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August 20, 2012

Growing Fibre, Growing Value

Response to the Report
On August 15th, the Special Committee on Timber Supply released its long-awaited report calledGrowing Fibre, Growing  Value. The report outlines 22 recommendations that are grouped into six main areas: preserving the integrity of BC’s sustainable forest management system; land base issues; forest practices considerations; other AAC-related issues; forest tenure issues and interests; and Burns Lake. 

The ABCFP is pleased that the report tries to strike a balance between values and advocates the use of science-based decision making. It also recommends maintaining a strong role for the Chief Forester in making AAC decisions which the ABCFP feels is extremely important.

Next Steps
The ABCFP is currently studying the report and the 22 recommendations. While you will not see us in the media at this time, we want you to know that we are still on task and advocating for the sustainable management of BC’s forests.

Read the Report
You can find Growing Fibre, Growing Value  on the Special Committee on Timber Supply’s website.

August 20, 2012

$3.4 million to improve Nadina district timber supply

Aug. 13, 2012 Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
$3.4 million to improve Nadina district timber supply
VICTORIA – The Land Based Investment Strategy (LBIS) is investing $3.4 million in the Nadina district for reforestation, timber supply mitigation, forest health and inventory. The LBIS funding will increase both mid- and long-term timber supplies, mitigating the effects of the mountain pine beetle infestation and wildfires. 
The Land Based Investment Strategy guides investments in British Columbia’s natural resources to achieve environmental sustainability and economic prosperity.
LBIS funding in Nadina will support:
·         The planting of 17,000 seedlings and plans are underway to fertilize 4,500 hectares, producing an additional 90,000 cubic metres of timber in the mid-term (20 to 60 years) and long term (60+years).
·         Site preparation of 850 hectares to enable the planting of 1.3 million seedlings next spring producing an extra 210,000 cubic metres to long-term timber supply. 
·         Surveying of 8,000 hectares to find treatable ground for reforestation, fertilizing and improved spacing, resulting in an additional 13,000 cubic metres of timber for both short- and long-term supplies.
·         Planning and prescriptions to sow almost two million seedlings this fall, adding 300,000 cubic metres to long-term timber supplies.
The 2012-13 Land Based Investment Strategy will invest $78.6 million, a 15 per cent increase over last year. About 5.3 million hectares of new and updated inventory will be completed this year.
Growing trees and investing in reforestation to ensure a sustainable timber supply are part of the forest sector strategy, outlined in ‘Canada Starts Here: The BC Jobs Plan’.
A copy of Our Natural Advantage: Forest Sector Strategy for British Columbia can be downloaded
Brennan Clarke, Public Affairs Officer
Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
250 356-5261
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August 20, 2012

Alberni District Secondary to welcome students in September

Aug. 9, 2012 Ministry of Education
Alberni District Secondary to welcome students in September
PORT ALBERNI – Work is close to completion on the new $58-million Alberni District Secondary school. 
The new 12,150-square-metre school, with a capacity for 1,000 students, will be ready to open on the first day of the 2012-13 school year. The project includes a 1,585-square-metre Neighbourhood Learning Centre (NLC) to serve the local community. 
Programming at the NLC will include:
·         Community theatre and associated support space.
·         First Nations gathering space.
·         Youth health clinic with shared-use community space.
The new school, which replaces the existing Alberni District Secondary school, is being built to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold standards. This will save the district significant operating costs, while providing a more comfortable and modern learning environment for students.
Over 370 jobs were created during construction. Work remaining includes installing artificial turf on the field, finishing work on the gym and completing the student atrium/commons area.
Construction Photos are available at:
Quick Facts:
·         Since 2001, the B.C. government has invested more than $6 million in capital projects for the Alberni school district, including upgrades and renovations to A.W. Neill Middle school.
·         The government is currently working to upgrade, replace and build a total of 60 schools throughout B.C. over the next four years. The total cost of these projects is approximately $1.5 billion.  
·         Since 2001, the B.C. government has spent more than $2.1 billion to complete 93 new and replacement schools, 150 additions, 27 renovations and 22 site acquisitions.
Learn More:
BC’s Education Plan:
Government Communications and Public Engagement
Ministry of Education
250 356-5963
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August 20, 2012

WorkSafeBC discovers green wood sawdust also poses high explosion risk

Through laboratory tests, WorkSafeBC has determined that both beetle-kill and green wood dust pose a high risk of explosion when the moisture content of the dust is below 5% and the particle size is less than 75 micrometres.

Dust with this moisture content and particle size is found on elevated surfaces such as rafters, beams, inside dust collectors, and on the surface of air separation systems as well as in hot dry environments such as process equipment and light covers.

Green wood refers to wood from trees that were living prior to felling stage of harvesting.

Direction has previously been issued to industry regarding the importance of rigorous dust management procedures and WorkSafeBC is currently engaged in a multi-phase inspectional program. Phase 1 saw the inspection of all sawmills in the province processing either green or beetle-kill wood. Phase II, which began in July, expanded the inspectional program to include other wood processing operations such as pellet and planer mills where dust accumulation could be a safety hazard. Phase III will expand to industries that generate dust from wood and other sources; this would include workplaces that manufacture rubber, aluminum and sugar, for example.

WorkSafeBC is releasing the lab results to ensure that employers who may be using green wood are well advised and understand the need for continued rigour in their workplaces to ensure that mills are cleaned and dust is not permitted to accumulate. This information is being shared as a matter of general concern and advice to industry and does not reflect conclusions in the two on-going investigations.

August 20, 2012

B.C. Timber Supply committee releases report with recommendations to increase timber supply

The Special Committee on Timber Supply today released its unanimous report making 22 recommendations to increase the supply and value of mid-term timber and to strengthen future forest management in the B.C. Central Interior.

This region of the province has been hit hard by the current mountain pine beetle epidemic that has killed 53% of the total pine volume on the timber harvesting land base.

The committee held public hearings in 15 Interior communities and Vancouver, and received input from First Nations, local government, key stakeholders and the public. During its six-week consultation period, the committee received 650 submissions.

Based on the public input received, the committee framed its recommendations within the broad context of future forest management in British Columbia. Its recommendations to increase mid-term timber supply focus on:

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The committee also considered carefully the requests for an early decision to be made on the timber supply to help facilitate the rebuilding of the Burns Lake mill destroyed by fire in January 2012. The committee’s recommendation outlines steps for government to facilitate the economic recovery effort.

“Our report aims to strengthen future timber supply and forestry-dependent communities throughout the Central Interior,” said committee chair John Rustad. “Our recommendations provide steps to move forward with a response for the Lakes timber supply area, while providing a path for minimizing the decline in timber supply created by the mountain pine beetle epidemic.”

“The report reflects the importance of working with local communities to preserve the integrity of British Columbia’s sustainable forest management system,” said committee deputy chair Norm Macdonald. “Management of the forest land base must balance the harvesting of timber with environmental and social values and maintain certification standards.”

August 17, 2012

Request for Proposals for Labour Market Information Services

The Truck Loggers Association, in partnership with the Province of British Columbia, Jobs, Tourism and Innovation Ministry, Labour Market Branch invites proposals for labour market information services for the Coastal Forest Industry Workforce Initiative. The purpose of the Request for Proposals (RFP) is to select a contractor to complete a labour market and training needs analysis of the coastal region of British Columbia’s forest industry. The coastal forest industry requires a highly skilled workforce to build, maintain, and operate its infrastructure. This resource industry cluster is comprised of harvest, planting, manufacturing, processing, pulp and paper, retail commercial suppliers and public sector planners and regulators.

A copy of the RFP Terms of Reference may be downloaded here

Prospective proponents are asked to indicate their intent to submit by sending an email stating such to, no later than Noon PST, Friday, August 29th, 2012.

All enquiries for clarification of information must be provided to Patrick N. Marshall, LMPP Chair, Capital EDC Economic Development Company  During the proposal period any addendum and any responses to questions from proponents will be issued to all persons/organizations who have indicated their intent to submit a proposal.

The working group will give consideration to all proposals received via e-mail by Noon PST, Friday, September 14th, 2012.

The closing location is: Capital EDC Economic Development Company, Victoria by email
Patrick N. Marshall
LMPP Process Chair
Consulting Economic Developer
Capital EDC Economic Development Company
Office: +1 250 595-8776
eFacsimile: + 1 866 827-1524