We sure do. You’ve probably noticed; PFLA believes (for good reasons) that log export markets play an important role in sustaining BC’s forest economy (PFLA Is Not Alone: Testimonials on B.C. Log Exports; 5 Reasons Why Rallying Against Log Exports is Misguided).

Jim Girvan’s article, Log Exports: The Controversial Economic Driver, appeared on forestindustry.com 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.

Below are a few highlights, but you can (and we recommend it) read the complete article, here.

A few highlights (paraphrased):  

“We can debate which logs to export and what the process should be to export them, but what we shouldn’t be doing is talking about banning log exports.”

“Over 4,000 coastal BC jobs are supported by log exports alone (assuming an economic multiple of 0.81 jobs per 1000 cubic metres harvested, direct and indirect).”

“If every coastal mill got every log they need to operate fully, there would still be eight million cubic metres of potential harvest left over, some of which is exported today.”

“The cost to deliver coastal logs to mills is too high when we try to use those logs to make lumber. The raw material (log) cost alone for producing lumber is $296. Today, China consumers pay $255 for lumber.”

“Log exports are just another market for one of many products produced by the coastal BC forest industry. Manufactured logs are no different than lumber, pulp, poles or veneer and they provide a significant contribution to the coastal and BC economy.”

“Without mills, prepared and able to pay what it costs to harvest our low value forests, there are no jobs to be created.”

Thanks to Jim Girvan for his thoughtful, reasoned perspective.