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Axe man cuts into logging’s future

Cries of “timber” might be heard in Nanaimo as B.C.’s forestry industry goes a little Hollywood in promoting itself.

Mike Pihl, star of the History Channel’s Ax Men, is the guest speaker at the Truck Loggers Association’s event March 15 at the Coast Bastion Inn.

The reality series brings to life the lifestyle, the people, the business and the dangers of logging.

Their mission is to retrieve timber perched on mountainsides too steep to access with machines.

“The TLA is extremely pleased to be able to bring Mike to Nanaimo to speak about why he feels promoting the forestry industry through programs, such as Ax Men, is important to the industry,” said Dave Lewis, association executive director.

The coastal forest industry in B.C. includes a wide range of areas such as harvesting, pulp and paper production, production of lumber, exporting materials, and a growing group of bio products and other emerging forest-derived products – and it all starts with logging the wood.

The event runs from 4:30-10 p.m. and includes a reception and dinner.

To register, please visit www.tla.ca/tla-events or call 1-604-684-4291.

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