priorityFair 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pricing is a top priority for PFLA in 2015 because not only are we continuing to see negative impacts from harmful and outdated policies, but on-the-ground impacts are also getting worse.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. We value the principles of equity, fairness and justice and the role they play in encouraging long-term investment in future crops.

Because we’re tired of spending decades to grow the best trees we can, only to be ripped off by an artificially low domestic log market, PFLA’s key goals for 2015 include:

  • Access to international pricing for forest owners
  • Eliminate unnecessary process, delays, uncertainty and administrative costs
  • Ensure B.C.’s private forest owners have input into any policy decision
  • Support transitional measures necessary to accomplish these broader goals

We’re turning up the heat and look forward to cooking up some interesting articles we hope will contribute to enriched discussion, informed debate and positive change for tree growers in B.C.

Here are just a few of the upcoming stories we’re working on so far.

Land of Plenty: Log Supply on the B.C. Coast

A scintillating look at the connection between fibre supply and consumption on the coast of British Columbia, this article aims to debunk long-held assumptions and reiterate the importance of recognizing this is an economic problem, not a fibre supply problem.

In 2013, the coastal harvest was 20.8 million m3 and coastal mills processed 12 million m3. In other words, a huge log surplus exists.

The Top 5 Lame Excuses For Maintaining N102

With an overwhelming supply of lame excuses, the competition for this article is above average. We’ll do our best to narrow the options down to five and look forward to providing readers with a detailed look at just how lame some of the excuses for not rescinding Federal Notice to Exporters 102 are.

Why Suck and Blow is Bad For British Columbia

Not to be confused with the drinking game, the term suck and blow is a colloquialism used to describe a policy change being advocated by a handful of licensees in B.C. who also own processing facilities.

The current surplus test policy allows owners of processing facilities to block export permit applications; however, if you have a processing facility and you’re exporting logs, there’s a rule which prohibits you from blocking others for ninety days after you’ve exported your logs. Suck and blow proponents are advocating for the removal of the ninety-day rule.

This might also be referred to as having your cake and eating it too. We look forward to elaborating on this concept and illustrating just why it’s a bad idea for B.C.

13 Reasons Why it’s Better to Grow a Tree in Washington than B.C.

A tale of two trees, this article traces the details of the life of a tree grown on private forest land in British Columbia, as compared to the life of the same tree species grown from the same seed orchard and harvested just a short distance over the 49th parallel in Washington state.

A poignant tale of growth, strength and adversity the article illustrates how trees grown in Washington receive more respect, higher value, and arguably, a better life.

Dysfunctional Relationships: What Log and Lumber Prices on the B.C. Coast Can Teach You About Your Own Life

A thoughtful analysis of the relationship between log and lumber prices on the B.C. coast, this article offers readers a rare opportunity to reflect on the significance of maintaining connected relationships in their own lives.

Using graphics to illustrate the disconnect between lumber and log prices, this cutting-edge look argues that the distance, disrespect and disharmony demonstrated by log and lumber prices can have devastating implications for relationships, families and communities.

A couple of other working titles, slightly less developed, but equally important, include:

  • How Cheap Stumpage and LERs Stimulate Sawmill Investment (in other countries)
  • The Haida Gwaii Surplus Declaration: Huh?

As always, thanks for your interest and your patience. Please stay tuned as we work hard to pull these articles together.