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November 20, 2014

Program Ready! Get The Convention Details Here!

Get all the details for this year's convention - topics, speakers and events!

Investing From The Ground Up
The labour market strategy is complete and the coastal industry is working cooperatively on its implementation.  The focus is now on investing in partnerships to improve the forest sector workforce, training certification and safety best practices. How will we turn these strategic efforts and the market demands into a reality that capitalizes on local and global forest sector economic stability?
TLA Convention Brochure 2015

November 14, 2014

National Forest Week Art Contest For Kids Winners

The TLA and the ABCFP co-host an annual art contest during National Forest Week. This year's winners did an outstanding job. See all the art contest winners here!
The TLA's favourite is winner Cedric Chewter, aged 5, from Nelson. He drew his mom working in the forest, wearing a hard hat AND a safety visor! Good to see the safety message being passed onto the next generation!

Cedric, along with the other two winners, will receive a $50 Chapters gift card and his artwork will be published in the ABCFP and TLA magazines.

By Cedric Chewter, aged 5, from Nelson, BC

November 12, 2014

Logging Tax Changes Planned For December 8, 2014

New Online Services
Individuals and businesses involved in logging operations in BC will be able to enroll to access the online system called eTaxBC.  eTaxBC allows taxpayers to access and update their account information, correspond securely with the government, file tax returns and pay tax online.
The website will be updated to include information on eTaxBC.  This information will explain how to enrol for access to eTaxBC and set up an account online.

New Tax Returns
The following tax returns have been revised:
  • Logging Tax Return of Income (FIN 542S)
  • Logging Tax Return of Income for Processors (FIN 542P)
These revised returns will be available December 8, 2014 online at (go to Logging Tax and click on Forms and Publications)

New Tax Account Numbers
As part of our system update, we will automatically assign a new account number to all existing logging tax accounts.  After December 8, 2014, we will send a letter to all existing logging tax account holders to advise them of their new tax account numbers and how to enrol in eTaxBC.

More Information
To keep up-to-date on tax changes, you can subscribe to the What’s New service and be notified by email as new information becomes available.
For more information on logging tax:
Toll-Free:  1-877-387-3332

October 10, 2014

105th Pacific Logging Congress - 7th Live Woods Show Recap

Over 2,500 Oregon and SW Washington State school children now have a better idea of what the logging and forest products industry is all about, after visiting the 7th In The Woods Show near Molalla, OR in September. Another 500 teachers, parents and chaperones also got a first-hand look at logging operations, tree planting, wildlife displays, biomass production, and more at the Port Blakely Tree Farm. 
As The Pacific Logging Congress (PLC) was celebrating its 105th Annual gathering, it was also holding its 7th Annual In the Woods Show September 25-27 which included two days of visits from students and the final day open to the general public. Estimates place the attendance of the three day show at more than 5,000.
“We undertake a live in the woods show demonstration every four years because it provides a venue to present a ‘science-based’ first impression of forestry to school children and the public,” said Duane Evans, 2014 President of PLC and Vice President of Forestry Operations of Port Blakely Tree Farms. 
“Education is extremely important, not only for the students, but for the general public too,” President Evans said. He also expressed his appreciation to all who set up exhibits and distributed information to show attendees. “To survive and flourish, our industry needs the long term support of the public,” President Evans said, and added, “but in the short term it also needs equipment operators, truck drivers, support technicians, and foresters.” He felt the 7th in the Woods Show accomplished both goals. 

October 09, 2014

Forestry Skills Boot Camps

Two Forestry Skills Boot Camps will be run by The College of the Rockies this fall in Mount Currie/Pemberton, BC.  The dates of the courses are:
  • October 15-30
  • December 1-15
These courses are fully funded if the students meet the eligibility criteria.  

The courses are designed to provide training to participants and allow them the opportunity for entry level forestry positions.  The training they will receive includes:
  • Teambuilding
  • S100A/ S185- firefighting training
  • Occupational First Aid with Transportation Endorsement
  • Basic Chainsaw training
  • Bear aware
  • Tree planting (in the first cohort)
  • Introduction to resource management
  • Backcountry safety and travel
  • Field communication and data collection
  • Introduction to Layout and Site assessments
  • Tree species identification
  • Introduction to wildlife management
  • Introduction to silviculture
  • Operating a wood chipper & BC Hydro Green Card
  • Fall protection
  • Guest speakers
  • Networking opportunities with local forestry contractors
Each course will have 12 students.  Please feel free to share this information. Anyone interested should contact the College of the Rockies at (250) 489-2751 ext. 3440 ASAP.