Reading Assignment: Port Alberni And The Forest Sector

Reading Assignment: Port Alberni And The Forest Sector

  • During the Long Boom period, Port Alberni was an incredibly successful single-industry resource town. Barnes, Hayter and Hay (2001) recognize three sets of institutions important to the success of this period. Provide a summary of each.
  • Why do Barnes, Hayter and Hay (2001) suggest the success of Port Alberni began to unravel in the mid-1970s?
  • Why was 1991-1992 a devastating year for the local economy in Port Alberni?
  • Land ownership is one of the key areas of difference between the forest sectors in British Columbia and Alabama. Describe land ownership in British Columbia. What advantage does this give the government and people of British Columbia?
  • Parfitt (1998) notes that the oligopolistic nature of the BC forest sector is an impediment to economic diversification and community stability. Why?
  • Although forests are a renewable resource, Parfitt (1998) suggests that the popular 1990s forest sector slogan, “forests forever” rings hollow in the British Columbia case. Why?
  • Why are so many raw logs being exported from coastal BC rather than processed in domestic mills
  • What is the relationship between sawmill closures and raw log exports?
  • Why should we be concerned about raw log exports?
  • Why has it historically made economic sense to co-locate sawmills and pulp and paper mills? With sawmills closing, where are BC’s pulp and paper mills sourcing their wood?
  • 2003 marks an important turning point for BC’s forest sector. Why?

 

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