Stranded logs are loaded on a freighter at Ogden Point. Photograph By LYLE STAFFORD, Times Colonist
Forestry workers and environmentalists gathered in Port Alberni on Friday to call for a ban on log exports and for a transition to “sustainable” second-growth harvests.
But an industry representative says a ban could destroy the coastal forest industry.
Arnold Bercov, president of the Public and Private Workers of Canada, said raw-log exports have resulted in thousands of lost jobs, with more than half of coastal mills closing since the 1990s.
He said existing mills should be retooled for second-growth lumber, which he called the future of forestry in the province.