LOGGING, as a distinct branch of the FOREST INDUSTRY, began at the head of ALBERNI INLET in 1860. The work was done under the direction of the head logger, Jeremiah ROGERS, to supply wood to the province's first major SAWMILL. With axes to fell the giant DOUGLAS FIR trees and oxen to skid the logs to the mill, it was a short-lived operation: the accessible timber supply was soon consumed. Within a few years the mill closed and its founder,Capt Edward STAMP relocated with Rogers at HASTINGS MILL...

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