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April 22, 2016

Letter to the Editor

Letter to the Editor - The Tyee
RE: Experts Grade Premier’s Forestry Teaching Moment, by Chris Cheung, published on April 15, 2016
Premier Christy Clark’s anecdote about the impact of harvesting fewer trees during her speech at the Council of Forest Industries convention in Kelowna last week was to make the point that this province’s forest resource is vital to our province’s success. Awareness of that fact is often ignored—sometimes intentionally—by the detractors of our great forest industry. 
Logging the forest resource provides tax revenues that finance the healthcare, education and social services British Columbians have come to rely on. So when conservation voices trump those of the forest industry (rightly or wrongly); it does threaten the livelihoods of families in communities throughout the province. And it undermines our society’s ability to provide the goods and services we depend on.  
There are 67,000 job created by the forest industry in BC by harvesting both old growth and second growth forests. TLA members—independent timber harvesting contractors and their suppliers—are part of this. They are the economic backbone of BC’s rural communities. They create local jobs that allow people to live where they work and they give back to their communities. And one of the best parts of about the forest industry is it’s sustainable and renewable!
Premier Clark is the top person in the province accountable for ensuring our government delivers on providing schools, highways and hospitals—critical services we all rely on. So I applaud her for taking a stand and raising the awareness of the economic impacts of our decisions regarding BC’s working forest.
David Elstone, RPF 
Executive Director
The Truck Loggers Association

April 12, 2016

Message Posted On Behalf of Western Canadian Timber Products Ltd.

$50,000 Reward Offered

For information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons involved in the destruction of a 290 Hitachi log loader.
On April 11 between 5:30 pm and 5:30 am April 12, 2016, someone proceeded to cut a gate lock at our logging location on the Patterson Creek FSR, off of Sylvester Road approx. 15 km northeast of Mission. The person then placed a rock on the travel controls and proceeded to direct the log loader over the bank.
The destruction of this machine has cost our company greatly as well as putting local men out of work, affecting families in our area.
Incidents like this affect all of us, so if you have any information, please call Rick or Darlene at Western Canadian Timber Products Ltd.
  • Rick Delves 604-796-0314 Ext: 206
  • Darlene Gensick 604-796-0314 Ext: 102

April 12, 2016

Truck Loggers back members at board event

Truck Loggers back members at board event
by Karly Blats - Alberni Valley News, Apr 12, 2016 at 10:00 AM

During the Truck Loggers Association (TLA) board of directors meeting in Port Alberni on April 7, frustration and concern was apparent from coastal logging contractors towards the industry’s major tenure holders.
“It’s a challenging environment to be in,” said David Elstone, executive director of the TLA. “You have the contractor that is having to go through challenges with the company which resulted in the crews being laid-off since December.”
Last month, Western Forest Products sent home mill workers due to a log shortage which the TLA said was caused by the company’s disregard for coastal logging contractors and the ongoing rate dispute.

April 12, 2016

Truck LoggerBC - Spring 2016 Is Online Now

The Spring 2016 issue of Truck LoggerBC is online now!  There are now three ways to read the magazine online:

April 05, 2016

PRESS RELEASE: Profits Before Community Interest: The Western Forest Products Story


Profits Before Community Interest: The Western Forest Products Story

April 5, 2016, Vancouver –The Truck Loggers Association will hold its regular Board of Directors meeting in Port Alberni on Thursday (April 7) in support of its 22 members operating in the Alberni Valley and the community those companies support. This show of support recognizes TLA members and the Alberni Valley community who have been negatively impacted by the rate dispute between Island Pacific Logging and Western Forest Products (WFP).
Last month, WFP sent home mill workers due to a log shortage which was caused by the company’s disregard for coastal logging contractors and the ongoing rate dispute.
Now, the United Steelworkers are moving towards legal proceedings against WFP. The union has been trying to resolve its issues with WFP, but the company has asked for concessions to their current collective agreement, rather than putting their employees to work harvesting timber.
“Despite quarterly earnings double what they were a year ago, WFP continues to squeeze independent, local companies,” says TLA Executive Director, David Elstone “and now in addition to laying off its mill workers, it is not putting its logging employees to work while asking for concessions in an effort to further bolster its bottom line rather than sharing some of its profit windfall.”
“This rate dispute, the layoffs at the Port Alberni mill, the loss of work by the logging contractor and now a request by WFP for contract concessions from the union are all evidence that WFP is losing its social licence to operate on crown land,” said Elstone.
The TLA (Truck Loggers Association) represents 455 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 per cent 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:
Twitter: @truckloggerBC ◦ Website:

April 01, 2016

TLA Networking Event in Port Alberni

Join us in Port Alberni!

TLA Networking Events give people in the logging industry a chance to catch up with friends, network with business associates, listen to interesting speakers and enjoy a great meal!

Date: April 7, 2016
Location: Best Western Barclay Hotel
Reception: 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Dinner: 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Speakers:  7:00 pm – 8:00 pm 

Registration Required:

Complimentary for Members & $30 for Non-members



TLA Networking Event Speakers

Softwood Lumber Agreement: What’s Next?
Rebecca Ewing, Director, Softwood Lumber Unit - MFLNRO
BC Timber Sales: A Look Ahead for South Island
Don Hudson, Timber Sales Manager, Strait of Georgia - BC Timber Sales
The Log Export Process Explained
John R. Cook, Timber Export Specialist, Competitiveness and Innovation Branch - MFLNRO

DEMO International 2016: Host Update
Anthony Robinson, Forester, Malcolm Knapp Research Forest - UBC