The Truck Loggers Association says a sell off of logging equipment by coastal contractors is a troubling sign.

At a recent heavy equipment auction in Nanaimo 95 per cent of the machinery was from smaller logging companies.  One of them claims they lost around a half a million dollars working on a large tenure on the Island.

David Elstone of Roberts Creek is the Executive Director of the TLA.

Elstone says as contractors shift into areas other than logging, they’re also laying off young workers – the future of the industry.  He calls that a sign the forest industry is broken.