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September 12, 2017

Three-generation logging contractor closes, putting Vancouver Island community in peril


Three-generation logging contractor closes, putting Vancouver Island community in peril
September 12, 2017, Vancouver – W.D. Moore Logging, founded in 1928, is closing its doors this month putting 25 people out of work in their community of Winter Harbour.
“It was a difficult decision,” said Graham Lasure, owner of W.D. Moore Logging. “My family has run this company for three generations. But, like so many BC logging contractors, we just can’t make a reasonable return on our investment within the tenure oligopoly existing in BC today. Geographically, there’s only one company I can work for which makes meaningful contract negotiation impossible.”
W.D. Moore Logging, which made $6 to 7 million in revenue annually, will be selling 95 pieces of equipment and removing their investment from Winter Harbour, a small community on the northwest coast of Vancouver Island. 
Greg Vance, owner of the general store in Winter Harbour, gave his perspective, “The closing of W.D. Moore Logging will have a major impact on our off-season [October to May] business. The logger related business was enough to justify keeping the lights and heat on and keep limited store hours in winter.”
And on a personal note for Vance, this closure means more people leaving town. “There are plenty of fantastic, long-time W.D. Moore employees and management who are like family to us and the loss of them will be a real blow to Winter Harbour,” explained Vance.
Kevin Mason from ERA Forest Products Research takes a broader, business perspective on the closure. “There are lots of reasons why an individual business may close down,” said Mason. “However, the reality is that if profits are accruing to only one part of the supply chain—which seems to be the case here—then eventually the entire supply chain will be at risk.”
The TLA (Truck Loggers Association) represents 480 independent forest contractors and their suppliers operating on the coast of British Columbia. Our membership supports thousands of workers and, along with other independent contractors, accounts for close to 90 per cent of the trees harvested on the coast. The TLA promotes a thriving, sustainable coastal forest industry in BC. 
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For more information: Brenda Martin, Director of Communications, The Truck Loggers Association 
Phone: 604.684.4291 ◦ Cell: 604.339.7554 ◦ Fax: 604.684.7134 ◦ Email:
Twitter: @truckloggerBC ◦ Website:

September 06, 2017

Trade Show Sold Out!

We're sold out! Trade show exhibition space for the TLA's 75th Annual Convention & Trade Show is sold out! Convention sponsorships are still available though. Please contact Monica Sayers at or 604.684.4291 ext. 5 to find out more.
Finally, be sure to attend the Convention January 17-19, 2018 at the Fairmont Empress Hotel & Victoria Conference Centre to network and learn about new technology in the forest industry. 

August 01, 2017

Free Logger Sports Tickets - Squamish & Campbell River

The TLA has complimentary tickets to Squamish Days Loggers Sports
- Sponsor VIP for Two, Sat, Aug 5
- Sponsor VIP for Two, Sun, Aug 6
- Two-pack regular tickets, Sat, Aug 5
- Two-pack regular tickets, Sun, Aug 6 w/ two Loggers Breakfast vouchers

The TLA has complimentary tickets to Campbell River Salmon Fest & Logger Sports
 - We have16 one-day passes to Campbell River Salmon Fest & Logger Sports taking place August 11-13!

Email Brenda Martin to request your tickets! 

July 21, 2017

BC Forest Fires - Help & Information

Thank You Fire Fighters!

  • Thank you to all the forest workers who have taken their equipment and left their homes and families to help fight the forest fires in BC's Interior. 

How Can I Stay Informed?

  • For the latest information on current wildfires, road closings and air quality advisories, visit B.C. Wildfire Service and Emergency Info BC. Also follow the hashtag #BCWildfire and these Twitter handles: @EmergencyInfoBC and @PreparedBC.
  • Information about the whereabouts of hospital patients relocated due to the fires is available at 1-877-442-2001.
  • Evacuees can register with Red Cross by calling 1-800-863-6582.
  • Individuals who have been displaced can go to any pharmacy in B.C. for refill or replacement prescriptions, according to a B.C. Pharmacy Association media release.

How Can I Help The People Affected?

June 28, 2017

BC Bike Race in Gibsons

Warren Hansen is a trail builder and a professional forest. (And he works for TLA member company, Chartwell Consultants.) “Being a forester, I have the privilege of working with a lot of forest companies who share in the same ideals of sharing our resource and they help us deliver a trail network that is second to none.” Check out the video to hear more about BC Bike Race in Gibsons.

June 13, 2017

Congratulations to Bruce and Lis Welch

Bruce & Lis Welch Honoured By SFU for Years of Service
Bruce and Lis Welch accepted the President's Distinguished Community Leadership Award from Simon Fraser University this year. "Bruce and Lis Welch embody the spirit of philanthropy at SFU, giving selflessly of both time and resources to strengthen not only our university but also the extended community throughout the Lower Mainland."
The Welch's have also been instrumental in the success of the TLA over the years. Bruce's father, Bert Welch, was a founder and the first President and Bruce was TLA President in 1966-67. Congratulations to Bruce and Lis from the TLA!