Canadian Biomass Magazine

Slash burning ignites debate in B.C.

June 30, 2016
By Brandi Cowen

June 30, 2016 – The Wood Pellet Association of Canada’s Gordon Murray is calling on British Columbia to stop burning slash and instead divert the wood to pellet production.

Murray says this would grow B.C.’s pellet industry while helping the province cut its greenhouse gas emissions.

The Ministry of Forests, Land and Natural Resource Operations sees untapped potential in slash too. Last September, it launched a Fibre Action Plan that lets operators negotiate with harvesters if they can prove demand for the slash.

But according to Murray, those negotiations are ineffective because all the power lies with the harvesters.

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