Coastal Clarion - Newsletter

Spring 2014Volume 14

President's Perspective

Area-Based Tenure: Neither Good nor Evil

Area-Based Tenure: Neither Good nor Evil"Casting these complex issues as battles of good versus evil just means we all lose," notes Dylan Jones, President of Canada West Foundation on the politicking surrounding resource development. As we near the end of the area-based tenure public consultation initiated by the Province of British Columbia, we see a ramping up of these types of rhetorical characterizations to the detriment of the development of good policy. Read more

Rick Jeffery

Rick Jeffery
President & CEO,
Coast Forest Products Association

Managing Coastal Forests - Specific Approaches Adapted to Unique Areas

Managing Coastal Forests - Specific Approaches Adapted to Unique AreasIn the 30 years I've been managing coastal forests about the only thing that hasn't changed is the challenge of addressing diverse - and constantly evolving - views and values.

This came to mind when I read Bob Craven's editorial last December about Interfor's integrated approach to resource management at an operation near Campbell River. Bob talked about how his company provides for all important values while minimizing the timber supply impact. Read on

Coast Forest Products Association Meets with Prime Minister Stephen Harper

Coast Forest Products Association Meets with Prime Minister Stephen HarperCoast Forest Products Association attended a roundtable session today with Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Minister Ed Fast and Minister James Moore. The session was very informative and Mr. Harper addressed topics such as the strong Canadian economy, market opportunities and Canada's ambitious trade agenda including how forestry benefits from the new free trade deal with Korea. Read on

Coast Forest Elects New Board of Directors

Coast Forest Elects New Board of DirectorsR.M. (Rick) Jeffery, President & CEO of Coast Forest Products Association is pleased to announce the election of the Association's 2014-2015 Board of Directors and its Chair, Mr. Don Demens. Mr. Demens is also President and CEO of Western Forest Products. Read on

Coast Forest Products Association Applauds New Canada-Korea Free Trade Agreement

Coast Forest Products Association Applauds New Canada-Korea Free Trade AgreementOn behalf of the Coast Forest Products Association, we applaud Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Government of Canada for the recent announcement of the new bilateral free trade agreement with South Korea. Read on

Further information on the Canada-Korea Free Trade Agreement (CKFTA) may be found here.

Coast Forest Welcomes B.C.'s New Skills for Jobs Blueprint

Coast Forest Products Association applauds the new strategy unveiled today by the Government of British Columbia entitled, "B.C.'s Skills for Jobs Blueprint: Re-engineering Education and Training". The coast forest industry in B.C. is a key economic driver contributing an estimated 11% to the coastal GDP and providing over 38,000 jobs to people in communities throughout our province. Bridging the gap between employment opportunities and skilled workers is becoming an increasing challenge for our industry. We welcome further opportunities to meet our labour needs through collaboration with the Province under this new strategy.

Coast Forest Supports the End to the Port Disruption

Coast Forest Products Association is pleased at the announcement today that demonstrates the strong leadership by the Government of Canada, the Province of British Columbia and Port Metro Vancouver to protect our economy and end the disruption by truckers at Port Metro Vancouver.

* A Call to Resolve the Disruption at Port Metro Vancouver

Interview: Coast Forest Supports the End to the Port Disruption

CBC radioClick here to listen to the podcast

Forest Companies and Environmental Groups Deliver Joint Recommendations for the Great Bear Rainforest

Great BearJoint recommendations to achieve final implementation of ecosystem-based management (EBM) in the Great Bear Rainforest have been reached among five forest product businesses and three leading environmental groups who together form the Joint Solutions Project (JSP). Read on

The 2014 Budget Lockup: An Exposé on the Pageantry, the People and the Panels

For this years' budget lockup, Rick Jeffery, our CEO of Coast Forest, told me he wanted an authentic, personal coverage of the event. He had in mind a blog story about the grandiosity of the traditional delivery of the new budget to media and stakeholders before its official announcement at the BC Legislative Assembly. He also envisioned a humorous description of how some of the biggest names in business and labour in our province ditch their professional decorum and elbow their way to the front of the media scrum for their chance to get their message across. Read on

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Coast Forest Products Association

Manufacturers' Advisory Group Wood Dust Management Web Portal

An important and informative page that contains key resources, training modules and news updates relevant to B.C. sawmills. Please read and spread the word to all of your colleagues!

Register for the 2nd Annual Forestry Fishes for Kids Fishing Tournament

August 17-20, 2014

Register for the 2nd Annual Forestry Fishes for Kids Fishing Tournament

Participate in a weekend of fishing and fun with special guest Forest Minister Steve Thomson at the beautiful West Coast Resorts on Haida Gwaii to help send kids to Boys and Girls Club's Camp Potlatch!

Check out the brochure for more details!

BC Wood Provides Backdrop for Community Theatre at TED2014 Conference

Unique Stage Designed by Vancouver Architect Michael Green

The community stage for the sold-out TED2014 conference in Vancouver highlights the finest BC wood from Interfor mills, and the work of award-winning Vancouver architect Michael Green. The stage will be home to talks by more than 50 popular past TED speakers invited back to share updates on their work, as well as those given by this year's TED Fellows. 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.

Members Spotlight

Taan Forest Products Ltd.

Taan Forest Products Ltd.

Taan Forest Products, which was shaped by the Haida Nation under Haida Enterprise Corporation, sustainably manages almost 110,000 hectares and 460,000 cubic metres of annual harvest on Haida Gwaii, giving it access to some of the world's finest western red cedar, yellow cedar, western hemlock and Sitka spruce.

All of Taan's operations are 100% FSC Certified for both woodlands operations and chain of custody.

Click here to find out more about Taan Forest Products and other Coast Forest members.

Members in the Media Video

Western Forest Products

Western Forest Products


@CoastForest May 2
#Interfor Donates #Lumber for Captain Joseph House, a retreat for families of fallen #soldiers.

@CoastForest Apr 28
Teal Jones works with #BC & #Haida Nation to maintain viable operations, #environment & #employment on Haida Gwaii.

@CoastForest Mar 26
Northwest Hardwood manufacture 15 species of kiln-dried hardwood lumber, as well as pallet shook and railroad ties.

@CoastForest Mar 21
North Cowichan's #forests provides residents with #economic, #environmental, #educational & #recreational benefits.

Check out the Our Forests Our Roots Facebook page!


Congratulations to Anna Giardini on her appointment as the 11th Chancellor of Simon Fraser University.

Coast Forest Products Association extends sincere congratulations to Lynn Embury-Williams for her recent appointment as Wood WORKS BC Director.

Coast Forest Products Association would like to congratulate Jacqui Beban on her recent appointment as Vice-President of Truck Loggers Association.

Congratulations to Lee Doney on his recent appointment as Chairman to Western Forest Products.

News that Matters

To read the news and stories that matter to the coastal forestry community check out our What's New section.

We have News Clippings, News Releases, Coast Forest Coverage and, of course, all of our Blog Articles that you see here in this newsletter.

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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Please visit BC Council of Forest Industries for more information on BC forestry.

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