Category Archives: Community diversification

Policy – September 2015 Encouraging use of wood residue
MFLNRO announces a new fibre action plan to increase use of wood residue.

Pouring money into interface protection not enough

The Victoria Times editorial suggests more money is needed to treat forest-community interface areas from wildfire.  Although this is correct, the cost is high but could be reduced if Government was to change some policies regarding harvesting of merchantable trees within these areas.  These changes would generate revenue and off-set treatment costs while at the same time protect the interface area and contribute to long-term forest stewardship. These would also generate jobs and economic benefits for the community.  The barriers to these benefits are well  know within the industry and wildfire experts.  Government just needs to listen!

Use of wood waste for community diversification

The use of  wood waste from forest harvesting or wood processing can have a greater value than its use for bio-energy as outlined in Logging residue-opportunities lost.  Washington State University has developed a new technology for the use of lignin (a by product of wood processing and bio-chemical digestion technologies) for use in car manufacturing  Other research is on-going in Alberta in this regard to replace metals and plastics in car bodies.  This is the type of technology we need in BC to utilize wood residue and increase community economics and diversification.  Government and industry must work to remove the barriers to the encouragement of investors in use of these technologies and move communities forward in achieving resiliency.

Moving toward community resiliency-recommended strategic actions

Using the progress in implementing the recommendations from the Healthy Forests-Healthy Communities Initiative dialogue, Moving toward community resiliency-specific actions identifies steps by Government, industry and communities that can be taken immediately to move along paths to long-term forest stewardship and community resiliency.

Innovative building design

Spearhead has created an amazing wood structure  in the Kootenays We need more of this!  The creation of clusters and encouraging innovative value-added manufacturing requires Government leadership, especially in the form of reducing barriers Building through clusters (1).

Building the value-added sector

BC is facing a declining timber supply, closure of more primary wood product mills, economic impacts to rural communities and forest sector job losses.  Growing the Secondary Wood Manufacturing Sector provides an opportunity to more fully utilize the available fibre and reduce or eliminate these impacts.

Building through clusters  describes an opportunity to increase community diversification, move toward full utilization of wood fibre, create jobs, decrease greenhouse gas emissions and increase provincial and local government revenues.  We know how to do this and don’t need studies, just action.  Is the Government and the Forest Sector up to the challenge of working for an integrated, viable and sustainable BC primary and secondary wood sector?

NDP forestry election plan

The NDP forestry plan was just announced.  It includes an emphasis on increasing value-added manufacturing which is consistent with the recommendation in the HFHC Update report.  However, the Plan is short on details and has the potential to be superficial just like the BC Liberals actions since 2013 on this topic.  The NDP needs to be pushed for details related to implementing the Plan.  BC Liberal response has been “we are already doing this” but as per the HFHC analysis there has not been any substantial actions to address the issue.  Political parties need to provide details to get support comfort in expecting significant advancement on community diversification and economic development.