Smoke plumes are rising from the backcountry all around Prince George. They are the telltale signs of spring in the forest industry, the annual burn-off of wood waste from winter logging, but the bioenergy sector is fuming over this old way of scorching the leftovers.

Like father, like son describes our featured #JDIGenerations family for March. Clayton and Jordan Keirstead from Sussex, New Brunswick both work at Irving Pulp and Paper.

Despite the many headwinds that has battered B.C.’s forest sector – pests, fires, duties, shrinking timber supply – it remains an economic “cornerstone,” generating $13 billion in gross domestic province and employing 140,000 British Columbians, 9% of whom are First Nations.

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