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April 24, 2015

TLA Donates $25,000 to Carihi Secondary's Forestry Education Program

Carihi Secondary accepting $25,000 cheque from the Truck Loggers Association

Carihi Secondary's Forestry Education Program Accepts $25,000 Donation from TLA
Campbell River Mirror - April 24, 2015

The Truck Loggers Association (TLA) Forest Education Fund, generously founded and supported by TLA members, is donating $25,000 to the Carihi Forestry Education Program over the next five years.
The presentation of the first annual contribution of $5,000 took place at the TLA Networking Event on April 16 at the Maritime Heritage Centre.
“This is grass roots recruitment at its best,” said David Elstone, TLA Executive Director. “Forestry allows communities like Campbell River to retain their young people by creating steady, good paying jobs close to home.”
More than 75 students have completed the Carihi Forestry Education Program over the past three years. These students live in Campbell River and through this program have had an opportunity to learn about the forest industry and the jobs available while still in high school.

April 24, 2015

Log Administrator Position Available in Nanaimo

Coastland Wood Industries is seeking a Full Time Log Administrator for our Fibre Supply/Accounting Department located in Nanaimo.  This position is a term position starting May 2015 until April 2016 to cover for maternity leave with the potential of continued employment.  The successful candidate will be responsible for various accounting and administrative tasks related to the processing of log scale information in a timely and accurate manner. Find out more about this job here.
April 14, 2015

TLA Online Member Directory

The TLA is launching it's new online member directory this week.
Here is what you need to know:
  • The main contact for each of our member companies received an email this week advising them that the member directory was ready and they'd be receiving a login email soon.
  • The main contact will recieve a email asking them to set-up their password for their account.
  • Once that password is set-up, they will be able to login to the Member Only section of the TLA website. 
What's in the Member Only section?
  • The online member directory
  • Past issues of the Grapple Yarder, the member-only TLA e-newsletter
  • Past annual reports
  • An editable version of your personal and company information held in the TLA database so you can update your contact information
If you have any questions about how to login to the Member Only section of the TLA website, please contact Stacie Woodall at or 604.684.4291 ext. 6.

April 09, 2015

Good News for Forest Contractors!

PRESS RELEASE: Government supports forest contractors and rural communities with a $1 million replenishment to the Forestry Service Providers Compensation Fund 
David Elstone - HeadshotApril 9, 2015, Vancouver – Today Premier Christy Clark and Minister Steve Thomson, Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, stood up for forest contractors and the communities they live in when they announced a $1,000,000 top up to the Forestry Service Providers Compensation Fund.
“This is another step towards fortifying conditions for contractor sustainability,” said Don Banasky, TLA President. Forest contractors run small, locally owned businesses that create jobs throughout BC’s rural communities.  When these companies are left in the lurch by a tenure holder that becomes insolvent, the whole community suffers. “We’ve seen this happen more than once,” said Banasky. “And we know that the ripples are felt throughout our communities.”
“There is a demonstrated need for this Fund,” said David Elstone, TLA Executive Director. “Since it came online in 2013 there have been four claims processed.” This contribution of $1,000,000 increases the Fund beyond the original $5 million granted by the government. “But more than that,” said Elstone, “It shows the government values the role forest contractors play in BC’s rural communities.” 
“By their actions, we know Premier Clark and her government understand that forest contractors are the economic backbone of BC’s rural communities and values the jobs our members create,” said Elstone. “While we look forward to the future when eventually the Fund will have an ongoing replenishment mechanism, I can’t thank Premier Clark and the Minister Thomson enough for working hard to support the forest contractors of BC.”
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 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:

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April 08, 2015

Barbara Yaffe: B.C.’s forestry industry a vital, neglected economic force

It’s time the provincial government started showing some renewed love for the forestry sector
VANCOUVER — B.C.’s forestry sector may not be as sexy as a potential liquefied natural gas industry in the north or all the high-tech companies that have been moving to Vancouver, but it is time the provincial government started showing it some renewed love.
A report by the Business Council of B.C. touts the sector as highly productive and a great job generator — “one of the province’s dominant economic engines”.
But the council warns that the industry is about to experience a contraction, and faces a host of competitiveness challenges.

March 31, 2015

Contractor Sustainability in Campbell River

Contractor sustainability is a big deal in ‪‎forestry‬ communities like Campbell River.
This year's Vancouver Sun forestry insert talked about just that. 

Growing A Better Community: A Healthy Forest Sector Strengthens the Fibers Of B.C.’s Coastal Cities
In that time, 25 contractors in the TLA membership have shut their doors and auctioned off their equipment.
“You see auctions going on all over the province all the time for contractors selling off their equipment because they just can’t make a go of it,” says Mayor Adams. “We need to understand what isn’t working and in partnership with the province see what we can do to make it a more sustainable business climate.”
Ponting agrees admitting that while he is one of the lucky ones – having clinched a hydro contract at the height of the downturn and used it to stay afloat during the challenging economic climate. But the effects trickle outwards.
“When we don’t make enough money to pay our fuel company or tire shop and it’s little family-owned parts department, it affects the whole community,” he says.
He’s been doing a little soul searching of his own lately, especially after watching three contractors head to the auction block in the past six months.
“I’m going through it right now – I don’t know what the solution is – but there’s got to be something put in place to help our businesses be sustainable,” says Mark Ponting, TLA member. “Places like Campbell River really depend on it.”