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January 18, 2017

Softwood Lumber: The TLA Perspective

Read "Bracing Ourselves: SLA Impacts on the Coast" by David Elstone, TLA Executive Director, that gives his perspective on the softwood lumber dispute:

Read the article from the Fall 2016 issue of Truck LoggerBC, "SLA: Understanding the Consequences of No Agreement".

Learn about softwood lumber at the TLA convention tomorrow!

SD04 Market Update: Greed, Fear or Folly - 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Know what's happening in the market and be aware of uncertainties that could impact your business. Presentations will cover the softwood lumber dispute and trends in logs, lumber and pulp.
Moderator: David Elstone, The Truck Logger Assocation
Jason Fisher, Associate Deputy Minister, MFLNRO - Forest Sector
Russ Taylor, International Wood Markets
Murray Hall, Murray Hall Consulting

January 18, 2017

TLA Year in Review

Are you curious about what the TLA has achieved over the last year, but don't want to slog through the entire annual report? Read the TLA Year in Review!
It's the entire annual report boiled down to two pages!

January 17, 2017

In It For The Long Run: Struggling to Support Our Rural Communities


In It For The Long Run:
Struggling to Support Our Rural Communities
January 17, 2017, Vancouver – Independent timber harvesting contractors—the economic backbone of BC’s rural communities—are struggling in a business climate that doesn’t support locally owned forestry businesses. 
The TLA’s 74th Annual Convention & Trade Show will take place January 18 – 20, 2017 at the Westin Bayshore Hotel in Vancouver. Over this three-day event, we’ll find out what needs to change in order to strengthen and ensure sustainability for contractors, suppliers and the communities where they live and work.
“Recent industry polling tells us that two in three coastal British Columbians feel government should be doing more to support the forest industry,” said David Elstone, TLA Executive Director. “We agree. We want timber harvesting contractors to be in it for the long run too.”
To that end, the TLA has also been working to build relationships with BC’s rural communities. “TLA members live in these towns, build their businesses in and around them, support local community groups and are vital to the economic health of the entire province,” explained Elstone. “We talked to community leaders last year and released a report, “Community Perspectives on the BC Coastal Forest Industry” that gave some insight into coastal communities’ views on forestry.
When you get down to the nuts and bolts of it, it’s clear timber harvesting contractors are critical. “Without contractors, BC’s forest industry would grind to a halt,” said Elstone. “They are the first link in the supply chain. And they are at risk of giving up.”
“We are also pleased that Minister Thomson is able to join us on Friday morning,” said Elstone. “He and his staff are working hard on the Forest Sector Competitiveness Agenda and we appreciate how much they believe in and work for the forest industry.”
The TLA (Truck Loggers Association) represents 470 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: 
Twitter: @truckloggerBC ◦ Website:

January 12, 2017

Book Your Hotel Room Now!

The Westin Bayshore is sold out! And our room block at the Marriott Downtown closes tomorrow (Friday) at midnight. If you don't have your room for convention booked, BOOK NOW!

January 05, 2017

Truck LoggerBC - Winter 2017

The winter isssue of Truck LoggerBC is now online! Read it here.

December 20, 2016

Feller Head Up For Auction!

There's something new at the TLA Convention's live auction this year...a Southstar Felling Head FD750! 

The FD750 Felling Head is designed for the toughest falling environments, the the largest sized stems with an optimum operating size of 24-40" in diameter. This heavy duty directional felling head is packed full of design features that set is apart from the competition. Find out all the details here!