Forest Rehabilitation Through Fire Salvage Program

In 2015, the Bobtail Lake Fire burned more than 25,000 hectares of land west of Prince George, British Columbia. While the fire-damaged trees standing after a fire moves through an area can sometimes be salvaged by sawmills and converted into lumber, in this instance the burning and charring was so severe that they could not be used for this purpose.

Before the arrival of the wood pellet sector, the burned trees from the Bobtail Lake Fire would have been left to decay over many years, slowly emitting carbon to the atmosphere and wasting this valuable resource.  Fortunately, PacBio saw an opportunity to salvage fibre from this area to make wood pellets, creating a valuable product and providing jobs, while at the same time opening up the fire area for reforestation activities to restore a healthy forest to this burned landscape.