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Migrating North: From Nicaragua to Terrace
By Richard Chavez
When my family and I moved up to Terrace from Nicaragua to work for Brinkman Forest Ltd, the forestry industry was at the lowest point of its downturn; the two existing pulp mills in the region were just shutting down and there was no other alternative forestry industry around.
I thought… hmm! This does not seem to be too promising up here. Willing to do whatever forestry work was there, I started helping with the layout and traversing of cutblocks and taught GIS to three of the forestry crew members. A few months later, Brinkman Forest and Coast Tsimshian Resources (CTR) managed to develop the Asian wood market and things became busier, so I became the forestry planner. We now have three people in the planning department. I have now been doing forestry planning for 3 ½ years, work that I enjoy doing, especially when I get out to the bush and get to see wildlife.
For local people seeing a grizzly bear, a black bear with cubs walking in the wild, a bald eagle, a moose or a lynx, might be quite normal and sometimes taken for granted, but for me enjoying nature up here in the northwest is an additional benefit to my job. In my last trip I went to the coast for a quick assignment and got to see a humpback whale. As I didn’t bring any camera that day I could only take an eye snapshot, but it’s one that will remain in my memory for the rest of my life as this was the first time I had witnessed this amazing creature firsthand.