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September 18, 2014

National Forest Week Art Contest For Kids

The National Forest Week art contest, hosted by the Truck Loggers Association and the ABCFP, is back again for 2014. We are asking the children of BC to draw pictures of what the forest means to them. Every year, we get many different answers to this question in the different art submissions--from camping and fishing to excavators and chainsaws. Each child see's the forest from a different angle. 

Who Can Enter
This contest is open to children aged 4 to 12. Teachers are welcome to gather the entries from the entire class and submit them in one envelope. Children of members are also encouraged to enter.
What You Can Win 
Winners in each of three age groups (4-5; 6-8; 9-12) will receive a $50 Chapters gift card and the top three pictures from each age group will be published in the ABCFP and TLA magazines and on the organization's websites.
The Forms
Submission Details
All artwork must be received by October 17, 2014. Mail your entries to: Association of BC Forest Professionals 602-1281 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, BC V6E 3J7. Winners will be announced in mid-November.

September 12, 2014

Carihi Forestry Education Bus

A message from Jason Kerluck, Carihi Secondary forestry teacher:

I just wanted to thank the TLA directly for the support you have given to the Carihi Forestry Program, and more recently the newly formed Campbell River Forestry Education Association. With your generous donation we have purchased a solid reliable bus, gave it a nice paint job, put forestry education signage on it, and secured other company sponsorship.  The TLA logo is on both sides of the bus, and I am working on putting a permanent logo on the back of the bus labeled "Pioneer Sponsor."
I have attached a few photos of the bus.  I also had it parked at the Logger Sports event in Campbell River last weekend.  
Thank you again for your contributions!

Jason Kerluck

September 10, 2014

TLA Fall Networking Event 2014 - Nanaimo

Join the TLA in Nanaimo on October 3 for a night of good food, interesting speakers and quality networking.

When: Friday, October 3rd at 5 pm.
Where: Coast Bastion Inn, 11 Bastion Street, Nanaimo

Register Now!

Event Schedule
5:00 pm - 
6:00 pm - Dinner
6:45 pm - Speakers
8:00 pm - Networking

Guest Speakers
Welcome and TLA Update
Don Banasky, President, The Truck Loggers Association

Safety - Overweight Trucks
Dustin Meierhofer, RPF, Director, Transportation & Northern Safety, BCFSC

Technology - Steep Slope Logging
Jim Hunt, RPF, Research Leader - Harvesting Operations, FPInnovations

The event is free for all TLA members.
There is a $20 entrance fee for non-members. 

For more information, please contact: Kathie Madden, Director of Events and Membership at 604.6874.4291 ext. 5 or

September 08, 2014

TLA Seeks New Executive Director

The TLA would like to announce that Dwight Yochim, RPF, Executive Director of The Truck Loggers Association since September 2012, is no longer with the Association.
“Over the past two years, Dwight has been a strong supporter of the coastal forest industry and has led significant initiatives to ensure recruitment of young people into forestry,” said Don Banasky, TLA President.  
“The coastal forest industry is growing. It’s a renewable industry with significant potential to create jobs and provide local, well paid career opportunities for young people," said Banasky. "Dwight made sure the opportunities were identified through completion of the BC Forest Sector Labour Market & Training Needs Analysis and subsequent development of the British Columbia Coastal Forest Industry Human Resource Strategy which he led. We thank Dwight for his hard work and wish him every success in the future."
Looking forward, the TLA will now be seeking a replacement for this challenging and rewarding role as an industry leader and advocate for the TLA membership.

Read the full job description and application information here.

August 29, 2014

Sneak peek to the 72nd TLA Convention & Trade Show

Come join us this January for the 72nd Annual Truck Loggers Association Convention and Trade Show: Investing From The Ground Up

August 27, 2014

Support Timber Sale A87126 on BC's Sunshine Coast

It's critical that the provincial government hear the pro-forestry voice more often. In an effort to make that happen, the TLA is organizing email campaigns like this one to Tom Jensen, Assistant Deputy Minister, MFLNRO.
BCTS hopes to put Timber Sale A87126 up for bid this fall but has already received push-back from a small group of vocal opponents and has received virtually no pro-forestry feedback. This timber sale is located on the Sunshine Coast and includes the Dakota Bowl and a lower part of Mount Elphinstone. It is made up of good quality, easily accessible timber and and must remain a part of our working forest.
The email that will open when you click the link below is only a template. Feel free to make changes to share your personal thoughts on this timber sale.   

Hello Tom Jensen,