The organization representing the major forest companies operating on B.C.'s coasts has launched a new website with the goal of starting a public conversation about the significance of the province's coastal forest industry.
Rick Jeffrey, president and CEO of the Coast Forest Products Association, said that forestry is an "integral part" of the economic fabric of coastal communities, with more than 38,000 people, including hundreds in the Nanaimo area, whose jobs and livelihoods rely on a healthy forest industry.
He said the CFPA has launched a website, at www.ourforestsourroots. org, where visitors have the opportunity to share their own stories, show support for the industry, gather insights about the industry's history and "more importantly" share their thoughts on the future of coastal forestry.
"Coastal forest companies have made enormous strides over the last decade, becoming part of a sustainable, modern and innovative industry through hard work and collaboration, Jeffrey said.
"Thanks to these efforts, the industry has plenty to be proud of and has a bright future ahead."
The new website offers a platform for conversation and will allow people to demonstrate the importance of their livelihoods, their communities and having a healthy and modern coastal forestry sector.
Jeffrey said that, ultimately, community support and the security and certainty of B.C.'s fibre supply are "critical" to the industry's sustainability.
We want to hear from you.
Send comments on this story to email@example.com. Letters must include daytime phone number and hometown.
© Copyright 2013