WFP In The News

A New Agreement With Quatsino First Nation

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Chief James Nelson of Quatsino First Nation has signed a new agreement with WFP on Northern Vancouver Island. “Quatsino First Nation is committed to the government of the Quatsino Territory for the benefit of current and future generations,” said Chief Nelson. Read the full article here.

B.C. Tall Trees Help Restore Japan’s Tall Ship

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The reconstructed Spanish ship, San Juan Batista, was restored with masts supplied from WFP after the ship was damaged by the 2011 tsunami off of Japan's east coast.  Read more...  

Eye on BC’s Forests: The FPB Newsletter

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The Forest Practices Board Summer 2016 Newsletter Chair’s message highlights the two notable practices found in the Board’s 2015/16 audit of WFP, involving assessing terrain stability and tracking the condition and status of forest road bridges. Read more...

Western Forest Products’ Good Practices Noted in Audit

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An audit of Western Forest Products Inc.’s (WFP) operations in the Campbell River district found that planning and practices complied with the Forest and Range Practices Act and the Wildfire Act, according to a report released today. “The board is pleased that we have two notable practices to report in this audit.  Read more...

Industry Welcomes Conservation & Logging Agreement in the Great Bear Rainforest

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Collaboration delivers certainty for forests, communities & jobs, say companies. Today’s announcement of the Great Bear Rainforest Land Use Order by the Government of BC and First Nations is being applauded by five BC forest product companies as a unique solution for a globally significant area.  Read more...

Loon Lake Upgrade Project Nearly Complete

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A dozen-year multi-million-dollar capital upgrade is mostly complete at the Loon Lake Lodge and Retreat Centre, setting it up for the next half century.

The latest project was the completion of the new Bentley Family Hall, a 160-seat dining room made out of timbers harvested on site in the UBC Malcolm Knapp Research Forest, at the north end of 232nd Street. The hall’s grand opening took place Oct. 1. Read more...

Les Leyne: ’Namgis logging deal seen as triple win

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A new angle was introduced Friday in one of the many stalled treaty negotiations with B.C. First Nations. It funds logging operations on proposed settlement lands even before a treaty is signed. Read more...

Innovative agreement delivers benefits and forestry jobs

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‘Namgis First Nation will see benefits from proposed treaty lands early, thanks to an innovative agreement that supports both reconciliation with ‘Namgis and forestry operations on northern Vancouver Island. Read more...

2015 BC Aboriginal Business Awards Announced

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Quatern Limited Partnership, a logging company owned by Quatsino First Nation and WFP, will receive the 2015 BC Aboriginal Business ‘Joint Venture Business of the Year’ Award from the BC Achievement Foundation. Read more...

Two University of Victoria students design tree-planting robots

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WFP donates seedlings to two University of Victoria students to use for their tree-planting robot invention. Read more...

Totem Poles Add Welcoming Spirit to Saanich Peninsula Hospital

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WFP donated cedar logs that were carved into totem poles for the Saanich Peninsula Hospital to welcome First Nation patients. Read more...

Totem poles revealed at Gathering Place

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WFP donates Western Red Cedar logs to Vancouver Island University that were harvested in Nuu-chah-nulth territory. The logs were carved into totem poles to represent the First Nations language groups on the Island. Read more...

Proposed deal to preserve large swaths of B.C.’s Great Bear Rainforest

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WFP is one of the forest industry companies that established the terms of the GBR agreement in collaboration with government, First Nations and environmental groups. Read more...

Western Forest Products Donates Logs to Vancouver Island University Totem Project

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WFP donated two cedar trees to Vancouver Island University's (VIU) Totem Pole Project, which were blessed in a traditional First Nations ceremony. As published in the March 24, 2015 edition of the Nanaimo Business News, please click on the below link to read the full story! http://nanaimobusinessnews.ca/2015/03/24/wfp-donates-log-to-viu-totem-pole-project/

Western’s Saanich Forestry Centre marks half-century growth

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Western’s Saanich Forestry Centre marks half-century of growth: credit for the company’s success comes down to the team: http://www.timescolonist.com/business/wfp-s-saanich-forestry-centre-marks-half-century-of-growth-1.1354144 Please click here for a video of the Saanich Forestry Centre. A video highlighting the anniversary event and Western’s investments will be posted shortly.

Come and Play in the Working Forest

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Ferns & Fallers, Forests and Forestry on the Sunshine Coast ~ a publication by Powell River Living - All of these recreation areas - your favourite weekend destinations and ours - lie within Western Forest Products' Tree Farm License area.  Our deep commitment to this renewable resource and our community means the working forests of the Sunshine Coast will always support both work and play. To read more of this article, please visit the Ferns & Fallers, Forests and Foresty on the Sunshine Coast link:  http://issuu.com/powellriverliving/docs/fernsandfallers1406/1 , and procceed to page 26.

Forest Companies and Environmental Groups Deliver Joint Recommendations for the Great Bear Rainforest

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Joint recommendations to achieve final implementation of ecosystem-based management (EBM) in the Great Bear Rainforest have been reached among five forest product businesses and three leading environmental groups who together form the Joint Solutions Project (JSP). Read more...

Industry awarded for dust safety systems

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Employee safety is a priority for B.C. forest companies and it is why the industry acted quickly to improve wood dust management following two tragic sawmill explosions last year. Forestry CEO's immediately established a task force to lead an industrywide response to better understand and manage combustible wood dust. Read more...

Western Forest Products: ‘Being more efficient important part of being globally competitive’

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The economic downturn of recent years was felt by industries all over the world. B.C.'s wood products sector was no exception in experiencing a changed business climate. Western Forest Products, since the downturn, has positioned themselves by reducing costs, focusing on maximizing margin, and investing in their facilities. Read more...

Six recipients announced for BC Safety Authority’s Lieutenant Governor Safety Award

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The Manufacturing Advisory Group, of which WFP is an active member,  is being recognized by the BC Safety Authority for their efforts on mill safety with respect to dust mitigation.  The MAG received the BCSA Lt. Governor Safety Award for Excellence in Systems Safety (multi-technology). Read more...

Forest Industry and Government Help Japan Rebuild after 2011 Tsunami

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For well over a century, Japan has been an important trading partner of the British Columbia forest sector. Beginning with logs from the BC coast for temple construction, trade expanded to include timbers for use in traditional Japanese post and beam construction and, over the past 30 years, to high grade dimension lumber, plywood and OSB for the growing platform construction market. Read more...

In Support of Planning Within a Revised Forest Management Framework

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Forestry in BC has an extensive history of landscape-level planning including Land and Resource Management Plans, Sustainable Forest Management Plans, Silviculture Investment Strategies, Mountain Pine Beetle Mitigation Strategies, Climate Change Adaption Strategies, Community Wildfire Protection Plans, Wildland Fire Management Strategies, Forest Health Strategies, Access Management Plans, etc. Read more on page 16...

WFP serves up Carihi forestry program support

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WOSS—Carihi Secondary School’s Forestry Program in Campbell River was presented a $1,000 donation from Western Forest Products (WFP), following a tour of WFP’s Logging Fundamentals Training Program at the Englewood Forest Operation in Woss. Read more...

BIV: B.C. forestry numbers

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Mon, Aug 19 – Business in Vancouver’s Fiona Anderson talks about a new training program for those interested in a forestry career. Watch video...

Learning how to log for fun and profit

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Western Forest Products offering paid logging courses to help fill B.C. forest sector’s growing skills shortages. Read more...

Local mills partner with Tseshaht for training

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Thirty-five Bridge to Success students listened carefully Wednesday as local mill executives outlined what kind of employees their companies are looking for. The presentations were part of a meet and greet with potential employers held at the Tseshaht First Nation administration building. Read More...

From Logging Camp to Boardroom: WFP Names New Chief Forester

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On July 10, B.C.'s largest coastal woodland operator and lumber producer, Western Forest Products Inc., announced the appointment of Shannon Janzen, 37, to the post of chief forester. Read More...

Tohoku Reconstruction Project

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Western Forest Products is proud to be a part of the Canada Wood Group in partnership with government and our friends in Japan for the opening of the Yuriage Public Market.  A proud statement of Japan’s recovery after the earthquake and tsunami disaster of March 2011 and strong relationship with Canadian partners. Canada Wood News Release YouTube Video Article from Coast Forest

Western Forest Products Announces Date for 2013 First Quarter Conference Call

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April 18, 2013 – Vancouver, British Columbia. Investors and media are invited to participate in Western Forest Products’ 2013 first quarter conference call. Don Demens, President and CEO, and Brian Cairo, CFO, will discuss the Company’s first quarter results followed by a question and answer session. The conference call will take place on Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. PST (1:00 p.m. EST). Read more...

Western Forest Products Inc. – Conference Call Notification

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February 14, 2012 - Western Forest Products will conduct their fourth quarter investor call on Friday, February 22, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. PDT (1:00 p.m. EDS). Read more...

Western Forest Products: Major Player on B.C. Coast

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Western Forest Products is now the major player in the forest industry on the B.C. coast, being both the largest lumber producer, with production capacity of 1.1 billion board feet, and the largest tenure holder on the B.C. Coast. Read more...

Filling the Labour Gap

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A new Logging Fundamentals Training Program put on by Western Forest Products on Vancouver Island is helping to fill a growing labour gap created by the retirement of skilled workers. Read more...

B.C. salutes first graduates of new logger training program

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CAMPBELL RIVER – The B.C. government is recognizing the first six graduates of an innovative Western Forest Products training program aimed at supporting the growing need for workers in the province’s forest industry. Read More...

WFP Launches Logger Training Program

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Western is leading the coast in skills development with our Logging Fundamentals Training program. Read More...

Western Forest Products Inc. – Conference Call Notification

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October 17, 2012 - Western Forest Products will conduct their third quarter investor call on Thursday, November 8, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. PDT (1:00 p.m. EDS).  Read More...

National Forest Week (September 23 – 29)

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As we countdown to National Forest Week (September 23-29) we invite you to learn more about forests and our Regeneration theme. Read more...    

PNE sneak peek: Playhouses, princesses and those beloved mini-doughnuts

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August 16, 2012 - Along the fair’s historic Miller Drive, seven children’s playhouses have been constructed as part of a forestry industry fundraiser, using B.C. lumber, architecture and construction. The playhouses, in various shapes — an airplane, tree house, teepee, pirate ship, building blocks, beehive, and funnel cloud — will be available for children to play in during the 17-day fair. The houses will then be sold to corporate buyers and donated to community centres and public spaces across the province. Read more...
 
"Ray Hengstler, Andrew Larigakis, Isabel Ladeira, Tony Marra and Makenzie Leine, left to right, pose in the playhouse Larigakis designed at the Pacific National Exhibition in Vancouver August 16, 2012."

Western primes itself for rebound in lumber market

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New president puts 11 quarters of profit down to teamwork. Read more...

Western Forest Products Appoints Don Demens as President

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 July 31, 2012 – Vancouver, British Columbia. The Board of Directors of Western Forest Products Inc. (TSX: WEF) ("Western" or "the Company") today announced the appointment of Don Demens as President of the Company, effective immediately. Read More...

Teachers Learn Lessons in Coastal Forestry

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July 17, 2012 – Twenty BC teachers enjoyed the forest as their classroom as they embarked on this year’s ‘Festival of Forestry’ tour based in Campbell River. Over three days, these teachers received a world-class opportunity to learn about everything from managed forests to marmots. The BC Festival of Forestry is a non-profit organization committed to providing quality professional development experiences for school teachers. These annual, complimentary tours take interested teachers to different resource-based communities in BC. The tours provide an interactive learning experience to enhance teachers’ understanding of the complexities of sustainable forest management issues and to share great ways to bring this information into their classes. Read More... 

"Teachers and their guides view
the forest landscape from
the heights of Menzies Mt.”

“Harold Macy welcomes teachers
to his woodlot near Courtenay”

CSA certified logs used in tsunami rebuilding project

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Western Forest Products, whose forests lands are certified to the CSA SFM Standard are donating fir and cedar logs used to replace damaged masts on the San Juan Bautista sailing ship. Read More...

Western Forest Products Carves Coastal Niche

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Sheltered from pine beetle, company riding streak of positive earnings with eye for more growth. Read More...

Sawmill set for millions of dollars in upgrades

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Western Forest Products Inc. plans to invest millions of dollars to upgrade the infrastructure at its facility on Vancouver Island. Read more...

Good News From Japan

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Western Forest Products donated Douglas fir and cedar logs to the Miyagi Prefectural government to replace masts from a 400 year-old tall ship, a historical treasure and tourist destination, damaged in the tsunami. Read more...

Forest Products Manufacturers Establish Safety Task Force

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Western has joined other industry leaders working collaboratively in response to the recent incidents.  Major companies have come together to address mill safety, share ideas, seek expert advice, and develop best practices.  This is an unprecedented collaboration.  Western has a representation on the Mill Safety Task Force the CEO Action Committee.  Find more detailed information attached. Read More...

Cow Bay Sawmill Angling for Speed –

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WFP's Cow Bay Sawmill featured in Millwide Insider industry magazine. Read More...

Alberni Valley Chamber of Commerce Recognizes Western Forest Products.

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Alberni Valley Chamber of Commerce recognized Western Forest Products and Alberni Pacific Division Harold Frechette at its 2012 Annual Community Excellence Awards Dinner. Read More ...

The Coastal Forest Industry Has Staying Power – Western Forest Products Is Proof

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Building a sustainable business for our investors, our people, communities and the environment. Vancouver Sun (Mar 2012)

Western Positioning for the Future with First Step in Capital Plan

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Western Forest Products Inc. announced today the first project in our capital plan; a $16 million investment in the Saltair Sawmill. Western was joined by Steve Thomson, Minister of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations, for the formal site announcement. Read Full Story: Western Positioning for the Future with First Step in capital Plan See Video:  $16-million investment protects Island jobs Investment Fact Sheet: Saltair Sawmill Capital Investment

North East distributor blogs on Western Red Cedar – Boston Cedar Blog January 20 2012

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Not All Cedar Is Created Equal Building material distributor, Boston Cedar blogs on the features and benefits of WFP Western Red Cedar. based in Mansfield, Massachusetts the company has served a large base of independent retail lumber and building material dealers throughout the Northeast United States since 1985. Like Western Forest Products, Boston Cedar strives for customer excellence by focusing on individual account needs and delivering innovative marketing solutions with top quality products and programs.  Read More...

WFP COO Don Demens presents to Truck Loggers Association Convention & Trade Show – Victoria British Columbia January 18 2012

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Don Demens, COO Western Forest Products Inc.  spoke to attendees at 69th Annual Truck Loggers Association Convention January 18 2012 in Victoria British Columbia. The theme of the show  "Pathways to a Sustainable Industry" was highlighted in Mr. Demens presentation - Solid Wood Products: “Finding a balance between logs, lumber & specialty products”. Mr. Demens spoke as part of a panel discussing the global market outlook for coastal forest products. TLA Jan 2012 PDF

Western Forest Products Introduces a New Green and Cost Effective Sound Reduction Product

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VANCOUVER BC - A new wood sound abatement system made of B.C. Coastal hem-fir and developed by FPInnovations and Western Forest Products is providing municipalities with a natural, sustainable option to reduce traffic noise. The environment-friendly and cost-effective wood-concrete hybrid sound-abatement system meets and exceeds code requirements with a smaller environmental footprint than other systems. And it does all this while bringing the warmth and aesthetic appeal of wood to communities adjacent to roads and highways.The wood barrier is made from sustainably managed hemlock wood products manufactured on Vancouver Island."This product plays on the strengths of wood - renewable, light-weight, long lengths and low cost - making it competitive with concrete systems that currently have almost 100 per cent of the sound abatement market in Canada," said Peter Lister, Vice-President Forest Operations and Wood Products, FPInnovations. He added, "Research on this project had been conducted by FPInnovations for almost two years prior to its commercialization." Western Forest Products Chief Operating Officer Don Demens said this specialized hemlock product is both environmentally sustainable and visually attractive. "Western is committed to developing new markets for our products and we have worked closely with FPInnovations to develop a really effective sound barrier. Not only is it more attractive than concrete, but it is dramatically more cost-effective, at a time when governments are looking to stretch taxpayer dollars further," said Mr. Demens. The hemlock sound abatement system was developed through the BC Coastal Forest Sector Hem-Fir Initiative, a project co-sponsored by the Government of British Columbia and Natural Resources Canada. The City of Burnaby has purchased the product and plans to install a 3-meter-high (10-foot-high) sound abatement system along a stretch of Marine Drive. Additionally, special projects in Greater Vancouver have been identified as ideal locations for wood barriers, including the Perimeter Road Projects and upgrades to Highway 1 in British Columbias Lower Mainland. Sound Abatement Fact Sheet