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Logging group raps auction plans

PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. -- The Liberal Government's proposal for market-based timber pricing has lifted the B.C. lumber...


PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. — The Liberal Government’s proposal for market-based timber pricing has lifted the B.C. lumber industry to new heights of frustration.

The Central Interior Logging Association says the system, dubbed B.C. Timber Sales, is not workable. The organization represents about 5,000 loggers and haulers in north and central B.C.

The program stipulates that 20 per cent of the province’s annual allowable timber harvest — up from 13 per cent proposed before Christmas — will be up for bid.

The prices set there will establish the benchmark for the other 80 per cent of Crown timber.

The association warns if the Liberal government is serious, it will need to put more volume up for the bid.


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