Coastal Clarion - Newsletter

Spring 2013Volume 10

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 does not 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 On.

Rick Jeffery

Rick Jeffery
President & CEO,
Coast Forest Products Association

Protecting BC's Vulnerable Species

Protecting BC's Vulnerable Species

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 on.

Coast Foresty - A Keystone Sector in a Brave New World

Coast Foresty - A Keystone Sector in a Brave New World

At 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 symbolized 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. Read on.

Extending a Cedar Bough in a Carbon-Based World

Extending a Cedar Bough in a Carbon-Based World

We have had some interesting times around the Coast Forest offices lately since the issue of carbon and forests increased in prominence in the media over the last few weeks.

Climate change is one of the most important issues facing society today and has been a major focus of research and action for Coast Forest and its members for a number of years. Read on.

'Green Thumbs' Up for Interfor

Green Thumbs

February 7 is a great time to look back at how much has changed on the ground in the Great Bear Rainforest - and since I became a member of the negotiating team representing industry, I see many opportunities ahead for coastal forests and communities. Read On.

Coast Forest Congratulates WFP's Don Demens

Coast Forest Congratulates WFP's Don Demens

Coast Forest Products Association would like to congratulate Don Demens for his recent appointment as President and Chief Executive Officer of Western Forest Products Inc. The leadership that he has brought to Western has yielded significant benefits to the company. We very much look forward to continuing to work with Don on future initiatives in his new capacity.

Coast Forest Products Association

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E-mail: info@coastforest.org

Johnny Canuck's Back

Johnny Canuck's Back

Coast Forest Products Association presents the fifth installment of the Johnny Canuck films made by Adam MacKay Smith of Sugar High Productions. The video entitled, "The Legend of Johnny Canuck Part 2" marks that second film release in 2013 that partners an iconic coastal lumberjack, a favourite NHL hockey team along with the BC coast forest sector. Read on.

First Annual Coast & Cast for Kids Fishing Derby

First Annual Coast & Cast for Kids Fishing Derby

Coast Forest is pleased to partner with Westcoast Resorts and the Boys and Girls Club of South Coast BC for the 1st annual Coast & Cast For Kids Fishing Derby. Set in the luxurious Hippa Lodge in the middle of Haida Gwaii's rugged wilderness, this derby helps to build a much-needed forestry ecology centre at Camp Potlatch, a place where every boy and girl can go to camp regardless of their ability to pay.

We hope that you join us and help to spread the word! Click and zoom for more details.

Featured Member
Interfor

Featured Member

International Forest Products Limited (Interfor) is on of the Pacific Northwest's largest producers of quality wood products. The company's sawmilling operations have a combined manufacturaing capacity of 1.65 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.

Interfor's Acorn Mill is Delta, BC, has a first-of-its-kind-in-Canada high-resolution scanner that provides a 3-D view of the log before it is cut, resulting in better utilization. Read on.

Click here to find out more about Coast Forest members.

Thanking John Allan

Rick Jeffery This week it was announced that John Allan will be leaving the Council of Forest Industries (COFI) at the end of the month. I think that I speak for both Coast Forest Products Association and the entire BC forest industry when I say that John's departure from COFI will be a loss. Read on.

More About Coast Forest

Forests for Today & Tomorrow

More About Coast Forest

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

Coast Forest member 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.

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