‘Devastating’: Mayor of Fraser Lake on impending closure of West Fraser Timber sawmill

FRASER LAKE — Forestry in Northern B.C. has been dealt another major blow, with the announcement on Monday that West Fraser Timber will permanently close its sawmill in Fraser Lake, BC, 155km west of Prince George. The community has been centered around forestry ever since the closure of the Endako Mines in 2015. For Mayor Sarrah Storey and the community, the news was gut-wrenching.

“It was devastating. I think there was actually some tears shed when I had a councillor from Vanderhoof call me. I kind of cried for a second. It wasn’t on the list of things to do this week and it’s not something your community ever wants to hear.” – Mayor Sarrah Storey, Village of Fraser Lake

The closure of the mill will impact approximately 175 employees and the Mayor said that the Village is in discussions with government and the private sector to hopefully bring some opportunities for workers.