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Taking It All Away - Communities on Haida Gwaii say Enough is Enough
In BC's southern interior near Vernon, a unique log-sorting
and sales program is proving of immense benefit to the local community.
The log yard was established under the Ministry of Forests' Small Business
Launched in 1993, the log yard realized a $2-million net profit in its first
year of operation The profit was posted after paying the Ministry $947,000
in stumpage payments. The yard, which now employs seven full-time workers,
sold more than 52,000 cubic metres of wood at an average price of $98.35,
which was several times more than what the major logging companies in the
area paid in stumpage for their tenured wood.
The reason for the higher prices? Each log sold in the yard was hand-scaled
and graded before being placed in the appropriate log sort. The logs were
then advertised for sale by auction with the highest bidder getting the
logs. This example has residents thinking about trying something similar
on Haida Gwaii.