Some forestry jobs returning to B.C. Interior after transfer of logging rights from shuttered mill

By / Courtney Dickson · CBC News

More timber harvesting jobs are expected in B.C.’s central Interior now that forest tenures from Canfor’s former sawmill in Vavenby have been transferred to lumber producer Interfor Corp. 

 The B.C. government announced the long-awaited transfer Friday.

Clearwater Mayor Merlin Blackwell has been an outspoken critic of delays in transferring logging rights to another company after the nearby Vavenby mill closed in June 2019, throwing more than 170 people out of work in the area north of Kamloops. 

“I’m so glad that the wait is over on this,” he said. 

“It may take a couple … more weeks or months to get back to full operations, but it’s what’s needed to happen to give everybody a new future.”

The transfer will give Interfor access to an annual cut of 349,000 cubic metres of wood to feed its Adams Lake Lumber Division located south of Clearwater and Vavenby.

“It’s a clear positive for the staff of our Adams Lake region specifically, but also for the community within the region,” said Marvin Juravsky, senior vice-president and CFO at Interfor.