Coastal Clarion - Newsletter

Winter 2012 Volume 9

President's Perspective
Collaboration = Sound Policy

Barely two months in and 2013 is already proving to be an eventful year.  As we get closer to the provincial election on May 14th, it is bound to get even more interesting.  Whatever the outcome, if the new government bases its policies on solid collaboration with industry then both coast forestry and the province will benefit. 

We saw the result of industry consultation last month when Forests Minister Steve Thomson announced changes to forest policy on the coast.  The government's recent move to accelerate the auction of 500,000 cubic metres of wood through BC Timber Sales will meet the immediate log supply requirements of sawmills.  Moreover, despite the challenges inherent in revising the log export policy, this solution also provides important revenue opportunities associated with log exports and enhances domestic log supply.  Essentially, the new policy delivers BC with more logs and jobs.  Read On.

Rick Jeffery

Rick Jeffery
President & CEO,
Coast Forest Products Association

B.C. Budget 2013 - Pragmatic Budget for the Times

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Coast Forest and its member companies supported Finance Minister Mike De Jong's budget announcement today in Victoria while acknowledging that it will have mixed results in the industry.

The new budge is balanced and delivers fiscal leadership that will benefit British Columbians throughout the province. Read On.

Professional Reliance - The Better Way to Balance BC's Budget

professional reliance

Daryl Walker of the BC Government and Service Employees Union recently wrote that new thinking and new approaches are needed for the future of our province's economy. We agree. However, from our perspective in the coastal forest industry, "the better way" for B.C.'s provincial government to balance its budget is to optimize and fully utilize the resources we already have in place. Read On.

Creating the Next Chapter of Good Forest Policy

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For the British Columbia forest industry good government policy supports jobs, forest management, sustainability and industry competitiveness. When policies balance harvesting, export activity and manufacturing, every log harvested for export allows for 2-3 more to be harvested for supply to domestic sawmills. In this way, good, balanced log export policy supports BC jobs. Read On.

Industry Marks Seven Years of Change in the Great Bear Rainforest

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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's First Video, The Legend of Johnny Canuck, Pt 1

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Hockey and the Vancouver Canucks are back - and at Coast Forest Products Association, we could not be happier. To kick off this season, Coast Forest is proud to bring you the 4th Johnny Canuck film by Adam MacKay-Smith of Sugar High Entertainment Inc. For Every You-Tube view, we will plant a new tree - and over 200 million are planted in BC every year alone! Read On.

Welcome to the Coastal Clarion Express

Our new newsletter brings you the latest, most exciting news and views from Coast Forest Products Association...Expect these every month!

Check out What's New on our website for more.

Susan Gagnon

Susan Gagnon,
Director of Communications & Research

Forests for Today & Tomorrow

forests for today and tomorrow

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.

Connecting with Coastal Communities


Coast Forest's President & CEO Rick Jeffery recently visited the Stillwater Community Advisory Group in Powell River to give a talk about what's new in the coast forest sector today. He received a very warm reception. Click the image to read the thank-you letter the group sent him. 

Featured Member
Western Forest Products

western forest

Western Forest Products is leading the coastal forest industry in workplace training - investing in the future with its Logging Fundamental Training Program.

Western Forest Products is a margin-focused timberlands manager and wood producer committed to building a profitable and globally competitive forest products business.

Western Forest Products is an integrated Canadian company sustainably managing forests and manufacturing high-quality wood products on the BC coast. The company sources fibre from five tree species to provide a wide range of products to a global costumer base. Read on. 

Click here to find out more about Coast Forest members.

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