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July 04, 2014

Gambier Island Woodlots Need Your Support

Public Meeting and Drop-In Session for the Gambier Island Woodlots

Public Information Meeting
Date: Thursday, July 24, 2014
Time: 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm (Doors will open at 6:30 pm)
Location: St. Francis-In-The-Wood Church, 4773 South Piccadilly Road, West Vancouver
Public Drop-In
Date: Friday, July 25, 2014
Time: 9:00 am to noon
Location: Sewell’s Marina Boardroom, 6409 Bay Street, Horseshoe Bay
Download the information package about the proposed woodlots, decision-making processes and forest management requirements.

Please email Craig Sutherland now.
I ask you to click on the link above and email Craig Sutherland, Assistant Deputy Minister, to share your support for the Gambier Island woodlots.

Concerns have been raised by a group generally opposed to logging about two new woodlots tendered for sale on Gambier Island. This is understandable given it means change in the form of some logging. However, there’s a lot of misinformation about the planning processes and the degree to which harvesting will take place. I commend government for hosting a meeting to clarify the process and alleviate community fears. 

Despite local apprehension, the woodlot program is precisely the right kind of tenure for our coastal islands. Woodlots are naturally tailored to address local issues, are often locally owned, and operate with local contractors living in the surrounding community.  

Woodlots are usually developed over longer periods of time and support additional access for the community, such as to Gambier Lake. Generally woodlot owners help to augment the recreational experience by supporting the building of new trails. In this regard, it is incumbent on the woodlot owners to support a contemporary vision that incorporates the islander recreation and environmental values, coupled with small scale forestry activities – which is entirely doable. 

If you agree that small woodlots are an appropriate tenure for our coastal islands, please take a moment to email Craig Sutherland, Assistant Deputy Minister and let him know.
Dwight Yochim
TLA Executive Director


June 26, 2014

Log Export Policy in BC

Log exports: few topics are as controversial in British Columbia's forest industry. The TLA has long advocated that log exports are an important employment and economic driver for coastal communities, particularly in tough economic times. Those that suggest log exports equate to "job exports" don’t realize the reverse is actually true: log exports support local jobs. In this regard, the Fraser Institute report on log export policy is worthy of review.

Notable is the finding by study author and Fraser Institute senior fellow Joel Wood that; “an outright ban on log exports from B.C., as advocated by many union leaders, environmentalists and politicians, would likely cause economic damage, particularly to B.C.’s coastal regions where the majority of B.C. log exports originate.”

We know this to be true because harvest levels on the coast have been significantly below the Annual Allowable Cut (AAC) in all but two of the past 25 years. The undercut is due in large part to the preponderance of expensive-to-harvest, lower grade timber on the coast. Without a modest level of log exports where higher prices can be secured, this low grade timber is uneconomic to harvest. In essence, export log prices subsidize logs locally sold and without them, logging activity (and its associated economic activity) would be significantly reduced.

Setting aside the undercut, the actual AAC has dropped 25 per cent since 1990—due to a loss of 37 per cent of the timber harvest land base to the creation of parks, protected areas and old growth management areas. This is another reason BC's policies must encourage the full use of the working forest we still have. The current export policy has helped the forest harvesting industry survive on the coast during the recent economic downturn. With one job in the forest for every job in a mill, it is important to maximize harvest levels in order to maximize the economic opportunity for all of BC.

According to the Fraser Institute study; "the current log export process prevents log owners from securing long-term contracts with foreign buyers to shelter from price volatility, prevents log owners from sorting logs per customer request, and imposes time delays that increase log handling costs and ties up capital.” The most effective policy, argues Wood, would involve streamlining the approval process in the short term and then using the potential removal of log export restrictions as leverage in future trade negotiations.

The TLA will study the Fraser Institute report and comment further. In general, however, the TLA's position is that any policy governing log exports should be supportive of coastal communities, seek to maximize the economic activity in both the mills and the forest, preserve forestry infrastructure and optimize future timber supplies.
June 18, 2014

Safety Alert: Loading and Hauling Alert

  • This alert is a reminder to all truck drivers to look up and visually check your load prior to and during transit from the woods, and prior to releaseing the binders at the de-strap stations.
  • This is also an alert to loader operators to make sure logs are fully contained by the trucks leaving the woods. 

June 11, 2014

British Columbia Coastal Forest Industry Human Resource Strategy

We know by 2022 we will need to attract and train 6,400 people to the coastal logging industry in order to maintain the level of workers we currently have. A strategy has been developed by the coastal industry to achieve just that.

British Columbia Coastal Forest Industry Human Resource Strategy was released earlier this month. Find out more about the strategy plan here.

June 06, 2014

TLA Supports Logger Sports This Summer

Much like the TLA, logger sports have a long tradition is BC. This summer, the TLA is sponsoring three logger sport events on the coast.
If any of these events are near you, come out this summer and hew some wood!

May 27, 2014

TLA donates $10,000 to BC Children's Hospital Foundation

The Truck Loggers Association (TLA) made a donation of $10,000 to BC Children's Hospital Foundation at Miracle Weekend on Sunday, June 1. This annual donation is part of the TLA's ongoing commitment to BC’s coastal communities.
Pictured in photo (left to right): Stacie Woodall, Manager of Marketing and Member Relations, TLA; Paige Banasky, daughter of TLA President Don Banasky; and Don Banasky,TLA President.