PFLA regularly writes about log export restrictions, Notice to Exporters 102 and other log market issues because it’s an important topic that significantly impacts forest owners in coastal British Columbia.

Over the years, we’ve compiled a number of stories on the subject of log export restrictions. To make the information more accessible, we’ve listed the most recent articles below with a short excerpt and link to the complete post.

Wilderness Committee prescription for BC coast forest sector would kill the patient

In a misleading and inaccurate article published in the Times Colonist (January 11th) and Huffington Post (January 12th), the Wilderness Committee calls for a ban on BC log exports. This statement shows a complete disregard for the realities of the coastal forest industry, along with a callous disrespect for forest workers and their families. … read more>>


log exportsLog Exports: A Symptom Not a Cause

In June 2016, a report produced by the Truck Loggers Association reignited a conversation about the future of forestry and the role log exports play in the coastal forest industry. PFLA was quoted in two articles—one from the Vancouver Sun and another from Business in Vancouver. Unfortunately, from our perspective, neither article got it quite right. Because we’re passionate abou … read more>>


logsLog Export Restrictions Don’t Improve Economic Performance

“Log export restrictions do not improve economic performance”, reads the subheading of a recent Financial Post article by Jack Mintz. Mr. Mintz’s article highlights the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) as an opportunity to wipe out protectionist policies in the forestry sector. He doesn’t mince words (we couldn’t resist) when he says, “log export restrictions should be on the hit list”. … read more>>


a duck walking on the beachWhat Can Ducks Teach us About B.C.’s Subsidized Log Markets?

You’ve all heard the phrase, “If it walks like a duck and talks like a duck, well, it’s probably a duck.” Because turkeys proved so helpful in understanding B.C. timber supply complaints, we’re optimistic ducks can help explain why we use the word subsidy to describe current log markets in coastal British Columbia. PFLA recently received feedback from other stakeholders in … read more>>


No-ExcusesTop 5 Lame Excuses For Restricting Private Land Log Exports

If you’re a forest owner, a tree grower or a land manager you know it takes significant investment and decades of careful stewardship to grow a commercially valuable timber crop. Getting the best value for your harvested timber is essential for sustainable forest management, economic stability, re-investment in your land and future crops. In British Columbia (and only British Columbia) private landowners are subject to log export restrictions that restrict our ability … read more >>


priorityWhy Fair Timber Pricing is a Priority in 2015

Fair timber pricing is a top priority for PFLA in 2015 because not only are we continuing to see negative impacts from harmful and outdated policies, but on-the-ground impacts are also getting worse. In 2014, forest owners lost over 45 million dollars as a result of log export restrictions. That’s 45 million dollars directly transferred from the people who grew the trees to the people who bought the trees at a discount. PFLA members are committed stewards and reliable forest owners who take seriously our responsibilities to customers, suppliers, employees, neighbours, communities, governments and the environment. … read more >>


three turkeysWhat Turkeys Can Teach Us About B.C. Timber Supply Complaints

In the fall of 2014, PFLA was involved in a number of public and industry forums with both the business community and the forest industry—actively engaged and advocating on behalf of private forest owners.

Throughout this process we noticed some recurring themes: 1. Getting the coastal log processing industry together and asking them to think about changing what they’re doing to better face the global market is a lot like getting the turkeys together and asking them to plan Thanksgiving dinner — nobody wants to put turkey on the menu. 2. The coastal processing sector … read more>>


CFI magazine Log Blocking—Log export restrictions cause grief for B.C. loggers

Brian Frank, former President and CEO of TimberWest, talks about log export restrictions in the July/August 2014 edition of Canadian Forest Industries magazine.

“The topic of ‘Log Export Restrictions’ (LERs) has long engendered strong opinion and emotion in B.C. As a recent recruit to the B.C. forest sector, I’ve been focused on trying to understand this complex issue. My company is the largest owner of private forestlands in Western Canada and relies on log exports for survival. The reality is that LERs are wrapped around a complex set of issues in Coastal B.C. that most people don’t want to talk about –  … read more >>


Fraser Institute Study NEW STUDY: The Fraser Institute on Log Export Policy for B.C.

Because part of our mission is to encourage informed discussion on important policy matters, from time to time, we draw your attention to relevant materials that add depth, nuance and information to the discussion. On June 24, 2014, the Fraser Institute released a new study by Joel Wood, Log Export Policy for British Columbia. For your interest, we’ve included the press release below with links to the complete document. … read more >>


hem gang graphThe Federal Surplus Test: How Policy Becomes Subsidy

The first post of our “Fair Trade for Private Logs” series asked the question: How is it domestic log prices flat line while forest product markets rise? Because this is an important question for BC’s forest owners we went back to the drawing board, crunched some more numbers, and arrived at an up-to-date graph to help illustrate the point further. … read more >>


hem gang changes graphDomestic Log Prices Flat Line While Forest Product Markets Rise

How is it domestic log prices flat line while forest product markets rise? The short answer: Log export restrictions continue to hurt log producers, even though the market for forest products has improved considerably. … read more >>


logs1Log Exports: More Food for Thought

Because part of our mission is to encourage informed discussion on important policy matters, from time to time, we draw your attention toward articles we think you’ll find interesting. Recently, we’ve come across three articles that match this description.  … read more >>


6 Basic Facts Everyone Should Know About BC’s Log Exports

Like most hot topics, the log export debate is often riddled with misinformation, rhetoric and assumptions. Here at the PFLA blog, we represent people who directly benefit from private forestry operations. We’d like to take a few moments to clear things up from our perspective. … read more >>


Why B.C. Families, Workers and Communities Rely on Log Exports

Jim Girvan’s article, Log Exports: The Controversial Economic Driver, appeared on in early December. Along with a reasoned account of B.C.’s coastal export market, the article includes bar graphs and statistical information that add a depth of analysis to the log export discussion we think you’ll find interesting. … read more >>


logger5 Reasons Why Rallying Against Log Exports is Misguided

The article Rally against log exports is planned for Nanaimo appeared in the September 22, 2011 online edition of the Nanaimo Daily News.

According to the Nanaimo Daily News, hundreds of loggers, and other concerned citizens, opposed to log exports will gather at the Pulp, Paper and Woodworkers of Canada (PPWC), Local 8, union hall before marching through the streets of downtown Nanaimo, B.C.  While the PFLA commends the spirit of Mr. Bercov, and his associates, we’re quite frankly a bit baffled by their opposition to log exports. … read more >>


Why Myths About BC Forests Won’t Create Jobs (of any Colour)

Ben Parfitt’s article How to Create Green Jobs in BC’s Forests appeared in the August 15, 2011 online edition of the Tyee (link to full article).

In a nutshell, Mr. Parfitt criticizes the BC forest industry for exporting raw logs to China. He argues that diversifying markets and value-added products are the vehicles we need to move this province, its forests and its communities forward to a better place.

We’re just as interested in improving the situation for BC forests and communities. In fact, we strive for the same worthy objectives as Mr. Parfitt: a sustainable forest industry and healthy sustainable forests.

To that end, we’ve taken the time to address some flawed logic, bad comparisons and misinformation Mr. Parfitt stumbled over on the way to a better place. … read more >>