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September 14, 2012

B.C. Chief Forester talks log exports at council

B.C. chief forester talks log exports at council

Julie Bertrand, Alberni Valley Times

Published: Thursday, September 13, 2012

B.C. chief forester and assistant deputy minister Dave Peterson said that without log exports, there would be a lot less logging activity going on. With less logging, there would be fewer logs available domestically.

Peterson made the remarks during a presentation at City of Port Alberni council on Monday evening. Council requested more information about the log export program during a meeting with Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister Steve Thomson earlier this year.

Peterson started his presentation by saying that the ministry believed more economic value could be generated if the province exported more manufactured wood products than unprocessed logs.


"However, it's not always understood that when domestic log prices are lower than international prices, log exports can actually increase, thereby and increase the amount of wood available to domestic mills, and overall increase the level of economic activity," he said.

Peterson then talked about restricting log exports. According to him, international trade agreements generally allow a country to restrict an unprocessed product in order to keep the product internally to manufacture things for the domestic market.


"In B.C., by far the majority of our wood products is for trade and for external use, so that doesn't align with the general premise of international trade," he said.

In past years, the level of log exports has been roughly equivalent to about 5% of the harvest. In 2011, it climbed to 10% before going down in February 2012.

Peterson said before exporting logs, companies go through an application process. Every application is advertised for sale to domestic mills. Should a mill make an offer at fair market value, which is set by domestic demand and value, the log export is not allowed. "About 96% of the applications for export do not actually receive offers," Peterson said. "What we've seen over the last few months in fact is the level of offers has tapered off quite considerably."

The ministry is currently reviewing the log export policy. During the review, Peterson said one of the things that the ministry has learned is putting more restrictions on log exports will not necessarily lead to more jobs or economic activity in B.C. Coun. Jack McLeman disagreed with Peterson, saying that it was unfair to say there was no market in for logs in B.C. Moreover, he said that when he started working in forestry, mills and companies had more employees.

"No we're being told no export means less work. It doesn't compute. It bothers me that's happening," he said.

JBertrand@avtmes.net




Source:
http://www2.canada.com/albernivalleytimes/story.html?id=510dcd6c-bc21-42a9-9356-cdcb477c20db
September 11, 2012

Oct. 15-16 Island Economic Summit

Bank of Canada Governor Mark Carney and B.C. Premier Christy Clark are the headline speakers at the sixth annual State of the Island Economic Summit next month in Nanaimo. Carney will deliver the opening address and Clark is the keynote speaker during the Oct. 15-16 event that will cover everything from infrastructure and transportation on the Island to sustainable energy, agriculture and the future of forestry. Past summits have attracted a range of interests, including youth, First Nations, builders, political and business leaders, small businesses and technology entrepreneurs. There's a schedule and registration information at viea.ca

Read more: http://www.timescolonist.com/business/Carney+Clark+address+Island+summit/7222592/story.html#ixzz26At46duU
September 05, 2012

Economy depends on energy, mining, forestry: Oliver

TLA Supports Minister Oliver's position; Economy depends on energy, mining, forestry: Oliver

http://www.saultstar.com/2012/09/04/oliver-canadas-oil-needs-foreign-capital
August 31, 2012

TLA Welcomes Back Annual Sponsors

The TLA is proud to welcome back Annual Sponsors:

Premier Sponsor - Finning Canada

Strategic Sponsors - PetroCanada/Coastal Mountain Fuels

The TLA Annual Sponsorship Packages are designed to maximize sponsor brand exposure prominently in:
  • All Print Collateral
  • On-site Venue Signage
  • Event Presentations
  • On-line web exposure
  • email Hotsheets/newsletters
The TLA thanks them for their continued support.  



August 28, 2012

Welcome Dwight Yochim, as the TLA's new Executive Director



TLA Appoints Dwight Yochim New Executive Director


August 23, 2012

Minister Steve Thomson

On Aug. 17, 2012 Minister Steve Thomson met with members of the Truck Loggers Association executive and operators of the Union Bay log sort to see the operation firsthand and discuss coastal forest issues.
To view more photos from this gallery, click on the image below. 


From Left to Right:

Monty Hussey (TLA Director/Tilt Contracting), Mike Hamilton (TLA Past President/Mike Hamilton Logging Ltd.), Honourable Steve Thomson, Bill Markvoort (TLA President/Probyn Log Ltd.), Rob Wood (TLA Past President/Holbrook Dyson Logging), Norman Nalleweg (Woodlands Manager) & Don Banasky (TLA Vice President/Copcan Contracting Ltd. & Falltech Logging)