Critics note that during the last decade, more than 70 sawmills have closed and 30,000 forestry jobs in B.C. have evaporated. JONATHAN HAYWARD / THE CANADIAN PRESS
The provincial government’s grand strategy for revitalizing the coastal forest industry, upon which many communities outside Metro Vancouver are heavily dependent, is adrift and in the doldrums.
At least, that appears to be the view of mayors from 27 coastal forestry communities just surveyed by the Truck Loggers Association for its report Community Perspectives on the B.C. Coastal Forest Industry.
The organization, which since 1943 has represented more than 450 independent sawmills, logging contractors, small tenure harvesters, road builders, trucking firms, log brokers, value-added wood remanufacturers and industry suppliers in more than 100 communities across the coastal forest region, last surveyed the mayors in 2004 just as government launched its restructuring strategy.