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June 24, 2015

Minister Thomson attends Grade 9 Forestry Project Based Learning graduation in Port Alberni

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The TLA has supported this program financially for several years. We are thrilled to see that it's thriving and kids are excited about education and forestry. This is the kind of on-the-ground forestry recruitment and education that can build the next generation of loggers and forest professionals. 
June 09, 2015

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

The TLA donated $10,000 to BC Children's Hospital Foundation in May. Next month, we'll have the official donation photo. But we thought that we'd share these selfie booth shots now.

Left to right: David Elstone, TLA Executive Director; Don Banaksy, TLA President; Ted Beutler, STIR Committee Chair

Left to right: Kathie Madden, Director of Event & Membership; Marcus Elstone; David Elstone, TLA Executive Director

Left to right: Don Banaksy, TLA President, with his two daughters.

June 08, 2015

Bill Nelson Receives Award from School District 72

At the TLA Networking Event in Campbell River in April, teacher Jason Kerluck (right) presented Bill Nelson of Holbrook Dyson Logging (left) with a plaque from School District 72 to recognize Bill's efforts in "promoting ongoing learning at Carihi Secondary School" and being a partner in education. Congratulations Bill! 

May 20, 2015

TLA Funding for Level Three First Aid Training

Up to 12 employees can apply to receive a bursary of $1,000 and reimbursement for their OFA3 registration fee upon the successful completion of the course over the next six months.
This program is particularly aimed at smaller operators with 1 to 4 employees who might find it difficult to financially support an employee through OFA3 training.
This is an exciting chance for TLA member companies and their employees to increase the number of Level Three First Aid attendants in the BC forest industry and be financially supported by the TLA as they do it. The forest industry needs more Level Three First Aid attendants and the TLA and our members are part of the solution with this program! 
Application Criteria:
  1. Be employed by a TLA member company in direct harvesting in BC.
  2. Have a valid BC driver's licence.
  3. Complete and submit the application form above.
  4. Provide a letter of employment confirmation from your employer.
  5. Submit a OFA3 pre-course registration in a community near your home. Upon approval, the applicant shall fund their own course.
  6. One applicant per company. 
  7. Successful candidates must complete their OFA3 course by December 31, 2015.
Submission Information:
  1. Applications must be submitted via email or fax to Aggressive Timber Falling's office administration staff: or 250.756.2186.
  2. Applications are accepted as of Tuesday, May 19.
  3. The TLA Board has authorized funding through the TLA Forestry Education Fund for up to 12 successful candidates.
  4. Applications will be vetted on a first come, first served basis. 
  5. Application vetting will be done by STIR Committee Chair, Ted Beutler, and will commence on June 15, 2015.
  6. Only successful applicants will be contacted.

May 08, 2015

Minister Thomson announces $1 million replenishment to the Forestry Service Providers Compensation Fund

Minister Thomson announces $1 million replenishment to the Forestry Service Providers Compensation Fund
May 8, 2015, Vernon – Today Minister Steve Thomson, Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, stood up for forest contractors and the communities they live in when he announced a $1 million top up to the Forestry Service Providers Compensation Fund at the Interior Logging Association’s 57th Annual Conference and Trade Show in Vernon, BC.
With leaders from the three BC logging associations in attendance, they took the opportunity to thank Minister Thomson in person. The three associations are working together to address issues of contractor sustainability to improve the business environment for contractors.
“Forest contractors are the economic backbone of BC’s rural communities” said Reid Hedlund, Chairman on the Interior Logging Association (ILA). “This is a necessary step towards fortifying conditions for contractor sustainability and we thank Minister Thomson for recognizing the issue.” 
Forest contractors run 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 Hedlund. “And we know that the ripples are felt throughout our communities.”
“There is a demonstrated need for this Fund,” said Don Banasky, President of the Truck Loggers Association (TLA). “Since it came online in 2013 there have been a number of claims processed and more are expected. This increase of $1 million to the Fund, for a total of $6 million, shows the government values the role forest contractors play in BC’s rural communities,” said Banasky.
“By his actions, we know Minister Thomson understands that forest contractors are the economic backbone of BC’s rural communities and values the jobs our members create,” said Banasky. “We look forward to the future where the Fund will have an ongoing replenishment mechanism. However, our three associations—representing the majority of the fibre harvested in the province—sincerely thank Minister Thomson for his efforts today.”
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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:

Left to right: David Elstone, TLA Executive Director; Bill Sauer, NWLA Manager; Reid Hedlund, ILA Chairman; Minister Steve Thomson, MFLNRO; Don Banasky, TLA President; Jacqui Beban, TLA Vice President; Eric Foster, MLA Vernon-Monashee; Wayne Lintott, ILA General Manager

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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.