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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.

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