The B-C government is cutting timber taxes to help the ailing forest industry.
Premier Campbell told the Truck Loggers Association convention in Vancouver yesterday, that effective today, timber cutting fees — known as stumpage rates — will be chopped 70 per cent, on the coast.
In addition, the province will encourage the use of more wood products in B-C building projects…including public projects…and, will change the building code, to allow six storey wood-frame buildings.
Mr. Campbell also says the province will ask the federal government, to extend Employment Insurance benefits, for laid-off forest workers.
However, he failed to impress the NDP Forestry Critic, Bob Simpson, who says most of the stumpage fee cut had already been announced…
Mr. Simpson says, what the truck loggers were hoping to get was more acces to logs…