Two people arrested in B.C. for logging illegally

Two people were arrested Thursday in B,C.

after logging illegally on a forest land sale site.

The men, aged 28 and 36, were charged with two counts of breaching an agreement to remove timber from Crown land.

The accused were arrested near Vancouver, B.L. The B.N.S.T.E.T., an environmental group, has been campaigning to stop logging in B-cords forests, which are protected under the Forest Act.

“This is yet another example of the continued destruction of B.c. forestlands by timber companies,” said Sarah Houghton, communications director with the B.S., C.E., and B.M.P.B. “There is no justification for this type of illegal logging, and the Crown must take swift and decisive action to stop it.”

B.C.’s timber industry, which employs approximately 6,000 people, was worth nearly $9 billion in 2014, according to the Bancroft Institute.

In the last five years, the industry has seen its share price drop by more than a third, while its share of the Canadian lumber market has dropped by over 30 per cent.