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February 24, 2012

B.C.’s Log Exports: the reality

February 24, 2012: There has been a longstanding debate about log exports and many people continue to insist that exporting logs means we are exporting B.C. jobs. This is simply not the case. Log exports have a key role in the development of B.C.’s economy, particularly on the coast, by supporting jobs and economic activity in the logging and transportation sectors.

"It is absolutely hypocritical for Claire Trevena to stand up in the legislature and demand that we reduce log exports as she knows that they are wholly responsible for jobs in her riding.  Unless she is prepared to sacrifice the village of Port Alice and all of the good paying jobs in the Neucel Pulp mill, she should quit with the empty hollow party rhetoric,” says Dave Lewis, executive director of the Truck Loggers Association (TLA).

BC's opposition continues to ignore the positive impacts that log exports have on B.C’s coastal forest economy.  We should not be vilifying log exports.  We should be talking about how best to manage, regulate and take advantage of them.  The current economic reality makes it impossible for us to harvest all of our provincial timber.  Harvesters and land managers cannot sell all of the logs that that they harvest at a cost $78 to domestic buyers for $56 or less and be expected to survive.  However, if they are allowed to sell a portion of their logs for $90 to foreign buyers, they can afford to sell some below cost. 

Pulp mills like the one in Claire Trevena's riding pay $43 for a log that costs $78.  The only reason that this is able to occur is if the log seller can generate a large enough profit from their other logs sales to cover this loss.  Presently, it is log sales to foreign buyers that are generating enough profit to enable the harvest of otherwise uneconomic pulp logs.  If log sales to foreign buyers are further restricted we will see that profit disappear, which will prevent pulp logs from leaving the bush and will cost loggers and mill workers their jobs.  It is a delicate balancing act that must be managed carefully. While it is important that we sustain the jobs that we have, it is sensible to work towards long-term policies that maximize the benefit of our Provincial forests.  Restricting exports in the short term will not change the current economic reality it will only serve to make a bad situation worse."

“It is irresponsible for the opposition to ignore the positive impacts that log exports have on creating and sustaining jobs in B.C. It is time stop the fear mongering and, instead, engage in meaningful discussions around how to balance exports and work towards a more sustainable manufacturing sector. Legislating economic losses for land managers is not going to change the economics around manufacturing lumber of BC's coast now or in the future.” says Lewis.

“We can have a healthy debate about future manufacturing options and policies all that we want, but until the right economic hosting conditions exist and there are businesses with hundreds of millions of dollars to invest, the last thing we should be doing is sacrifice the jobs we currently have, on the coast. It is absolutely mind boggling to me that it is the NDP MLA's from Vancouver Island and the North Coast who are leading this nonsense.  Their ridings are the largest benefactors of log exports and further restrictions will simply put their own constituents out of work. That is a very strange jobs plan in my mind."

MLA Bob Simpson, a former NDP forest critic who is now serving as an independent recently stated in an article,” While it would maximize jobs if we manufactured every log in B.C., what’s lost in the ‘exporting B.C. jobs’ rhetoric is the fact that log exports actually sustain jobs on the Coast. Forest professionals, loggers, truck drivers, businesses that service logging and hauling equipment, longshoreman and a host of others are directly employed because of log exports.”  (full story can be found by clicking here)

Since 2005, we have left 36 million cubic metres of sustainable coastal timber unharvested.  This has resulted in an elimination of more than 65,000 direct jobs in the timber-harvesting sector over that time. This has occurred because domestic buyers cannot afford to pay the cost to harvest it.  Restricting or preventing log exports does not change this equation.  The logs will still be too expensive to harvest.  In fact, more timber will be uneconomic as the foreign premium that is paid will be lost and companies will be forced to only harvest our economic stands, thus leaving more timber unharvested. This will put more loggers, engineers, silviculture workers, forest managers - and mill workers out of work.

“Of course the forestry sector should continue to diversify and, yes, timber should go to local mills first whenever it is economically viable to do so; but if the prices paid by foreign buyers create and sustain harvesting opportunities that would otherwise not exist, the last thing we should do is cut off our nose to spite our face. It is time to stop with the political rhetoric and find the right balance for the sake of the families on the North Island and North Coast who rely on forestry jobs. This balance is key to the long-term success of B.C.’s forest harvesting and sawmilling sectors,” explains Lewis.


February 03, 2012

FATALITY—Safety Alert 2012-01-30 Faller

It is with great sadness that we advise that the BC forest industry has experienced its second direct harvesting-related fatality this year. On Monday January 30th, 2012 a faller in the Terrace area was fatally injured while carry out falling-related activities.

We strongly recommend that all supervisors and workers take the time to discuss and review safe work practices and procedures in their operations.

As more detail is made available, the Council will provide additional resources and information. Further information on Risk based assessments may be found at:http://www.bcforestsafe.org/RADAR

Additional information and related alerts on faller incidents can be found on the WorkSafeBC publications website @ http://www2.worksafebc.com/publications/hazardalerts.asp . Once on the site enter “faller” in the search field.

January 26, 2012

‘Trees ARE the answer’

January 12, 2012—The TLA will be once again holding its annual convention in Victoria from January 18-20, 2012.  While B.C.’s coastal industry is positioned to prosper, participants need to work collaboratively to ensure its long-term sustainability.  While coastal forests are being managed in a sustainable manner, the businesses that operate within them are facing some significant long-term challenges.
 
Scientist, Greenpeace founder and best selling author Dr. Patrick Moore will kick off the event by providing “A Global Perspective to Sustainability.”  Dr. Moore’s first book titled “Trees are the Answer” addresses the importance of healthy forests in a global context.  His most recent best selling book “Confessions of a Greenpeace Dropout:  The Making of a Sensible Environmentalist” explains in detail sustainable solutions that he sees to some of the greatest challenges facing us including climate change and energy needs.
 
Premier Christy Clark will once again be the Friday keynote speakers at our Finning Premier’s luncheon event, speaking on her government’s priorities for the industry in the upcoming year. Other speakers include Minister of Forests Steve Thomson, Minister of Jobs, Tourism, and Innovation Pat Bell, as well as a variety of industry CEO’s and leaders.
 
The TLA recognizes that regardless of the short term economic challenges that present themselves, the forest industry must take a long-term sustainable approach to the products it produces, the health and efficiency of its supply chain and the efficacy of the policy that is being implemented by government.
 
For more information about the 2012 TLA Convention and Trade Show please visit www.tla.ca. For interviews prior to the convention or for media access to any of the events please contact Jennifer Fowler, Director Communications, TLA. Phone: 604-355-2987, Email: Jennifer@tla.ca


November 17, 2011

Kids Use Art to Tell Stories in the Forest

-Contest winners announced-

Vancouver, BC – More than 870 children picked up their crayons and paints and sketched their ideas of what the forest means to them and their communities and nine children emerged as winners of the National Forest Week contest held by the Association of BC Forest Professionals (ABCFP) and the Truck Loggers Association (TLA).

The winning entries included pictures of animals, fish, birds, recreation activities and logging. The winners are:

Age 4-5:
First Place: Braeden McLachlan, age 5 of Lac La Biche, Alberta
Runners Up: Cleo Furney, age 5, of Port McNeill and Arianna Gill, age 5, of Kelowna

Age 6-8:
First Place: Grace Miao, age 8 of Richmond
Runners Up: Felix Barron, age 8 of Nelson and Austin Dubland, age 8 of Armstrong

Age 9-12:
First Place: Emily Richardson, age 12 of Revelstoke
Runners Up: Anna Xin, ge 11 of Coquitlam and Jane Katili, age 12 of Coquitlam

Each of the winning entries will be published in the ABCFP and TLA magazines and posted on the websites of both organizations. In addition, the first place winner in each age group received a $50 Chapters gift certificate.

Visit the ABCFP or TLA websites to view the winning entries: www.abcfp.ca and www.tla.ca.

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The Association of BC Forest Professionals, established in 1947, is the largest professional forestry association in Canada with over 5,400 members. The association registers and regulates professional foresters and forest technologists under authority of the provincial Foresters Act.

The Truck Loggers Association (TLA) represents over 400 independent coastal forest contractors and their suppliers in British Columbia. The TLA promotes a thriving, sustainable forest industry in BC, and fosters communication and education within resource communities, urban centres and governments.


September 13, 2011

Celebrate National Forest Week with Art and Win!

Vancouver, BC – The Association of BC Forest Professionals (ABCFP) and the Truck Loggers Association (TLA) are holding an art competition from September 18 to October 21, 2011 to celebrate National Forest Week and the International Year of the Forest. The art competition is open to kids aged 4 to 12 ─ parents can submit their own kids’ artwork or teachers can enter the work of the whole classroom.

Kids from across the province are invited to draw a picture of what the forests in their communities mean to them. There will be three winners ─ one from each age group. Winners will receive a $50 gift certificate to Chapters and will have their pictures published in the ABCFP and TLA magazines and posted on the websites of both organizations.

“Not only is it National Forest Week but 2011 is also the International Year of the Forest,” says Ian Emery, RFT, president of the ABCFP. “Children around the world are learning about the importance of forests and this contest is just one small way we are helping BC children understand what roles the forest plays in their communities.”

The TLA feels the key to a healthy forestry industry is to make sure kids are engaged in the how vital the forests are to British Columbians,” says Dave Lewis, executive director of the TLA. “Learning in a fun and interactive way is also important which is why we support this contest.”

Pick up your pencil crayons and visit the ABCFP or the TLA websites to download the art competition entry form, www.abcfp.ca or www.tla.ca.

The Association of BC Forest Professionals, established in 1947, is the largest professional forestry association in Canada with approximately 5,400 members. The association registers and regulates professional foresters and forest technologists under authority of the provincial Foresters Act.

The TLA (Truck Loggers Association) represents over 400 independent coastal forest contractors and their suppliers in British Columbia. The TLA promotes a thriving, sustainable forest industry in BC, and fosters communication and education within resource communities, urban centres and governments.