No firm logging plans until 2010: Western Forest Products

  • Jun. 10, 2009 3:00 p.m.

Western Forest Products is not expecting the forest industry to turnaround for the next 12 to 18 months, but that doesn’t mean local loggers won’t be working says Garth Johnson. Mr. Johnson is one of three employees left at the WFP office in Juskatla since the company’s indefinite work curtailment began in January 2009. Currently WFP is looking at market logging with their Bill 13 contractors, he said. “We might run before the industry turns.” Meanwhile, the slump in lumber markets continues to impact workers across the country. Last week, thousands of union forest workers demonstrated in Ottawa, hoping to convince Prime Minister Stephen Harper that the industry needs government support, similar to what’s been offered to the auto industry.