Meeting on timber supply concerns cancelled

District of 100 Mile House scheduled a public meeting at the request of West Fraser Mills on Sept. 14, but the company cancelled that day because representatives weren’t available to attend.

According to the agenda, the West Fraser representatives were going to address council “regarding the impending effects on the timber supply by the mountain pine beetles infestation and some possible actions that would mitigate these effects in order to support community stability.”

Asked for comments during an interview in 100 Mile earlier that day, Environment Minister Barry Penner shuffled through some papers and noted, West Fraser was looking to access timber in mule deer wintering range and old-growth forests,” but said he couldn’t comment on it until he was properly briefed.