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January 19, 2017

Premier Clark’s Landmark Forestry Announcement Invigorates Timber Harvesting Contractors

PRESS RELEASE

Premier Clark’s Landmark Forestry Announcement Invigorates Timber Harvesting Contractors 
 
January 19, 2017, Vancouver  – Premier Clark announced her government’s contractor sustainability review for BC’s timber harvesting contractors at the Truck Logger Association’s 74th Annual Convention and Trade Show, “In It For the Long Run,” in Vancouver today.
 
“This is the most significant announcement to affect timber harvesting contractors across the province in almost 20 years,” said David Elstone, TLA Executive Director. “BC’s $13 billion forest products industry relies on timber harvesting contractors making this not just an important announcement for contractors but for the industry as a whole.”
 
“Contractors are the economic backbone of BC’s rural communities,” said Elstone. “Right now both communities and contractors are suffering. Contractor sustainability will mean allowing independent timber harvesting contractors to earn a fair rate of return so they can continue to create steady, well-paying jobs in BC’s rural communities and be in it for the long run.”
 
“I’m particularly excited about Premier Clark’s commitment to appoint an independent facilitator and have him or her conduct individual interviews with TLA members so government can really understand the situation,” said Elstone. “We have a lot to get done to meet Premier Clark’s March 31 deadline and I know the TLA and its members are ready to do whatever it takes to get there.”
 
The TLA (Truck Loggers Association) represents 470 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% 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: brenda@tla.ca
Twitter: @truckloggerBC ◦ Website: www.tla.ca
 

January 18, 2017

Daily Round-Up

Come here to get the daily round-up of what was said each day during the TLA 74th Annual Convention & Trade Show!

Daily Round-Up: Friday

  • Today Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Steve Thomson elaborated on the contractor sustainability review announced by Premier Christy Clark yesterday.  “I’m really pleased we are able to respond, listen and move it forward with the urgency and the timing that the [timber harvesting contractor] associations have been advocating for,” said Thomson.
  • What does the coastal industry need? We need to harvest the entire forest profile, build community support, find a rate of return that supports the risk of investment, and to work together to compete in a global market.
  • Industry needs to coordinate messages to communities about the positive aspects of the forest industry.
  • Safety: Our industry is still somewhere between "all accidents can be prevented" and "I can get ’er done.” We need to keep addressing that dichotomy. 
  • Uncertainty is overwhelming the industry and holding back investment. 
  • We are not moving fast enough to bring certainty to the land base in response to the Tsilhqot'in Decision and Aboriginal rights and title.
  • We need to break the institutional and historic barriers to introduce innovation into the supply chain and we need contractors.

Daily Round-Up: Thursday

  • Premier Clark announced her government’s contractor sustainability review for BC’s timber harvesting contractors. This is the most important announcement for contractors in almost 20 years.
  • Premier Clark also announced the development of job training tax credits for on-the-ground training specifically for BC’s timber harvesting contractors.
  • The current licensee/contractor model needs to change. Alternatives to the current model are joint ventures, partnerships or market logging.  CCDC2 contracts have worked in the construction industry and may work for the logging sector.
  • There is no global timber shortage on the horizon and as a result it is doubtful if US duties on Canadian lumber exports to the US can be passed on to customers.
  • Positives that have happened since the last softwood lumber agreement include a more mature market in BC, increased diversification, new technology, a focus on green building around the world and some cooperation between the US and Canada on marketing wood. That said, the US is tougher now in trade disputes and the new administration is a ‘known unknown.’
  • It’s not an either/or situation. It is not forestry OR tourism; it is forestry AND tourism.
  • A high turnover in leadership means new mayors and councillors are less familiar with forestry and so the need for communication and education is ever greater.

Daily Round-Up: Wednesday

  • As the technology evolves there is no clear industry preference. Investing in steep slope is still risky because it’s not clear which technology is going to prevail. But the opportunity and need is clear.
  • An equipment operator said it took him 500 hours to learn how to use winch equipment effectively.
  • You need to negotiate a steep slope rate for steep slope harvesting. This new equipment can be a lot more expensive than traditional equipment so contractors must earn a higher rate of return (rate) to support these investments.
  • It’s important to report near misses especially as we learn about new technology. Your near miss info could save someone else’s life.
  • A not engaged worker is the highest risk person on your crew.
  • Addressing substance abuse is not just about drug testing – it’s much more holistic.
  • Focus on evolving consent rather than static consent with First Nations. “It’s like a marriage—you still have to talk after you say I do.”
 

January 18, 2017

Softwood Lumber: The TLA Perspective

Read "Bracing Ourselves: SLA Impacts on the Coast" by David Elstone, TLA Executive Director, that gives his perspective on the softwood lumber dispute:



Read the article from the Fall 2016 issue of Truck LoggerBC, "SLA: Understanding the Consequences of No Agreement".



Learn about softwood lumber at the TLA convention tomorrow!

SD04 Market Update: Greed, Fear or Folly - 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Know what's happening in the market and be aware of uncertainties that could impact your business. Presentations will cover the softwood lumber dispute and trends in logs, lumber and pulp.
Moderator: David Elstone, The Truck Logger Assocation
Panelists:
Jason Fisher, Associate Deputy Minister, MFLNRO - Forest Sector
Russ Taylor, International Wood Markets
Murray Hall, Murray Hall Consulting


January 18, 2017

TLA Year in Review

Are you curious about what the TLA has achieved over the last year, but don't want to slog through the entire annual report? Read the TLA Year in Review!
It's the entire annual report boiled down to two pages!


January 17, 2017

In It For The Long Run: Struggling to Support Our Rural Communities

PRESS RELEASE

In It For The Long Run:
Struggling to Support Our Rural Communities
 
January 17, 2017, Vancouver – Independent timber harvesting contractors—the economic backbone of BC’s rural communities—are struggling in a business climate that doesn’t support locally owned forestry businesses. 
 
The TLA’s 74th Annual Convention & Trade Show will take place January 18 – 20, 2017 at the Westin Bayshore Hotel in Vancouver. Over this three-day event, we’ll find out what needs to change in order to strengthen and ensure sustainability for contractors, suppliers and the communities where they live and work.
 
“Recent industry polling tells us that two in three coastal British Columbians feel government should be doing more to support the forest industry,” said David Elstone, TLA Executive Director. “We agree. We want timber harvesting contractors to be in it for the long run too.”
 
To that end, the TLA has also been working to build relationships with BC’s rural communities. “TLA members live in these towns, build their businesses in and around them, support local community groups and are vital to the economic health of the entire province,” explained Elstone. “We talked to community leaders last year and released a report, “Community Perspectives on the BC Coastal Forest Industry” that gave some insight into coastal communities’ views on forestry.
 
When you get down to the nuts and bolts of it, it’s clear timber harvesting contractors are critical. “Without contractors, BC’s forest industry would grind to a halt,” said Elstone. “They are the first link in the supply chain. And they are at risk of giving up.”
 
“We are also pleased that Minister Thomson is able to join us on Friday morning,” said Elstone. “He and his staff are working hard on the Forest Sector Competitiveness Agenda and we appreciate how much they believe in and work for the forest industry.”
 
The TLA (Truck Loggers Association) represents 470 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% 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: brenda@tla.ca 
Twitter: @truckloggerBC ◦ Website: www.tla.ca

January 12, 2017

Book Your Hotel Room Now!

The Westin Bayshore is sold out! And our room block at the Marriott Downtown closes tomorrow (Friday) at midnight. If you don't have your room for convention booked, BOOK NOW!