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Coastal Clarion - Newsletter
Fall 2016Volume 24
An Ambitious, Transformational Partnership Worthy of Support
I recently spent a week in Ottawa meeting with federal government representatives to discuss the forestry agenda in the lead up to the Federal Budget. As in previous budgets, the leaders of forestry associations across the country recognized that the best approach to advancing the industry was to forward a consolidated and comprehensive agenda with a singular and unified voice. My thanks to the Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) team for facilitating this process and assisting greatly in setting up meetings. Read on.
President & CEO,
Coast Forest Products Association
Incorporating Best Available Science into Goshawk Management Practices is Best Approach
Les Kiss, Coast Forest Products Association
Two subspecies of the Northern Goshawk, laingi (Accipiter gentilis laingi) and atricapillus (Accipiter gentilis atricapillus) are found in BC. The challenge from a wildlife and forest management perspective is that it is difficult to distinguish the two subspecies of this forest-living raptor based on appearance alone. Read on.
Photo Courtesy of Warren Wartig
Coast Forest Products Association Applauds, Strong Past, Bright Future
Coast Forest Products Association and its member companies are very pleased to see the Province of British Columbia's new competitiveness agenda released today. Aptly named, Strong Past, Bright Future, the agenda is the result of successful industry and government collaboration aimed at advancing strategic goals that will serve to benefit thousands of British Columbians, which includes a segment of over 38,000 individuals who rely on the coastal forest sector daily. Read on.
Statement on the Climate Leadership Plan
Coast Forest Products Association supports the August 2016 Climate Leadership Plan announced by the Province of British Columbia.
The Plan outlines a balanced, science-based approach to mitigate BC's impact on climate change in the years ahead. It correctly acknowledges forestry as a foundational industry which will aid in combating climate change through a multifaceted approach that addresses environmental, social and economic factors. Read on.
FPInnovations and Foresight form ARCTIC Partnership
FPInnovations and Foresight Clean-tech Accelerator Centre are launching the first-ever ARCTIC Challenge for the forest sector, to elicit proposals from clean-tech innovators on solutions to current challenges. The Challenge focuses on remote sensing solutions for conducting forest inventories. Remote sensing is expected to reduce costs by up to 75%, lower carbon emissions associated with traditional surveying, and provide more precise data than currently possible thereby enabling more efficient operational and environmental planning before harvesting. Read on.
Great Bear Rainforest Receives International Endorsement
British Columbia's Great Bear Rainforest (GBR) received international endorsement in September from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, otherwise known as Prince William and his wife Catherine. During their weeklong visit to the province and the Yukon, they sanctioned the GBR a as part of the Queen's Commonwealth Canopy (QCC), which is a commissioned initiative that was launched in 2015 and aims to support the Commonwealth's 53 members in conserving forests for future generations.
Signed in February, the GBR Agreement encompasses a protected area spanning 6.4 million hectares of the coast from the north of Vancouver Island to the Alaska Panhandle, and is the positive result of a 20-year exercise in relationship building. Read on.
Great Bear Rainforest Legacy Established
A new $1-million trust will be established later this year to commemorate the visit of Their Royal Highnesses, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and celebrate the endorsement of the Great Bear Rainforest (GBR) under The Queen's Commonwealth Canopy initiative, Premier Christy Clark announced in September.
The new GBR Education and Awareness Trust is intended to foster a deeper public appreciation of the unique nature of the GBR and how the Government of B.C., First Nations, industry and environmental organizations developed an innovative approach to manage both the natural environment and human activities that take place in the area. Read on.
Great Bear Rainforest Legislation:
A Unique Solution
Bob Craven, RPF, Interfor Corporation, Coastal Woodlands Land Use Mgr
Not many people likely want to readabout legislation; however, the Great Bear Rainforest (GBR) legislation is special. It's the result of an epic journey - a story complete with drama, conflict and weary characters slogging through tough territory toward worthy goals. Read on.
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Clean technology: Forestry Leaders
Canada's clean technology represents this year's fastest growing industry, according to the 2016 Canadian Clean Technology Industry Report, and forestry is a vital part of that equation, says Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) President and CEO Derek Nighbor. Click here for the video.
Spotlight on Harvey Seymour
As Western Forest Products (WFP) tells us, Harvey Seymour is Defining a Higher Standard™ of safety every day on the job. Click here for the video.
TimberWest Website: New Look
Congratulations TimberWest on your redesigned website that has a fresh contemporary look featuring everything from your environmental commitments to your First Nations partnerships and neighbours and community partners. Check it out
TimberWest and K'ómoks First Nation sign MoU
K'ómoks First Nation and TimberWest Forest Corp. have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) outlining a commitment to partner on cultural, environmental and economic opportunities around existing and future forestry operations for both parties on Vancouver Island. Both parties emphasized the MoU represents an intent to share knowledge and expertise on sustainable forest management and enable open dialogue.Read On
Crews Complete Brock Commons Structure
The tour was guided by Olund, joined by Coast Forest and WoodWORKS! BC, as well as reporter, Gordon Hamilton who covered the tour in a piece later published in Business in Vancouver (BIV).
Not only did the tour give a first-hand look at this remarkably innovative wood building, but guests were treated for a last-ever look at the wood used in the tall wood building before it was to be wrapped in drywall in the final stages of construction.
CFPA Members in the Media
BC Chief Foresters Meet in Campbell River
In July, the B.C. Chief Foresters' Leadership Team consisting of Chief Foresters from across the province gathered in Campbell River to discuss the future of forestry in B.C., and exchange best practices on innovation technologies, sustainable forest management, and partnership engagement with local communities. Read On
Chief Shane Goddfriedson at @BCAFN and @BizCouncilBC at historic MOU signing for economic reconciliation #fnlg2016
UBC Brock Commons shows tall wood construction potential.http://tinyurl.com/hcsytpr
Tree planting has been called "World's Toughest Job", but people love it!http://tinyurl.com/jacvhnr
Council of Forest Industries welcomes announcement of the BC Climate Leadership Planhttp://tinyurl.com/j5qtuvv
BC government unveils "Strong Past, Bright Future" forestry agenda to enhance & diversify industry.tinyurl.com/grm9be8
BC's forestry plan will maintain forest health & competitive industry, & support communities & First Nations.https://t.co/CIlqmDib4Y
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About Coast Forest
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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.