Coastal Clarion - Newsletter

Spring 2016Volume 22

President’s Perspective

Standing Strong at 22 Years

Coast Forest Products Association has completed its spring annual general meeting marking its 22nd year of representing British Columbia’s coastal forest industry. In 1994, the world was a different place - Jean Chrétien was our prime minister, the North American Free Trade Agreement came into effect, and our industry was buried under the paperwork of the NDP Forest Practices Code. Read on.

Sustainable Industry, Sustainable Products Fact Sheet

Rick Jeffery

Rick Jeffery
President & CEO,
Coast Forest Products Association

Building Momentum: Government and Industry finding sustainable solutions using the LEAN process

In today’s challenging economic environment, government and industry feel the pressure to operate more efficiently, seek out process improvements, and find cost reduction opportunities. When it comes to coastal log handling, log value is reduced every time a log is "touched". Therefore, it is essential to identify opportunities to eliminate "waste" (i.e. those log handling steps that add no value) in order to maintain a competitive coast forest industry. Read on.

The Great Bear Rainforest - A 20-Year Exercise in Relationship Building

It was a cold, damp, Monday morning - typical of a mid-winter Vancouver day. As I drove under the canopy of towering cedars that lined the road on my way to the Museum of Anthropology at UBC, I was reminded of the trees in the Great Bear Rainforest (GBR) where I had visited only a few short days before. Read on.

Sustainable Industry, Sustainable Products Fact Sheet

Industry Welcomes Conservation & Logging Agreement in the Great Bear Rainforest

Collaboration delivers certainty for forests, communities & jobs, say companies

Today’s announcement of the Great Bear Rainforest Land Use Order by the Government of BC and First Nations is being applauded by five BC forest product companies as a unique solution for a globally significant area. Read on.

Carbon Quiz

CBC Interview With Rick Jeffery:
Forest industry says Great Bear Rainforest agreement is a win for everyone

The Great Bear Rainforest agreement is a victory for everyone involved, including the forest industry, said its members after yesterday’s announcement signaled that 15 per cent of the forest was open to logging. Read on.

FPInnovations' Steep Slope Harvesting Initiative

Opinion: Finding common ground in the Great Bear Rainforest

Vancouver Sun

The Joint Solutions project brought coalitions together to reach agreement

The first time we met - on a blockade at Clayoquot Sound in 1988 - we had a vigorous "discussion" about old growth forests. Very
vigorous. Valerie was a young literacy teacher blocking a logging road. Ric was a young professional forester for a major forest company in Clayoquot Sound. Read on.

FPInnovations’ visual storytelling showcased forest innovation excellence at #BCTECH Summit

Through a visual narrative that showed how large a role the forest sector is playing on BC’s vibrant tech industry, FPInnovations showcased forestry’s ingenuity at BC’s biggest ever tech summit earlier this year. Read on.

Update on the BC Pulp & Paper Competitiveness Project

The Pulp and Paper Sustainability Project is a component of the B.C. Forest Sector Competitiveness Strategy with the objective of improving the competitiveness of the forest sector through feasible and durable solutions. This effort reflects a successful collaboration between: a coalition of nine B.C. Pulp & Paper companies, including Coast Forest’s CatalystPaper and Howe Sound Pulp and Paper; the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations; Ministry of Energy and Mines; Ministry of Jobs, Tourism Skills, Training and Labour; Ministry of Technology, Innovation and Citizen Services; FPInnovations and the University of British Columbia. Read on.

Congratulations 2016 Wood Design Awards Winners

Canada Wood Group Impact Report

Congratulations to all the winners of the 2016 Wood Design Awards presented by WoodWORKS!BC! The awards heralded another successful year of wood construction in British Columbia. The event, featuring beautiful, sustainable, and innovative wood design, brought together our communities, industries and beyond to celebrate the beauty and innovation of wood construction. Coast Forest was excited to present the Institutional Wood Design - Large Award to Donald Schmitt, Diamond Schmitt Architects and Thompson Rivers University, Old Main Addition, Faculty of Law School in Kamloops, BC. Read on.

Supporting an Industry, Supporting an Economically Healthy Province

For the fourth year in a row, Coast Forest Products Association congratulates Finance Minister Mike de Jong, Premier Christy Clark and the Province of British Columbia for their achievement of a balanced budget. This is a significant accomplishment which, once again, puts British Columbia in the very small yet coveted minority of Canadian provinces. Read on.

Western Forest Products Recognized for Environmental Practices

Coast Forest’s member Western Forest Products (WFP) continues to be recognized for its commitment to environmental planning and sustainable practices. After a recent audit conducted by the Forest Practices Board, WFP's operations in Campbell River were noted for its alignment with the Act's environmental safety regulations involving terrain and electronic bridge management. Coast Forest would like to commend WFP for their excellence in environmental governance. Read on.

Canadian Management and Technical Team Visit Japan to Support Technical and Market Initiatives

Between February 29th and March 4th Canada Wood President Rick Jeffery, General Manager Barry Ford and UBC Professor Dr. Frank Lam visited Japan to support our team’s technical, market access and market development initiatives. One of the key objectives of this week of meetings was to apprise Dr. Lam on the evolving code related landscape in Japan and obtain his guidance on key technical initiatives. Read on.

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Sustainable Forestry is Key in Fighting Climate Change!

Watch the video to find out how wood harvested from BC’s coast is carbon friendly!

Plus, share on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter with the hashtag #mitigatecarbon to enter our Climate Change Contest! You could win an awesome prize pack!

How long can a wood-frame home store carbon?

  1. A. 10 Years
  2. B. 100 Years
  3. C. 150 Years
  4. D. For the lifetime of the structure

Click here to find out the answer and take the quiz!

Coast Forest Elects New Board of Directors

Coast Forest Elects New Board of Directors

CFPA Members in the Media

National Post: Landmark deal protects huge swath of central B.C. coast from logging: "The five forest companies on board are Interfor, Western Forest Products, BC Timber Sales, Catalyst Paper, and Howe Sound Pulp and Paper."

CFPA Members in the Media

Social Media

@Mike_de_Jong, @Steve4Kelowna & @BCGovNews @ChristyClarkBC recognize how vital market diversification is to the BC economy.

R. Jeffery on what’s needed for healthy forestry incl. #TPP @truckloggerBC @cafreeland #BC #jobs #environment

#CampbellRiver’s Carihi is fostering the #future of #forestry.

#BC’s coastal loggers see new steep slope harvesting #technology at Truck Loggers convention!

Check out @MGArchitecture’s #Wood #Innovation & Design Centre & Ronald McDonald House BC & Yukon!

Check out @iamjohnnycanuck's brand new video!

Congratulations! Heavy equipment operator students receive-scholarships from @truckloggerBC!

#PinkShirtDay outside @LondonDrugs today w Carolyn Tuckwell, Rick Jeffery & Erin Moore. @CoastForest @BGCyvr


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


Karen BrandtCoast Forest Products Association extends a sincere congratulations to Karen Brandt for her appointment as Director of Economic Partnerships and Sustainability.

Diane NichollsCoast Forest Products Association would like to extend a sincere congratulations to Diane Nicholls on her recent appointment as BC's newest Chief Forester.

Derek NighborCoast Forest Products Association would like to extend its sincere congratulations to Derek Nighbor on his recent appointment as CEO of the Forest Products Association of Canada.

Coast Forest Products Association would like to extend a sincere congratulations to Jacqui Beban on her recent appointment as President of the Truck Loggers Association.

Congratulations Sean Curran on your appointment as Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing at Catalyst Paper.

Congratulations Christine Gelowitz on your appointment as CEO of the Association of BC Forest Professionals.

Congratulations Rob Moonen on your appointment as CEO of the BC Forest & safety Council.

Congratulations Gary Koreker as the newest member of Resource Works Resource Works Advisory Council.

Featured Member

Delta Cedar Products Ltd.

Delta Cedar Products Ltd.

Since 1958, Delta Cedar Products has been manufacturing some of British Columbia's finest western red cedar and yellow cedar. The company has two sawmills, one remanufacturing plant, and a specialty wood division. Its highly skilled team and diverse manufacturing capabilities allow it to produce a wide variety of high-value cedar products to meet customer specifications. 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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