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September 20, 2012

Art Contest for Kids 2012 - Enter today!

We are once again pleased to ask the Children of BC to Celebrate National Forest Week (September 23-29, 2012) with the Association of BC Forest Professionals (ABCFP), as well as the Truck Loggers Association (TLA), by drawing pictures of what the forests in their communities, mean to them!

There will be 3 winners, one from each age group; 4-5, 6-8 & 9-12.  Winners will receive a $50 gift card to Chapters and will also have their artwork published in the magazines of both the Association of BC Forest Professionals & the Truck Loggers Association as well as posted on their websites!

Artwork must be submitted to the ABCFP office no later than October 19th, 2012 to be eligible for contest entry.  Essays must be sent by mail to the Association of BC Forest Professionals:
330 - 321 Water Street
Vancouver, BC
V6B 1B8

Parents can submit their own children's artwork, and teachers can enter the work of the whole classroom.
Winners will be announced in mid-November

Download the form below for full contest details & to show us what the forest means to you!

September 19, 2012

Celebrate National Forest Week with Art & Win!

September 17, 2012

BC Timber Sales Regulation is amended, affecting registration and TSL deposits
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.

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

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September 05, 2012

Economy depends on energy, mining, forestry: Oliver

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