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B.C. takes steps to crimp log exports
The province stepped in Wednesday with a small measure that it expects will curb log exports from B.C.’s coast by about 15% over the next couple of years. Forest Minister Doug Donaldson said that while the measure might seem modest, it “is not the end goal, but a step in the direction we want to take,” in a transition for the timber industry on the coast. For more, click here...
7/11/2019


Forest products manufacturers applaud new EPA rule
American Wood Council President and CEO Robert Glowinski and American Forest & Paper Association President and CEO Donna Harman issued a statement regarding the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) issuance of a new rule to reclassify certain major sources as area sources under the Clean Air Act. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler announced the proposed rule on “Once In, Always In” on June 25. To read, click here...
6/28/2019


B.C. stumpage costs to increase July 1
With the forest industry in British Columbia going through a turmoil, Nechako Lakes MLA John Rustad said the lumber industry will see a tough time this summer with stumpage prices going up further on July 1. “This increase in stumpage is going to make operating in B.C. more costly. There is a flaw in the stumpage system because there is a six month to one year delay in how prices work. So now we are seeing prices go up, due to high prices from last year where now prices have collapsed and stumpage is not reflecting it,” Rustad said. For more, click here...
6/25/2019


Pine beetles and fires are gutting B.C. forestry sector
Deep in the tree-studded interior of British Columbia, the tiny town of Clearwater is facing a problem that’s sweeping across the province: Surrounded by nothing but trees, somehow, there isn’t enough timber to support a local sawmill. This summer, for the first time in decades, the town of around 2,000 people — about a five-hour drive northeast of Vancouver — won’t have a mill to anchor its local economy, as Canfor Corp. plans to mothball its nearby Vavenby operation in July. For more, click here...
6/14/2019


Town unites to save forest
The forest once tore this town apart. In the northwest corner of California, the Trinity Alps tumble down to Weaverville, a community of around 3,600 people. Below the subalpine mountains, the basin has a more Mediterranean climate, and summers are dry as a bone. Most of Trinity County is federal land, including two national forests. Their complex landscape of oak woodland is thick with manzanita brush, mixed with chaparral and dense, creeping pines. In the northwest corner of California, residents assumed local control of the forest through an agreement with the federal government. 'We assume it’s someone else’s responsibility at our peril," said Nick Goulette, director of a local land stewardship group. 'We have to save ourselves.' Tensions over clear-cut logging and the fate of spotted owls once turned the county into a battleground, sharpening a sprawling argument to a fine point in the 1990s. You either wanted to exploit the forest or protect it. Things have changed. For more, click here...
6/12/2019


Stumpage rate increase worries Canadian industry
The prospect of a stumpage rate increase July 1 has industry representatives and elected officials worried about what that means for the forest industry. With B.C. already labelled as one of the more uncompetitive forest industry sectors in North America because of high logging and processing costs, having to pay the province more for timber that’s harvested is leading to fears of additional closures and production cutbacks. For more, click here...
6/5/2019


B.C. companies get first test of new logging license rules
B.C.’s forest companies are seeing their first test of the NDP government’s requirement to approve timber licence transfers, with a $60 million purchase of logging rights made available by the latest sawmill closure. Canfor’s decision to close its Vavenby sawmill this week includes a deal to sell two licences in the Adams Lake area to Interfor, which owns the mill at Adams Lake. Interfor has applied to the B.C. forests ministry for the approval, required under legislation passed in May. For more, click here...
6/5/2019


Idaho, Oregon senators seek to help with rural timber losses
U.S. senators from Idaho and Oregon on Thursday touted legislation they introduced to create an endowment to replace revenue lost by rural counties due to declines in timber cutting on federal lands. Republicans Jim Risch and Mike Crapo of Idaho and Democrat Ron Wyden of Oregon gathered at the Idaho Statehouse to talk about the Forest Management for Rural Stability Act introduced last week. For more, click here...
5/31/2019


B.C. wildfire prompts evacuation order
Fraser Lake Mayor Sarrah Storey was driving back from a soccer tournament out of town when she saw the skyline transformed by a wildfire creeping up a mountain on the edge of her central British Columbia community. The blaze grew from four hectares Saturday morning to 260 hectares that night, prompting a local state of emergency and several evacuations for the area about 140 kilometres west of Prince George. For more, click here...
5/13/2019


Wildfire risk to spike in B.C. this weekend
With temperatures set to top 30 C in many spots across the province this weekend, wildfire prevention workers are on edge as they eye the tinder-dry forest floor. Three open-burn bans are already in place in the Northwest, Prince George and Cariboo regions, where both fire-danger ratings and fears are high due to dry conditions. For more, click here...
5/10/2019


B.C. companies concerned about forest policy changes
B.C. forestry companies say proposed legislation that would give government a veto over the transfer of timber cutting rights has put the entire forest industry “on pause.” For more, click here...
5/6/2019


Russian Timber: A growing force in world trade
Russia contains far more forest area than any other country, yet its presence in global forest products markets has historically been limited. But over the past decade, some export sectors have grown rapidly. To read a prospectus of a Fastmarkets RISI Special Market Analysis Study, click here...
5/6/2019


West Fraser CEO concerned with B.C. forest policy changes
The John Horgan government’s recent and proposed changes in forest policy are generating uncertainty in the industry and discouraging investment, says the head of one of B.C.’s largest forest companies. West Fraser CEO Ted Seraphim laid out his case during a call with investment advisers from the major banks last week, following release of a discouraging earnings report for the first quarter of the year. For more, click here...
5/3/2019


Seneca plants 40 millionth tree
Family-owned Seneca, just planted its 40 millionth tree. The occasion was celebrated on their tree farm where two of the three owners, sisters Becky and Kathy, planted seedlings with their grandchildren, grandnieces and grandnephews. For more, click here...
4/26/2019


B.C. government to require permission to transfer cutting rights
The B.C. government is changing the rules for timber licenses, requiring provincial permission for companies to trade or dispose of cutting rights. Forests Minister Doug Donaldson introduced amendments to the Forest Act Thursday to restrict companies’ ability to trade or sell Crown timber licenses, to “prevent further concentration of harvesting rights.” The change is part of Premier John Horgan’s promised revitalization of the forest industry, which has seen forest companies consolidate and close sawmills. For more, click here...
4/12/2019


Timber industry watching bill that would ban clearcutting, roadbuilding
A House Bill recently heard before the House Committee on Energy and the Environment would ban clearcutting, roadbuilding and the application of many chemicals in watersheds that supply drinking water — a move timber companies say intends to cripple logging operations in Oregon. For more, click here...
4/8/2019


Lack of federal timber cited for Swanson closure
A lack of timber supply has forced Swanson Group, a Southwest Oregon-based forest products manufacturer, to shut down one of its sawmills. But how could a company located in an area rich with forests fail to secure enough wood? For more, click here...
4/5/2019


Feds investigate Oregon company's African rarinforest hardwood products
Roseburg Forest Products, one of the country’s leading manufacturers of particleboard and plywood, has ended production and sales of certain lumber products in the midst of a federal investigation into whether the wood came from the illegal logging of African rainforests. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement confirmed to OPB that its Homeland Security Investigations division has an ongoing investigation into illegal imports of okoumé, a wood used for plywood and veneer siding. The Lacey Act prohibits the trade of plants and wildlife taken, stored or transported illegally. For more, click here... For Roseburg's response, click here...
3/20/2019


Global sawlog prices hit highest level since 2014
In early 2018, the Global Sawlog Price Index (GSPI) reached $80.73 per cubic meter, its highest level since 2014, according to Wood Resource Quarterly. Sawlog prices generally increased in local currencies during 2018, but with a stronger U.S. dollar, the dollar-denominated GSPI Index fell by about 5% during the year. For more, click here...
3/8/2019


Winter not cold enough to kill bark beetles
The cold winter weather of the past while will potentially slow down northern B.C.'s tree beetle epidemics, but no death blow was dealt. "Most bark beetles, including the mountain pine and fir beetles, will freeze to death between minus-33 and minus-35 degrees Celsius," said Dawn Makarowski on behalf of the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations & Rural Development. For more, click here...
2/15/2019


'Hair ice' phenomena found on B.C. trees
While it may look like something out of a fairytale, ‘hair ice’ is a fairly common occurrence across the world. What’s more, the whimsical manifestation happens a great deal in our own backyard. Not only do British Columbian forests reach the cold temperatures necessary for it to form, but they also have a vast number of trees that support its growth. For more, click here...
2/1/2019


B.C. vows to curb raw log exports with sweeping policy reforms
The province has vowed to keep raw logs in B.C. after unveiling a two-year plan to revitalize forestry along the coast. In a room filled with loggers, Premier John Horgan unveiled policy reforms aimed at incentivizing companies to process raw logs in B.C., with the goal of bucking a decades-long trend of local mill closures and increased log exports. For more, click here...
1/18/2019


Government shutdown taking toll on wildfire preparations
Just two months after a wildfire wiped out Paradise, Calif., officials are gearing up for this year’s fire season and fear the government shutdown could make it even more difficult than one of the worst in history. The winter months are critical for wildfire managers who use the break from the flames to prepare for the next onslaught, but much of that effort has ground to a halt on U.S. land because employees are furloughed. Firefighting training courses are being canceled from Tennessee to Oregon, piles of dead trees are untended in federal forests and controlled burns to thin dry vegetation aren’t getting done. For more, click here...
1/17/2019


Log exports on agenda for B.C. government
Forest industry leaders are gathering in Vancouver this week to hear from the B.C. government about how it will move ahead on the province’s log export policies, after years of NDP demands while in opposition to reduce log exports in an effort to keep local sawmills going. B.C. cabinet orders allowing logging contractors on the Central and North Coast to export up to 20% of their unprocessed logs are due to expire at the end of January. For more, click here...
1/15/2019


B.C. at heart of change in Canada's forest supply
Mills in the heart of Canada’s timber industry have fallen quieter this winter as wildfires and infestations made worse by climate change have made vast tracts of once valuable forest into barren stands of dead trees. After seeing record high softwood lumber prices earlier this year, Canada’s forestry industry is facing an uncertain future due to falling demand from a cooling U.S. housing market, increasingly frequent and intense forest fires and the continuing damage from pests such as the mountain pine beetle. “We’re kind of at that point in the cycle where, unfortunately, permanent reductions have to happen,” said Ed Sustar, a forestry products analyst at Moody’s Investor Service. For more, click here...
1/3/2019


New Web TV series developed for forest contractors
Associated Oregon Loggers, Inc. and Oregon Forest Resources Institute have developed a four-part series of Web TV events, "Planning the 2020 Workforce for Oregon/Washington Forest Contractors." They will be held January to April, 2019, and are available on any business or home computer by paid registration. Forest sector managers and decision-makers are invited to participate in this new event, developed to expand industry-wide understanding of the forest contractor's workforce obstacles and to identify possible improvements. For more, click here...
12/21/2018


Green Diamond adds timberland in Alabama
Green Diamond Management Company officials in Seattle today announced the purchase of over 92,000 acres of timberland in five Northeast Alabama counties from Sustainable Woodlands Fund, LP and its timberland manager, The Molpus Woodlands Group LLC, Jackson, MS. For more, click here...
12/18/2018


Sweden's forests have doubled over last 100 years
Sweden is a land of trees. More than 70% of its landscape is covered by forest and in less than 100 years, Sweden’s forest assets have doubled. Yet this is also a country where chopping down trees is big business. Sweden holds just under 1% of the world’s commercial forest areas and provides 10% of the sawn timber, pulp and paper that is traded on the global market. For more, click here...
12/14/2018


Green Diamond adds timberland assets to portfolio
Officials at Green Diamond Management Company, Seattle, announced December 10 the purchase of over 41,000 acres of timberland from Domain Timber Advisors of Atlanta, Ga. The timberlands, located in Alabama, Georgia, and Florida, were acquired in partnership with Silver Creek Capital Management of Seattle, and will be managed by Green Diamond. For more, click here...
12/11/2018


All major lumber companies in B.C. cut production
Hundreds of sawmill workers are being laid off in B.C., some of them permanently, despite recent record profits made by B.C. forestry companies, which continue to expand south of the border. The problem is not lumber prices or softwood lumber tariffs - although lumber prices have fallen in recent months - but rather high log prices and low supplies in British Columbia, a result of the Mountain pine beetle, which ate through roughly half of B.C.'s harvestable timber supply. For more, click here...
11/14/2018


Forest Service ecologist offers solution to megafires
Hotter, dryer summers have led to increased megafires and Paul Hessburg, a research landscape ecologist with the U.S. Forest Service, said he fears our wildfire seasons will get much worse. A megafire is a fire that grows larger than 100,000 acres, and Washington and the western United States in general have seen a lot of them. The 2014 and 2015 fire seasons both set records, Hessburg said, speaking Tuesday at an “Era of Megafires” event hosted by the Spokane (Wash.) Regional Health District in the Spokane Community College Lair Auditorium. For more, click here...
10/19/2018


Florida timber industry assesses impact from Hurricane Michael
The Florida timber industry could be affected by Hurricane Michael, both now and years down the road. Florida has more than 17 million acres of forests, and the vast majority of those timberlands are working forests. Florida also has more than 400 logging companies across the state that depend heavily on a good timber harvest. For more, click here...
10/16/2018


Farm bill stalled in Senate, but why?
It’s still not exactly clear why the 2018 Farm Bill is stalled in the U.S. Senate, but the Arkansas congressman who served as a conferee for the U.S. House version points out nearly 1 million acres of forest land is burning while debates continue. Speaking with reporters in a conference call Thursday, U.S. Rep. Bruce Westerman, R-Hot Springs, said the 2018 Farm Bill submitted by the House has “common-sense forest management provisions in its Forestry Title to help prevent loss of life and property from the fires.” For more, click here...
10/9/2018


Sawlog prices fall, except in North America
The Global Sawlog Price Index (GSPI) fell 1.4% in the 2Q/18, according to Wood Resource Quarterly. This was the first quarter-over-quarter decline since the 4Q/16. Sawlog prices fell on all continents (in U.S. dollar terms) except for North America, where prices in the 2Q/18 were up 3.3% from the previous quarter and up 14.5% from the 2Q/17. For more, click here...
10/1/2018


Oregon senator introduces bill to thin forests
After a summer wildfire season that blanketed much of the West in smoke, U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley introduced a bill Wednesday that would reduce the severity of wildfire by thinning forests that are crowded with too many trees and have become fuel for megafires. The bill would create a $1 billion fund to allow the Forest Service to increase the pace and scale of wildfire reduction projects, empower federal agencies to work with local communities to plan and prepare for wildfires, and permanently reauthorize a collaborative forest restoration program that brings stakeholders together to thin forests. For more, click here...
9/28/2018


Dealing with aftermath of forest fires
So how do you start dealing with processing timber that was burned in the largest wildfire season ever to hit British Columbia? If you are one of Canada’s largest lumber producers, Tolko Industries, you do a lot of planning, and then you execute—but you also remain flexible. Not an easy task. For more, click here...
9/14/2018


California governor proposes easing logging rules
Faced with the worst summer fire season in 10 years, Gov. Jerry Brown is proposing broad new changes to California’s logging rules that would allow landowners to cut larger trees and build temporary roads without obtaining a permit as a way to thin more forests across the state. The proposal — which has the support of the timber industry but is being opposed by more than a dozen environmental groups — would represent one of the most significant changes to the state’s timber harvesting rules in the past 45 years. For more, click here...
8/24/2018


USDA announces new strategy to improve forest conditions
The fury and intensity of the 2018 wildfire season has sparked a renewed push for more active management of federal forests. Three days after visiting the site of the 229,651-acre Carr fire — which has killed six people and destroyed more than 1,000 homes near Redding, Calif. — USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue announced a new strategy for treating overstocked forests to reverse the trend of increasingly large and destructive “megafires.” For more, click here...
8/22/2018


B.C. loggers struggle despite record lumber prices
Even with record-high lumber prices driving the forest industry, logging contractors continue to struggle to stay in business, says B.C.’s main harvester group. Members of the Truck Loggers Association are hoping for quick action by the B.C. government on recommendations from the recently completed review of logging contractor sustainability, conducted by former cabinet minister George Abbott. For more, click here...
6/8/2018


Global Sawlog Price Index up 9.8% in 2017
In the 4Q/17, the Global Sawlog Price Index (GSPI) rose 1% from the previous quarter to reach just over $76/m3. This was the fourth consecutive quarter-over-quarter rise, with the GSPI being up 9.8% in one year. Sawlog prices have gone up universally in U.S. dollar terms in 2017, with the biggest growth occurring in Eastern Europe, the Nordic countries, and in Western North America, while the price movements have been more modest in the U.S. South, Latin America, and Oceania, according to the Wood Resource Quarterly (WRQ). For more, click here...
4/13/2018


B.C. announces funding for fire-damaged forests
The B.C. government continues to look ahead to what could be another summer of dry and extremely hot conditions, with funding announced Friday to restore more of the province’s forests. About $134 million is being divided to the regions that were hardest hit in last year’s wildfire season for 71 forest enhancement projects. The biggest share – $99 million – going towards projects in the Cariboo. For more, click here...
4/9/2018


Lawmakers revive funding for rural Oregon counties
Members of Oregon’s congressional delegation say they’ve revived funding for an expired federal aid program that provided money to rural counties whose economies relied heavily on federal timber harvesting. In lieu of timber receipts, counties received federal aid. After 15 years of temporary funding extensions, the money ran out in 2015. But Republican Rep. Greg Walden and Democratic Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley announced this week they’ve secured a two-year extension of the Secure Rural Schools, or SRS, program. For more, click here...
3/23/2018


Interim Forest Service chief named
President Donald Trump’s administration moved quickly Thursday to install a female wildland firefighter to lead the U.S. Forest Service after the agency’s former chief stepped down amid sexual misconduct allegations. The appointment of Vickie Christiansen as interim chief came as lawmakers from both parties called for more aggressive efforts to combat a culture of harassment and retaliation within the Forest Service. The problems mirror recent misconduct within the nation’s other major public lands agency, the Interior Department. For more, click here...
3/9/2018


Horse logging tradition carries on for these Canadians
Scott Taylor harnesses up his huge 12-year-old Percheron horse, Mike, and they head off into to the woods. They're continuing a tradition that's been carried out for generations on P.E.I. — horse logging. "The first time I went into the woods with horses, I was 12 years old and it was with my father and my late grandfather," said Taylor, 36. "I learned everything I know from them." Scott and his father Kevin Taylor are working together, thinning a woodlot in Caledonia, P.E.I. "This is the best place in the world to be," said Kevin, as he walks through the woods, looking for poor quality trees to cut down with his chain saw, while Scott and his horse drag the logs to a clearing. For more, click here...
3/7/2018


Aspen Planers expecting larger timber supply with MOU
Aspen Planers says the memorandum of understanding signed last week between the Merritt, B.C., mill and Lower Nicola Indian Band will boost its timber supply and keep it going well into the future. The mill is now the cornerstone of the Merritt economy, the only one remaining in town, 14 months after Tolko shut down. The family-run operation provides 150 direct jobs to Merritt. For more, click here...
2/28/2018


What knocked over 100 giant trees in Washington?
It came in the night, snapping trees like chopsticks. During the early hours of January 27 more than 100 gigantic old growth trees fell on the north shore of Lake Quinault, Wash. The resulting thud at about 1:30 a.m. was strong enough to register as a small earthquake, according to a seismic monitor at Quinault. To read one attempt to solve the mysterious blowdown, click here...
2/16/2018


House Republicans push for easier approval of forest projects
Last year’s intense fire season led to calls for more “treatment” of federal forests to remove excess fuel that can make for bigger, hotter wildfires. In November, House Republicans -- including Oregon’s Second District Representative Greg Walden -- passed a bill to grease the skids for more work in the woods. The bill now awaits action in the Republican–controlled Senate. For more, click here...
2/2/2018


Multiple factors cause log price surge
A confluence of factors is lifting Northwest log prices at a time when U.S. demand for lumber is only expected to grow, timber experts say. Natural disasters, from wildfires in the West to hurricanes in the South, have restrained the supply of logs from U.S. forests. Meanwhile, housing construction and remodeling have boosted domestic lumber consumption as Asian buyers continue competing with sawmills for U.S. logs. For more, click here...
1/31/2018


Forest products manufacturers applaud EPA permit streamlining
American Forest & Paper Association President and CEO Donna Harman and American Wood Council President and CEO Robert Glowinski issued a statement regarding the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) issuance of new guidance to reclassify certain major sources as area sources under the Clean Air Act. To see, click here...
1/29/2018


Republican, Democrat offer solution to wildfire problem
Republicans and Democrats aren’t supposed to agree on much these days, particularly when it comes to the environment and management of our public lands. But, we do. Both of us served as the Department of Agriculture's under secretary of agriculture for natural resources and environment — one for President George W. Bush and one for Barack Obama. In that role, we both witnessed the dramatic increase in severe wildfires in the nation’s forests and grasslands. And, both of us agree, that to solve this problem, Congress must change the way we pay for wildland firefighting. For more, click here...
1/17/2018


Global sawlog prices increase in 3Q
The Global Sawlog Price Index (GSPI) was up 5.1% from the 2Q/17 to the 3Q/17, with the biggest price increases occurring in Europe and Oceania, according to the latest issue of the Wood Resource Quarterly. The Euro-based ESPI sawlog price index has gone up at a slower rate than the GSPI the past year. For more, click here...
12/22/2017


Oregon counties to receive federal money
Oregon counties that rely on logging revenue will receive nearly $1.4 million that has been withheld by the federal government due to sequestration. The Association of O&C Counties -- commonly called the "timber counties" -- said Thursday the counties will see the funds soon. For more, click here...
12/1/2017


Log inventories depleted in Northwest
Sawmills and pulpmills in the U.S. Northwest have been struggling to build log inventories for the winter season because of the unusually long fire season this year, according to the North American Wood Fiber Review. Increased competition for small-diameter logs in the four states of the U.S. Pacific Northwest has resulted in a higher share of logs being consumed by sawmills, thus leaving many pulpmills with low log inventory levels going into the 4Q/17, reports the North American Wood Fiber Review. For more, click here...
11/22/2017


Annual allowable cut reduced in Prince George
B.C.'s chief forester has reduced the annual allowable cut in the Prince George Timber Supply Area by a third but it should have only a small effect on activity as it currently stands. Previously set at 12.5 million cubic meters, it now stands at 8.35 million, the provincial government said in a statement issued Tuesday, However, the average annual harvest over the last five years was 9.1 million, meaning the effective reduction is 8%. It will remain at 8.35 million for the next five years then be reduced to 7.35 million for the following five years. For more, click here...
10/13/2017


Wood construction becomes sexy again
These are exciting times for the timber industry. Government forest managers and their political bosses finally appear to recognize that more effective management of public forests is needed to help prevent future wildfires and reduce their severity. Beyond timber management, however, are innovations that promise new uses for timber in construction. Among them is “mass timber” that is used in “tallwood design.” For more, click here...
10/13/2017


Why does this famous protector of trees now want to cut some down?
Jerry Franklin has spent much of his life in the company of giants. From his childhood in the woods of Washington state to a scientific career that catapulted him to international prominence, the towering trees of the U.S. Pacific Northwest have shaped his world. In the 1980s, the forest ecologist became a hero to many conservationists thanks to research that helped lead to a controversial 1994 plan protecting millions of hectares of old-growth forests in the Pacific Northwest from logging. Today, in the twilight of his life, the 80-year-old scientist has become a champion of a far different landscape, which he sees as vital to supporting a full range of forest species. For more, click here...
10/11/2017


Alabama tree farmers win national award
Today, the American Tree Farm System (ATFS) announced the 2017 National Outstanding Tree Farmers of the Year award has been given to Glenn and Scarlett Riley of Abbeville, Alabama. The Rileys have spent more than 60 years caring for a 283-acre Tree Farm, making a considerable effort to create wildlife habitat for at-risk species, specifically the threatened gopher tortoise. For more, click here...
10/6/2017


Federal Forest Act prompts burning debate in Washington
Lawmakers from Arkansas to Oregon are pushing for Federal Forest Management changes that they say are designed to prevent wildfires. Other lawmakers are against these changes as they say the legislation is a give away to the timber industry. Supporters of the legislation say raging wildfires and the destruction they cause are a direct result of mismanaged federal land. For more, click here...
10/6/2017


Oregon redwoods 'severely burned' by wildfire
One of the last groves of Oregon redwoods was "severely burned" by the Chetco Bar Fire, according to U.S. Forest officials. Oregon's largest wildfire, burning in southwest Oregon, roared into the Wheeler Creek Natural Area and torched 25% of the area's old-growth redwoods, U.S. Forest Service officials said last week. For more, click here...
9/27/2017


Burnt B.C. timber salvageable if harvested now
British Columbia's state of emergency was lifted over the weekend, but the forest industry is still reeling from the effects of a summer of wildfires that shut down mills and halted logging in its tracks. The province estimates that 53 million cubic meters of timber burned in the Interior — an entire year's timber harvest. Tom Hoffman, the manager of external and stakeholder relations with forest product's company, Tolko, said the industry is trying to regain a footing. For more, click here...
9/22/2017


Industry in Oregon returns to work after fire closures
After recent rains, many lumber workers have been able to return to work this week as fire activity in many areas is back down to a level safe for industrial work. The state of Oregon has Industrial Fire Precaution Levels, which dictate the amount of work a lumber company can do while a fire is burning. Last week, most of southern Oregon was at a level four, which calls for a halt to logging activity while fires are being fought. For more, click here...
9/22/2017


Interior chief recommendation may open more federal land to logging
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is recommending that four large national monuments in the West be reduced in size, potentially opening up hundreds of thousands of acres of land revered for natural beauty and historical significance to mining, logging, and other development. Zinke’s recommendation, revealed in a leaked memo submitted to the White House, prompted an outcry from environmental groups who promised to take the Trump administration to court to block the moves. For more, click here...
9/19/2017


Why won't young people work in logging?
On a steep slope just inland from Waldport, Oregon, a young forestry worker named Jared Foster is at the controls of a large machine called a forwarder. The machine, made by Finnish company Ponnse, looks like it was designed by Michael Bay. The front section contains a climate-controlled cabin, in which Foster sits, listening to a country music station as he works. The back features a large, articulated mechanical arm with a yellow claw, and a cage that can hold up to 20 metric tons of felled timber. The whole thing is tethered by a steel cable to a large stump at the top of the slope, to keep it from careening down the hill. In the cab, Foster manipulates a joystick that controls the arm, which gathers up felled Douglas Fir trees as if they were Jenga sticks. It’s taken him a year to master it, and his training has included time on simulators. His supervisor, Matt Mattioda of Miller Lumber, says: “It’s as complicated as flying a plane.” Eventually, when there’s an opening, Jared will get his chance to run the even more daunting harvester that can clear a patch of firs in minutes. Mattioda and other experts hope the new machines might help the logging industry solve its millennial problem: young people are not attracted to a life in the forest. For more, click here...
8/23/2017


Fires compound loss of harvestable timber in B.C.'s Interior
Williams Lake residents are trickling back into town, but, until the smoke clears, the extent of the damage this season's fires have wrought on British Columbia's forestry sector won't be clear. Major forestry-based employers in the Interior have been forced to halt operations in Chasm, 100 Mile House, Williams Lake and Quesnel due to evacuation orders and a shortage of raw materials. "Already, the markets are responding with the perception that there are or will be lumber shortages," said Phil Burton, a professor of forest ecology and management at the University of Northern British Columbia. For more, click here...
7/31/2017


Annual allowable cut announcement catches some by surprise
Quesnel Mayor Bob Simpson has weighed in on the new annual allowable cut announced for the Quesnel Timber Supply Area. Released last Friday afternoon, he says it was “a surprise we got the announcement in the first place. It caught not just myself, but industry off-guard. We were not expecting this announcement until the new government had formed or settled or whatever is happening down in Victoria,” Simpson tells 250News. For more, click here...
6/23/2017


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