A logging family

Derek and his family share homemade pie. Photo – Mark Yuen / The Vancouver Sun

Derek and his family share homemade pie.
Photo – Mark Yuen / The Vancouver Sun

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Spring comes to the Cariboo in June.

The snow melts. The ground gets firm.

The logging season begins.

Derek Woollend is a logger. His father started logging in 1955.

They work together.

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Derek has a wife. They have two children.

The Woollends live on five acres. Their home is near Quesnel.

Derek often works away from home.

Derek Woollends ‘skids’ logs to pile. Photo – Mark Yuen / The Vancouver Sun

Derek Woollends ‘skids’ logs to pile.
Photo – Mark Yuen / The Vancouver Sun

The logs make many things.
The mill burns wood bark. The heat makes electricity.

The mill makes plywood. Eastern Canada buys plywood.

Companies in New York buy the lumber. They use it to build houses.