NEWS RELEASE · 15th November 2012
Gordon Hamilton, Vancouver Sun
BC Hydro burns hundreds of thousands of trees along Northwest Transmission LineHydro has warned residents along the route to expect smokey and hazy skies as contractors burn hundreds of thousands of trees — almost all of the estimated 490,000 cubic metres of wood that is now being cleared along the right-of-way for the $404 million project.
BC Hydro is burning most of the timber it is cutting along the 340-kilometre-long route of its Northwest Transmission Line north of Terrace, saying the quality of the wood and sheer remoteness of the project make it uneconomic to salvage.
Hydro has warned residents along the route to expect smokey and hazy skies as contractors burn hundreds of thousands of trees — almost all of the estimated 490,000 cubic metres of wood that is now being cleared along the right-of-way for the $404 million project.
Ironically, one of the environmental arguments Hydro makes for the new line is that electrification will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions in northwestern B.C.
The logging is being conducted by six regional First Nations and their contractors as part of an agreement with Hydro that turned title to the timber over to First Nations.Read the Rest Here
Comment by Pat#1 on 24th November 2012
MaryAnne Arcand says we are short 2000 'grey sweaters' ...
Along with the limited re-opening of the Skeena Sawmill and the dearth of employment for the 'above'..., I would like to assume we would be willing to travel near and far to do SOMETHING with this timber.
Gordon Hamilton has a long standing reporting on the woes of the BC Forestry industry.
As a former wife of a faller, I still ache for our losses when it comes to timber, regulations and legislations and fatalities.
Buy a BC Christmas tree.
Comment by Janice Robinson on 21st November 2012
Future benefits for us First Nations people from Kitsumkalum? Fat chance. Only a select few currently benefit. The Indian "corporation" charged with doing all this stupid "logging" always cries hardship and broke at community meetings.
I think they are full of B.S., as do many other Tsimshian. We are all aware of these shameful practices and dishonesty. But, those "loggers" couldn't care less, have the blessings of municipal, provincial and federal governments, and don't give a damn about any other family, nor the environment.
They do drive the nicest pick-up trucks around our reserve (just as nice as the vehicles treaty negotiators like to drive).
Benefit who? When? And, why should they? They just make us angry. It is hopeless.
Comment by Amy Scott on 19th November 2012
I think we need to organize in order to make better use out of those trees.
Anyone that wants to aquire some nice wood for building or firewood could pool their money, and find people with time and machinery to bring it to a central area in terrace. We could set up a portable mill there.
I have a few hundred to invest.
So how do we get everyone that wants to make use out of those trees together?
Indians have nothing to do with these first nation operators
Comment by Merv Ritchie on 16th November 2012
Indians are traditional people who live off and respect the land. First nations are people who have sold out the heritage to the British system of governance.
The First Nations logging groups’ practices are more deplorable than the settlers of the past 60 to 100 years. Anyone from the Northwest who has visited the areas CTR and Brinkman have logged know the truth.
Indians stand back in horror as their "Elected" and "appointed" "First Nations" leaders destroy everything in the name of their ancestors.
As the two Tsimshian "Reserve" appointed "First Nations" leaders from Kitsumkalum and Lax'kwa'laams spit at each other as they fight over the scraps the Federal and Provincial governments throw on the floor in front of them (like children fighting over candy from a smashed piñata), the governments laugh and true Indians sit back in shame for their people.
Don't blame the Indians for what the Residential schools created, sell out elected chiefs and councils. Remember, these systems were created by the Indian Agents. They started the system by finding the Indians who would betray their own people. That is the system which survives today.
Blame those people who call themselves First Nations, they are the ones who have bought into the idea that an Indian is somehow a lesser person, or as one treaty communications staffer from Kitselas stated, "using the word Indian is like calling someone a Nigger". How far down the silly rabbit hole have people fallen?
The Indian Act and the The Royal Proclamation of 1763 are not for First Nations, they are for the protection of Indiaans. Those people who are not participating in these destructive practices.
Zero Waste only for the little guy
Comment by Jeff Rueger on 16th November 2012
Funny isn't it that I am supposed practice zero waste to stop stuff going to the landfill - but the same regional district stands by while this sort of waste takes place. A condition of major projects such as this should be that all waste is utilized if at all possible - and effort must be undertaken to fulfill this requirement. For instance how often have we heard of cogeneration plants wanting to start in the area - well here is a startup source of supply - make it an integral part of the powerline project before any approvals are given. Sure in the end things might cost more - oh yah right that might cut into the profits of the mines needing the electricity from the powerline ...
And in any case it must be the best thing for the environment because that is always the choice made by first nations ...
Comment by Ex-forestry worker Mike on 16th November 2012
"uneconomical"..."no mills close enough for it to be viable to move these logs for processing"....
That's just some of the BS that I've heard regarding this. Last I checked Skeena Sawmills opened back up and are looking for timber...hmmm
Also, I'm not an avid tv watcher by any means but I'm aware of a "reality show" based in the southern USA called Swamp Loggers and somehow those guys manage to stay working logging in horrible conditions, for peasly twigs, and we can't get in the bush to truck these trees down the NTL access road to Skeena Sawmills....WAY TO TO BC GOVERNMENT!
Bring back the clause that ties the tree licenses to the local area, STOP RAW LOGS! I'm tired of hearing that "well we're keeping the loggers working...." as if when the sawmills and pulpmills run we won't need those same loggers and then some more loggers to support the mills??? Not to mention all the VALUE ADDED jobs in the mills instead of shipping them all to the US and China....come on people, time to wake up and take back our province!!!
So they turned title to the Timber to the First Nations?
Comment by Nancy on 16th November 2012
And now there is a big Air and Burning warning? expect smokey and hazy skies? Good thing they turned over the title to the timber to the First Nations! Good Job! BC Hydro! And local First Nations!
Can't wait for the future "benefits" to first nations.