Coastal Clarion - Newsletter

Spring 2017Volume 27

President’s Perspective

Next Government Must Understand - and Support Factors Which Affect Forestry Competitiveness

Competitiveness directs and determines the pathway to the future. Now that the writ is dropped and the campaign for the next British Columbian provincial election is in full swing, it is crucial that the candidates who speak on the issues which affect the competitiveness of the coastal forestry sector do so from an informed place.

Coastal forestry in BC faces newly imposed countervailing duties of 20% on softwood lumber exports to the US, widespread uncertainty on trade partnerships, and a myriad of other factors and forces that have the potential to weaken our competitive position in global markets. This impacts hundreds of thousands of jobs and our economy here at home. The party which forms our next provincial government on May 9th must not only have a solid grasp of the issues that affect competitiveness, but be ready to champion our sector, hitting the ground running with smart, decisive action. Read More.

Rick Jeffery, featured panelist, on forest competitiveness panel at 2017 ABCFP Conference this spring.

Rick Jeffery

Rick Jeffery
President & CEO,
Coast Forest Products Association

Signed MOU set the Pro-Forestry Tone at 2017 AVICC Convention

In contrast to years past, the 2017 Association of Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities (AVICC) Convention in early April revealed a markedly new tone - one that was more forestry informed, and, as it appeared, more supportive.

The Convention opened with a formal welcome and presentation commemorating the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Coast Forest Products Association (CFPA) and AVICC (see news release). Aimed to improve communication, bolster engagement, and strengthen relationships between coastal communities and forestry, the signing by both associations' presidents, Rick Jeffery of CFPA and Barbara Price of AVICC marked the end of almost a year's worth of collaboration between the CFPA staff and member companies and the AVICC. Read More.

Left: Rick Jeffery (CFPA) and Barbara Price (AVICC) commemorate the signing of the historic MOU between Coast Forest and Vancouver Island Coastal Communities
Right: Kindry Mercer (WFP), Amy Spencer (WFP) and Kari Barrett (CFPA), along with TLA delegates (not pictured) provided outreach to AVICC Mayors and Councillors at the Forestry Friendly booth.

2017 Federal Budget: Coast Forest Notes Benefits

Coast Forest Products Association is pleased to see inclusion of some forestry supportive programs and initiatives in the federal budget announced today by Finance Minister Bill Morneau. Specifically, the provision of $40 million to Natural Resources Canada to increase the use of Canadian wood as a greener substitute for construction and to help to create new markets for our sustainable forest products is a direct and positive step in supporting the sector. Read More.

Shaken, not stirred!

Gordon Hoekstra's article in the February 2nd Vancouver Sun entitled: "U.S. expert warns B.C. of potential earthquake risk to wood-frame homes" is misleading in some aspects and requires a response.

First, extensive on-the-ground research in Japan post-quake revealed a very different picture than presented in this article. Following the magnitude 7.3 Kumamoto Japan quake, the Japan 2X4 Homebuilders' Association physically surveyed 2,940 modern wood-frame residences in the region. 97.3% exhibited no or very light cosmetic damage. Read More.

Building Smart, Building Together: Takeaways from the 2017 TLA Convention

Building certainty, competitiveness and market access have always been central priorities for the coastal forest sector. And, at this year's annual Truck Loggers Association (TLA) Convention, these topics were magnified as the 45th president of the United States was inaugurated, underscoring yet another unknown for what lies ahead for the sector and its involvement with close trading partners. Read More.

Top: Don Demens (WFP) & Jeff Zweig (TimberWest) provide expert opinions on panel discussing maximizing industry potential
Below Left: Minister Steve Thomson announces government initiative to boost sector competitiveness
Below Right: Rick Jeffery (Coast Forest) advocating on behalf of sector with Premier Clark

Kudos to WOODWORKS! BC for Another Successful Event!

For 13 years the BC Wood Design Awards have demonstrated the innovation, beauty, and sustainability of wood design and construction! Architects, designers, industry, government, and media come together the celebrate the top players in wood design. This year was a different however, being the biggest event yet, with over 100 nominations. Read More.

Left: Susan Gagnon, Coast Forest Products Association, presents the Institutional Wood Design-Large Award to Patkau Architects for the Audain Art Museum.
Centre: The Audain Art Museum in Whistler.
Right: Beautiful view of the Audain Art Museum's wood design.

Voice of BC: Softwood Lumber

Watch the video here!

Budget 2017: Coast Forest Applauds the BC Government in Weathering the Storm - for the Long Run

Coast Forest Products Association applauds Premier Christy Clark, Minister of Finance, Mike de Jong, and the British Columbia provincial government for presenting a balanced budget for the fifth consecutive year, further supporting the prosperity of people throughout our province. Read More.

Opening Doors - A Coming Together of Traditional Indigenous Culture and Advanced Technology

See the beauty of cedar and its artistic importance to First Nations artists in this behind-the-scenes look at the FPInnovations project Opening Doors - A Coming Together of Traditional Indigenous Culture and Advanced Technology. Organized along with Emily Carr University of Art + Design, the project brought together a new generation of young Indigenous artists from nine B.C. coastal communities who were tasked with creating hand-carved western red and yellow cedar doors.

Watch the video here!

BC Western Hemlock May Break into Chinese Market

Using Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT) in construction is taking on heightened interest in China with the introduction of a hybrid laminate material that combines western hemlock with bamboo. University of British Columbia (UBC) graduate and researcher Brad Jianhe Wang reported his group is looking at the potential of a hemlock-bamboo CLT as a building material. The government-funded research project is in addition to efforts to incorporate CLT, made solely from B.C. hemlock, into the Chinese market. Read More.

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CFPA Members in the Media

TimberWest Partnering on Safety Improvements

TimberWest Ditidaht First Nations and Partners Create a Legacy of Learning.

Sharing Best Safety Practices Across the Forestry Spectrum: a look at Tidal Transport & Trading

TimberWest pledges $100,000 to the new North Island Hospitals

Check out A&A Trading's beautiful new website!

Catalyst Paper: First Nation Forestry Council and four B.C. Pulp & Paper Companies work together to promote greater co-operation.

Catalyst receives favourable U.S. ruling on countervailing duties

Forest Leadership: An Interview with Interfor's Vice President & Chief Forester Ric Slaco, RPF. Check it out on page 18-19.

Quatsino First Nation signs agreement with three forestry companies.

Social Media

Premier Clark's Landmark #Forestry Announcement Invigorates #Timber Harvesting Contractors.

"We've got your back!" @christyclarkbc on her work with @Steve4Kelowna fighting for BC forestry workers on softwood lumber file #TLA2017

@UBC's tall-wood Brock Commons is one of many beautiful, sustainable wood design from 2016.

Saving Our Planet: 10 Good News Conservation Stories from 2016, including the Great Bear Rainforest Agreement!

Good start to a Monday? Bears rocking out to Jungle Boogie!

@GenomeBC & @UBC's Dr. Yousry El-Kassaby find faster growth times for trees will lead to better economic outputs.

Effective stewardship means #BC's natural resources support #sustainable jobs in our communities.

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Coast Forest Products Association would like to thank Harry Barrett on his many years of hard work in BC's forest industry. Congratulations on your retirement.

Coast Forest Products Association would like to take this opportunity to offer its sincere congratulations to Karen Brandt on her appointment as Vice President, Corporate Affairs & Sustainability at Interfor Corporation.

Coast Forest Products Association offers sincere congratulations to Bob Craven on his new position as Manager, Economic Partnerships at Interfor Corporation.

Coast Forest Products Association offers its sincere congratulations to Robin Modesto on his recent appointment as Coast Forest Manager, Supply Chain & Land Use Coastal Woodlands Division at Interfor.

Featured Member
A&A Trading Ltd.

The diversity of British Columbia's coastal forest has allowed A&A Trading Ltd. to provide customers with the products they need for the last 30 years. A fully integrated company, A&A Trading Ltd. serves a variety of markets - including North America, Asia and the Middle East. Read on

About Coast Forest

About Coast Forest

Photo by Ken Hall

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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