West Coast Projects

Project Title Project Proponent Society Purpose Full Proposal Description Closest Community
West Coast Region
Riparian Restoration Project (Cowichan) The Cowichan Tribes Forest Carbon This project will rehabilitate several small but significant sections of the riparian zone adjacent to the Cowichan River. The area will be prescribed and treated to improve and restore part of the riparian ecosystem within the Cowichan Tribes traditional territories that are outside of the Timber Harvesting Land Base to a higher level of ecosystem functionality in accordance with Cowichan First Nations cultural values. A secondary objective will be to increase the carbon stocks of the restored site over the mid-to-long term. Older mature Red Alder will be thinned by felling some of the stems, which will be left on site for habitat and coarse woody debris. Large cedar and spruce seedlings 60cm tall will be planted by Band members and over time these will be brushed out so they grow quickly into mature forests. These mature forests represent a species mix that is more culturally desired by the Cowichan Tribes. Duncan
2019/20 Fertilization Taan Forest Forest Carbon The goal of this project is to enhance and accelerate successful growth of cedar on Haida Gwaii, which is particularly difficult to reestablish because of deer browse. Once the height of the cedar is above browse height it is important to ensure trees are successful in being dominant or co-dominant in the new forest. Hand fertilization of individual stems can give the tree the boost it needs to establish itself within the canopy of the new stand which will help meet the Haida Nation’s objective to have cedar for present and future generations of Haida. Individual tree fertilization of cedar also enhances carbon sequestration and the success of future old-growth forests. Skidegate
2017 FCI Fertilization Surveys FLNRORD - Forest Carbon Inititiative Forest Carbon Surveys to identify eligible areas for forest fertilization prescriptions and treatments. This project was the initial planning work for large Office of the Chief Forester projects to enhance carbon sequestion and avoid green house gas emissions. Chilliwack, Parksville, Duncan, Sooke
Graham & Moresby Island Fibre Utilization Taan Forest Forest Carbon This project enables the utilization of residual uneconomic and marginal fibre that would otherwise be burned. The project’s primary purpose is to reduce emissions that normally result from traditional timber harvesting residual pile burning. This residual fibre is currently uneconomical due to the high costs of logging and transportation associated with low-value residual fibre. Starting in December 2019 and continuing over the next 1 ½ years, this project will utilize approximately 51,000m³ of low-grade uneconomic logs (including pulp logs) that would otherwise be burned. These logs will be made available at market prices to coastal pulp mills. The project will be implemented on Taan Forest licenses to support increased utilization and decreased emissions, Provincial climate change objectives and create employment within Haida Gwaii and beyond. Taan Forest is 100% Haida owned. Queen Charlotte City
North Island Chipping Ltd. Fibre Utilization Strategic Natural Resource Consultants Inc. Forest Carbon This project will increase the amount of fibre recovered outside of the fibre recovery zones that would otherwise be piled and burned. Greenhouse gas emissions will be avoided by hauling fibre to the North Island Chipping Ltd. plant at Beaver Cove near Port McNeill. Most of the fibre will be manufactured into chips for pulp with a small component used for hog fuel. Port McNeill
North Island Fiber Utilization Trial Lions Gate Forest Products Limited Forest Carbon This project enables low-grade pulp fibre that would otherwise be burned to be recovered and utilized by the Nanaimo Forest Products Limited, Harmac Pacific pulp mill. The fibre will be trucked and barged in whole log form to the facility. The project is enabling the utilization of approximately 4,000 cubic meters of residual fibre from BC Timber Sales blocks where harvesting is complete in the Mackjack Creek area. This project helps to support the Province’s greenhouse gas reduction targets. Port Hardy
KFC Jackson Lake Storey Creek Trading (2016) Ltd Forest Carbon This project is an Incremental haul project where Storey Creek and partner contractors are salvaging pulp logs from harvesting areas outside of the Fibre Recovery Zone. The logs will be boomed and rafted to the Vancouver log market. The project covers the difference between the market price of these "uneconomic" logs and the cost to deliver them to the log market. Logs are chipped in the lower mainland and the chips are sold to local pulp mills. Bella Bella
Pulp Log Recovery for Coastal Pulp Mill Utilization Bella Coola Community Forest Ltd. Forest Carbon This project enabled the transportation of pulp wood otherwise uneconomic to haul. The pulp logs were processed and delivered to Bella Coola where they were stored before being transported via log barge to the Harmac Pacific Pulp Mill in Nanaimo. Utilization of pulp wood also contributed to wildfire reduction by recovering this fuel instead of leaving it in forested areas. This activity also provides employment and reduces greenhouse gas emission by recovering fibre that may otherwise have been burned. Bella Coola
Skeene Bay Salvage Storey Creek Trading (2016) Ltd Forest Carbon This project enables the transportation of uneconomic wood to a local pulp mill to increase fibre utilization. The residual fibre was recovered by a local logging contractor from areas in and around Skeene Bay, contributing to both local employment and increased fibre utilization. THE CHALLENGE: Logging operations in and around Skeene Bay had post-harvest residuals that were too expensive for the operators to remove and transport. THE OUTCOME: FESBC's funding helped local logging contractors to recover the residual fibre which increased utilization and contributed to local employment. Port Hardy
Kvamua - Sandell Phase 2 Storey Creek Trading (2016) Ltd Forest Carbon The project will be delivering pulp logs that are traditionally left behind due to economic barriers. The salvaged volume will be boomed to the Vancouver log market. Port Hardy
King Island Pulp Recovery Probyn Log Ltd. Forest Carbon This project enables low-grade pulp fibre that would otherwise be burned to be recovered and utilized by the Paper Excellence pulp mill in Howe Sound. The project is enabling the utilization of approximately 6,500 cubic meters of residual fibre from a BC Timber Sales block on King Island, approximately 70 km southwest of Bella Coola. This project helps to support the Province’s greenhouse gas reduction targets. Bella Bella
Haida Gwaii Enhanced Silviculture 2018 Taan Forest Habitat Enhancement The project, valued at $344,000, is locally supported to achieve long-term restoration objectives in areas within the Yakoun River drainage. One of Taan Forest’s goals is to have a permanent silviculture crew on Haida Gwaii comprised of members of the Haida Nation. The project is also focused on restoring wildlife habitat for salmon, black bear, and raptors while creating employment opportunities and enhancing the value of forest products such as western red cedar. Throughout the young stands identified for spacing treatments, there is very little black bear activity due to the high density of trees. The riparian work and spacing will create new access for the black bear and fertilization will increase growth and shorten time frames for the area to have trees and logs that can be utilized by the black bear for denning sites. 28,190 hectares of the Timber Harvest Land Base also falls within potentially valuable goshawk habitat, much of it being young second growth stands. Silviculture practices, to enhance growth, habitat, and mimic mature or old growth attributes, will benefit goshawks, which prefer to hunt in mature stands. THE CHALLENGE: On Haida Gwaii, there were areas where the density of the trees prevented the natural foraging and other activities of black bears and goshawks. THE OUTCOME: Thinning of trees was done by Haida forest workers to improve the area for wildlife, especially the hunting areas for Northern Goshawks and denning sites for black bears. The work also promoted the growth of economically and culturally important cedar trees. Masset
Riparian Restoration Taan Forest Habitat Enhancement This project will undertake treatments to improve habitat characterstics for important Goshawk forage. While riparian restoration often focuses on in-stream work and lower bench stabilization, the Haida Nation has concerns over any work conducted on the lower bench of large waterways, such as the Yakoun River (the project focus). This project focuses on benches within protected areas and the 100 year flood plain and are also red and blue listed ecosystems. The goal of the project is to repair these benchland riparian areas in a way that mimics the natural processes of riparian areas by accelerating the establishment of mature forest characteristics. Thinning, girdling and managing the woody debris are the main activites undertaken by the Haida workers. Spacing slash will provide temporary coarse wood debris and standing snags will provide wildlife habitat. These features will be replenished over time when individual trees die naturally in future years. The results of the project will be the acceleration of these forests towards older mature forest characteristics that ultimately resemble more closely the riparian benchlands prior to industrial disturbance. Port Clements
2019 Spacing and Pruning Taan Forest Habitat Enhancement The goal of this project is to create additional nesting sites and forage area for Goshawk on Haida Gwaii. Ecologically, the species composition of the area meets goshawk nesting and forage requirements but the density of the second growth stand interferes with nesting opportunities. This project aims to use spacing and thinning to expedite growth and dominance of leading species and increase habitat for goshawk in a shorter time frame than natural processes. Spacing and pruning is also is expected to enhance wildlife habitat, including goshawk forage habitat by creating open flight paths between trees and introducing light to the understorey for brush and berry development for goshawk prey forage. Shannon Bay
Improving Stand Value of Cedar - North Van Island Strategic Natural Resource Consultants Inc. Stand Rehabilitation This project's goal was to improve stand value of western red cedar by stem thinning to provide growing space, increase volume, and improve the health of the trees. The treatment will increase the commercial value of future stands and contribute to First Nations red cedar cultural values. Port Hardy
Woss Firebreak Management Regional District of Mount Waddington Wildfire Risk Reduction The project will reduce wildfire risk by removing surplus vegetation immediately adjacent to the Woss Community. The Woss community is in one of the highest risk areas on Vancouver Island and, as a result, the treatments were prioritized to protect the small community. The project also was designed to create local employment opportunities for a community hard hit by local strikes and depressed forestry economy. Woss
Haida Gwaii Fibre Recovery Husby Forest Products Fibre Recovery Utilization of uneconomic pulp from timber harvesting operations on Husby Forest Products Ltd. license areas on Haida Gwaii. The recovered fibre will no longer be required to be burnt and will support coastal pulp mills. The avoidance of pile burning results in fewer greenhouse gas emissions and contributes to the achievement of B.C.'s and Canada's climate change targets. Massett