Take back may mean more timber available locally

  • Jun. 4, 2004 1:00 p.m.

Weyerhaeuser and the province are negotiating a 20-percent take back of the company’s AAC-a portion of which would come from the company’s holdings on the islands, TFL 39-Block 6-to make more timber available for small businesses and First Nations.
All major timber companies are negotiating a 20-percent take back with the province over and above the five percent that the small business program currently manages. A five percent take back has been available and utilized by the small business program since the late 1980’s says Cal Ross, Operations Manager of Ministry of Forests. The province increased small business and first nation’s share of the AAC as one way to convince the US that the system isn’t subsidized.
Small businesses will get access to the timber through competitive bidding, which should reflect the true value of the wood, says Mr. Ross. This in turn will strengthen the province’s position related to the softwood lumber dispute.
Weyerhaeuser has an additional five percent to return to the province as a result of the tenure transfer from MacMillan Bloedel to Weyerhaeuser, says Garth Johnson, supervisor of Queen Charlotte Timberlands. The company would like the take back to be area based.
“Our people are in negotiation now with the government and our hope would be that they would roll all that-the 20 percent, the five percent and the five percent-into an area based take back designed to support the 30 percent total,” Mr. Johnson says.
Mr. Johnson wouldn’t comment on rumours that Weyerhaeuser wants to pull out of TFL 39 altogether. “As a matter of policy Weyerhaeuser doesn’t comment on rumours. We’re working to continue to improve our operations on the Charlottes.”

Just Posted

Moms of those killed by illicit opioids take to B.C. Legislature in call for action

Moms Stop the Harm, a nationwide network of families who have lost loved ones to overdoses rally

Gwaii Haanas Report: Talking About Everything plan

By Victoria Leslie A dinner of crab legs and clam fritters, halibut… Continue reading

115 new wildfires burning across B.C. due to 19,000 lightning strikes

More fires expected to start today, says BC Wildfire Service officials

CHN seeks injunction against logging at Collison Point

Weeks after ordering an end to a blockade there, the B.C. Supreme… Continue reading

Marijuana to be legal in Canada Oct. 17: Trudeau

Prime Minister made the announcement during question period in the House of Commons

VIDEO: Canadian toddler caught practising hockey skills in crib

Eli Graveline is getting praise from far and wide as the internet freaks out of cute throwback video

Man shot dead in Surrey ID’d as hockey coach and father of two

Murder of Paul Bennett – a respected Peace Arch Hospital worker and ‘champion of sport’ – ‘not random’

Serial killer Robert Pickton transferred to Quebec: victim’s family

Pickton was convicted in December 2007 of six counts of second degree murder

Canadian Syrian children’s choir not to attend festival over fears about U.S. travel

Many kids are recent immigrants from countries covered by Trump travel ban

B.C. teacher ends Jeopardy! winning streak, taking home US$69,000

Ali Hasan, from New Westminster, has been gaining fans as a “one-man invasion,” says Alex Trebek

Jett Woo highlights 5 Canucks choices on Day 2 of NHL entry draft

WHL star out of Moose Jaw tabbed in Round 2

In a matter of hours, women in Saudi Arabia will be allowed to drive

Change was announced as a royal decree in 2017 by Crown Prince Mohammen bin Salman

Feds announce measures to protect endangered whale species

Canada’s Whale Initiative is part of the federal government’s $1.5 billion Ocean Protection Plan

Most Read