Conference participants: Ron Ozanne (Atco Lumber, Fruitvale, BC) Molly Hudson (Resource Specialist, TimberWest) Rod Bealing (Executive Director, PFLA) Steve Lackey (Sutil Forestry Consulting, Campbell River, BC)

We did it again. PFLA put together another stimulating, thought provoking and engaging event loaded with information relevant to forest owners across the province. Don’t take our word for it though, here’s what one forest owner had to say about the conference:

I have to say that today’s line up of speakers kept me thoroughly engaged and entertained. I left with lots of great ‘takeaways’ and I feel like it was a great investment in time as a private forest owner.

As individual business owners we are often so busy with day to day management that we don’t take the necessary time to stay abreast of new opportunities, innovations and just some time to think strategically and laterally. I feel the conference provided me with all of this.

The networking with fellow forest owners was, as always, enjoyable and beneficial. I will be immediately taking some of what I learned today and will be applying it to our business and forests to help in risk management and hopefully add to our bottom line. Already looking forward to next year.”

As promised, you’ll find a summary of the conference highlights below, with links to complete PowerPoint presentations as available. We’ve done our best to capture the high points for those of you who couldn’t make it, but please keep in mind: nothing’s as good as the real thing and it’s never too soon to start planning for next year.

Held June 20th, 2013 at the Coast Bastion in Nanaimo, BC, the morning started off with a detailed timber market analysis from TimberWest log marketer, Geoff Martin. Next, senior regional officer for WorkSafeBC, Ron Judd, provided a comprehensive description of owner, licensee and prime contractor safety responsibilities during forestry operations.

Along with a detailed and engaging presentation chock full of graphics, charts, images and statistics demonstrating the benefits of building with wood, Peter Moonen of WoodWorks!BC brought what no other presenter did — prizes!

After a quick refreshment break, Stuart MacPherson and Rod Davis gave an update from the Private Managed Forest Land Council (PMFLC). Stuart Macpherson also provided cursory findings from a third party effectiveness audit performed last fall to determine if the regulatory model achieves its desired environmental outcomes (final report pending).

Domenico Iannidinardo, chair of the Canadian Associaiton of Forest Owners, standing at a podium

Just before lunch we were treated to a lively and entertaining report from the Canadian Association of Forest Owner (CAFO) chair, Domenico Iannidinardo (above), describing the organization’s progress as they continue to expand and build on their initial successes as the voice for Canada’s forest owners.

The afternoon rolled along with a carbon market update from Matt Walsh of New Zealand Carbon Market Farming. Matt continues to be optimistic about emerging Canadian carbon markets and encourages forest owners to pay close attention to the California market, pursue compliance credits over voluntary credits and be sure to partner with experts.

Before heading into the member-only PFLA business session and AGM, we wrapped up the afternoon session with an informative scan of the B.C. political landscape presented by the always insightful and articulate Mike Brooks.

Thanks again to all the presenters for making this year’s forum a success.