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March 30, 2016

A New Kind of Subsidy?

Wood Business, March 23, 2016 - Fresh off a fact-finding trip to Vancouver Island, Truck Loggers Association (TLA) executive director David Elstone wasn’t sugar coating what he sees happening across much of B.C.’s forest industry.
 
"What started as a way to cope with the 2008 recession now appears to be part of the business model here, where the major forest license holders are being subsidized by logging contractors,” Elstone explains to woodbusiness.ca over the phone from Nanaimo, B.C.
 
Elstone is describing a system in which he says logging rates have not come close to pacing logging costs, so that contractors cannot run safe, sustainable operations, attract and train new staff, and invest in new equipment. In fact, he can count upwards of 25 contractors that have either shut down or scaled back significantly in the past few years. It’s not the sign of a healthy or stable industry.
 
“At least 30 members have left the sector in the past 10 years out of frustration or financial distress. Others have scaled back their operations,” Elstone says.

Read the whole article here: "A New Kind of Subsidy?" by Scott Jamieson.
 

February 23, 2016

PRESS RELEASE: Coastal Timber Supply Chain Threatened, Communities at Risk

PRESS RELEASE:

Coastal Timber Supply Chain Threatened, Communities at Risk

February 23, 2016, Vancouver – A mill shutdown in Port Alberni that resulted in close to 100 workers being laid off is symptomatic of a much larger problem as timber harvesting contractors up and down the BC coast are struggling to be sustainable in the face of consistently low rates.
 
Western Forest Products (WFP) Alberni Pacific Division mill sent home the workers due to a log shortage caused by the company’s dispute with coastal logging contractors.
 
“This week our warnings came true,” said David Elstone, RPF, the Executive Director of the Truck Loggers Association. “The TLA has been saying for some time that the large forest companies who control much of coastal BC’s public timber harvest are threatening the timber supply chain and putting rural communities at risk.”
 
Last week, WFP told shareholders that quarterly earnings were 100 percent higher than a year ago, totalling 29.6 million dollars in a three-month period. Yet the company will allow harvest volumes to be impacted by between 5 and 10 per cent rather than share some of that profit with the independent, local companies that actually harvest the timber for them.
 
“This dispute, the layoffs at the Port Alberni mill, the loss of work by the logging contractor involved in the dispute and the risk of further mill closures in the area are evidence of the issues our members are facing,” said Elstone. “This is just the tip of the iceberg as far as rural community stability is concerned.”
 
“For TLA members, achieving business sustainability for their logging, road building and log hauling work is fundamental,” said Elstone.  “It will ensure that the coastal forest industry supply chain remains intact and that local workers who rely on the industry to feed their families are not at risk. So we urge the community of Port Alberni to be patient,” Elstone said, “and show support for contractors who are trying to negotiate for the survival of their businesses in the face of a large corporation’s growing profits.”
 
The TLA (Truck Loggers Association) represents over 450 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 ext. 2 ◦ Cell: 604.339.7554 ◦ Fax: 604.684.7134 ◦ Email: brenda@tla.ca ◦ Twitter: @truckloggerBC ◦ Website: www.tla.ca

February 16, 2016

PRESS RELEASE: Budget 2016 supports BC’s rural forestry communities

PRESS RELEASE:

Budget 2016 supports BC’s rural forestry communities

 
February 16, 2016, Vancouver – The Truck Loggers Association (TLA) applauds the 2016 Budget released today. “It focuses on supporting BC’s rural communities where our forest industry continues to create jobs and support communities,” said David Elstone, TLA Executive Director. 
 
The potential impacts of wildfire were addressed on two fronts. A new organization, the Forest Enhancement Society of BC, will be established with $85 million of government funds. The Society’s focus will be wildfire prevention and mitigation through forest fuel management, reforestation and habitat restoration. Another $10 million will be invested in the Strategic Wildfire Prevention Initiative for community wildfire protection plans, fire smart planning activities and fuel management projects. “These programs will support the forest industry’s efforts to work with communities to reduce the risk of wildfire in their areas,” said Elstone.
 
Supporting BC’s rural towns and villages, the Rural Dividend Program will bring $75 million ($25 million a year, over three years) to communities with populations under 25,000. The intent is to focus on communities in transition and help them stabilize their population and attract new residents. “Logging contractors are the economic backbone of BC’s rural communities and the TLA welcomes building the populations in those areas so our members can continue to build their workforces,” said Elstone.
 
Finally, the government is investing $5 million to build markets for BC’s forest products in India. As Minister Steve Thomson, Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, has commented before, BC rural communities did not bear the full brunt of the financial downturn in 2008/2009 because of the market government and industry had built and nurtured in Asia, particularly China. “Further diversification will ensure the forest industry has an even broader market base as world forest product markets inevitably fluctuate,” said Elstone.
 
The TLA (Truck Loggers Association) represents over 450 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
 

February 05, 2016

TLA Board for 2016


See a larger version of the Board photo.

BACK ROW - LEFT TO RIGHT:

Tim Lloyd — Forestech Equipment Ltd.
Brian Mulvihill — Finning (Canada)
Ted Beutler — Aggressive Timber Falling
George Lambert — T-Mar Industries
Clint Parcher — Coastland Wood Industries
Howie McKamey — Pilldolla Creek Contracting Ltd.
Dave McNaught  — Seaspray Log Scaling Ltd.
Carl Sweet  Inland Group
Mark Ponting  Ponting Logging & Grade Ltd.
Adam Wunderlich  Fall River Logging
Matt Wealick — Ch-ihl-kway-uhk Forestry Ltd.

FRONT ROW - LEFT TO RIGHT:
Barry Simpson — Oceanview Forest Products Ltd.
Doug Sladey —  Sladey Timber Ltd.
Don Banasky — Dorman Timber Ltd. (Immediate Past President)
Jacqui Beban — Nootka Sound Timber (President)
Mike Richardson — Tsibass Construction Ltd. (Vice President)
David Elstone — Truck Loggers Association (Executive Director)
Adam Pruss  Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers

Find our more about our Board and how The Truck Loggers Association works in our About Us section

February 02, 2016

Press Release: TLA Response to Great Bear Rainforest Agreement

Press Release:
Great Bear Rainforest Agreement provides much needed industry certainty

 
February 2, 2016, Vancouver – The Truck Loggers Association congratulates Premier Christy Clark and Minster Steve Thomson on bringing the Great Bear Rainforest Land Use Order into being.
 
“I commend Premier Clark and Minister Thomson on this landmark agreement,” said David Elstone, RPF, TLA Executive Director. “Our members are the economic backbone on BC’s coastal communities and they appreciate the certainty this agreement achieves.”
 
The TLA represents 450 member companies—many small to medium-sized timber harvesting contractors—operating in BC’s 110 coastal communities. “A core belief of the TLA membership is that people who work in the forests should share in the prosperity,” said Elstone. “That’s why this agreement is so important.”
 
Maintaining a strong working forest also creates jobs in First Nations communities. “The TLA recognizes the rights and title of First Nations and we are working to build mutually beneficial partnerships,” said Elstone. “An agreement such as this one will allow the forest industry to continue to build those relationships.”
 
The TLA (Truck Loggers Association) represents over 450 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 11, 2016

Win a Gold Passport for the TLA's 2017 Convention & Trade Show

#2016TLA - Win a GOLD PASSPORT for next year!

Post an exciting photo of the TLA Convention & Trade Show on social media and tag photo with hashtag #2016TLA.
You’ll be entered to win a Gold Passport  to the 2017 TLA Convention & Trade Show valued at $1,165.

The contest period runs from Wednesday, January 13 until Friday, January 15, 2016 at midnight—anything relating to TLA Convention & Trade Show experience will suffice. Be creative, be fun, but keep it PG…
 

Be sure to tag us!

Twitter: @truckloggerbc
Instagram: @truckloggerbc
And remember, if you have your accounts locked down for privacy, you can post to the wall of the Truck Logger Association’s Facebook page.

The Fine Print:
1. Only Twitter, Facebook and Instagram platforms qualify.
2. The winner will be drawn at random from all selections.
3. Max of 5 entries per person.
4. Deadline to enter is Friday, January 15 at midnight.
5. Winner will be drawn and announced by Wednesday, January 20.
6. This prize package has no cash value.
7. A Gold Passport gives you access to most TLA Convention & Trade Show events.