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Idle machinery sits in an interface logged forest
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Forestry Gold Creek’s fire-prevention plan in action

After a devastating year of forest fires across B.C., Canfor is interface logging to negate potential threats

Two pilots stand in front of a small aircraft owned by ELT Aviation, based in Cranbrook, B.C.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Environment, Forestry, Health & Wellness, Mining, Small Business, Tourism, Transportation Eclipse Helicopters, Cranbrook

A small aviation company is providing important support to the Kootenay region.

Picture of worker in wood factory.
East Kootenay, Creston, West Kootenay, Agriculture, Forestry, Small Business Two Kootenay companies finalists in BC Export Awards

The BC Export Awards annually seeks out BC’s Top Exporters and honours companies for their excellence and achievements in 9 categories.

Logging truck
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Forestry National Forest Week highlights the sustainable management of B.C.’s forests

Learn more about the importance of forests to our history, our communities and our economy during National Forest Week

A water bomber is flying over Moyie Lake with the sun filtered by smoke.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Environment, Forestry Historic B.C. wildfire season

The unprecedented wildfire season in B.C. will affect the forest industry

Jeff and Stephanie Bowes took full ownership of Canadian Timberframes Ltd. in Golden, B.C., on January 1, 2017.
West Kootenay, Golden, Forestry, Kootenay Influencers Top of the timberframe game

Canadian Timberframes Ltd., of Golden, B.C., is winning building contracts in some of the most prestigious areas in North America.

Melanie Buerge is standing outside in a row that is between huge benches of evergreen tree seedlings.
West Kootenay, Forestry Growing our future forests

Harrop, B.C.’s nursery is part of PRT Growing Services Ltd.

Kurt Huebert’s carpentry companion is a Krüsimatic G1 CNC robot.
East Kootenay, Elkford, Sparwood, West Kootenay, Golden, Forestry, Technology Carpentry for robots

Kurt Huebert of HübertHaus Timberframes in Golden, B.C., has created a company based on hard work, ingenuity and a sophisticated million dollar robot

Justin Storm became general manager of J.H. Huscroft Ltd. in 2013, at the age of 30.
East Kootenay, Creston, Forestry, 40 Under 40 Justin Storm, Creston’s dedicated lumberman

Justin Storm appreciates the collaboration among Creston’s businesses and community agencies, supporting the local economy.

Ingrid Hope, president/owner of Hall Printing, stands beside an environmentally friendly, energy-efficient printer that uses no processing chemicals or water.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Trail, Environment, Forestry Lightening its print on the planet

Hall Printing in Trail, B.C., won the Go Green Award from the local chamber of commerce

John Belland, HR manager at Zellstoff Celgar.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Nelson, Developments, Forestry Homegrown skilled labour

A variety of programs are filling the need for skilled labour in the Kootenays, with both high schools and colleges offering ways into the trades.

by Galadriel Watson
Pictured from left to right: Derek Nighbor, CEO Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC); Michael J. Giroux, President, Canadian Wood Council; Pierre Lapointe, President and CEO FPInnovations
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Forestry National Forest Week and Wood Innovation

Forestry is an important employer in the Kootenays, representing over $1.5 billion in annual revenue.

Elko Mill in Elko, B.C.
Environment, Forestry State of the forest industry

The good, the bad and the unknown.

The Zellstoff Celgar pulp mill in Castlegar, B.C.
East Kootenay, Fernie, West Kootenay, Castlegar, Forestry Predictions for the pulp industry

Experts agree that there is likely to be a shift in pulp prices due to capacity exceeding demand.

A logging truck is being loaded at a cut block.
Forestry Forests are fundamental to our economy, our culture and our future

During National Forest Week, Canadians are invited to learn more about this valuable renewable resource

Shrubs and trees in pots are lined up for sale at the Morris Flowers Garden Centre in Creston, B.C.
Agriculture, Environment, Forestry One tree does make a difference

Canada has committed to planting 35 million trees by 2020, one for each Canadian

Bridge installation steps on the Columbia West Bridge, located 40 kilometres from Golden, B.C.
Nakusp, Forestry, Transportation Nakusp’s Galena Contractors Ltd. serving the Kootenays for nearly 50 years

Galena Contractor’s Ltd. strives to better the community through its projects with sustainable development focused on maintaining the environment.

by Nowell Berg
Jemi Fibre graphic.
Forestry In $11M deal CanWel acquires Jemi Fibre, includes Kootenay operations

Acquisitions include 136,000 acres of private timberland, harvesting operations, several post peeling facilities, and two specialty wood treatment plants.

Aerial view of Wynndel Box and Lumber.
Creston, Forestry Canfor announces the purchase of Creston’s Wynndel Box and Lumber

The agreement is expected to close in the second quarter of 2016 and is subject to customary closing conditions.

A rendering of street tree plantings along a boulevard with a multi-use pathway within Castlegar's Columbia Avenue Residential District
Castlegar, Environment, Forestry, Transportation On the shady side of the street

Castlegar's newly released Street Tree Master Plan makes trees top priority

Ute Juras, mayor of Canal Flats, B.C.
Canal Flats, Forestry Challenge in Canal Flats

The mayor and council of Canal Flats, B.C., are gathering resources to support their community’s economic survival.

Student, Les Pike with a  chainsaw. Robert Hawkins photo
Forestry Planting a seed for the future of forestry

COTR's Forestry Boot Camp is helping to build the skill level of our upcoming forestry workers.

The Zellstoff Celgar pulp mill as seen from across the river.
Castlegar, Forestry

The Zellstoff Celgar pulp mill is a significant regional employer

A stack of lumber.
Creston, Forestry

Independent sawmills are a part of their communities for generations

Kimberley Fire Chief Al Collinson is standing on tree chips from a fuel reduction project at Duck Pond.
Fernie, Kimberley, Environment, Forestry The City of Kimberley tackles wildland fire risk

Many more resources are needed for B.C. communities, including Kimberley, to be safe from catastrophic wildfires

A hand holding sawdust.
Castlegar, Forestry Pulp in the Kootenays

Two kraft pulp mills provide hundreds of jobs and millions of dollars in economic spin-offs in the West and East Kootenays

by Nowell Berg
Mountains, forests and rivers define the Kootenay region. Above:  the Elk River.
Forestry National Forest Week 2015

September 20 to 26 is National Forest Week, a good time to reflect on the importance of trees to our way of life.

A pedestrian, timber-frame wooden bridge with a metal roof spans Mark Creek in Kimberley, B.C.
Developments, Forestry Community awards for excellence in building with wood

Do you know of a Kootenay community in which the local government is a wood champion?

A worker stands next to a forestry road in the bush in British Columbia with heavy equipment in the background.
Forestry, Tourism, Transportation Managing B.C.‘s resource roads

British Columbia's resource roads need more funding for maintenance

Picture of little girl, mother and doctor
Cranbrook, Developments, Education, Financial, Forestry, Health & Wellness “GP for Me” one of three projects to receive funding

Three projects in the RDEK’s Central Subregion receive funding through the Central East Kootenay Community Directed Funds (CEKCDF) Program.

An employee at Harrop-Proctor Forest Products busy sorting freshly cut lumber.
Forestry Live-edge wood product prove popular at Harrop-Procter

There is an increasing interest in live-edge timber products among builders.

A forest fire raging though a stand of trees.
Cranbrook, Forestry, Real Estate How to protect your home from a forest fire

A few simple steps you can take to protect your home from wildfire.

Three workers in safety gear are at their work site on a recently built resource road.
Environment, Forestry, Mining, Transportation Leadership needed for B.C.‘s resource roads

B.C.'s resource roads are a multi-billion dollar asset that needs inventorying and active management

David Walls (L), president, College of the Rockies, and David Wilks, MP Kootenay Columbia
Cranbrook, Education, Forestry, Mining Support for industrial training

Thanks to grants from the federal government and Columbia Basin Trust, the College of the Rockies can offer more trades training.

Mike Effray of Strategic Fire Control demonstrating first aid.
Cranbrook, Forestry Strategic Fire Control

Mike Effray, owner and operations manager of Cranbrook-based Strategic Fire Control, has one of the hottest jobs on the market today.

by Trina Ayling
Canfor opertations in Canal Flats
Canal Flats, Forestry Canfor cuts 81 Canal Flats mill jobs

Cuts attributed to “a dearth of affordably retrievable timber.”

Todd Hebert, executive director of Blue Lake Centre
Canal Flats, Cranbrook, Education, Environment, Forestry Citizen science comes to the Kootenays

Blue Lake Centre’s new executive director, Todd Hebert, is incorporating citizen science into the centre’s education programs.

Justin Storm, general manager, J.H. Huscroft, Creston, B.C.
Creston, Environment, Forestry Long-term survivor

J.H. Huscroft Ltd. produces a diverse range of products and provides employment that supports economic stability in B.C.’s Creston Valley

A father, his daughter, son and grandchildren standing by a red truck.
Castlegar, Forestry 75 years of sawdust in their blood

From horses and handsaws to logging trucks and high-speed lumber stackers, the Kalesnikoffs have kept the family business going strong since 1939.

Bryce Piggot, plant manager, Louisiana-Pacific Building Products, Golden, B.C.
Golden, Forestry Job seekers, try Golden

After five years of downsizing, Louisiana-Pacific Building Products in Golden, B.C., is in a promising growth phase.

Forestry machinery at work
Canal Flats, Radium Hot Springs, Castlegar, Grand Forks, Forestry Forest Industry has strong connection to Kootenays

Vancouver-based Canfor and a number of other companies lead the list.

High Terrain Helicopter base
Nelson, Forestry, Small Business New state-of-the-art helicopter base near Nelson

Steve Benwell has grown his company into one of the largest helicopter operations in the Kootenay region.

Picture of wood planks
Forestry Sawmill to be re-started by San Group as Meadow Creek Forest Products

A Surrey-based company has purchased Meadow Creek Cedar’s long-idled sawmill at Cooper Creek.

Exterior of Kootenay Wood Preserves building in Cranbrook BC
Cranbrook, Forestry Jemi Fibre on forestry buying spree in the East Kootenay

Jemi Fibre based in Vancouver also recently acquired three wood manufacturing companies in the region.

A welder working on a giant shovel head.
Cranbrook, Forestry, Mining Caliper Machine & Hydraulics

Mike Hambalek's business is attracting international attention with its innovative products for the mining industry.

George Brinkman in the mill yard.
Kaslo, Forestry

Boards by George does not focus on producing mass volumes of milled lumber, rather it focuses on specialty wood products

by Trish Drinkle
A red tracked machine has pinchers on the front.
Nelson, Forestry Kootenay-made equipment

On the brink of its 60th year, KMC/Kootrac has introduced a 3000 series to better serve industries around the world.

The Kuskanax Creek Footbridge is an important part of the landscape in Nakusp.
Nakusp, Developments, Forestry New Kuskanax Creek Footbridge in Nakusp wins award

At the UBCM conference in Vancouver in September, Wood Works! BC announced the winners of the 2013 Community Recognition Awards.

Forestry Work is progressing at the Elko sawmill

Several upgrades are now complete at Canfor’s Elko sawmill and the project should wrap up in late spring of 2014.


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