Forestry will be a driver for our provincial economy for a long time. The TLA has a proud history of supporting organizations that focus on improving the forestry sector and the families, people and companies that are supported by it. Our support of community organizations, events and forestry students has made the TLA an active participant in the economic future of many of BC’s communities.


If you have a forestry education program in need of funding, considering applying to the TLA Forestry Education Fund. This fund, generously founded and supported by TLA members, supports forestry education work in British Columbia.

The TLA Forestry Education Fund is about an investment made on behalf of TLA members, employees, shareholders and families – to teachers, students and communities. Providing opportunities to stay on the coast is one of the highest priorities identified by local, regional and aboriginal governments. The TLA recognizes this priority and is working with other organizations to fulfill the need for coordinated resource education, training and transitioning so that there will be an industry in the long term.

Forestry will be a driver for our provincial economy for a long time. Our members’ contributions to the Forestry Education Fund go a long way to help deliver positive messages and programs.


  • We supported the beginning of two high school forestry programs in Port Alberni and Campbell River.
  • We supported the renovation of camp buildings at Loon Lake Lodge & Retreat Centre.
  • We showcase logging in TLA member communities by sponsoring logger sports shows in Campbell River, Squamish and Port McNeill.
  • We support over 15 annual forestry scholarships for students attending UBC, VIU, BCIT, and UNBC. We also have five trades scholarships available each year.
  • We’re a main funder of the Festival of Forestry, a program that takes teachers into the forest and teaches them about forestry in BC.
  • We support the BC Forest Discovery Centre every year. Founded by Gerry Wellburn, the museum’s collections include over 5,000 artifacts ranging from operational steam locomotives to chainsaws. It’s a regular field trip stop for students from Duncan and surrounding communities.


The TLA has been awarding scholarships for over 40 years with the support of our members who donate items to the TLA’s Donor Auction, which takes place annually at the TLA Convention + Trade Show, or without the support of the TLA members who purchase the items at the auction.

Funds are raised for the TLA’s Forestry Education Fund through the live and silent auctions held each year at the TLA’s annual Convention + Trade Show. This money supports ongoing forestry education programs and scholarships. We couldn’t support these scholarships without the support of our members who donate items to the TLA’s auctions and the members who purchase items at the auction.



These awards are for those who are training in the trades such as a heavy duty mechanic apprenticeship program and plan to work in BC’s forest industry. Five awards for $1,000 each are awarded annually. Funds are administered by the TLA’s Education Committee. Rules and Regulations can be found here.


These awards are for those who have taken a coastal scaling course, successfully written the coastal scaling exam and have been issued their scaling license. Funds are administered by the TLA’s Education Committee.


These scholarships are awarded at UBC, VIU, BCIT and UNBC, and students must apply through their program. The scholarships are administrated by each school based on criteria set by the TLA.


Each year the TLA provides over $40,000 in scholarships. We can’t do it without your help and we thank you for helping contribute.