Forestry Investment – Coastal loggers in British Columbia, Canada, are calling for the government to get more involved in the forestry sector.
Executive members of the B.C. Truck Loggers Association (TLA) told local newspaper The Vancouver Sun that it would take “significant and deep” changes, from timber pricing policy to reforming the forest tenure system, to help loggers adapt to the changing timber market.
The government in British Columbia has a track record of introducing dramatic change when it sees fit. In 2004, 20% of the timber supply was reallocated to smaller players. Now, claim the TLA, the government needs to craft new policies for the ailing forestry sector with the same dedication with which it approached climate change.
TLA executive director Dave Lewis said: “We need them to take a leadership position. We have seen them do it in terms of first nations relationships. We have seen them do it with the carbon tax and the green plan. We need them to do it with forestry.”
Lewis reported that several high-profile TLA members have been forced to seek creditor protection this year. Other loggers will not survive the two to three years it is going to take for the forestry markets to turn around, Lewis claimed.