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WSCA Rumour Mill

  • Rumour Mill RoundUpDate, Vol. 14 - 6
    Apr 22, 2014 -
    Western Silvicultural Contractors’ Association

    Rumour Mill Roundupdate
    April 18, 2014
    Vol. 14-6
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  • Rumour Mill Roundupdate Vol. 14-4
    Mar 28, 2014 -
    Western Silvicultural Contractors’ Association

    Rumour Mill Roundupdate
    March 21st, 2014
    Vol. 14-4
    United Nations International Day of Forests Read More
  • WSCA 2014 Annual Conference Roundupdate
    2014 Annual Conference Roundupdate.pdf
    Feb 5, 2014 - A strong showing of company and government dirt foresters and managers made this year's WSCA annual conference a particularly practical and productive session. Here are some of the high points and WSCA strategic objectives arising from the conference: Read More
  • Draft Report on Silviculture Sector Emergency Response Released
    ERP Final.pdf
    Jan 23, 2014 - Serious silviculture workplace incidents and medical emergencies that occur on remote settings in B.C. have been the focus of a recent BC SAFE Silviculture Program research project. The subsequent draft report Report on Matters Related to Remote Worksite Emergency Response in the B.C. Silviculture Sector addresses the concern of how well prepared silviculture operators may be to deal with the actual consequences of a serious injury in a remote setting. The report's findings indicate the regulatory framework provides insufficient guidance as to what an acceptable level of preparation looks like in practice. It also addresses the evidence that many firms may be over-relying on the 9-1-1 system in their emergency planning. Read More
  • WSCA Rumour Mill & Roundupdate Fall 2013
    Dec 31, 2013 - As the annual bidding and negotiating tournament for 2014 silviculture work winds down I thought I would offer a few of my half-baked opinions on the market. Of course, as you all know, opinions are by definition half-baked, as they are based on the information available at the time. Therefore opinions may be incomplete. Being neither all-knowing, or all-seeing, particularly when it comes to the invisible hand of the marketplace, I extend these thoughts based on what I have heard in the last few months. Read More

News & Media

  • Fit to Plant: the Exhilaration of Exertion and Making Money
    Feb 21, 2014 - Each year in late winter on the Canadian West Coast, tree planters begin a seasonal reforestation campaign that will eventually spread across most of the country. Read More
  • California Drought: “Unprecedented”
    Jan 15, 2014 - Emerging story.

    Remember how the climate deniers went after Stephen Chu, Obama’s first Energy Secretary, when Chu described Climate Change’s threat to California agriculture? Given the importance of California agriculture in supplying the fruits and vegetables that Americans have come to expect all winter long, the current drought is something that could have significant impact on American’s pocket books. Read More
  • 2014 COFI Annual Convention
    Jan 9, 2014 - The Council of Forest Industries (COFI) is pleased to announce the dates for Western Canada’s premier forest sector convention - April 2 & 3, 2014 in Kelowna, BC.

    This annual convention traditionally attracts over 400 delegates representing senior industry, government and customer representatives as well as elected officials from, local, provincial and federal governments. This year’s theme “Rooted Locally, Growing Globally: The New Forest Industry” promises to provide something for everyone. For more information on the convention including opportunities for exhibitors, sponsorship or attending, please go to www.cofi.org where you will find a link to the convention website. It will be updated regularly, so please check back often. Read More
  • Province repeatedly hired forestry company despite concerns over working conditions
    Dec 9, 2013 - Khaira Enterprises Ltd. will be back before the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal this week facing allegations that it kept forestry workers in slave-like conditions at a remote camp near Golden.

    The company’s practices have been the focus of the hearings. But the operator had a silent partner – the provincial government. Read More
  • Beetle-killed trees create widespread fire hazard
    Dec 2, 2013 - Fat pellets of snow are dusting a 130-year-old forest of pine and spruce as John Betts leads a small group through the woods. The elevation is 1,100 metres and spring has not reached here, the fresh coat of white making a pretty picture. But this is Mr. Betts’s tour of doom, and he sees instead a powderkeg that threatens the nearby communities of Kamloops, Merritt and Quilchena. Read More

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