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Why Cut Down a Tree?

Why Cut Down a Tree?

The article below my intro is re-published with Bill Cook’s Blessing, however, it was first published on October 21, 2016 – Michigan State University Extension.

In my mind, Bill’s managed forests are akin to our woodlots. In British Columbia, the term woodlot typically refers to a plot of privately owned forest land. In BC, there are an estimated 20,000+ woodlot owners in the province which have forest holdings greater than 20 hectares (50 acres); an approx. 855 active woodlots.

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Ex-Forest Service Boats of British Columbia

Ex-Forest Service Boats of British Columbia

They are everywhere.  It’s somewhat like being pregnant; all of a sudden everyone is pregnant.  The many years Jan and I have been on the water we’ll pass one, Jan will comment, I’ll forget and there you have it.  Now all of a sudden there’s meaning and they literally are everywhere.  I’d feel comfortable saying this squadron is the largest association in BC dedicated to wood boats. In the early days of coastal logging in B.C., most of the logging operations were accessible only by water. Starting in 1912, B.C. Forest Service acquired a fleet of “Ranger launches”, which were used by Rangers and Assistant Rangers to patrol and police logging operations in the B.C. coastal forest “water districts”. They started out with three wooden boats that were used to patrol the Canada-US border to prevent the illegal export of logs, inspect timber applications, examine hand loggers’ licenses, deal with timber theft, fire suppression and enforce the Timber Mark Act.

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Rail Trails, Tall Trees and Cougars

Rail Trails, Tall Trees and Cougars

Once upon a time, in a land far away in wilds of British Columbia dwelt the fortunate. Forests thrived; trees reached to the sky and animals were abundant.  It was a land rich, rich in natural resources; one of which was logging; not new news.

The sound of axe and handsaw, of trees falling, of whistles blowing were heard throughout the province, up and down the coast and on Vancouver Island.  Throughout Desolation Sound, Sechelt Inlet and the Broughton Archipelago Jan and I have seen the imprint of times gone by.

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Your Next Unique Project? Potential Product Available to West Wind

Your Next Unique Project? Potential Product Available to West Wind

The pictures show some products potentially available to West Wind, usually something we would not likely stock……. but would bring in if there’s enough interest.

Prices on request along with time frame to bring in.

Ekki Log Slices

4ft high by 4ft in diameter. Butcher blocks for restaurants, or tables, you would not need bases!

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Australia: My Country

Australia: My Country

“I love a sunburnt country,

A land of sweeping plains,

Of ragged mountain ranges,

Of droughts and flooding plains”


by Dorothea Mackellar Originally titled “Core of my Heart”

 

Australia may not be ‘my’ country but my youngest daughter lives there, and her heart is in Australia.  Nor was Australia on my ‘bucket list’ prior to her relocation but having just spent 4-weeks enjoying Western Australia, I know I’ve left something behind and I’ll be back, no question!

Jan read Bill Bryson’s book “In a Sunburned Country”; I’ve just finished it.  It’s apparent we are in awe of this country.  So little is known; so much yet to explore; so many wondrous things to experience.  Absolutely loved the dry heat!  Let me say unequivocally, “moss doesn’t grow there” and I’m a Vancouver girl – born and bred.

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The LO(n)G of the Law

The LO(n)G of the Law

This past April, we had unexpected visit from the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations.  Three Natural Resource Officers (NROs) – in full uniform – drove into our parking lot.  Turns out they were looking for agents of logs.  How did they figure we dealt with logs?  Well, we’re listed in the Victoria Yellow Pages under ‘Millwork’.  True story!!  They thought we were a mill.

Nevertheless, this prompted us to ask questions and this is what we discovered.  Compliance & Enforcement (C&E) is the law enforcement arm of the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations.  Its main purpose is to make sure that a variety of resource management laws are being followed on and in BC’s public lands, water and forests and to take action where there is non-compliance.  They also have been designated as Special Conservation Officers, Land Officers, BC Parks Rangers and Fisheries Inspectors with the authority to enforce the associated legislation.

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