Forestry Opportunities

Introduction

Logging has been an important part of life in the Robson Valley since the building of the railroad, when timbers were required for building bridges and manufacturing railroad ties. Old logging sites can be found throughout the region.

Today, forestry is still a key component of the Robson Valley economy with woodlot owners and community forests taking advantage of the fibre supply here as well as the effective shipping network. In addition to providing a timber supply for traditional forest industry activities, the forest provides a source of materials for crafting musical instruments and small scale manufacturing.

Recent studies have acknowledged that there are a number of ways to increase the profitability of small tenure holders and there is an initiative underway to increase the amount of wood available to support new and existing regional value-added businesses. The Simpcw First Nation has indicated that they are very interested in exploring joint venture forestry projects in the area.