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Top BC Interior Logging Contractors

The high level of uncertainty within the BC Interior logging sector due to mill shutdowns and curtailments is resulting in challenging times for logging contractors, according to Rick Publicover, executive director of the Central Interior Logging Association (CILA).                 

Many changes are occurring within the logging community, as demonstrated by the high level of logging contractor consolidations, retirements, and individuals leaving the industry. However, Publicover is confident that once the industry weathers the current storm, the logging community will continue to be strong, based on the resilience it has shown in the past. The mountain pine beetle epidemic, and its impact on the forest resource, is of particular concern. But there are emerging opportunities to use that fibre, even as it ages—particularly as bio-energy—meaning that it will still need to be harvested.                                   

Below is a list of the largest BC Interior logging contractors by volume. While Logging & Sawmilling Journal attempts to prepare as accurate a list as possible, participation is voluntary. Therefore, it may not reflect all contractors active in the Interior. As many contractors as possible were contacted in putting together the list. Logging & Sawmilling Journal would like to express our thanks to the CILA, the Interior Logging Association, and the North West Logging Association for their assistance in preparing this list.

1. Clusko Logging Enterprises /Westline Harvesting
Owner: Arnold and Imke Bremner
Head office: Williams Lake
Area of operations: Williams Lake, Quesnel, Prince George, Mackenzie
Softwood and incidental hardwood/cut-to-length
750,000 cubic metres

2. Hytest Timber Ltd/Timcor Logging
Owners: Cory Dyck and Tim Menning
Head office: Williams Lake
Area of operations: Williams Lake
Softwood/cut-to-length, tree-length
700,000 cubic metres

3. Eldorado Enterprises Ltd
Owner: Lee Todd
Head office: Williams Lake
Area of operations: Williams Lake, Prince George
Softwood/cut-to-length, tree-length
600,000 cubic metres

4. Gulbranson Logging Ltd
Owner: Mel Gulbranson Family
Head office: Vanderhoof
Area of operations: Vanderhoof, Fort St James,
Mackenzie, Prince George
Softwood/cut-to-length, tree-length
500,000 cubic metres

5. Warmac Ventures Ltd
Owner: Vern Watt
Head office: Prince George
Area of operations: Prince George
Softwood/cut-to-length, tree-length, cable logging
480,000 cubic metres

6. Blackwater Construction Co Ltd
Owner: Terry O’Neill
Head office: Prince George
Area of operations: Prince George/Tumbler Ridge
Softwood/cut-to-length, tree-length
475,000 cubic metres

7. Balcaen Consolidated Contracting Ltd
Owner: Keith Balcaen
Head office: Lavington
Area of operations: Vernon
Softwood/tree-length
400,000 cubic metres

8. Myatovic Bros Logging Ltd
Owner: Jerry Myatovic
Head office: Prince George
Area of operations: Prince George/Mackenzie
Softwood/cut-to-length
400,000 cubic metres

9. Groot Bros Contracting Ltd
Owner: John and George Groot
Head office: Houston
Area of operations: Houston area
Softwood/cut-to-length, tree-length
300,000 cubic metres

10. Coyote Transport Ltd
Owner: Dave Bellamy
Head office: Prince George
Area of operations: Prince George
Softwood/cut-to-length, tree-length
300,000 cubic metres