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Monthly Archives: April 2013

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Susan Gagnon

Director of Communications & Research

Mission Interpretive Forest Selected for Road Upgrades – and So Much More

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The Coast Forest Products Association wishes to extend its sincere congratulations to the District of Mission for receiving approval from the Province of British Columbia for a $5 million dollar upgrade on logging roads in the Mission Interpretive Forest.  These planned road upgrades are an extension of the $1.5 million that was invested in 2011/12 on the first phase of construction.  They satisfy the requirements for approval to construct the first ever British Columbian Tim Horton Children’s Foundation Camp (THCF) in the recreationally-allocated portion of the working Mission Municipal Forest.  If approved, the camp will benefit underprivileged children throughout the province as well as bring jobs and economic diversity to the District of Mission and surrounding region.    Read more

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B.C. forestry sector split on NDP platform

Doug RoutledgeThe two distinct associations that represent B.C.’s coastal and Interior forest industries are split in their reception of the NDP’s forestry platform, which was revealed April 15.

The plan’s increased forest management funding and reintroduction of the job protection commissioner irked Rick Jeffery, president and CEO of the Coastal Forest Products Association.

But Doug Routledge, president of the Council of Forest Industries (COFI), which represents companies operating in the Interior, said the platform showed that the B.C. NDP had been listening to his industry’s concerns.

“One of the positives that we see in the platform is an acknowledgement that an industry that can make a profit, and then reinvest that profit into manufacturing facilities, is a more stable industry,” said Routledge.

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B.C. forestry platforms show few differences, industry insiders say

The province’s forests — long a cornerstone in political debate — are unlikely to provide much in the way of a wedge issue in the coming election, based on the platforms of the two main parties, according to industry insiders.

While both the Liberals, who unveiled their entire platform Monday, and the NDP, which unveiled its forestry platform at an event in Prince George the same day, consider the $10–billion industry a foundation for the economy, neither strayed from the “motherhood issues” of skills training, marketing and dealing with pine-beetle aftermath.

“We just don’t see any wedge issues in forestry,” said Rick Jeffery, president of the Coast Forest Products Association. “To me, it looks like a matter of timing and scope — the NDP wants to spend $100 million in inventory and reforestation in pine-beetle areas, and the Liberals are spending similar amounts over a different period of time.

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Liberals, NDP agree that counting trees tops to-do list

CountingTreeTopsAfter almost a decade in the doldrums, the forest industry is steaming back into the B.C. economy, with companies clamouring for more wood from forests that have been devastated by the mountain pine beetle.

Two forces — one economic, the other environmental — define the issues facing British Columbia’s forests: The beetle destroyed so much timber that the province stopped trying to keep an inventory of what’s left until the epidemic died down; and now that the industry is recovering, those areas that still have healthy, green timber are coming under increasing pressure to supply wood to mills that are now starved. There are no feel-good solutions.

“The writing is clearly on the wall: The Interior has a lot less fibre to work with,” said Ben Parfitt, resources analyst at the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.

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Victoria spends $8.4m to help identify new markets for wood products

bildeThe B.C. government plans to spend $8.4 million to help identify global markets for wood products, and will work with the forest industry to find more skilled workers.

“Diversification means better protection for B.C.’s economy – that’s why your government has worked hard to diversify our export markets over the past decade,” said Premier Christy Clark in an April 5 press release.

“This approach has paid dividends. During that time, our wood exports to China alone have increased by 3,500 per cent to $1.4 billion in 2012, and become a significant driver of economic activity and job creation here.”

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Les Kiss

Vice President, Forestry, Coast Forest Products Association

Protecting BC’s Vulnerable Species

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British Columbia has just released a draft “Five-year Plan for Species at Risk” for public review and comment. In our opinion, the draft BC plan has the potential to manage species at risk more effectively and with more positive outcomes than the process-driven federal Species at Risk Act (SARA) enabled in 2003.

SARA, as it currently stands, is a detailed piece of legislation heavily focused on process, milestones and timelines. From species assessment listing to recovery and action planning, the federal process is prescriptive towards single species responses. Read more

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Rick Jeffery

President & CEO, Coast Forest Products Association

President’s Perspective – More Similarities Than Differences

With the writ for the May 14th British Columbia provincial election about to be dropped the parties have now released their forestry platforms. It doesn’t appear that there are significant, contentious wedge issues in forest policy.

Both mainstream parties share common elements when it comes to policy. These include: plans for skills and employment training that can benefit the forest sector; strong support for the market development partnership between industry and government; providing additional funding for silviculture activities and assisting affected communities in the mountain pine beetle areas; and money for forest inventories and research.  The parties also both recognize that log exports are important but differ in opinion regarding the appropriate amount. This highlights that while they appear to agree on these issues, how they are designed, delivered and funded is of vital importance.  To this end, we must learn from past mistakes and build on our recent successes. Read more

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Rick Jeffery

President & CEO, Coast Forest Products Association

Coast Forestry – A Keystone Sector in a Brave New World

lcj grab coneAt its worst, change can be challenging but at its best it can represent a seed of hope for a better future. The recently released Legend of Johnny Canuck YouTube video symbolizes change in the form of the major strides made by the British Columbian coast forest sector over the years, especially in terms of sustainability.

When I earned my forestry degree back in 1983, forestry worked much differently than it does today. Since then, we have seen advances in science and our increased understanding has propelled us to innovate and adapt to reflect the changing times and society’s values. We’ve gained new knowledge and applied it to our practices. Read more

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B.C. invests $8.4 million to develop markets for B.C. wood products

VICTORIA – Premier Christy Clark today announced that government is investing $8.4 million to build new markets for B.C. wood products at home and in major markets around the globe, including China and India.

“Diversification means better protection for B.C.’s economy – that’s why your government has worked hard to diversify our export markets over the past decade,” said Premier Christy Clark. “This approach has paid dividends. During that time, our wood exports to China alone have increased by 3,500 per cent to $1.4 billion in 2012, and become a significant driver of economic activity and job creation here.”

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