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September 27, 2016

Press Release: Minister Thomson Talks Forestry with BC’s Coastal Mayors

PRESS RELEASE: Minister Thomson Talks Forestry with BC’s Coastal Mayors

September 27, 2016 Victoria – Minister Steve Thomson met with 32 coastal community mayors and councillors last night to discuss how forestry is impacting the towns and cities they represent. The meeting, organized by the Truck Loggers Association (TLA), gave mayors an opportunity to share directly with Minister Thomson what was captured in the  TLA’s report, Community Perspectives On The BC Coastal Forest Industry.
 
Communication was the focus for community leaders and Minister Thomson agreed. “It’s about proactive engagement upfront,” Thomson explained. “Communicating our practices and working with your communities to make accommodations.” 
 
David Elstone, TLA Executive Director understands the value of good communication. “The TLA is a strong and unifying voice for BC’s coastal forests community. Our goal here tonight was to build communication between local communities and provincial government and ensure all parties are being heard so we can find a balance on the coast for all forest resource users.”
 
Community Perspectives On The BC Coastal Forest Industry reports on the outcome of two surveys conducted by the TLA, one in 2004 and the other in 2015, benchmarking changes in attitude and expectation. The TLA’s study reflects what Minister Thomson heard from community leaders last night.  They are frequently unsure of the province’s efforts to improve forest practices and policies, and even when they are aware they often have difficulty being heard. 
“I’m glad our report identified such an important issue,” said Elstone. “It’s helped inspire the forest industry and the provincial government to take a hard look at their external communications.”
Other community leader concerns discussed last night included growing a local workforce as current forestry workers continue to age, the softwood lumber agreement negotiations, and building a value added industry on Vancouver Island. 
 
Thomson spoke to all three of those topics and discussed ongoing work the government has undertaken to address them. He also stressed that forestry needs support from rural communities: “We need to recognize that we have a timber harvesting land base…and that we need that timber harvesting land base.” 
 
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: brenda@tla.ca
Twitter: @truckloggerBC ◦ Website: www.tla.ca



Minister Thomson spoke at the TLA hosted dinner about the Community Perspectives on the BC Coastal Forest Industry report.



Thirty-two mayors and councillors attended the TLA hosted dinner last night during UBCM to interact with Minister Thomson and share their views. 



Andy Adams, Mayor of Campbell River, thanked Minister Thomson: "Your support of the industry and our communties has been unwavering and we appreciate it."
 

September 13, 2016

"Time Well Spent" Clock Honouring Gerry Furney

The TLA contributed towards the purchase of the clock honouring Gerry Furney's 45 years of service as Port McNeill's mayor. This past summer, the clock was unveiled during Port McNeill's Canada Day and 50th Anniversary celebrations. The clock, symbolizing 'time well spent' will serve as a reminder of one man's dedication to civic service. 



Gerry Furney with Port McNeill's current mayor, Shirley Ackland. 



Gerry Furney with his family. 
September 07, 2016

Press Release: TLA commends government for First Nations Sustainable Economic Development Strategy

PRESS RELEASE: TLA commends government for First Nations Sustainable Economic Development Strategy 

September 7, 2016 Vancouver – The Truck Loggers Association (TLA) commends Premier Clark and the Liberal government for providing up to $2.5 million over three years to support the continued development of the First Nations Sustainable Economic Development Strategy by the BC Assembly of First Nations (BCAFN).
 
“First Nations relationships are a critical piece of the TLA’s strategic plan,” said David Elstone, TLA Executive Director. “Last year we issued a position statement regarding the Tsilhqot’in Decision and our members (both First Nations and non-First Nations) continue to build successful relationships with First Nations communities and First Nations owned forestry companies.”
 
BCAFN’s strategy aims to ensure First Nations have the opportunities and resources to engage in economic development projects in their respective traditional territories, and that they see improved employment, training and benefits. “This kind of work supports our own efforts and benefits the forest industry as a whole,” said Elstone. “I agree with Minister Rustad—when First Nations succeed, their neighbouring communities succeed. And that’s where my members operate, in BC’s 110 coastal communities.”
 
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: brenda@tla.ca
 

September 01, 2016

Press Release: TLA Supports Government’s “Strong Past, Bright Future” Agenda for Forest Industry Competitiveness

Press Release: TLA supports government’s “Strong Past, Bright Future” agenda for forest industry competitiveness

September 1, 2016 Vancouver – The Truck Loggers Association (TLA) and its member companies support the BC government’s newly released agenda to enhance the competitiveness of BC’s forest sector.
 
“There are three critical goals within this Competitiveness Agenda and the third one—Stable Communities and First Nations Partners—aligns well with the TLA’s strategic plan,” said David Elstone, TLA Executive Director. “TLA members are the economic backbone of BC’s rural coastal communities with over 90 per cent of the provincial harvest done by independent logging contractors in one shape or another. This means the success of the forest sector is very much linked to the success of independent business owners—our members—in their coastal communities." 
 
A vital strategic action within the Stable Communities and First Nations Partners goal is “working with contractor associations and major licensees to ensure contractor interests are met.” “There is an imbalance right now in the forest sector which has led to TLA members expressing concern about the health of the industry's supply chain," said Elstone. “I’m hopeful these concerns will be fully addressed as part of this action item.”
 
The Competitiveness Agenda also focuses on First Nations partners which is another TLA strategic focus. “The TLA believes in building mutually beneficial First Nations partnerships by acknowledging rights and title and engaging First Nations leadership and their communities,” said Elstone. “We believe a proactive government approach to First Nations relations in BC will empower First Nations, increase their economic participation and, ultimately, create certainty and a positive business environment within BC.”
 
Strong Past, Bright Future: A Competitiveness Agenda for BC’s Forest Sector was released along with two other key action plans; one for the pulp and paper sector and another for the value-added sector. "This comprehensive approach to getting the most out of our province's forest resource is appreciated— timber harvesting is dependent on diverse end-users,” said Elstone. “I’m pleased to say this government is walking its talk when it comes to supporting the forest 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: brenda@tla.ca
Twitter: @truckloggerBC ◦ Website: www.tla.ca
 

August 23, 2016

DEMO 2016 - Less Than A Month Away!



Look for us at DEMO! The TLA is a DEMO media sponsor and we'll have a booth at the live equipment show. Find us at booth SB-55, across from the John Deere site. 

UNIQUE "IN-WOODS & IN ACTION" FORESTRY EVENT RETURNING TO THE WEST COAST THIS SEPTEMBER
 
Maple Ridge, BC – With mere weeks to go until the 2016 edition of DEMO International®, preparations are in the final stages and excitement is at an all-time high. Taking place September 22nd to 24th, 2016, this is a unique, world-class event with exhibitors, visitors and media in attendance from around the world, including the United States, South America and Europe.

The flagship event of the Canadian Woodlands Forum, DEMO International® takes place every four years in a different location, and showcases the latest in forestry equipment, from stump to dump, in action and in the forest. It is returning to the west coast for the first time in 16 years, and will be hosted by the Faculty of Forestry at the University of British Columbia in beautiful Maple Ridge, BC.

“We’ve seen an amazing transformation since our last site visit in May,” said Mark Cusack, National Show Manager with Master Promotions Ltd., producer of DEMO International®. “We are just back from another successful site visit and everything looks fantastic. Space is now close to sold out with just three sites remaining. This will definitely be a sold out event!”
The show’s 2016 edition will include 150 exhibitors positioned around a 3.2 kilometre loop of roadway specially built for the show. The SITE PLAN includes a mix of static sites as well as 20 active sites featuring working machinery and live demos.

VISITOR REGISTRATION is available on the show website now. For a limited time, visitors can purchase a one-day pass for $40 or a three-day pass for $60.
The Honourable Steve Thomson, Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations has been appointed DEMO International® 2016 Honourary Chair. As a champion of the forestry sector in British Columbia, his experience and leadership will help showcase BC’s forest industry worldwide.

During the course of its 49-year history, DEMO International® has evolved into one of North America’s largest and most distinctive outdoor equipment shows. This “all live and in action, in-woods” equipment show attracts more than 150 exhibitors featuring the latest technologies in equipment, products and services covering all aspects of woodlands operations. 2016 marks its 13th edition.

For complete details and information, visit WWW.DEMOINTERNATIONAL.COM or FIND THE SHOW ON FACEBOOK.
 
Media Inquiries:
Peter Robichaud
Executive Director
Canadian Woodlands Forum
Phone (902) 897-6961
Cell (902) 899-6420
Email PROBICHAUD@CWFCOF.ORG

 
 

August 09, 2016

Ferns & Fallers Magazine in Powell River

Communtiy Support for Forestry in Powell River Publication
Ferns & Fallers has been published in Powell River annually for the last three years. It's a community-based publication that gives a balanced perspective on forestry on the Sunshine Coast and in BC generally. David Elstone, TLA Executive Director, and Bob Marquis, TLA member, are both quoted in one article, "Are forestry jobs green jobs?" But the whole magazine is worth a read if you have time.
Read Ferns & Fallers online here.