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Joseph C. Whitehead, former publisher of the Journal of Commerce and BC Lumberman anchors our quarterly Forestry Scene Editions, featuring: •Foreign Markets •Community Stability •Forest Renewal •Fish and Wildlife Habitat •Watershed Management •Wood Utilization •Recreation •Visual Impact •Commercial Values •Inventory •Selection Logging •Soil Conservation •Monitoring •Research •Harvesting •Insects and Pesticides •Burning •Biological Diversity •Public Participation.

A Message from The Council of Forest Industries?

A trade association incorporated in 1960, COFI is the provincial voice of the British Columbia Forest Industry. COFI represents over 100 forest companies and six forest industry trade associations. Our member companies operate throughout the province; manage forest resources; manufacture lumber, pulp, paper, plywood and other value-added forest products; and sell these products locally, nationally and internationally. COFI focuses on seven major areas: Aboriginal Affairs; Energy and Environment; Forestry; Markets/Trade; Occupational Health and Safety; Taxation and Transportation.


Dear Fellow British Columbians

I have had an opportunity to travel much of our province. I've been awestruck by our magnificent forests, unrivaled forest stewardship and world class forest industry.

But I've also been horrified by how small groups intent on shrinking the industry and its contributions to the BC way of life have been able, in the name of the environment, to wreak havoc upon our province and our industry, at home and abroad.

It's not right. All British Columbians want a healthy environment. And all want a healthy economy. But the minority are not letting us have our say. As a result, public policy has lost its equilibrium and threatens to undermine our objectives for balance.

It's time for the rest of us to speak up… and to be heard.

The forest industry has outlined five ideas for improving forest policy affecting the industry and the people, communities and businesses that depend upon it. We call it our "Blueprint for Competitiveness". I'd be happy to send you a copy or you can see it at

If you support these ideas, let our public leaders know. Make your voice heard. Attached are some postcards you can use for this purpose. I urge you to express your views now.


Ron J. MacDonald
COFI President and Chief Executive Officer



World class forest stewardship

Unrivaled Protected Areas: more than 300 new protected areas since 1992, we'll meet the UN target of 12% this year

Abundant Old Growth: despite 120 years of logging, 80% of our forests remain untouched

Limited Working Forest; Our working Forest comprises less than 50% of our total forested area and we log less than 1% of our Working Forest each year

Full Reforestation: more than 200 million seedlings, about three for every tree cut, are planted each year to supplement natural regrowth.

Forestry drives the economy

Provides Good Jobs: industry supports more than 270,000 direct & indirect jobs (14% of the workforce) with an average wage of $50,000/year, compared with the BC average of $33,000/year.

Supports Communities: of the 37 economic regions outside the GVRD that are dependent on business, 31 are dependent on forestry. These 31 regions include more than 270 communities.

Contributes Significant Government Revenue the industry and its employees contribute $4 billion/year to government revenue.