The Elephant in the Room: what happens to the Lahey Report if The Mill closes? 16Sep2019

Asks Aaron Beswick in the Chronicle Herald: “So what happens to the Lahey Report’s lofty goals if a million tonnes a year of demand for softwood chips and low quality wood disappears from the market on Jan. 31, 2020?”

Good question. View:

Province silent on implementing Lahey report without Northern Pulp
Aaron Beswick in Chronicle Herald Sep 16, 2019

A few extracts from the article:

Northern Pulp’s owner has been vague about whether the corresponding mill closure will be permanent if it doesn’t get an extension to the Boat Harbour Act to allow it to continue operations while it builds (if granted environmental approval) a highly controversial new facility that would dump treated effluent into the Northumberland Strait.

…Harvesting contractors have told The Chronicle Herald that Lands and Forestry staff have told them that they are forbidden from discussing the impacts of a Northern Pulp closure with industry.

…the report’s premise is that the forestry work that will push Crown forests toward longer lived, higher value species living in mixed stands that are cut in patches rather than large swaths will in the short term produce a larger percentage of pulp wood.

…The argument of Tupper and West is with no market for low quality wood and silviculture funding drying up the ecological forestry leg of Lahey’s three-part management regime is not economically viable.

…But not everyone in the industry shares their logic.

“If the people at the top want to interpret the situation as negative or that it’s impossible to implement Lahey’s recommendations then that doesn’t help,” said Wade Prest, a Mooseland harvester and advocate for ecological forest management.

There’s lots more in the Chronicle Herald.

Thx Aaron Beswick for good investigative reporting.
Thx Chronicle Herald for making this item publicly available.

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