TLA respond to Great Bear Rainforest agreement
By Truck Loggers Association
February 3, 2016 – The Truck Loggers Association congratulates Premier Christy Clark and Minster Steve Thomson on bringing the Great Bear Rainforest Land Use Order into being.
“I commend Premier Clark and Minister Thomson on this landmark agreement,” said David Elstone, RPF, TLA executive director. “Our members are the economic backbone on BC’s coastal communities and they appreciate the certainty this agreement achieves.”
The TLA represents 450 member companies—many small to medium-sized timber harvesting contractors—operating in BC’s 110 coastal communities.
“A core belief of the TLA membership is that people who work in the forests should share in the prosperity,” said Elstone. “That’s why this agreement is so important.”
Maintaining a strong working forest also creates jobs in First Nations communities.
“The TLA recognizes the rights and title of First Nations and we are working to build mutually beneficial partnerships,” said Elstone. “An agreement such as this one will allow the forest industry to continue to build those relationships.”
The TLA (Truck Loggers Association) represents over 450 independent forest contractors and their suppliers operating on the coast of British Columbia. Our membership supports thousands of workers and, along with other independent contractors, accounts for close to 90 per cent of the trees harvested on the coast. The TLA promotes a thriving, sustainable coastal forest industry in BC.