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loggingThe Ministry of Forest, Lands and Natural Resource operations (FLNRO) administers the Forest and Range Practices Act, which governs activities of forest licencees operating on Crownland.  Within the Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako are the Bulkley, Morice, Lakes, and Prince George Timber Supply Areas (TSA) on which various licensees hold tenure.

The majority of harvestable forests in the area have been affected by the Mountain Pine Beetle, which has created new opportunities to diversify the industry away from its dependence on dimensional lumber production. The abundance of lower-quality fibre has resulted in many new business ventures in the region. Pellet plant operations are supplying both the national and international markets. Bioenergy, biomass, and gasification initiatives are in various stages in the region.  Large-scale and small-scale facilities operate throughout the region.  FLNRO announced June 26, 2012 that regulatory changes will "make it easier for smaller operators to acquire wood fibre and logging debris unwanted by primary harvestors."  This change will support the growth of the region`s biomass and value-added industries.Btn Brochure

Forest Sector Labour Force Dependency by Municipality:

RDBN Municipality

Forest District Office

Percentage of Total Labour Force Employed in Forestry Sector (2006 census)

Vanderhoof Vanderhoof 45%
Fraser Lake Vanderhoof 45%
Fort St. James Fort St. James 49%
Burns Lake Nadina 46%
Houston Nadina 46%
Granisle Nadina 46%
Telkwa Skeena 21%
Smithers Skeena 21%

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Ministry of Forest, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations Offices within the RDBN

Vanderhoof Forest District Office

1560 Hwy 16 East - Box 190
Vanderhoof, BC V0J 3A0
Phone: (250) 567-6363      
Fax: (250) 567-6370

Fort St. James District Office

2537 Stonesbay Road - Box 100
Fort St. James, BC V0J 1P0
Phone: (250) 996-5200
Fax: (250) 996-5290

Skeena Forest District Office

3333 Tatlow Road - Bag 6000
Smithers, BC V0J 2N0
Phone: 250-847-6300
Toll Free: 1-888-540-8611
Fax: 250-847-6353

Nadina Forest District Office

185 Yellowhead Highway - Box 999
Burns Lake, BC V0J 1E0
Phone:   250-692-2200
Toll Free: 1-800-663-7867
Fax: 250-692-7461