Two small sawmills in the Robson Valley re-opened last week with wood from McBride Community Forest.
TRC Cedar Mill is firing up its saws again, producing cedar products and employing up to 30 workers, Minister of Forests and Range Pat Bell and Prince George-Valemount MLA Shirley Bond celebrated last Monday.
“Anytime you have mills re-opening, it’s a good day,” said Bell. “The way everyone pulled together to make this happen, it’s a real testament to McBride’s community spirit.”
McBride Community Forest will provide 15,000 cubic meters of wood for the first year, which will provide enough employment for one shift.
“I know how hard people have worked to make the reopening of TRC possible. Our focus is always on job creation and the addition of 30 jobs will have a significant impact on a resource-dependent community,” said Bond. “It is great to have a positive story about the forest industry in the Robson Valley after the major challenges we have faced.”