May 2008

Spurred by the pine beetle scourge, initiatives tapping into the biomass-to-energy opportunities—including producing power and wood pellets—are quickly coming into focus in the BC Interior.

Chilcotin challenges
Westline Harvesting is at home in BC’s Chilcotin region, and the company’s management and logging crews understand the log harvesting and logistical challenges —and are constantly adapting to accommodate them and meet mill requirements.

Burns Lake business base
The Burns Lake Community Forest has developed a successful business base and used that foundation as a catalyst for creative diversification that has kept economic and employment benefits pumping through the community.

A New Marshal on the Road
A road safety marshal program in the BC Interior is having an impact, making logging truck drivers more aware of the importance of safe driving procedures on some extremely busy logging roads.

Top BC Interior Logging Contractors 2008

Forest industry and mining/energy industries share common concerns
Canada’s most important logging show officially enters a new era this June: it has expanded to include the missing oil and gas industries.

Mining exploration hot in BC
The BC government is playing its part in encouraging mining exploration, offering exploration companies a 30 per cent enhanced tax credit for working in beetle kill areas.

Shipping mill equipment and–lumber–by container
CN’s new intermodal facility in Prince George has created a container and transportation link to overseas markets for a manufacturer of mill equipment, and offers potential for forest products companies.

Woody head handles the wood well
While BC’s Anything for a Buck Contracting works to keep its older logging equipment in good shape, it also keeps an eye out for new technologies and recently added a Woody 60 harvester head to its equipment line-up.

Banking on biomass
Freres Lumber has made a big investment in bioenergy, installing a $20 million co-generation plant and banking on biomass to deliver its energy needs—and hooking the system up to the grid.

They're in the Chips
Guthrie Enterprises of New Brunswick has established a solid market niche for its mobile chipping operation, and the company sees a good future ahead supplying chips for pulp mills and biofuel production.


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