Our latest forestry research shows that between 2013 and 2016, more raw logs were shipped from BC than during any other four-year period in the province’s history. If these logs had been processed in some of BC’s hardest hit forestry communities, at least 3,600 new jobs could have been generated.
Today, resource policy analyst Ben Parfitt released research that shows exports of raw, unprocessed logs are surging. This has prompted two forest industry unions and three leading environmental groups to call for a ban on raw log exports from old-growth forests and bold government action to stimulate BC’s flagging forest sector.
Equally troubling is Ben's discovery that the industry is on the same dangerous path in younger, second-growth forests which represent the future of forestry in BC.
There has been significant media coverage of the report today with The Tyee saying "How the BC Government Has Sacrificed Forest Communities". Ben was interviewed on radio stations around the province including CKNW's Jon McComb Show and CBC's Daybreak North.
You can read Ben's report here.