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Improving Safety Related to Road Construction Landslides

BC Timber Sales: Mike McCulley, RFT; Western Forest Products: Jack Reynolds, RPF; Interfor: Robert Shelley, RPF; Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations: Tom Jackson, RFT; and Gino Fournier, RPF, PEng; FPInnovations: Clayton Gillies, RPF, RPBio; BC Forest Safety Council: Dustin Meierhofer, RPF ; Aztec Geoscience: Del Ferguson, PGeo and Ponting Logging: Mark Ponting.

UntitledRoad construction initiated landslides have been a persistent issue on the coast and to a lesser degree within other areas of the province.

According to recently collected data, there have been 26 such incidents on the coast over the last three years. Nine of these incidents involved excavators sliding down the slope from the road prism during road construction activities. The incidents have had human, environmental and operational costs. There have been no fatalities to date however there have been physical injuries and physiological impacts.

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Rick Jeffery

President & CEO, Coast Forest Products Association

2015 to 2019 – Keeping the Forest Industry Competitive and World Class

parliament - CopyOctober 2015 will go down in the books as one of the most pivotal times for Canada’s forest industry. Just this week, the landmark Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) was signed with eleven nations in the Asia-Pacific further solidifying Canada’s reputation as a leading nation in shaping international trade agreements.  As well, the Softwood Lumber Agreement that guides our trade relations with our American partners will expire later this month. And, finally, in only a few days, Canadians will be going to the polls to decide who will govern our country for the next three years.  We believe that the new government will need to focus on key areas to ensure the success of the forest industry as we adapt and take advantage of this new trade landscape.

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Tackling Asia – Building Markets for B.C. Wood in the World’s Largest Economies

Maintaining B.C.’s global leadership in forest products requires constant innovation, and continuing attention to markets.
For well over a decade, the B.C. government, through Forestry Innovation Investment (FII), has worked with the forest industry and the Government of Canada to broaden our market base, particularly in the fast-growing regions of Asia.  During this time, we’ve been able to establish a new market for B.C. in China and are now looking to tap the huge potential for our products in India.

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Catalyst Paper’s Transformation includes increased production of Higher Grade Paper Products

John Corry,
Catalyst Paper

oxford-c1sCatalyst Paper is headquartered in Richmond, British Columbia, Canada and employs 2,800 people (1,500 along the coast of BC).  Ranked by Corporate Knights magazine as one of the 50 Best Corporate Citizens in Canada, the company operates five mills across North America with an annual production capacity of 2.3 million tonnes.

In September, Catalyst launched an expanded Oxford coated one-side (C1S) line-up of paper products for multiple market segments, including Cut and Stack Labels, Commercial C1S & Lamination and Pressure Sensitive applications (such as the ubiquitous “Hello my name is” labels worn at conferences).

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Coast Forest Products Association Applauds Signing of the Trans-Pacific Partnership

OCTOBER 5, 2015 VANCOUVER:  Coast Forest Products Association applauds Minister Ed Fast and the Government of Canada for completing the negotiations today in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

Forest products are the number one export category in British Columbia with approximately $11.7 billion worth of products exported annually.  A significant portion is shipped to Asian-Pacific markets.  The completion of the new agreement between Canada and eleven other partner countries will eliminate tariffs on a range of forest products from newsprint to lumber to panels in TPP countries.  This will provide further opportunities for British Columbian companies – including those on the coast.

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New UBC student residence to be among world’s tallest wood buildings

Published October 1st, 2015 in the UBC News – Source

A rendering of the Tall Wood Building residence. Credit: Acton Ostry Architects

A rendering of the Tall Wood Building residence. Credit: Acton Ostry Architects

One of the tallest wood buildings in the world will soon be constructed at UBC, providing housing for hundreds of students. When completed, the $51.5-million residence building will stand 53 metres tall (about 174 feet).

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Environmental group hopes new tech will help halt old-growth logging

Published September 26th, 2015, by Mike Devlin in the Times Colonist – Source

TJ Watt, of the Ancient Forest Alliance, readies his DJI Phantom 2 drone for aerial flight over forests in the Central Walbran Valley. The group is hoping the resulting video will increase public support for protecting the area from logging.   Photograph By TJ Watt

TJ Watt, of the Ancient Forest Alliance, readies his DJI Phantom 2 drone for aerial flight over forests in the Central Walbran Valley. The group is hoping the resulting video will increase public support for protecting the area from logging. Photograph By TJ Watt

A remotely piloted aircraft has shone new light on an old-growth forest near Port Renfrew that has been approved for logging by the B.C. government.

The advent of technology has given photographer TJ Watt of the Ancient Forest Alliance, a grassroots environmental organization headquartered in Victoria, a wealth of insight into the scope of the Central Walbran ancient forest.

“It allows us to explore and document areas that were essentially impossible to reach before,” Watt said.

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Drones in the forestry sector

Jennifer Ellson,
Senior Communications Specialist,
FPInnovations

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Photo courtesy of FPInnovations

While drones are often associated with government and military, several industries recognise the benefits of unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) technology and are turning to drones for a competitive advantage. Thus, since the summer of 2014 a team of
FPInnovations researchers has been conducting tests across Canada to study the potential uses of drones and validate those applications in the forest sector.

During flights, drones have the capability to take thousands of still photos or live stream videos – in natural colour, multi-spectral mode as well as thermal infrared (IR).  The still images can be assembled into 3D models – to identify tree species and estimate size and position of trees down to a few centimetres. The combination of aerial and 3D imaging is likely to make it easier to determine the status of a stand following an insect outbreak and the distribution of species.

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