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November 25, 2015

New Hotel For TLA Convention

Our entire room block at the Westin Bayshore is sold out - 723 nights! 

Now Available - Coast Coal Harbour at $159/night.

  • This rate is cutoff on December 23, 2015.
  • To qualify for the $159 rate give the group code CCC-GFC4978 or convention name "Truck Loggers Convention" at time of booking.
  • Please note guests will be charged a non-refundable first night room and taxes.
  • Other guidelines apply – ask hotel at booking
  • Hotel address: 1180 West Hastings Street, Vancouver BC, V6E 4R5 

Book Your Room Now!

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November 19, 2015

Forestry builds new archery facility in Nanaimo

Generous donations from the forest sector are building dreams for a fast growing sport in Nanaimo—archery.
Four forestry companies based in Nanaimo—Aggressive Timber Falling, Coastland Wood Industries, Dorman Timber and TimberWest—have donated five loads of second growth Douglas fir logs to build a new indoor archery facility over the winter for the Nanaimo Fish And Game Protective Association (NFGPA). Three of these four companies are Truck Logger Association (TLA) members—local small-to-medium sized forestry businesses providing jobs in Nanaimo.
Ted Beutler, President of Aggressive Timber Falling and Chair of the TLA’s Safety, Training and Industrial Relations (STIR) committee, coordinated the donation. “I made this a STIR committee initiative to promote the TLA’s belief that the people who work in our forests should share in the resource’s prosperity,” said Beutler. “Each log load is worth about $5,000. So we’re making a real contribution to sport and recreation in Nanaimo.”
John Noble, a director of NFGPA, explained the design, “The building will consist of fourteen indoor lanes, bathrooms, work space and common room totaling 5600 sq. ft. of floor space plus an outdoor covered area.” He’s particularly proud of the versatility of the building. “This new indoor facility will be used for many functions and sporting events the Nanaimo Fish and Game puts on each year for our members and the community,” said Noble.

This architectural drawing shows what the new facility will look like from the outside.
Clint Parcher, Vice President of Fibre Supply at Coastland and a TLA Director, organized Coastland’s two donated log loads. “As a small company, we’re happy to support a volunteer run organization that many of our employees belong to and enjoy,” said Parcher.
TimberWest has a long history with Nanaimo Fish & Game Protective Association. “We have worked with the NFGPA for many years to promote the responsible and sustainable use of our timberland for recreational purposes,” said Domenico Iannidinardo, Vice-President of Sustainability & Chief Forester at TimberWest. “We are pleased to support this new archery facility.”
Norse Log Homes’ donation is critical to achieving the Nanaimo Fish and Game’s goal of constructing a new indoor archery facility. “We’re donating the use of our construction facilities in Lantzville this winter for approximately four months,” John Dahle, owner of Norse Log Homes. “The archery facility—at 5,600 sq. ft.—is one of the largest footprint buildings ever prefabricated at our site and we’ve been here since 1984! Everyone at Norse Log Homes is proud to be part of this substantial upgrade at the Nanaimo Fish and Games Club.”

November 05, 2015

Forestry Alive and Well at the 7th Annual BC Aboriginal Business Awards

Forestry had a good showing at the 7th Annual BC Aboriginal Business Awards last month which is good news for the whole sector. Lincoln Douglas accepted the Business of the Year – 10 or more person enterprise award for his company, K&L Contracting/Links Contracting. Quatern Limited Partnership, a logging company co-owned by Quatsino First Nation and Western Forest Products, accepted the Joint Venture of the Year award.

“The TLA recognizes the rights and title of First Nations and our members are working to build mutually beneficial partnerships,” said David Elstone, TLA Executive Director. “So these awards highlighting First Nations successfully building forestry business are inspiring. In fact, one company— K&L Contracting/Links Contracting—is a TLA member.”

Cathryn Wilson, Executive Director of the BC Achievement Foundation that presents the annual awards, said both K & L Contracting and Quatern were selected by an independent panel of judges representing Aboriginal business expertise throughout the province. 

"The jury was looking for successful and sustainable businesses that exemplified good corporate citizenship," said Wilson. "Each of the recipients demonstrated accomplishments in both social and environmental responsibility along with positive employee relations.”

Top row, left to right; Andy Steinke, Quatern; Robert Duncan, Quatern
Bottom row, left to right: Shannon Janzen, Quatern; Ralph Wallas, Quatern; Ray Rabazzo, Quatern; Lincoln Douglas, K&L Contracting/Links Contracting
More about K&L Contracting/Links Contracting
Douglas started his company in October 1998. “One of our first contracts was supplying equipment to manage the Cheam landfill,” said Douglas. Soon he diversified into the gravel business and in 2012 branched out into forestry—Douglas’ father and grandfather both worked in logging so he has history with the industry.
“In 2012 we started doing clearing for BC Hydro’s Interior-Lower Mainland (ILM) power line,” said Douglas. Now K&L Contracting/Links Contracting does full phase logging—using high lead cable logging technology—for Aspen Planers in Boston Bar, Merritt and Lillooet. But the company is still headquartered in Rosedale where Douglas lives with his family.

Lincoln Douglas (right), owner of  K&L Contracting/Links Contracting, with his family.
“I’m proud to see a TLA member honoured in this way,” said David Elstone, TLA Executive Director. “BC’s forest industry needs to attract a new generation of workers into the woods and Lincoln’s business award is evidence of that success. He’s creating jobs within the working forests that support his community and the local economy.”
Douglas currently employs 50-60 people, half who are First Nations. “We hire a lot of young people—both First Nation and non-First Nation—and give them a chance to develop their skills and get some work experience.” Douglas understands the importance of supporting the next generation. He was Chief of the Cheam First Nation from 2009 to 2013, during which time he worked to support youth.
More about Quatern Limited Partnership
“Annually Quatern harvests 60,000 m3—30,000 m3 from Western’s tenure and the same again from Quatsino First Nation’s tenure,” said Robert Duncan, one of Quatern’s six board members and the Economic Development Officer for Quatsino. “We’ve been profitable every year and so we’ve been able to invest hundreds of thousands of dollars into our local community projects.”
Quatsino Forestry, a separate forestry company run by the Quatsino First Nation, is a member of The Truck Loggers Association (TLA). “I’m encouraged to see the Quatsino First Nation diversifying their forestry business,” said David Elstone, TLA Executive Director. “The TLA understands that working cooperatively with First Nations will strengthen the forest industry in British Columbia and several TLA member companies are First Nations owned.”

October 26, 2015

The Program is LIVE! Check out what's happening at the TLA's 73rd Annual Convention & Trade Show.

The covention program is LIVE! Check out what's happening at the TLA's 73rd Annual Convention & Trade Show.

October 20, 2015

PRESS RELEASE: BC loggers congratulate Trudeau and put trade front and centre

October 20, Vancouver – The Truck Loggers Association (TLA) congratulates Justin Trudeau and the Liberal Party on their victory in last night’s federal election. As a strong and unifying voice for BC’s coastal forest communities, the TLA wants to ensure the prime minister-designate understands that forestry is the economic backbone of many rural Canadian communities.

“We know there is much to become familiar with in the coming weeks,” said David Elstone, TLA Executive Director. “However, we believe it’s important to draw the prime minister-designate’s attention to improving business certainty for our capital intensive sector.”  

To that end, the TLA encourages the new government to move forward on the Trans-Pacific Partnership that will benefit the forest industry by reducing tariffs and fostering market diversification—access to international markets sustains local jobs. However, that’s not the only international trade issue facing forestry. “To echo Premier Christy Clark, we need to make a new softwood lumber agreement with the U.S. an immediate priority,” said Elstone. “Such a resolution would provide certainty which is necessary for prosperous forest related businesses.”

Just as critical is the federal government’s support for collaborative government-to-government relationship building between First Nations and the provinces as both seek to understand and address Aboriginal rights and title. “TLA member companies will continue to build on their successful history of working with First Nations and supporting collaborative relationships. We need the federal government to be part of the equation,” Elstone states.

And finally, our forest industry—including the independent timber harvesting contractors the TLA represents—is looking to the new Liberal government for assistance in tackling the challenge of attracting a new generation of workers to our green, sustainable and renewable industry.
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:

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.