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Continuing to Build Market Access for Coastal Forestry on Asian Trade Mission

This fall, Coast Forest Products Association was once again part of a 10-day Forestry Asia Trade Mission led by Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations (FLNRO) Minister Steve Thomson. The Province’s focus for this mission was to further broaden and enhance market diversification for the B.C. forest sector across global markets.

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Canada Wood Celebrates Opening of Jericho Reconstruction Project in Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture

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CFPA to intensify focus on global markets

Published February 24, 2015 in The Working Woods by Robin Brunet – Source

The Coast Forest Products Association will be spending a good part of 2015 helping the BC government develop new markets for wood in India and re-strategize its relationship with China and Japan.

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B.C. forestry contractors optimistic about future

Published January 23, 2015 in Times Colonist by Andrew Duffy – Source

B.C.’s coastal forest industry may be feeling optimistic after a few years of improving sales and economic conditions, but the organization that represents industry contractors warns there are still major challenges on the horizon.

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Forest Companies and Environmental Groups Deliver Joint Recommendations for the Great Bear Rainforest

Joint recommendations to achieve final implementation of ecosystem-based management (EBM) in the Great Bear Rainforest have been reached among five forest product businesses and three leading environmental groups who together form the Joint Solutions Project (JSP).

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Timberwest Announces Relocation to Downtown Nanaimo

NANAIMO – TimberWest is pleased to announce the relocation of its Nanaimo office to Port Place in downtown Nanaimo this spring. The new location will provide TimberWest’s employees on southern Vancouver Island with a more collaborative and innovative workspace that is scalable and allows room for growth. With this move, TimberWest will be one of the largest private sector employers in downtown Nanaimo.

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Video: Visit to the San Juan Bautista Opening Ceremony

Visit to the San Juan Bautista Opening Ceremony

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Forestry industry, looking to the future

As we get set to put the finishing touches on 2013 in just a few weeks, it’s a good time to take stock of one of British Columbia’s most important industries – about where it is and where we’d like to see it go.

The latest studies by Price Waterhouse Coopers (PWC) and Coast Forest Products Association have unveiled an exciting snapshot of where coast forestry is today.

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Arrivals, departures and new beginnings

Photograph by: Gerry Kahrmann , Vancouver Sun

Photograph by: Gerry Kahrmann , Vancouver Sun

After three years of leading one of B.C.’s major manufacturing companies — to drive product and market development, to strengthen stakeholder relationships, to take the company into and out of the restructuring process, all while the company battled the ferocious competition in the global marketplace for paper products — well, it’s the right time now for me to return to the state of New York, where my family lives.

I should say first that I have written on these pages before on the value of companies such as Catalyst Paper to the province, and the need to ensure that B.C. companies are not placed at a disadvantage by government policies, or their absence, in competing in North American and global markets. I should also say that the reach of The Vancouver Sun’s opinion pages has been stunning. In Eastern Canada, the U.S., and as far away as Central America and Asia, people have talked to me about these opinion pieces. Words and ideas expressed in The Sun travel great distances and form linkages with audiences far beyond mere local circulation.

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Coastal Forest industry on the Rise After Decade of Struggles

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Scalers and loaders work in the sort area of the Ladysmith Sawmill division of Western Forest Products. The company reported $22.8 million in earnings in the first quarter of 2013, a massive increase from the $1.7 million earned in the first quarter of 2012. Photograph by: Debra Brash, Victoria Times Colonist

Improving global markets for B.C. wood have the coastal forest industry working at capacity and the Island’s largest timber producer posting record results.

After more than a decade of struggling, the industry finally appears to be on more stable ground — a trend that’s expected to continue, according to the head of the Coast Forest Products Association.

“The fact of the matter is we are now having trouble finding contractors and workers,” said association president Rick Jeffery, noting that over the last decade, many forest workers left for work in the oilfields as the coastal forest industry struggled with a strong loonie, poor global markets and fallout from the softwood lumber dispute with the U.S.

“We are now working at the highest level we have in five years. Everything is up and running. Some [mills] are running in two shifts and some in three.”

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