intended to help the caribou recover  Montgomery shares, their messages were received by the minister, and the group felt optimistic that meaningful action will be taken in the weeks and months ahead to address the concerns.According to Montgomery, the Minister stated he appreciates that chambers remain committed “support” organizations on the ground when it comes to enabling deeper consultations moving forward.  “Our network will continue to focus on strategies that protect both our iconic caribou and thriving local economies and communities,” says Val Litwin, CEO of the BC Chamber of Commerce. “The BC Chamber and our member chambers look forward to continuing to work with the Province on this important file,”  Chambers in attendance included : Dawson Creek, Revelstoke, Fort Nelson, Chetwynd, Sicamous, Prince George, Fort St.John, Tumbler Ridge. (Attending remotely were: Nakusp, Kelowna & Mackenzie)  . The post Fort St.John and District Chamber of Commerce met with Minister on Caribou Recovery Plan appeared first on Energeticcity.ca .'

New cut level set for Fort Nelson Timber Supply Area

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'FORT NELSON, B.C. – Shane Berg, deputy chief forester announced that effective July 16, 2019, the new allowable annual cut (AAC) for the Fort Nelson Timber Supply Area (TSA) is 2,582,350 cubic metres. “The Fort Nelson TSA contains a vast area of mature deciduous stands,” said Berg. “I am confident that my decision will encourage forestry opportunities for First Nations and other operators while maintaining responsible management of biodiversity objectives.” The new AAC is a 59 percent increase from the previous allowable annual cut of 1,625,000 cubic metres set in 2006 and includes partitions to encourage an expansion of forestry opportunities in the northwest portion of the TSA and promote a return to harvesting the deciduous timber profile.The new cut level includes three partitions: 200,000 cubic metres to be harvested from the northwest portion of the TSA; 1,469,410 cubic metres from the deciduous volume in the rest of the TSA; and 912,940 cubic metres from the coniferous volume in the rest of the TSA.The Fort Nelson TSA covers nearly 9.9 million hectares in the northeast corner of the province, with almost 631,000 hectares available for timber harvesting.According to the government, wildlife in the TSA, including boreal caribou, northern caribou and Stone’s sheep, are protected by ungulate winter ranges and wildlife habitat areas.In addition, the western portion of the TSA overlaps with the Muskwa-Kechika Management Area, which supports a diverse range of large mammals.The Fort Nelson TSA does not include southern mountain caribou.Fort Nelson is the major community in the TSA and there are a number of smaller settlements adjacent to the Alaska Highway, including Prophet River, Toad River, Muncho Lake, Lower Post, Coal River and Fireside.The dominant tree species are aspen, white spruce and pine.Nine First Nations reside in, or have traditional territory within, the Fort Nelson TSA, including Fort Nelson First Nation, Prophet River First Nation, Dene Tha’ First Nation, Halfway River First Nation, Doig River First Nation, Acho Dene Koe First Nation, Daylu Dena Council represented by Kaska-Dena Council, Liard First Nation and the Tahltan Nation. . The post New cut level set for Fort Nelson Timber Supply Area appeared first on Energeticcity.ca .'

Media Advisory – Resolute to Host Management Call to Discuss Second Quarter 2019 Results

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'Press Release MONTREAL, July 11, 2019 – Resolute Forest Products Inc. (NYSE: RFP) (TSX: RFP) expects to announce its second quarter financial results on August 1, 2019, at 7:00 a.m. (ET), and to hold a conference call to discuss the results at 9:00 a.m. (ET). The public is invited to join the call at (877) 223-4471 at least fifteen minutes before its scheduled start time.A simultaneous webcast will also be available using the link provided under “Presentations and Webcasts” in the “Investors” section of www.resolutefp.com.A replay of the webcast will be archived on the company’s website.About Resolute Forest Products Resolute Forest Products is a global leader in the forest products industry with a diverse range of products, including market pulp, tissue, wood products, newsprint and specialty papers, which are marketed in close to 70 countries.The company owns or operates some 40 facilities, as well as power generation assets, in the United States and Canada.Resolute has third-party certified 100% of its managed woodlands to internationally recognized sustainable forest management standards.The shares of Resolute Forest Products trade under the stock symbol RFP on both the New York Stock Exchange and the Toronto Stock Exchange.For further information: Investors, Silvana Travaglini, Treasurer and Vice President, Investor Relations, 514 394-2217, ir@resolutefp.com; Media and Others, Seth Kursman, Vice President, Corporate Communications, Sustainability and Government Affairs, 514 394-2398, seth.kursman@resolutefp.com IBF4 . The post Media Advisory – Resolute to Host Management Call to Discuss Second Quarter 2019 Results appeared first on Indigenous Business & Finance Today .'

Small bird seen swooping over N.S. forest helps naturalists bring halt to logging

Forestry Global News

The province's minister of lands and forestry announced today that he's ordering an investigation into a proposed harvest in about 80 scenic hectares of mixed forest between two lakes in Annapolis County.
'The province's minister of lands and forestry announced today that he's ordering an investigation into a proposed harvest in about 80 scenic hectares of mixed forest between two lakes in Annapolis County.'

Minister’s statement on Canfor’s closure of Vavenby sawmill

Forestry ibftoday.ca

Press Release June 4, 2019 VICTORIA – Doug Donaldson, Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development, has released the following statement about Canfor’s closure of its Vavenby sawmill and the request to transfer
'Press Release June 4, 2019 VICTORIA – Doug Donaldson, Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development, has released the following statement about Canfor’s closure of its Vavenby sawmill and the request to transfer tenures to Interfor: “I was saddened to hear that Canfor will permanently close its Vavenby sawmill.The loss of any job is difficult, especially in a small community.My thoughts are with the workers and their families. “Staff from the regional economic operations branch of my ministry and staff from the Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction will work with Canfor, the workers and the community to co-ordinate the delivery of provincial support programs.We will also work with the federal government to ensure supports are made available to affected workers. “With the recent amendments to the Forest Act (Bill 22), we will also ensure that the public interest is protected when companies seek to transfer public forest tenures. “The challenges facing the industry have been building for years and analysts have predicted a reduction in milling capacity for some time, especially in the Interior.Declining timber supply – the result of the end of the pine beetle-killed wood, exacerbated by record-setting fire seasons the past two years – has left the industry scrambling to keep log yards full and keep people working.Weakened lumber markets and the ongoing softwood lumber dispute have contributed to this challenge. “Our government has been working to set a sustainable course for the forest industry in all regions of the province.Last year, we launched the Coast Forest Sector Revitalization Initiative, which led to policy changes aimed at getting the best value and most jobs from the fibre basket on the coast.This spring, Premier John Horgan invited Interior forest sector CEOs to collaborate with all their partners – First Nations, workers and local governments – on innovative solutions for the industry. “Our government believes in rural communities and we believe strongly in the resource sectors.The forest industry supports 140 communities throughout B.C. “Despite this recent bad news, I know that working collaboratively, British Columbians will find innovative solutions to ensure a competitive, high-value forest industry that creates jobs and produces economic stability and benefits for First Nations and communities around the province.” Contact: Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development Media Relations 250 356-7506 Connect with the Province of B.C. at: news.gov.bc.ca/connect ILR5 . The post Minister’s statement on Canfor’s closure of Vavenby sawmill appeared first on Indigenous Business & Finance Today .'

B.C. forest industry can expect the loss of another 12 sawmills over next decade, analyst estimates

Forestry Vancouver Sun

Tolko Industries' decision to close Quesnel mill just a start as industry grapples with timber harvests reduced by the mountain pine beetle and devastating forest fires.
'Tolko Industries' decision to close its Quest sawmill in Quesnel was greeted less with shock than resignation in certain circles with one report predicting the equivalent of 12 more will be shuttered in the next decade to cope with B.C.'s shrinking timber supply. Read More'

Bill 22 is a catch-22 for BC forest companies, critics say – Business in Vancouver

Forestry ibftoday.ca

May 21, 2019 A debate on forestry tenure reform in the B.C. legislature two weeks ago was capped on May 10, with the announcement of the permanent closure of a sawmill in Quesnel.
'May 21, 2019 A debate on forestry tenure reform in the B.C. legislature two weeks ago was capped on May 10, with the announcement of the permanent closure of a sawmill in Quesnel.Tolko Industries Ltd. announced it will permanently shut down its Quest Wood sawmill in August and eliminate one shift at its Kelowna sawmill.That’s 150 job losses for Quesnel and 90 for Kelowna.Read More: https://biv.com/article/2019/05/bill-22-catch-22-bc-forest-companies-critics-say . The post Bill 22 is a catch-22 for BC forest companies, critics say – Business in Vancouver appeared first on Indigenous Business & Finance Today .'