ForestWorks

ForestWorks

ForestWorks seeks to bring out the facts and important perspectives on one of British Columbia's top economic and social pillars - forestry. The industry supports 100,000 jobs while producing numerous products we all rely on every day - and the raw products industries as diverse as specialty guitar makers and paper towel plants cannot survive without. And yet, there are those who seek to shut the industry down, based largely on misinformation campaigns. On our show we speak with a broad range of figures to bring out the real facts and perspectives - mayors, MLAs, foresters, academics, even activists, and more. It's lively, it's real. It's factual. ForestWorks is hosted by Stewart Muir.

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November 25, 2021 42 min

This week, ForestWorks spoke to Mike Hicks, the elected Capital Regional District director for Juan de Fuca, a huge but sparsely populated electoral area covering 1,500 square kilometers of rural southern Vancouver Island – Port Renfrew, East Sooke, Malahat, and the contested Fairy Creek region. Mr. Hicks has represented this area since 2008 and is steeped in its culture and issues of forestry, fisheries, tourism, park creation, an...

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This week on ForestWorks we speak with Jim Girvan, Registered Professional Forester, former executive director of the Truck Loggers Association of BC, and past director of the Pacific Logging Congress. He’s served on numerous provincial committees and councils shaping forestry regulation in the province. We get into the downstream impacts of curtailing forestry in BC, and how many of the sophisticated recommendations in BC’s Old Gr...

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November 12, 2021 22 min

John Rustad relates his personal story in forestry first as a working professional and later as BC’s minister responsible for the portfolio.

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Gary Bull is a forestry scientist and researcher at UBC - one of the world's top forest specialists with a long history of working at the global scale through the UN, WWF, World Bank, and more. Join us for this episode as we speak to Gary about the true story of old-growth in BC and how the industry is adapting to climate change and other challenges.

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October 28, 2021 33 min


ForestWorks sat down with Robert Dennis, elected Chief Councillor for the Huu-ay-aht First Nation from the west coast of Vancouver Island. He has served his nation for decades and recently helped lead a significant investment in a forestry business in Huu-ay-aht .

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On this week’s show ForestWorks’ speaks with Conrad Browne, Teal Jones’ director of Indigenous Partnership and Strategic Relations. Conrad brings us an important perspective on the year of protests on southern Vancouver Island – the company, the logging, the First Nations, and the misinformation. Teal Jones is a value-added manufacturer that employs more than 1,000 British Columbians, most of those in milling and manufacturing. It ...

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In this edition of ForestWorks host, Stewart Muir sits down with veteran Registered Professional Forester Murray Wilson to speak about the role historical forest management is playing in worsening forest fire seasons and the changes that could help. In recent years BC’s forest fires have pushed more carbon into the atmosphere than all other sources in the province combined, so it’s an important challenge.

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ForestWorks spoke with Nanaimo Mayor Leonard Krog about forestry’s role in his community, and the controversy surrounding this industry on Vancouver Island. 

Mayor Krog has been steeped in these issues for decades, both as a provincial MLA and now mayor of what really is a forestry community. Even if that’s perhaps not widely recognized by all – we’ll get into that. 

Mayor Krog was first elected as an NDP MLA representing his communi...

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In this week's episode of ForestWorks host Stewart Muir speaks with Carl Sweet, director of the BC Forestry Alliance and a forestry equipment salesperson in Campbell River. They discuss the swelling voice of grassroots forestry workers, including those in the supporting indirect jobs like his.

Guest: Carl Sweet
Host: Stewart Muir

Premier John Horgan clip source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LiUjPIkGVeI&t=2088s

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ForestWorks delves below the rhetoric to get to the real facts of this important industry through conversation with people who really know their stuff. In this episode host Stewart Muir speaks to Nicola Dickson, a consulting Registered Professional Forester currently practicing in the Nanaimo area, with experience in both the coastal and interior forestry regions. She works in forest planning, roads and road design, appraisals, sit...

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This episode delves into the “roles” of Leadership in the Forestry Industry, highlighting the concerns for the average worker. Brian Butler, President of USW Local 1 - 1937 offers his insights on the current state of the Industry, and what actions he is taking to ensure the strength and stability in ongoing employment for the Union Membership.


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Port McNeill, located on Northern Vancouver Island is, in a word, idyllic. Not unlike many other small towns in British Columbia, it was founded and continues to grow today as a burgeoning community due largely to the forestry industry - a rich legacy that literally built the socioeconomic backbone of our province. In this episode, Forest Works has a candid discussion with Gaby Wickstrom, Mayor of Port McNeill,  that unveils some o...

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