Coastal Clarion - Newsletter

Spring 2015Volume 18

President's Perspective

A Necessary Plan for Coastal Forestry

Even after a thirty-year career in the industry, I often tell people that fresh information about British Columbia's coastal forest industry crosses my desk every day. One recent example came from a new report by Business Council of British Columbia (BCBC). The report cited that of all jurisdictions in North America today, BC has the largest economic output from its forest industry.

This speaks volumes about the impact of forestry on the lives of British Columbians. Read on.

Rick Jeffery

Rick Jeffery
President & CEO,
Coast Forest Products Association

Enough Already - It's Time to Work Smarter!

Coast Forest is helping the provincial government to develop a comprehensive forest sector competitiveness strategy to elevate B.C.'s global marketplace position.

The industry is made up of a number of inter-related segments, (i.e. timber harvesting, primary sawmills, speciality sawmills, veneer, pulp and paper, etc.), and that competitiveness of the industry, as a whole, depends on the health of all the individual segments. The key driver for all the sectors is access to a consistent supply of affordable fibre. That is, the ability to access the timber profile that supports the current coastal Annual Allowable Cut (AAC). Read on.

B.C. Forest Industry
Economic Impact Study

Report: Economic Impact Study

Report: Economic Impact Study

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Findings from the January 2015 B.C. Forest Industry - Economic Impact Study support the positive impact British Columbia's forest industry has on the province, revealing how it has evolved to become a modern, high-tech industry. The report focuses on key findings such as how the industry performs in the areas of sustainability, innovation, and economics. Read on.


Report Reaffirms BC Forest Industry Remains a Leading Contributor to Provincial Economy

An economic impact report by international consulting firm MNP shows the continuing importance of the forest industry to the province of B.C.

The report, commissioned by a group of industry trade associations representing every region of the province, and endorsed by Resource Works Society, shows the forest products manufacturing industry is still a mainstay of the provincial economy from Victoria to Fort St. John, and remains the economic driver of at least 40 per cent of the province's communities and the people who live in them. Read on.


B.C. forest industry stands tall again

New research shows plenty of reason to support a modern redefined forest industry.

When paycheques find their way into bank accounts around the province this Friday or next, almost 150,000 British Columbians will have B.C.'s backbone industry to thank for at least a piece of that deposit, all of it for some 58,000 people directly employed by forestry. Read on.

B.C. forest industry stands tall again

Canada Builds New Disability Rehab Centre in Japan

Canada Builds New Disability Rehab Centre in Japan

A newly opened multi-purpose rehabilitation centre will serve disabled individuals living in the Tohoku region in Japan thanks to the Canada-Tohoku Reconstruction Project. The Jericho Support Centre will provide rehabilitation and life skills training services for individuals with physical and mental disabilities. Following the devastating Great Eastern Japan earthquake and subsequent tsunami of 2011, nearly 1,000 disabled children and adult patients were evacuated from the nuclear exclusion zone and tsunami-hit communities. Read on.

Resource Works Delivering Natural Resource Development Research to Public

Resource Works Delivering Natural Resource Development Research to Public

Through fact-based information, Resource Works is delivering natural resource development research results and its role in the province's future to the public. Launched last year, the non-profit society ensures all British Columbians can participate in natural resource development discussions about innovation that expands economic benefits while reducing environmental footprints.

Trade Mission to India 2015

India: An Opportunity on Our Horizon, a World Away

As the car carrying our small group of BC forestry representatives winds its way through the village of MacLeod Ganj in the sun drenched hills of Northern India, we pass by a sawmill. It is a familiar sight that we've seen throughout our 10 day journey. The small mill consists of a single band saw and pile of twenty or so crooked 5 foot logs of undetermined species being cut by hand by half a dozen people. Read on.

India: An Opportunity on Our Horizon, a World Away

"Termite test" showing the damage to the yellow pine (top) versus the untouched yellow cedar (bottom)

Media Planet Coverage: India: Our Opportunity On The Horizon

Having taken part in trade missions to India over the past three years, the most recent consisting of a 26-member delegation in February, it was apparent that the Indian market has a strong demand for wood not currently met through its traditional supply chains. Visits to major manufacturers, meetings with key buyers and influencers, and learning more about the developing local manufacturing conditions just reinforces this fact. Read on.

Media Planet Coverage: India: Our Opportunity On The Horizon

Canadian Forest Products - Sustainability

This document by Canada Wood Group is a marketing tool intended for companies and those who want to communicate the value of high-quality, sustainable Canadian wood products. While the first document is for our Japanese customers, the second is more general, designed for wider, global markets. Read on.

Canadian Forest Products - Sustainability

Coast Forest Products Association

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E-mail: info@coastforest.org

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Forestry Fishes for Kids

Forestry Fishes for Kids

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Forest ecology at Camp Potlatch will be more apparent than ever now that funds have been raised from the 2nd annual Forestry Fishes for Kids charitable event.

Susan Gagnon of Coast Forest sat down with Carolyn Tuckwell, President and CEO, Boys and Girls Club of South Coast B.C. for an interview about the forest ecology centre and why the derby is a vital part of its existence.


We're getting ready for the 3rd Annual Forestry Fishes for Kids derby this August! Stay tuned! More details to come!

Canada Wood Celebrates Opening of Jericho Reconstruction Project

Canada Wood Celebrates Opening of Jericho Reconstruction Project

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Check out this newly released video of the completion of the Canada-Tohoku Reconstruction Project that includes an interview with Coast Forest President and CEO Rick Jeffery and beautiful images of the Canadian products framing the post and beam community facility located in Iwaki, Fukushima, Prefecture in Japan.

Creative Coast Contest

Creative Coast Contest

The forest industry is integral to communities along BC's coasts. It provides livelihoods, supports valuable services like education and healthcare, and produces beautiful, sustainable wood products. We know it is important, but we don't just want to say it. We want to show it! Coast Forest welcomes you to participate in our Creative Coast Contest! Send us an example of your forestry-related creative project and help us spread the word on the importance of coastal forestry! Entries will be featured on our blog and shared on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

500 COFFEES #74 - RICK JEFFERY

More than 73 weeks ago I embarked on a mission to publish 500 Coffees over the next few years. In this series I introduce you to interesting Vancouverites, many of whom I had never met before our coffees/meals. It's an exercise in networking for myself and for V.I.A. while also being a platform through which I enjoy introducing you to some people who are doing really cool stuff in the city you live in.

COFFEE #74
Name: Rick Jeffery
Occupation: CEO
Beverage: Water

500 COFFEES #74 - RICK JEFFERY

Meet Rick Jeffery. CEO of Coast Forest Products Association, an organization that represents BC's coastal forest industry, advocating for better policy and broader markets as well as championing sustainable practices. Read on.

11 Years of Innovative Wood Design

11 Years of Innovative Wood Design

Susan Gagnon of Coast Forest Products Association, Michael Green of Michael Green Architecture Ltd. & Barinder Rasode of Resource Works

The BC Wood Design Awards presented by Wood WORKS! BC reached its 11th year, once again including people from the industry, media, and the community to celebrate beautiful architectural and structural wood design. Guests were welcomed at the Vancouver Convention centre, which itself is an innovative example of wood construction. Read on.

Celebrating International Day of Forests

Today marks the United Nation's International Day of Forests. In honour of this occasion, The Honourable Greg Rickford, Canada's Minister of Natural Resources joined Canadians in celebrating our forests and the fact that our country has much to be proud of. For one, we have over 160 million hectares of sustainably managed forests; this is the largest of any country on the globe. Read on.

Celebrating International Day of Forests

CFPA Members in the Media

Interfor donates wood for student built picnic shelter for this week TED talks conference.
http://tinyurl.com/p4ecewh

Western Forest Products knows investing in people & mills is also an investment in B.C. communities.
http://tinyurl.com/lsylxb4

Check out all the opportunities with @CatalystPaper, & the lifestyle of Catalyst's mill communities #VIDEO
http://tinyurl.com/ouvvujy

Coast Forest and Teal Jones in action in India!
http://tinyurl.com/nkrv2b4

Coast Forest and Teal Jones in action in India!

Len van Ryswyk (left) of Teal-Jones Rick Jeffery of Coast Forest Products Association, and John Burch of Teal-Jones.

Social Media

The 2015 Wood Design Awards celebrates #innovative architectural & structural #wood design in #B.C.
http://tinyurl.com/l35twm6

The Jericho Centre was built public facilities using Canadian products & advanced #wood technologies.
http://tinyurl.com/kexeze6

Our video "Expanding New Markets in India" being played at the High Commission for architects!
http://tinyurl.com/ph2n3dn

Report Reaffirms #B.C. #Forest Industry Remains a Leading Contributor to Provincial Economy.
http://tinyurl.com/nj6azzo

Great food! Great Chat with @BobKronbauer of @VIAwesome a #YEWyvr
http://tinyurl.com/pouydur

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

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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