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October 08, 2015

Bentley Family Hall at Loon Lake, UBC

The TLA is thrilled to announce that the dining hall at Loon Lake Camp, part of the UBC Malcolm Knapp Research Forest, is built and fully operational!

The TLA Forestry Education Fund contributed $45,000 to this project, The Bentley Family Hall, over the last three years. This building allows 200 people to eat a meal at once which increases the capacity of Loon Lake Camp significantly. It's projects like this -- supporting forestry programs and children's summer camps -- that insprire the TLA Education Committee who oversee the TLA Forestry Education Fund's annual budget.

October 07, 2015

Truck LoggerBC - Fall 2015

Truck LoggerBC - Fall 2015

September 24, 2015

PRESS RELEASE: BC’s Coastal Mayors Re-Examine Log Export Policy

September 24, Vancouver – The Truck Loggers Association hosted 32 civic leaders from BC’s coastal communities on Tuesday evening to discuss UBCM Resolution B36 Re-Examine Log Export Policy and how the BC coastal forest industry supports their communities.
“We were able to address some of the major ‘myth-conceptions’ around log exports,” said David Elstone, TLA Executive Director. 
Access to global log markets sustains local jobs—this was the main message. These exports support 60,700 direct forestry jobs in BC. We know a healthy forest sector requires a balance between meeting domestic manufacturing requirements and logs being exported to higher value markets around the world.
Elstone received enthusiastic feedback during his speech—Mayor Adams of Campbell River stepped forward to express his support of the TLA and the strong and unifying voice the TLA provides for BC’s coastal forest communities. 
“Campbell River is the center for the coastal forest industry and we are committed to supporting a strong forest sector in our community and throughout the coast. The TLA is an important component to the industry, providing hundreds of direct and indirect jobs and economic stimulus to our communities,” said Adams. “In the next few months, Councillor Charlie Cornfield will head up our Forestry Task Force to pursue opportunities on how Campbell River can assist in maintaining a healthy forest industry for all the coastal communities.”
Over the evening, discussions around community involvement ranged from how the forest industry could better communicate its successes, to the direction of TLA’s efforts to foster First Nations relationships as well as Mayors’ interest in either developing or strengthening community forest tenures on the coast. 
The TLA asked civic leaders to spread the understanding that log exports actually help their local communities and to shout out their support for the working forest when it comes up in community discussion. The TLA’s 450 member companies operate in BC’s 110 coastal communities creating well paid, local jobs.  
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:

Coastal mayors networking at the TLA Mayoral Forestry Dinner during UBCM. (Left to right: Mayor Formosa, Powell River; Mayor McKay, Nanaimo; Mayor Jangula, Courtenay; Mayor Adams, Campbell River) 

TLA Vice President, Jacqui Beban (second from right), with the mayors of Tahsis (far left) and Sayward (far right). Jacqui's company, Nootka Sound Timber, harvests near Tahsis on the west coast of Vancouver Island.

TLA Executive Director, David Elstone, with Linda Reimer, MLA and Parlimentary Secretary to Minister Fassbender, Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development.

September 21, 2015

National Forest Week Starts Today!

Celebrate National Forest Week with Art and Win!
Vancouver, BC (September 21, 2015) – The Association of BC Forest Professionals (ABCFP) and the Truck Loggers Association (TLA) are holding an art competition from September 20 to October 19, 2015 to celebrate National Forest Week. The art competition is open to kids aged 4 to 12 ─ parents can submit their own kids’ artwork or teachers can enter the work of the whole classroom.
Kids from across the province are invited to draw a picture of what the forests in their communities mean to them. There will be three winners ─ one from each age group. Winners will receive a $50 gift certificate to Chapters and will have their pictures published in the ABCFP magazine and posted on the websites of both organizations.
“We love what the kids create each year,” says Jonathan Lok, RFT, ABCFP President. “Kids definitely see the whole forest and the pictures reflect that – homes for animals, places to play, pristine lakes. I’m really looking forward to seeing this year’s pictures.”
“Forestry is the economic backbone of BC’s coastal communities,” said Don Banasky, TLA President. “It’s great to see what the kids draw each year—always lots of camping. But I love the ones showing their parents working in the forest. Last year, our youngest winner drew his mom wearing her hard hat and safety visor!”
Pick up your pencil crayons and visit the ABCFP or the TLA websites to download the art competition entry form, or
The Association of BC Forest Professionals, established in 1947, is the largest professional forestry association in Canada with more than 5,300 members. The association registers and regulates professional foresters and forest technologists under authority of the provincial Foresters Act.
The TLA (Truck Loggers Association) represents more than 450 independent forest contractors and their suppliers operating on the coast of British Columbia. Our membership, 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.  
For more information:                                   
Amanda Brittain, MA, ABC*
Director of Communications
Association of BC Forest Professionals
Cell: 778.233.1169
Direct: 604.331.2321
Twitter: @abcfp
*Accredited Business Communicator
  Brenda Martin
Director of Communications
Truck Loggers Association
Cell: 604.339.7554
Direct: 604.684.4291ext. 2
Twitter: @truckloggerBC

September 07, 2015

Forestry Art Contest for Kids!

National Forest Week Art Contest for Kids - 2015

Truck Loggers Association and the ABCFP are very pleased to announce their 2015 National Forest Week Art Contest For Kids. This is an opportunity for children to draw a picture showing "What does the forest means to you?" and then be entered to win a $50 gift card from Chapters. 
Winners in each of three age groups (4-5, 6-8, 9-12) will receive a $50 Chapters gift card and the top three pictures from each age group will be published in the ABCFP magazine and on both organization's websites.

Teachers: We encourage you to incorporate the contest into an art or forestry class. Teachers can submit an entire class’s pictures in one package. If you would like to have a forest professional come to speak to your classroom, please contact Amanda Brittain, Director of Communications at the Association of BC Forest Professionals.

National Forest Week in British Columbia

History of National Forest Week
Established circa 1920 as Forest Fire Prevention Week, the intention was to encourage greater public awareness towards Canada’s forests. At the time, there was no apparent shortage of trees for industrial expansion – the greatest threat came from forest fires, due mainly to human causes. Since then National Forest Week (NFW), as it was renamed in 1967, has evolved to encompass the many and varied human and environmental aspects of Canada’s forest resources – past, present and future. Although special activities are promoted across Canada, National Forest Week remains first and foremost a challenge to individual Canadians to learn more about their forest heritage and support greater recognition of this valuable resource. National Forest Week is observed annually during the last full week of September. National Tree Day is observed on the Wednesday of National Forest Week.
The BC Provincial Coalition 
The BC Provincial Coalition was established in 2013 with the overarching goal of showing young people in BC that they can enjoy time spent outdoors and learn more about the different uses of BC's forests including wood products, jobs, recreation and spiritual values.

August 31, 2015

TLA Fall Networking Event - October 2, 2015 in Nanaimo

The speakers for our Fall Networking Event are official! Get the information you need to make good decisions for your business.

Log Markets & Trade Deals: Arm Yourself With Knowledge

What’s next for the Softwood Lumber Agreement? Is the outlook still bright for cedar? Where are our log markets going?

Register Now - Click Here!

When: Friday, October 2 at 5:00 pm 
Where: Mt. Benson Ballroom A&B, Vancouver Island Convention Centre, 101 Gordon St, Nanaimo
What: Networking, dinner, cash bar, informative industry speakers
Cost: Free for TLA members, $25 per person for non-members
Deadline to Register: Friday, September 25, 2015
Guest Speakers
  • Softwood Lumber Agreement: What’s Next?
    Rebecca Ewing, Director, Softwood Lumber Unit, MFLNRO
  • Looking Forward: The Outlook For Cedar
    Dean Garofano, President & C.O.O, Westshore Specialties
  • Log Markets: Has the Music Stopped?
    Barry Simpson, Owner, Oceanview Forest Products