Community Collaborates on Public Access

Community Collaborates on Public Access
PFLA Optimistic for Constructive Dialogue

NANAIMO, BC, February 23, 2018 – The Private Forest Landowners Association (PFLA) is pleased to join government and community representatives today for a discussion on recreational access to private forest lands. The Port Alberni meeting, organised by MLA Scott Fraser, promises a solutions-focused roundtable designed to surface creative approaches to the issue of private forest land access.

“As private forest land owners, our members make significant investments to acquire and manage their property,” said PFLA Interim Executive Director, Sue Handel. “PFLA members are committed to public and worker safety, wildfire prevention, and protection of the environment and their investment. We are interested in opportunities to partner with responsible users who respect the land base as much as we do.”

PFLA-member companies offer public access opportunities through a number of mechanisms, including access agreements with organized groups, dedicated recreational areas, and seasonal opportunities for hunters. The PFLA looks forward to considering new approaches to public access that result from the Port Alberni meeting.

Notes To Editor
A PFLA Fact Sheet on ‘Access’ is available online at

About The Private Forest Landowners Association
Established in 1995, the Private Forest Landowners Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to the responsible stewardship of B.C.’s private forest lands. Passionate about sustainable forest practices, PFLA members strive to balance environmental values, community interests and economic realities.

Sue Handel, Interim Executive Director
Private Forest Landowners Association
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PFLA Announces Appointment of Megan Hanacek as CEO

Chief Executive Officer Appointment
PFLA Announces Appointment of Megan Hanacek as CEO

The Private Forest Landowners Association (PFLA) Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Megan Hanacek as Chief Executive Officer, effective March 1, 2018.

Megan has a Bachelor of Science, Biology from Simon Fraser University and a Diploma in Natural Resource Technology from BCIT. She is a Registered Professional Forester and a Registered Professional Biologist.

Megan comes to the PFLA from her position as Forest Stewardship Specialist for the Association of B.C. Forest Professionals, and previously was Managing Director, Board Director and Vice President of the Association of Professional Biology of B.C.

Megan has extensive experience in education, training, advocacy, public policy development, and operational implementation of forest and ecosystem management throughout B.C. and western North America.

Megan currently resides in Port McNeill with her husband and two children. Her base of operations will be the Nanaimo area.


A Successful 2017 Forest Field Tour

TimberWest South Island Logistics Facility

This week, PFLA members enjoyed an informative field tour, with stops at the TimberWest South Island Logistics Facility, the BC Forest Discovery Centre, and the Mesachie Lake Forest Research Facility.

About 25 large and small private forest land owners from throughout BC met in Cowichan Bay for the annual conference and AGM.

The two day event is a chance each year to share expertise, stay abreast of important policy developments, and see inspiring hands-on examples of innovative forest stewardship.

BC Forest Discovery Cent








Mesachie Lake Research Facility


PFLA’s 2017 Forest Field Tour — June 7th in Cowichan Bay, BC

Photo courtesy BC Forest Discovery Centre

This year, the PFLA field tour will be spent in the Cowichan Valley. We’ll have the opportunity to look at some interesting forestry projects in the area, and most importantly, meet the key people involved.

Our tour this year will start bright and early on Wednesday, June 7th with departure from OceanFront Suites at Cowichan Bay.

We’ll visit the BC Forest Discovery Centre, located in Duncan, for a celebration of the history of logging in B.C.

Our next stop will be the BC Forestry Research Station at Mesachie Lake. The station is the provincial centre for research into coastal tree improvement and forest genetic conservation. The station’s nursery staff provide technical expertise and service in growing seedlings to be used in research trials and as rootstock for grafting programs.

And finally we’ll tour of a modern, state-of-the-art timber merchandising and marketing facility in Crofton.

We’ll then head back to OceanFront Suites at Cowichan Bay, just in time for an afternoon cocktail at 5:30, followed by dinner at 6:30.

You can find complete schedule and registration information on the PFLA website.

Or contact us at with any questions.

Cowichan Lake Research Station at Mesachie Lake

To whet your appetite, here are a few highlights from past events:

Sylvan Vale Nursery: From Seed to 8 Million Seedlings — A big PFLA thanks to Sylvan Vale Nursery for their hospitality (did we mention they fed us donuts?) and the informative tour of their nursery …[read more]

“What do you get when you mix engaging presenters, interesting locations, thoughtful participants and favourable weather conditions? Another fantastic field tour!”   … [read more]

BC Log Export Restrictions To Blame For Significant Portion of Softwood Tariff

“Buried in the 124 pages of the U.S. trade case against Canadian lumber is a surprising revelation about how the Trump administration tallied its duties.”, reads the opening sentence of the May 7, 2017 Globe and Mail article by Barrie McKenna.

Mr. McKenna’s article brings to light the revelation that British Columbia log exports are to blame for a significant portion of the penalty applied by the US to Canadian softwood.

Best explained by the author himself, here’s an excerpt of the story about the impact of British Columbia log export restrictions on Canadian softwood duties.

Barrie McKenna: Angry about U.S. duties on Canadian lumber? Blame B.C.

[…] The prevailing narrative is that the U.S. hit Canada with duties of up to 24 per cent because the provinces are selling their timber too cheaply to lumber companies – thus, a subsidy, so the Americans say.

That’s only part of the story. A significant chunk of the penalty is due to log export restrictions that exist only in British Columbia.

The bizarre, and arguably unfair, result is that lumber producers across the country are being punished for the forest policies of one province.

Absent of B.C.’s export controls, Canada’s lumber industry would be facing something closer to a nuisance tax today, rather than a punishing throttle on its exports. And it could wind up costing lumber companies hundreds of millions of dollars per year, and valuable market share in the United States.

The U.S. Commerce department investigated five companies – three in B.C., one in Quebec and another in New Brunswick. It calculated the alleged subsidies each receives and then applied unique rates. Outside of B.C., the duties are relatively low – about 3 per cent for St. John-based J.D. Irving Ltd. and 13 per cent for Montreal-based Resolute Forest Products Inc. Inside B.C., the rates are much higher – 24 per cent for West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd., 20 per cent for Canfor Corp. and 19.5 per cent for Tolko Industries Ltd.

Every other lumber exporter in Canada is now paying a weighted average of those five rates, or 20 per cent. As much as a third of the nationwide duty reflects the effect of federal and provincial restrictions on B.C. log exports.

Those restrictions, in place since the 1880s, are an aberration in Canada’s generally open economy. Indeed, logging is a rare example where governments dictate to private interests what they can export, for reasons other than national security.

Federal and B.C. officials should have seen this coming. Economists in Canada have warned for years that the policy lessens competition for logs, increases the supply of timber available to mills in B.C. and suppresses prices by up to 50 per cent. And that lowers the cost of finished lumber, such as two-by-fours, destined for the U.S. market.

The Commerce department agreed. It calculated that a quarter to a third of the total duties imposed on the three targeted B.C. companies is directly attributable to log export rules, which are applied by both Ottawa and B.C.

The United States isn’t alone in raising objections. Japan, China and South Korea have also complained about Canadian log-export restraints. Japan and China almost certainly will raise the issue in free-trade talks with Ottawa.

It’s still unclear whether the United States will be able to make its case stick. Canadian lumber has been targeted four previous times since the 1980s, successfully fighting off the duties each time through litigation.

Follow the link to the full article.

Latest News from the PFLA Board

Welcome Ian Delisle

The PFLA Board is pleased to welcome Ian De Lisle as a director. With extensive experience and knowledge of the coastal forest industry, Ian is a valuable addition to the board.

After graduating from BCIT in 1975, Ian held various positions within the Ministry of Forests until 1995 when he started work with Forest Renewal BC. Following that, Ian worked with the Land Reserve Commission as Forest Practice Officer before starting his current position as Vancouver Island Area Manager with Hancock Forestry in 2002.

Ian also served as Chair of the Western Canada Sustainable Forestry Initiative implementation committee for two years. As an historical note, Ian and his late twin brother Al were the first twins to register as Professional Foresters in BC. So, it’s safe to say Ian has made history in his forestry career.

An Evening with the Board

A big thanks to everyone who took the time to come out on a cold and windy February evening for a friendly and informal meet and greet with the PFLA Board.

The evening followed a day-long strategic planning session in Victoria. It was a great opportunity for PFLA members and Managed Forest owners to meet the people that represent them at the director level and to air any thoughts or concerns they might have in a relaxed and unstructured setting.

The event also gave board members a chance to get to know some of the PFLA members they haven’t yet had a chance to meet.

Thanks to such a good turn out, and positive experience overall, the board has decided to move the location of future strategic planning sessions around the province and give members in different communities a chance to attend similar informal meet and greet events.

Please stay tuned for more information about future opportunities.

Looking for New Board Members

The PFLA board is looking to strengthen and diversify its membership. If you’re a Managed Forest owner and a PFLA member who’s interested in learning more about this opportunity, please contact Rod Bealing at

How You Can Help the Carihi Forestry Program

Take a class of Carihi forestry students on a tour. More information below.

After a year break the forestry program at Carihi Secondary School in Campbell River is up and running again and they’re looking for help from the community. We’ve included the information from the latest Carihi Forestry newsletter below with all you need to know about how to get involved.

This year’s class includes 20 students in grades 10 to 12. “There is a lot of interest in forestry in this years group,” comments teacher Jason Kerluck.  “It is a keen group who are looking to learn more about forestry, and potentially gain entry into the industry through initial employment and/or pursuing post-secondary education.”

Jason Kerluck is in his 5th year of the program, which is heavily funded by the TLA and supported by many local forest companies and associations.  “We’re looking forward to working with people from our community who are passionate, experienced and knowledgeable in forestry!”

There are lots of ways to keep in touch with the progress of this program, and there are suggestions below on how you can get involved.

Take a Student to Work

We are looking for people working in our coastal forest community to take a student(s) with them to work. Many people don’t understand the type of work you do, so show us! Lots of you have wonderful jobs that lead to spectacular days. We need to show students what you do!

I’ll match you with a student who is interested in your field of work so you’ll get a keen student excited to see what you do. The school district has been organising job shadows for years and has their own WCB coverage.

If you have a cool day planned and you’re excited to share your work and experiences in forestry with a keen student, contact Jason at This can be planned in advance or potentially arranged with short notice.

Thanks in advance for your support!

Class Presenter

Rick Monchak presents to a class of Carihi forestry students.

Share your forestry experiences with a keen forestry class. This class runs every weekday from 12 to 3 at Carihi Secondary School. We are always excited to hear about people’s adventures in forestry and their pathway to where they are now. Bring some photos, equipment, maps, or just come in for a chat. Rick Monchak, right, is seen talking to a previous class describing the concept of a raw log and giving out toblerone chocolate as motivation.

Host a Class Tour

The students in this class learn so much by seeing actual forestry work sites. We are flexible with times and getting to different locations, but we’re mostly available in the afternoons during the week (day trips are possible). Some highlights of this class are taking students out to different forestry locations in and around Campbell River. Not only do they learn about forestry, but they learn about how these companies/associations contribute to our local economy.

If you are interested in hosting a tour, contact Jason at

Student(s) Mentor

This program incorporates inquiry and project-based learning. Students choose topics of interest, research the topic and then present their learning back to the class. Other goals of this class are to teach and build employable skills, including working with professionals in our local community.

How can you help? I will assist in setting up a communication link between you and the student(s), where you would be answering questions and sharing your field of knowledge. This can be done in person, through emails, over the phone, and possibly conference calls or Facetime. The initial step is to email me about your interest to help, give me a quick description of your background and knowledge of strengths in forestry, and then wait for a reply.

Invest in Forestry Education

Carihi foretry students with company logos on their cruiser vests.

The Carihi Forestry Education Program is looking for forest groups to invest in forestry education. For the past five years, this program has accumulated appropriate forestry gear and equipment necessary to teach students current skills and theories within our developing forest sector.

We are still looking for assistance in acquiring personal forestry equipment for every student in the program, and potentially donating this equipment to students who pursue a career in our industry.

Here is how you can help!  Through a $250 donation, the program will be able to purchase a cruiser vest, clinometer, and compass. For an additional $100, students will be equipped with caulk boots as well. Donating groups will get their logo stitched onto the class vests, which will be used regularly by students in the program. There may be a small additional charge if your logo needs to be converted for stitching, however this only needs to be done once and can be used again in the future.