The Village of Nakusp finds itself in the spotlight this month, as a popular trade magazine featured the community and its struggle to protect the local logging industry.
Truck LoggerBC featured the Arrow Lakes community in a two-page spread in its Summer 2022 edition.
The magazine has Mayor Tom Zeleznik set up the story with a bit of history lesson, going back to the flooding of the Arrow Lakes, and its impact on forestry.
“Over 270,000 acres of forest and rich arable land were wiped out,” Zeleznik is quoted as saying. “For many residents, there was a huge sense they had to start over.”
After describing the importance of forestry to the community over the decades, the article describes how recent changes to land use policies have choked off Box Lake Lumber’s supply of old-growth wood, needed for its split-rail cedar fencing business. It also quotes Ron Volansky of R&A Logging and NACFOR’s Hugh Watt about challenges and the future.
The article describes local industry efforts to re-tool, re-size, and adapt to ever-changing conditions in the forest economy.
“For a town that thrived after the big flood of the valley in ’67, these strategies are merely a reflection of Nakusp’s determination not to succumb to calamity,” its states. Mayor Zeleznik is quoted thanking provincial officials for their work in helping the community, saying “their open and honest communication with us makes a positive outcome of our challenges more likely.”
Zeleznik ends the article pledging his determination to continue to work for the industry’s future in Nakusp.
The full article can be seen at tla.ca/magazines.
John Boivin, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Valley Voice