Maria Church

Maria Church

Dec. 10, 2018 - Wildfire response, hiring the next generation, and handling weed in the workplace are all on the agenda for the 2019 BC Truck Loggers Association (TLA) convention taking place January 16-18 in Vancouver.
Dec. 10, 2018 - After months of survey fieldwork and analysis published on our website weekly as survey snippets and regional reports, we’ve released the complete 50-page 2018 CFI Contractor Survey digital report.
Dec. 11, 2018 – Sitting side by side at the John Deere demo site in Illinois, the brand-new 748L-II grapple skidder and its predecessor, the 748L, are nearly identical. Brandon O’Neal, John Deere’s product marketing manager for full tree forestry, chuckles when he says from the outside the machines are not all that different. But a closer look at the interior reveals the three years of product development that went into the L-II models.
Nov. 26, 2018 – Atlantic Canada’s logging industry has always run lean, but, while operating costs are steady, rates are stagnant and profits seem to be slipping. But the bigger question is, where are the young people?  
The 2018 CFI Contractor Survey gave respondents a chance to add their own thoughts to the conversation around logger sustainability. Here’s a sample of what they had to say. There are common sentiments around logging rates, government intervention, and other financial challenges.
Nov. 16, 2018 – Smaller operations and lower costs have added up to higher profits in Quebec, and the result is more young people getting into the business. It’s mostly good news for the region compared to two years ago.
Nov. 15, 2018 - B.C.-based Canfor Corporation is heading to Europe. The company has agreed to purchase a 70 per cent stake in Sweden's largest privately owned sawmill company, VIDA Group. 
Nov. 13, 2018 – When it comes to diversity of markets for logs, it’s good news for Canadian loggers, and even better news the further east you go.
Nov. 8, 2018 – This year personal finance comparison website Finder Canada ranked logging and forestry as the most dangerous industry in the country with a dismal record of 2.8 per cent of those employed in the industry injured or killed in 2016. That fact, along with average weekly salaries of $1,109, led the website to rank the industry lowest in terms of risk of reward. These numbers prove what’s been known in the industry for many years. It’s a difficult place to work, and more difficult still to make a decent living.
Higher rates: yes. Larger annual revenues: yes. But add to that higher costs and lower profits and you’ve got unhappy loggers in the B.C. Interior.
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