Coastal Clarion - Newsletter

Fall 2015Volume 20

President's Perspective

2015 to 2018 - Keeping the Forest Industry Competitive and World Class

October 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. Read on.

2015 to 2018 - Keeping the Forest Industry Competitive and World Class Rick Jeffery

Rick Jeffery
President & CEO,
Coast Forest Products Association

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. Read on.

Tackling Asia - Building Markets for B.C. Wood in the World's Largest Economies

Vancouver Pavilion at EXPO 2010 in Shanghai, China a demonstration of wood use in construction that saw some 600,000 visitors during the course of the exposition

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

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. Read on.

Op-ed: Today's land use balance is result of intensive, collaborative process

Op-ed: Today's land use balance is result of intensive, collaborative process

Teal Jones employee Kyle Bailey, by award-winning photojournalist, Richard Lam

The Commission of Resources and Environment (CORE) Vancouver Island land use planning process that took place in the early 1990s was a comprehensive, multi stakeholder planning process. It resulted in the government enacting the 2000 Vancouver Island Higher Level Plan Order that achieved a hard won balance between environment, economic and social outcomes for land use in the region. Read on.

Can Walbran's breakthrough green forest pact stand the test of time?

There is a fascinating irony to British Columbia's often polarized discussions in the so-called "economy versus the environment" debate. It is how seemingly natural adversaries have worked together quietly, often over long spans of time, to devise solutions that both sides can live with. Read on.

Can Walbran's breakthrough green forest pact stand the test of time?

Photo by Richard Lam

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

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

Photo courtesy of Catalyst Paper.

Catalyst 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. Read on.

Drones in the forestry sector

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. Read on.

Drones in the forestry sector

Photo courtesy of FPInnovations

Canadian forest products industry holds lumber school symposium in Japan

The international impact of the Canadian forest products industry's commitment to sustainability was apparent once more at the launch of the Canadian Lumber School Symposium held in Tokyo, Japan this past summer. Co-hosted by the Canada Wood Group, the Embassy of Canada to Japan, the Japan Lumber Importers Association, the Japan 2X4 Home Builders Association, and the Japan 2X4 JAS Lumber Council, the educational event attracted 150 attendees that included management from training companies, forest products distributors and end users. Read on.

Canadian forest products industry holds lumber school symposium in Japan

Photo courtesy of Canada Wood

Improving Safety Related to Road Construction Landslides

Improving Safety Related to Road Construction Landslides

Road 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.
Read on.

Coast Forest Products Association

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Phone: (604) 891-1237

Fax: (604) 628-8651

E-mail: info@coastforest.org

Coast Forest Products Association

Rick Jeffery's Interview with CBC's Gregor Craigie

CBC's Gregor Cragie interviews Rick Jeffery about the Walbran Valley for On the Island.

CFPA Members in the Media

New Alberni Valley Multiplex wood exterior to showcase Coulson Group & Western Forest Products.
http://tinyurl.com/obd6y5d

Western Forest Products joins kayakers in cleaning up Vancouver Island coast.
http://tinyurl.com/pmmlk8r

@CatalystPaper re-launches Oxford C1S & the Expanded Coated #Paper Line-Up.
http://tinyurl.com/pdy2ega

Congrats @CatalystPaper CEO Joe Nemeth included in 8th edition of the RISI Power List.
http://tinyurl.com/ohcu22q

Teal-Jones continues to meet environmental certification standards

The Teal-Jones Group, a B.C. based forest products company, has once again received endorsement from the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) for its excellence in sustainability practices. Read on

Teal-Jones continues to meet environmental certification standards

Teal-Jones grader Gurmeet Khosa.
Photo by Richard Lam.

Forestry breeds against climate change

Survival of B.C.'s forests might depend on the industry that harvests them as global temperatures rise. Read on

Forestry breeds against climate change

Domenico Iannidinardo - Vice President, Sustainability & Chief Forester, TimberWest
Photo: Chris Bruh

Social Media

18-storey @UBC #wood tower to be one of the tallest of its kind in the world.
http://tinyurl.com/p2pcabk

Forestry breeds against climate change

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

The Vancouver Island Land Use Plan has provided a good, solid balance for sustainable forest management in BC.
http://tinyurl.com/paey9yd

New drone innovation can impact forest management & planning, as well as biodiversity!
http://tinyurl.com/om49k8z

BC local governments recognized for leadership in wood design & building at 2015 @UBCM convention!
http://tinyurl.com/py6z25g

The @SecheltArts Festival tells the story of cedar! Want more info? Check it out here!
http://tinyurl.com/ncbptyp

Full steam ahead for BC forestry fleet.
http://tinyurl.com/nghnt8d

@WD_Canada invests $1.8 M to support @FPInnovations' Aboriginal Forest Sector Technical Support Program in BC & AB
http://tinyurl.com/o8jjvaz

The West Coast Lumberjack Show will be chopping large chunks out of this year's entertainment at Peachfest.
http://tinyurl.com/q24c5ks

Wei Wai Kum First Nation signs 25-year timber license deal.
http://tinyurl.com/nqxogwo

And don't forget to check out the Our Forests Our Roots Facebook page.

Catalyst's Joe Nemeth named one of RISI's top 50 Individuals of Influence in 2015

Catalyst's Joe Nemeth

Coast Forest applauds Joe Nemeth, President and CEO, Catalyst Paper, for his latest achievement of being named one of RISI's Top 50 individuals of influence within the pulp and paper global industry. Produced annually, the RISI Top 50 Power List is selected by the editors of Pulp and Paper International (PPI) Magazine. Editors determined his company's decision to acquire two US paper mills in 2014 was a bold and profitable move as it increased Catalyst's capacity by approximately 65 per cent to 2.3 million tonnes per year of pulp and paper.

Congratulations

Coast Forest would like to extend congratulations to Western Forest Products' Mike Cass who was recently appointed to their Vice President of Timberlands position.

Western Forest Products' Mike Cass

Coast Forest would like to extend congratulations to Western Forest Products' current director Daniel Nocente on his recent appointment as Independent Lead.

Coast Forest would like to extend congratulations to Jane Bird on her recent appointment to Western Forest Products' Board of Directors.

Coast Forest would like to extend congratulations Walter Tarnowsky on his recent appointment as vice-president and general manager of Catalyst Paper in Port Alberni.

Coast Forest would like to extend congratulations to Graham Kissack on his recent appointment as vice president of Corporate Social Responsibility at Catalyst Paper in Port Alberni.

Announcements

Coast Forest would like to announce that our President and CEO, Rick Jeffery, has been appointed to the Boys and Girls Club of South Coast BC's board of directors.

Rick Jeffery

And don't forget to check out the Our Forests Our Roots Facebook page.

Featured Member

Probyn Export

Coast Forest Elects New Board of Directors

Probyn Export has been a trusted global partner for Canadian softwood lumber shipments for 40 years, earning a reputation for fair pricing and dependability. Its longstanding relationships with a network of lumber/wood suppliers throughout western North America ensure a steady supply of dimensional lumber and wood products, including western red cedar, Douglas-fir, hemlock and other species. Read on.

About Coast Forest

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 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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