News & Policy

April 10, 2014

Another $15,000 given to forestry program at Alberni District Secondary School

Don Banasky, TLA President (holding cheque left); Bill Markvoort, TLA Past-President; Nora Moncur, ADSS Principal; Ryan Dvorak, ADSS forestry teacher; Dwight Yochim, TLA Executive Director (hold cheque, right). Left of the stairs is the TLA board, right of the stairs is ADSS grade nine and grade 12 forestry students, standing on the grass are other ADSS forestry instructors.

Read the article in the Alberni Valley Times.

The Truck Loggers Association (TLA) presented a cheque for $15,000 to the Alberni District Secondary School’s forestry program at the school’s wood lot on Tuesday, April 8, 2014.
“The TLA just completed a study that shows we’ll need 6,500 people in forestry by 2022. These kids are the future of our industry. They are our truck drivers, machine operators, business owners and leaders. This donation is an investment not only in their future but ours”, said Don Banasky, TLA President.
Ryan Dvorak, a teacher at Alberni District Secondary School (ADSS), has carried on the 25 plus year tradition the forestry program. He has developed it to meet the needs of a new generation of students and a revitalized and professionalized forest industry. The goal is to ensure that the next generation of forest workers is being trained in the communities where they will be needed. “These students show a keen interest in the complexities of the industry and they work to develop a diverse range of skills sucg as tree height measurement, species identification, silviculture, road layout, timber cruising, safe work practices, wildlife studies and riparian assessments,” said Dvorak.
“I’m happy to say TLA members are putting their money where their mouth is,” said Dwight Yochim, TLA Executive Director. “The TLA’s Forestry Education Fund, generously founded and supported by TLA members, has now invested over $55,000 in ADSS’s forestry program.”
The TLA’s recent labour market and training needs analysis is complete and now a labour market strategy for BC’s coastal forest industry is underway. “Programs like those at ADSS are a very prominent part of the strategy,” said Yochim. “Showing these bright kids what forestry is all about and the huge breadth of careers that are available to them in forestry will hopefully encourage them to consider a rewarding career in our industry.”
The TLA currently has 29 members companies operating in Port Alberni. The owners of these companies know the importance of a well-trained and dedicated workforce. “It’s only because of our members’ tireless support of forestry education that the TLA is able to make this donation,” said Yochim.

April 02, 2014

The Role Forestry Plays in BC's Job Market

What role does forestry play in BC's job market? Dwight Yochim, Executive Director of the Truck Logger's Association talks to Philip Till at CKNW 980 about forestry, the job market and where we can find the 6,500 workers we need by 2020.

March 26, 2014

Building Boom in Nanaimo? Thank Forestry!

Don Banasky talks to Chek TV News about forestry.

Building Boom in Nanaimo? Thank Forestry! Don Banasky, TLA President, spoke yesterday on Chek TV News about how the large coastal forest industry is driving the Nanaimo building boom. Right now the forest sector is looking for employees and Don has lots of resumes from people working on the oil patch who want to come home and enjoy coastal BC's lifestyle.

March 25, 2014

How Big is the Working Forest?

How big is coastal BC's working forest? Often in the media, it’s implied that the working forest — the land base available for logging — is really big. But here’s how the numbers actually breakdown:
  • There’s 15.8 million hectares in the Coast Forest Region land base. That’s all the land — towns, golf courses, highways, parks, forests.
  • Of that 15.8 million hectares, 7.6 million hectares (48 per cent) is productive forest — land that produces trees big enough to harvest.
  • There’s 3.14 million hectares that’s protected. That’s 20 per cent of the land base.
  • There’s only 2.5 million hectares in the timber harvesting land base, the land where active forest management is allowed to occur. That’s 16 per cent of the land base.
We also need acknowledge the 55,000 old growth management areas in BC, which exist separate from the parks system, covering an area of 3.9 million hectares provincially. 

If we further reduce the size of our sustainable working forest, BC’s coastal communities and the province will give up real jobs and lose millions of dollars of local revenue that pays for schools and hospitals.

Numbers based on MFLNRO 2013 statistics.

March 20, 2014

TLA Networking Event in Port Alberni

TLA Networking Event in Port Alberni

Reception | Dinner | Speakers | Networking
TLA Networking Events are your opportunity to network and keep in touch with current issues within the forest industry while enjoying a complimentary dinner.
Where: Best Western Barclay Hotel
When: April 8, 2014 | 5:00 - 10:00 pm
  • 5 pm - Reception
  • 6 pm - Complimentary Dinner
  • 7 pm - Speakers
  • 8 pm - Networking
Guest Speakers:
  • Steve Venus; Blue Thunder Contracting Ltd. & Dave Mackay; Interfor
  •       Safety Component: Phase Congestion
  • Ross Stryvoke; FIR Labour Relations Ltd.
  •       Labour Negotiation Process
  • Ric Slaco; Interfor
  •       How will the Great Bear Rainforest Agreement affect forestry on the coast?
*Please note: You must register for this free event by Friday, April 4, 2014.
Promote this event at your work! Download a printable invite here.

March 11, 2014

Forestry in the News!

There's a great forestry insert in today's Vancouver Sun. Here's what it's about:

"We take a closer look at the BC wood products and forestry industry by featuring the innovations that are redefining how we utilize one of Canada’s most important resources as well as the wealth of fantastic career opportunities that the sector offers as the industry ages. Among the most sustainably managed in the world, BC’s forests are an inspiration to the global community – as are the professionals that call this industry home. Founded on hard work, an appreciation for the natural beauty of the province, and a commitment to family values, the industry is – and will continue to be - a mainstay of the province’s economy."

Here are two of the best articles:
  • A bright, beautiful futureShayna Mason, forestry student and FPAC Skills Award for Aboriginal Youth winner, shares how she has turned her passion into a profession.
  • Step into our officeAs the industry ages, it is time for young British Columbians to consider a career in our forests.
Also, check out the This Is My Office page on our website. Audrey Hamm has a great story about becoming a log scaler.