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Monthly Archives: January 2013

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Policy tinkering will send more logs overseas: NDP

New rules fail to protect sawmill jobs, says NDP critic – but loggers welcome changes

In the tug-of-war for coastal logs, Lower Mainland sawmills are increasingly losing out to overseas exports – and recent changes to log export rules will only intensify that trend, says the NDP’s forestry critic.

“Under the Liberals … we have moved from an average of about a million cubic metres of raw logs going offshore to six million cubic metres,” Norm MacDonald, NDP MLA for Columbia-Revelstoke, told Business in Vancouver. Click here to read the full article.

 

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Rick Jeffery

President & CEO, Coast Forest Products Association

Creating the Next Chapter of Good Forest Policy

For the British Columbian coast forest industry good government policy supports jobs, forest management, sustainability and industry competitiveness.  When policies balance harvesting, export activity and manufacturing, every log harvested for export allows for 2-3 more to be harvested for supply to domestic sawmills.  In this way, good, balanced log export policy supports BC jobs.

People outside of industry are always surprised when they learn this.  It runs counter to the simple slogans we all hear.   The industry is complex yet people still have the right to be informed about the policies which affect them.

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Province moves to increase coastal timber harvest, boost industry

Critics worry changes will increase log exports and hurt domestic operators

The British Columbia government says it wants to put more people to work in the coastal forest industry by allowing more timber to hit the market and boosting the export fee on some raw logs.

Forests Minister Steve Thomson told members gathered for the Truck Loggers Convention on Thursday that government was increasing the coastal timber available by an extra 500,000 cubic metres and would hike fees up to 20 per cent on some logs bound for overseas markets. Click here to read the full article.

 

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Susan Gagnon

Director of Communications & Research

More About Planting Trees….On BC’s Coast!

Seedlings with protective biodegradeable barriers planted on BC's coast

Seedlings with protective biodegradeable barriers planted on BC’s coast

Thanks for checking out the latest Johnny Canuck video – We hope you loved it!

There’s lots of facts about coastal forestry that most people don’t know – and tree-planting is one of them!

Coast Forest companies take tree-planting very seriously – it’s a key part of our how they sustain forests and habitats both today and in the future. Here’s some cool facts about tree-planting on BC’s coast:

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Rick Jeffery

President & CEO, Coast Forest Products Association

Coast Forest Products Association Proudly Sponsors Video, The Legend of Johnny Canuck, Pt 1

By Rick Jeffery, President & CEO, Coast Forest Products Association

Hockey and the Vancouver Canucks are back – and at Coast Forest Products Association, we could not be happier. To kick off this season, Coast Forest is proud to bring you the 4th Johnny Canuck film by Adam MacKay-Smith of Sugar High Entertainment Inc. For every You-Tube view, we will plant a new tree – and over 200 million are planted in BC every year alone!

View the video here.

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B.C. logging firm to cut timber submerged in Panama lake

Coast Eco Timber got green light from Panama’s environmental authority to log 15,000 hectares over next 15 years

RIGHT NOW: Panama’s National Environmental Authority, ANAM, handed Coast Eco Timber owner Alana Husby a welcome Christmas present on Dec. 20. It was the go-ahead for her wholly owned firm to spend 15 years logging 15,000 hectares’ worth of timber that was submerged in 1976 when a hydroelectric scheme created Lake Bayano. Along with the approval came the prospect of a happy new year to the tune of $15 million in revenue, and perhaps three times that by 2015. Husby, 37, actually began harvesting and milling logs up to four metres in diameter from the lake a year ago under a joint venture with the Kuna de Madugandi indigenous people. Eighty local folk presently work for Coast Eco Timber, which has retrieved older logs from 1,000 hectares of another Panamanian lake, Gatun, since 2010. That body of water inundated another hardwood forest when it was created during the construction of the Panama Canal, which opened in 1914. Click here to read the full article.

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Environmentalists, forest industry struggle to complete Great Bear Rainforest conservation plan

The forest industry is not moving quickly enough to achieve ecological and economic goals in the world’s largest temperate rainforest, environmental coalition says

Environmentalists are ready to give up on negotiations over the acclaimed Great Bear Rainforest conservation agreement, saying the forest industry is not moving quickly enough to achieve ecological and economic goals in the world’s largest temperate rainforest. The forest industry says a final agreement is achievable and that the industry has come a long way toward getting there. It’s proving difficult, but not impossible, to develop models that reach the conservation goals, given the restraints logging is now under. At issue, said Valerie Langer, spokeswoman for the three environmental groups working with industry to protect the globally-significant rainforest, is an inability to reach the scientifically agreed-upon target of preserving 70 per cent of the rainforest’s old-growth while maintaining the second agreed-upon target: a timber harvest of 2.7 million cubic metres of logs a year. Click here to read the full article.

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