Trees to Pellets? Fort Nelson’s Future Hangs in the Balance

Canfor shut down its Fort Nelson PolarBoard mill 15 years ago. Now the community’s future will be shaped by a BC government decision. Photo by Garth Lenz.

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The residents of Fort Nelson know the harsh economic realities of resource dependency better than most rural British Columbians.

It is now 13 years since the forest industry ditched the community in dramatic fashion when Canfor Corp. ceased local operations and closed its plywood and oriented-strand board mills on the outskirts of town. Between them, the two wood panel mills had employed 600 men and women.

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Source: The TYEE

 

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