B.C. says firms can chop down whole trees for pellet fuel if they are ‘inferior’

Undated photo supplied by Conservation North and Stand.earth that the groups say shows a logging truck entering a pellet plant in Prince George, B.C. Dominick DellaSala Photo

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Companies can cut down whole trees to be ground into pellets for fuel if they are “inferior,” says British Columbia’s natural resources ministry, a position that has led to concerns the government is "rebranding" old growth forests as low-quality in order to justify logging them.

B.C.’s Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development told National Observer on April 27 that “timber harvesting has evolved over time” and that the industry is now focusing on sending “high-quality” lumber to sawmills.

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Source: Canada's National Observer

 

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