Trees and Logs

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Douglas-fir forest. Richard Cannings.
This is a photograph of a Douglas-fir forest, the trunk of a Douglas-fir tree in the centre.
Logging and lumber production was, and still is, a mainstay of the British Columbia economy.

The Douglas-fir forests of British Columbia's south coast were the source of much of the province's early timber. Almost all the original forests have been cut.

Douglas-fir forests were a mainstay of the logging industry. BC Archives NA-06154.
This is a black and white photograph of a Douglas-fir forest showing the thick, furrowed bark on Douglas-fir trunks.
Douglas-fir logs fed the coastal forest industry's huge sawmills.
Fallers at work. BC Archives F-02061.
This is a black and white photograph of two male fallers at work, standing on spring boards, cutting down a Douglas-fir by hand.
Steam donkey engine used for hauling logs, International Timber, near Campbell River, 1926. BC Archives D-04843.
Fallers using double-bitted axes made the undercut. The long crosscut saw cut the tree from the other side, and the tree toppled in the direction of the undercut.
This is a black and white photograph of ten men posing in front of a steam donkey engine near Campbell River.
Logging at Harrison Lake. Steam donkeys in operation on the left, 1930s. BC Archives F-08686.
This is a black and white photograph of a logging operation showing a pile of logs on the right and a steam donkey in operation in the distance on the left.
A trainload of logs, Industrial Timber Mills, at Lake Cowichan, 1946. BC Archives E-02889.
This is a black and white photograph of a trainload of logs, with a man posing in front of the train.
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