Category Archives: Forestry

Failed reforestation attempt near Creston raises red flag

A failed operations audit has left small logging company Arrow Glenn Ltd. in hot water. Photo by Getty Images.

A failed operations audit has left small logging company Arrow Glenn Ltd. in hot water. Photo by Getty Images.

A failed reforestation effort in the Kootenays has left B.C.’s logging watchdog concerned.

Arrow Glenn Ltd, a private logging company with access to over 600 hectares of forested land in B.C., failed to reforest several clear-cuts near Creston — a direct violation of the regulatory Forest and Range Practices Act.

According to a two-year random audit from the Forest Practices Board, Arrow Glenn had seven years to replant trees in numerous clear-cuts but failed to meet minimum standards. They also failed to submit mandatory annual progress reports to the government.

“In the case of a licensee not meeting reforestation obligations, that’s not good stewardship — or stewardship period,” said Timothy Ryan, chair of the FPB.

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Canfor eyes Prince George for major biofuel facility

Prince George will be the home of a future commercial-scale biofuel plant, says Canfor. Photo by Welcomepg.ca.

Prince George will be the home of a future commercial-scale biofuel plant, says Canfor. Photo by Welcomepg.ca.

One of the world’s largest logging companies is looking to get into the oil business.

Canfor is in the early phases of developing what would be the first ever commercial-scale biocrude oil plant. The logging company is looking to convert wood waste from its pulp mills into mass quantities of crude oil at a new facility in Prince George.

“In the next few years we’ll be announcing a project and building a real facility that will produce upwards of 400,000 barrels of oil a year,” said Bret Robinson, president of Canfor Pulp.

The impending project comes after Canfor formed a joint venturewith Australian biofuel production start-up Licella to explore the economic possibilities for large-scale biocrude production plants.

The partnership formed after Licella successfully converted wood waste from Canfor’s Prince George mill into a stable biocrude that’s nearly indistinguishable from traditional crude oil.

Canfor plans to invest funds to integrate Licella’s technology into their current pulp mills. The new project would streamline waste directly from their pulp mills, coupled with virgin fibre, into an attached crude oil processing facility that will cost upwards of $70 million.

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Province-wide slash burning sparks controversy

Slash burn is a method of getting rid of debris from logging, where piles of branches and other tree debris are burned. Photo by Denver Post via Getty Images.

Slash burn is a method of getting rid of debris from logging, where piles of branches and other tree debris are burned. Photo by Denver Post via Getty Images.

When Greg Mancuso got tired of working his regular desk job at Folklore Reforestation, he pestered his boss for a change of scenery.

Shortly after, he got what he asked for: a 12-day gig setting large piles of branches, logs and tree tops ablaze.

The job gave him some nail-biting thrills.

“When you look at the size of some of the fires that you started, it kind of makes you a little nervously excited,” he said.

Mancuso, who usually works as a project coordinator for Folklore Reforestation, would traverse fresh clear-cuts across the Prince George region and burn down large piles of woody debris known as slash.

They’re the leftovers from logging and are systematically burned every fall and winter to limit the risks of wildfire.

It’s is a common forestry practice. Just last year, an estimated five million tons of it went up in flames across the province.

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