Community Forest bombshell: VCF considers opening mill
At the Annual General Meeting on Monday night, the Valemount Community Forest (VCF) manager said the Community Forest is considering starting a mill. VCF Manager Craig Pryor said that they have been encouraging small mills to set up in the area, but small market mills don’t have the capital to invest. …Pryor said their recent work on forest inventory will show them what wood is available, providing the information they need to start the operation. Valemount Community Forest Chair Ainslie Jackman said their plan is to diversify the local economy and create jobs. …Jackman said if the community forest can solve the problem of wood waste disposal from the mill it could allow many new ventures like specialty mills and related operations to start.