Coastal Clarion - Newsletter

Winter 2015Volume 21

President's Perspective

Moving Forward Together in the Modern Era

As 2015 comes to a close, we are on the cusp of finalizing the landmark Great Bear Rainforest (GBR) Agreement. An Agreement that is the result of over 15 years of negotiations between industry, government, First Nations and environmental non-governmental organizations (ENGOs), it will allow for a globally significant area on B.C.'s coast to support a viable forest industry while ensuring that 85% of the area is off limits to resource development. It will preserve important ecosystems and, at the same time, provide economic certainty for the forest industry and the communities it supports. Read on.

Rick Jeffery

Rick Jeffery
President & CEO,
Coast Forest Products Association


Sustainable Forestry's Role in the Fight against Climate Change

"Wood is a serious solution to a serious problem," noted Vancouver architect Michael Green in his recent address to a largely forest industry audience in Ottawa. Green's point, made for the Forests Products Association (FPAC), "On the Road to Paris - A Climate Change Event," seemed to be shared by most everyone in the room. Read on.


New Fact Sheet: Coastal BC Forestry: Sustainable Industry, Sustainable Products

British Columbia and its coastal forest and wood products are widely recognized as coming from a sustainable source but are not always identified as carbon friendly. In an era where climate change and carbon offset policies are the topics trending among those environmentally aware, Coast Forest wanted to ensure everyone has the scientific facts behind the carbon benefits BC forests provide.

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Sustainable Industry, Sustainable Products Fact Sheet

Take Our New Carbon Quiz!

Ever wonder how long a wood-frame home can store carbon or how many seedlings are planted on the B.C. Coast each year? Take our brand new climate change quiz to find out how committed our industry is to further developing an economically viable and sustainable forest management strategy!

Carbon Quiz

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FPInnovations' Steep Slope Harvesting Initiative

Improving workers' safety, increasing operating margins, and access to economically and sustainably available fibre

Steep slopes are a major fibre pool in Western Canada. In fact, FPInnovations' members are increasingly turning to steep slopes as a source of timber, representing more than a quarter of the allowable annual cut in British Columbia alone. Read on.

FPInnovations' Steep Slope Harvesting Initiative

A six wheel skidder working on a steep slope in the snow.


Keeping Overseas Markets Strong - Asia Trade Mission 2015

Coast Forest Products Association (CFPA), along with 30 other delegates from the B.C. forest industry, recently returned from a trade mission led by Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister Steve Thomson and facilitated by the Government of Canada. The fall 2015 mission to China and Japan built on previous ones that have strengthened trade relationships with overseas customers. Read on.

Keeping Overseas Markets Strong - Asia Trade Mission 2015

Rick Jeffery, Chair, Canada Wood Group, and Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister Steve Thomson present a certificate to one of the outstanding importers of Canadian lumber during the Sino-Canada Wood conference, which was attended by over 300 Chinese delegates

Canada Wood Group Impact Report

Canada Wood Group Impact Report

Since 2003, offshore markets for Canada's wood products have grown exponentially due to, in part, Canada Wood Group's many achievements. The Canada Wood Group helps Canadian wood products manufacturers diversify and expand export opportunities in both traditional and emerging markets. Learn more about Canada Wood's impact via this infographic report.

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Coast Forest Products Association

Merry Christmas!!

Watch our video and take our new quiz!

Did you know BC's coast forest industry is carbon friendly? Wood and forest products help to mitigate carbon in our atmosphere.

Carbon Quiz

A Holiday Tradition!

A Holiday Tradition!

It's that time of year again! In the spirit of the season, Coast Forest and the Boys and Girls Club of South Coast BC continue their tradition of supporting families in new this Christmas. Read on

Member News

Catalyst's Win-Win for the Economy and the Environment

On November 25th the Catalyst Paper Powell River mill hosted a "Go-Live" event to celebrate the launch of their new G13 Turbine. The G13 Turbine is a $25 million project that converts waste steam, increasing the mill's power output by 11 megawatts and reducing the mill's electricity costs by nearly $5 million a year. Read on

Catalyst's Win-Win for the Economy and the Environment

A tour of the Catalyst Paper Powell River mill during the "Go-Live" event.

Working Together to Sell More Softwood Lumber

Industry is driving a wood revolution in North America by changing the way America builds.

On behalf of forest products industry, the Softwood Lumber Board (SLB) oversees programs that identify opportunities to promote the benefits and uses of softwood lumber products in construction. Read on


#BCTECH Summit - A Great Opportunity for Forestry

#BCTECH Summit - A Great Opportunity for Forestry

B.C.'s biggest ever tech summit is coming up January 18th and 19th at the Vancouver Convention Centre - and FPInnovations will be there! Read on

CFPA Members in the Media

BC & 'Namgis First Nation sign Forestry Fund Agreement providing benefits from 2 @WFPCompany Tree Farm Licences.

Teal Jones affords stability to BC communities, providing jobs to over 1,000 people on the coast.

TimberWest presents cheque for $5,000 to the Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society.

Social Media

#FLNRO Minister Steve Thomson joins Voice of BC's @VaughnPalmer to discuss #BC #forest sector & more.

New #Liberal #cabinet includes three from #BC. Learn more here!

#Forestry alive & well at the 7th Annual #Aboriginal #Business Awards!

The Boys & Girls Club of South Coast #BC announces new Board of Directors, including our own Rick Jeffery! @BGCyvr

@UBC tower elevating BC's wood highrise aspirations.

Wood materials and LEED dominate this year's @VanConstruction awards

#TimberKings star makes car out of a single piece of western #redcedar.

#Truckloggers association weighs in on #TransPacificPartnership. Listen here!

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


Coast Forest would like to extend sincere congratulations to Jeanne Christenson on winning Catalyst Paper's 2015 President's Award.

Coast Forest would like to extend sincere congratulations to Todd Jagodzinski on winning Catalyst Paper's 2015 President's Award.

Susan Gagnon

Coast Forest would like to extend sincere congratulations to Susan Gagnon on her appointment of Vice President of Communications.

Featured Member

District of North Cowichan

District of North Cowichan

The District of North Cowichan has managed a 5,000-hectare forest reserve since 1946 - providing residents with economic, environmental, educational and recreational benefits. The North Cowichan Municipal Forest makes up 25% of the district's land base, and is managed at no cost to taxpayers - including protection from wildfires and invasive species. A variety of coastal species are harvested and sold to local mills. 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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