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Monthly Archives: December 2015

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Rick Jeffery

President & CEO, Coast Forest Products Association

Moving Forward Together in the Modern Era

As 2015 comes to a close, we are on the cusp of finalizing the landmark Great Bear Rainforest (GBR) Agreement.  An Agreement that is the result of over 15 years of negotiations between industry, government, First Nations and environmental non-governmental organizations (ENGOs), it will allow for a globally significant area on B.C.’s coast to support a viable forest industry while ensuring that 85% of the area is off limits to resource development.  It will preserve important ecosystems and, at the same time, provide economic certainty for the forest industry and the communities it supports.

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Keeping Overseas Markets Strong – Asia Trade Mission 2015

Coast Forest Products Association (CFPA), along with 30 other delegates from the B.C. forest industry, recently returned from a trade mission led by Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister Steve Thomson and facilitated by the Government of Canada.  The fall 2015 mission to China and Japan built on previous ones that have strengthened trade relationships with overseas customers.

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Sustainable Forestry’s Role in the Fight against Climate Change

“Wood is a serious solution to a serious problem,” noted Vancouver architect Michael Green in his recent address to a largely forest industry audience in Ottawa.  Green’s point, made for the Forests Products Association (FPAC), “On the Road to Paris – A Climate Change Event,” seemed to be shared by most everyone in the room.

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Let’s Mitigate and Celebrate! Merry Christmas from Coast Forest!

Did you know BC’s coast forest industry is carbon friendly? Wood and forest products help to mitigate carbon in our atmosphere. To find out more, watch our Christmas video!

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A Holiday Tradition

It’s that time of year again! In the spirit of the season, Coast Forest and the Boys and Girls Club of South Coast BC continue their tradition of supporting families in need this Christmas. Together, they hope to make the holidays brighter for their partner family with gifts of clothes, candy, grocery and gifts cards, and a few other fun treats.

Did you know each year, the Boys and Girls Club of South Coast BC serves over 12,000 children, youth, and families  at both their clubs and camps. What’s more? No one will ever be turned away due to an inability to pay.

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Working Together to Sell More Softwood Lumber

Don Demens, President & CEO
Western Forest Products

Industry is driving a wood revolution in North America by changing the way America builds.

On behalf of forest products industry, the Softwood Lumber Board (SLB) oversees programs that identify opportunities to promote the benefits and uses of softwood lumber products in construction.

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#BCTECH Summit – A Great Opportunity for Forestry

B.C.’s biggest ever tech summit is coming up January 18th and 19th at the Vancouver Convention Centre – and FPInnovations will be there!

FPInnovations will be showcasing the tech ingenuity of forestry at this first ever summit! Bringing together investors, industry, government, researchers, government and members of the public, #BCTECH Summit will showcase B.C.’s vibrant tech industry, build opportunities and encourage all industries to gain a competitive advantage by further connecting to our growing tech sector.

FPInnovations’ work in research, technology and innovation will be displayed at the #BCTECH Summit Technology Showcase, along with the latest BC tech inventions.

Click here for registration and information.

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FPInnovations’ Steep Slope Harvesting Initiative

Improving workers’ safety, increasing operating margins, and access to economically and sustainably available fibre  

Jennifer Ellson, Senior Communications Specialist,
FPInnovations

sixwheelskidderSteep slopes are a major fibre pool in Western Canada. In fact, FPInnovations’ members are increasingly turning to steep slopes as a source of timber, representing more than a quarter of the allowable annual cut in British Columbia alone.

However, timber harvesting on steep terrain presents challenges around safety, costs, investment in equipment, regulatory compliance, environmental impacts, availability of skilled labour, and planning. There is a strong need for increased research and development focused on new technologies and innovations for harvesting, trucking, and road construction in steep slope environments.

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Catalyst’s Win-Win for the Economy and the Environment

Catalyst Paper Catalyst tour

On November 25th the Catalyst Paper Powell River mill hosted a “Go-Live” event to celebrate the launch of their new G13 Turbine. The G13 Turbine is a $25 million project that converts waste steam, increasing the mill’s power output by 11 megawatts and reducing the mill’s electricity costs by nearly $5 million a year. “This is a major accomplishment for the Powell River mill,” stated Joe Nemeth, Catalyst’s chief executive officer, in his opening speech at the event. “It reaffirms Catalyst’s commitment to both environmental stewardship and economic sustainability.” Nemeth also added that the additional 11 megawatts of green energy produced by G13 is enough to power the entire city of Powell River!

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