Coastal Clarion - Newsletter

Spring 2018Volume 31

President's Perspective:
The Future of Coast is Now

As Coast Forest Products Association completes its final days of operation, I'm reminded of the fact that while the players may change, the coastal forest sector is - and will always be an important and permanent fixture in British Columbia. In this job I have said a thousand times that every day the men and women in this industry show up, roll up their sleeves and get to work. It is this work ethic, integrity, innovation, thoughtfulness and respect for the land that has allowed the industry to meet its challenges.

These 40,000 men and women will continue to tackle the issues of their time. At the present however, the industry is in a tough place. Trade uncertainty with our biggest export market has expanded across the lumber and pulp sectors and is making an enormous impact. We have always been a high cost producer given our world class sustainable forest management, family supporting employment, challenging terrain and social milieus. The assault on our costs needs to be addressed - through measures that keep coastal forestry companies competitive in the global marketplace. Read More

Rick Jeffery

Rick Jeffery
President & CEO,
Coast Forest Products Association

With 40 years of work experience, I have learned a few lessons

Recently I've been asked, "What have you learned with over 40 years of coastal forestry work experience?" After some reflection, what follows are my thoughts.

Some would say getting older gives you increased perspective and wisdom. I can say with certainty, the coastal forestry business has changed a great deal in the last 40 years, but more in its form than in its fundamentals. Read More

Building Overseas Opportunities

Given the uncertainty in international trade agreements, market diversification is vital to the health of the coastal forest industry. Early this March, FII India led another delegation from British Columbia and Canada on a trade mission to India to gain further understanding of the opportunities for Canadian wood. Coast Forest Products Association represented BC's coastal forest sector on this trip. Read More

2018 BC Wood Design Awards a Great Success!

Another year, another amazing display of innovative wood design! Wood WORKS! BC celebrated the 14th year of the BC Wood Design Awards with an impressive lineup of beautiful wood designs and wood construction from across the province.

An animated crowd of guests including architects and engineers, industry, government and media joined nominees at the Vancouver Convention Centre, itself a beautiful example of wood design. Lynn Embury-Williams, Executive Director for Wood WORKS! BC enlightened the audience on the amazing technological advances revolutionizing the way we build with wood, applauding the mastery that the architects, designers, and engineers have demonstrated using the sustainable material. Read More

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Members in the Media

TimberWest: Government of Canada to invest $950-million in innovation funding towards tech supercluster, driving economic growth in high-potential sectors like forestry.

Collaborating with the BC Forest
Discovery Centre to Modernize the Face of Forestry.

Western Forest Products driver finds her calling behind the wheel of a logging truck on Vancouver Island.

Social Media

Check out the MARS Wildlife Rescue Wildlife Festival at Merville Hall!

Women are a huge part of #forestry in BC and across Canada! Learn why so many are choosing a career in the forest industry!

With their 18-story Brock Commons building at UBC, Acton Ostry supplements mass timber walls, columns and floors with a concrete core to allow for a taller, more rigid structure.

BC-made log car sold at auction three times for a total of $350K.


Congratulations Robin Modesto on your appointment as president of the Association of BC Forest Professionals!

Congratulations Morgan Kennah on your appointment as vice president of the Association of BC Forest Professionals!

Congratulations Dave Lehane on your appointment as Chair of the BC Forest Safety Council.

Featured Member

Interfor Corporation

Interfor Corporation is one of the world's largest producers of quality wood products. The company's sawmilling operations have a combined manufacturing capacity of 3.1 billion board feet of lumber, with sales to North America, Asia-Pacific and Europe. Its Hammond mill in Maple Ridge, BC, is the largest cedar mill in the world. Read More

About Coast Forest

About Coast Forest

Photo by Ken Hall

Coast Forest Products Association represents a modern industry made up of forestry companies that produce logs, lumber and pulp and paper.

Coast Forest companies are known for their world-leading stewardship practices and focuses on sustainability. They represent an innovative, high-tech industry that is creating a growing array of forest and wood products for expanding overseas and domestic markets.

Big news! Coast Forest and COFI have come together as one
organization for a stronger, unified voice for BC's forest industry.
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