"The B.C. forest industry today is characterized by big corporations, big unions and a big state bureaucracy. The industry did not become what it is because the citizens of the province wanted it that way. It evolved largely as a result of policies designed by bureaucrats and implemented by politicians who were not always working on behalf of their constituents." -- Ken Drushka

Canada's forests represent about ten per cent of the world's forest--and only about six per cent of Canada's forestland has been converted to other uses--but the debate as to how best to harvest the forests of British Columbia, and how much to harvest, has been a major social and environmental issue for more than 30 years. The most prolific writer on the subject in B.C. was Ken Drushka, a journalist who spent 16 years as a logger, silvicultural contractor and the operator of a custom sawmill. [See biographical details below]

Drushka's work was published in numerous periodicals, including Equity, Business in Vancouver, BC Report and Truck Logger, as well as The Vancouver Sun. He won the 1996 Roderick Haig-Brown Regional Prize for HR: A Biography of H.R. MacMillan (Harbour Publishing, 1995), an even-handed study of the life and businesses of the province's most powerful forestry industrialist, and he was selected to write Canada's Forests: A History, for the Forest History Society, an organization that was founded in 1946. An advocate for sustainable forestry, Ken Drushka was named an honorary member of the Association of B.C. Professional Foresters in February of 2004. He lived in Vancouver and died on May 5, 2004. After Ken Drushka died, Matt Hughes helped Mike Apsey complete his forestry book, What's All This Got to Do With the Price of 2x4's? (University of Calgary Press, 2006), a work that Apsey had commenced with Drushka.

Review of the author's work by BC Studies:
HR: A Biography of H.R. MacMillan
Three Men and a Forester
Stumped: The Forest Industry in Transition


Against Wind and Weather (Douglas & McIntyre, 1981)
Stumped: The Forest Industry in Transition (Douglas & McIntyre, 1985)
Three Men and a Forester (Harbour Publishing, 1990). With Ian Mahood
Working in the Woods: A History of Logging on the West Coast (Harbour, 1992)
Touch Wood: BC Forests at the Crossroads (Harbour, 1993)
HR: A Biography of H.R. MacMillan (Harbour Publishing, 1995)
Tracks in the Forest (Harbour Publishing, 1997). Co-author.
Tie Hackers to Timber Harvesters (Harbour Publishing, 1998)
In the Bight: The BC Forest Industry Today (Harbour Publishing, 1999)
Whistle Punks & Widow-Makers: Tales of the BC Woods (Harbour Publishing, 2000)
Lignum: A History (Vancouver: Lignum Ltd., 2002)
Canada's Forests: A History (Forest History Society Issues Series, McGill-Queen's, 2004)

[Alan Twigg / BCBW 2006] "Biography" "Forestry"