Lumber Co. Ltd. has operated as a logging and land holding company on
Vancouver Island and some of the Gulf Islands for many years. Over the
years, Walker Addison purchased private forest land for the purpose of
long term forest management and in 1988 was awarded Woodlot Licence 0031.
includes approximately 68 hectares of Walker's private land near Horne
Lake and 244 hectares of Crown land near Parksville. Walker's goals are to
manage the timber resource of the woodlot on a sustained yield basis
following the principles of Integrated Resource Management.
WL0031 provides employment opportunities during the planning, road
building, harvesting and regeneration phases and many spin-off jobs
related to these activities. W.R. Addison's family also participate in
activities on the woodlot. The woodlot provides an annual revenue to the
Crown, and serves many interests of the local community including hiking,
biking, horseback riding, fish and wildlife habitat etc.
The annual harvest is 1,862m3 (55 logging truck loads) in a combined
thinning and patch cut approach. The commercial thinning program provides
for increased forest growth and prolonged resource benefits. Patches that
are large enough are planted the following spring using species that are
ecologically suited to the site. Roads and trails are necessary to access
the woodlot for the commercial thinning regime. The roads are built and
maintained each winter to ensure culverts and watercourses are functioning
W.R. Addison Lumber Co. Ltd. was honoured to receive the 2000 Forest
Stewardship Award in the South Island Forest District for contributions to
the success of the woodlot licence program.