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May 23, 2017

CANCELLED: Anatomy of a Rollover seminar in Chilliwack

The Anatomy of a Rollover seminar in Chilliwack on Saturday, May 27 is cancelled due to low registration.



May 08, 2017

What does the TLA do for you? Find out here!

The TLA Year in Review explains what the TLA has achieved for our members over the last twelve months (June 2016 - May 2017). Click on the image or the link to read about the TLA's advocacy wins and our members benefit programs.


May 03, 2017

BC’s Logging Associations Meet to Discuss Contractor Sustainability

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BC’s Logging Associations Meet to Discuss Contractor Sustainability
 
May 3, 2017, Vernon – BC’s logging associations are meeting tomorrow, in advance of the Interior Logging Association’s 59th Annual Conference & Trade Show in Vernon, to discuss contractor sustainability. 
 
“Timber harvesting contractors across this province are unable to be sustainable and that puts the entire forest industry at risk. They are the first link in the supply chain—without them the rest of the industry grinds to a halt,” said David Elstone, TLA Executive Director. “This situation becomes even more serious within the context of the recently announced countervailing duties on Canadian softwood lumber exported to the US. The pressure on our industry to remain viable will increase.”
 
“Many of my members are not seeing a return on their investment,” said Wayne Lintott, ILA General Manager. “Timber harvesting requires high capital investment and my members take on a lot of risk. We need to level the playing field between licensees and contractors.”
 
The government announced their Contractor Sustainability Review in January and the work is now underway with George Abbott named as the independent facilitator. “I know the ILA, NWLA and the TLA are looking forward to helping Mr. Abbott where we can. We all hope this review will lead to real change so that everyone who works in the forest can share in the prosperity,” said Elstone.
 
The TLA (Truck Loggers Association) represents 480 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.caa
Twitter: @truckloggerBC ◦ Website: www.tla.ca
May 02, 2017

Reduced working forest, not log exports is killing forestry jobs

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Reduced working forest, not log exports is killing forestry jobs
 
May 2, 2017, Vancouver – It’s election time and as if on cue that old populist punching bag issue, BC’s log exports, has been pulled out to rally the masses. Unfortunately, many of the statements being made about log exports and jobs are misinformed.
 
“While the forest industry may have lost 30,000 jobs in the last 15 years, it is definitely not because of log exports,” explained David Elstone, TLA Executive Director. “It is because the working forest has shrunk dramatically in that time.” 
 
In the Interior, it is well known that the mountain pine beetle ravaged our forests and there is now a timber supply shortage. There aren’t enough full grown trees to support the Interior mills and so mills have and will continue to close. We’ve know this was coming for 20 years. It’s not a surprise. 
 
On the coast, the size of the working forest has fallen by a third—from a high of 24.5 million cubic metres in 1985 to 16.5 million cubic metres today. This 33% reduction took place slowly as British Columbians worked to find a balance between environmental protection and a healthy forest industry. If you reduce the working forest by a third, it’s going to impact jobs. 
 
“Simply put, it is wrong to say that mills have closed wholly as a result of log exports. Our sawmills and pulp mills have closed because we’re harvesting a lot less trees than we used to,” said Elstone. “Any industry is affected by many variables. Markets and lack of certainty on the land base have also affected BC’s forest industry.” 
 
For more information about log exports and their impacts, read our document, “Log Exports: Your Questions Answered.”
 
The TLA (Truck Loggers Association) represents 480 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
 

April 07, 2017

Coastal communities and the forest industry sign landmark MOU addressing communication

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Coastal communities and the forest industry sign landmark MOU addressing communication
 
April 7, 2017, Campbell River – The Truck Loggers Association commends the Association of Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities (AVICC) and the Coast Forest Products Association (CFPA) for signing a landmark memorandum of understanding today that will improve communication and strengthen the relationship between forestry companies and forestry dependent communities. 
 
“The TLA understands the importance of good communication between the forest industry and coastal communities because our members straddle both groups,” explained David Elstone, TLA Executive Director. “Our members live and work in BC’s rural communities. They run small to medium-sized businesses that create steady, well-paying jobs within the forest industry. And they understand the importance of good communication at the local level.”
 
The TLA released a report this week, A Further Look: Community Perspectives on the BC Coastal Forest Industry. It follows up on the TLA’s report published last June and is a further look into the relationship between forestry and coastal communities. “In our first report, we spoke with the mayors. In this second report, we did some research to find out what community members thought,” explained Elstone. “While the report has much good news, it still shows how much work the forest industry has to do,” said David Elstone, TLA Executive Director. “BC’s forest industry is world class. We need to continue to tell our story to new audiences. And in doing so, the industry needs to demonstrate it is listening to community concerns.”
 
The TLA (Truck Loggers Association) represents 480 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