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Daily Archives: February 20, 2012

Business & Politics

Showcasing Canadian Wood Technologies in China

Canfor CEO Don Kayne’s Blog 
The World of Wood
February 9, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

I joined Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver and West Fraser CEO Hank Ketcham today on a tour of the China-Canada Green Building Design Center in Langfang – one of China’s largest wood-frame buildings. It was such an honour to be part of this event. The centre is a great way to showcase our world-class, and environmentally friendly, wood-frame technologies and materials. 

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OSHA Nails Miss. Lumber Company for Combustible Dust Hazards

Occupational Health and Safety
February 19, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

OSHA has cited Franklin Lumber Co. in Bude, Miss., for 22 safety violations. OSHA initiated its inspection as part of the agency’s national emphasis program to reduce employees’ exposure to combustible dust hazards. Proposed penalties total $103,356. Sixteen serious violations involve management’s failure to prevent accumulations of combustible dust, provide guardrails around equipment, remove defective industrial trucks from service, and provide proper machine guards.

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Bold Face: Thriving lumber yards dwindling

Canton Repository
February 18, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

That the northeast Ohio lumber market is up for grabs is no secret to local commercial and residential builders. The economy, of course, has been a factor. A few weeks ago, Perry Township’s DSD Builders Supply, a former subsidiary of Stark Truss, was acquired by Holmes Lumber, a subsidiary of the large Kent-based Carter Lumber chain. Today’s strong regional players are Graves in Akron, Keim in Charm and the Carter/Holmes group.

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Pro-forestry rally draws hundreds to Huonville

ABC News, Australia
February 19, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

About 500 people have marched through Huonville in protest at what some are calling a sustained campaign by environmental groups to dissuade Asian customers from buying Tasmanian wood products. The march was organised in response to last week’s decision by veneer mill owner Ta Ann to lay off 40 workers. Those losses are being blamed on lobbying by environmental groups and the loss of key Japanese customers.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

2012 Wood Design Awards

Architectural Institute of BC
February 18, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Nominees for the 2012 Wood Design Awards, a program of Wood WORKS! BC, have been announced and include the following AIBC members in the Architect category. …The winners will be awarded this March in Vancouver.

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BC Wood Design Awards – looking forward to a celebration of wood

WoodWorks!
February 20, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Wood WORKS! BC is pleased to announce the nominees for the 2012 Wood Design Awards.
The winners will be awarded at the 8th annual Wood Design Awards evening, to be held on
Monday March 5th at the Vancouver Convention Centre West, recognizing leadership and
innovation in wood use, while publicly saluting and encouraging continued excellence in the
building and design community. More than 350 design and building professionals, including
architects and engineers along with industry sponsors will be attending the evening event.
“We are once again truly inspired with the design achievements and innovative approaches to
using wood, both as an architectural and structural material,” explains Mary Tracey, executive  director of Wood WORKS! BC.

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Pioneer Millworks Passes Annual Forest Stewardship Council Audit and Joins Forest Products Certification Group

February 20, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

Farmington, NY – Pioneer Millworks, a leader in the reclaimed wood industry, continues to maintain Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)® Chain of Custody Certification. As one of the first reclaimed wood companies to achieve FSC certification, this is their fifth consecutive year of approval. They remain certified in three categories: Reclaimed, Pure, and Mix. The independent audit, administered by Scientific Certification System, found the company met or exceeded all requirements and standards of the FSC.

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Guitars handmade from the ‘bones’ of New York

BBC News
February 20, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

As New York City’s old buildings are torn down or refurbished, Rick Kelly sees a chance to keep their memory alive. The guitar maker takes discarded lumber like old flooring or roofing beams from the 1800s, and uses them to fashion instruments in his West Village shop. Mr Kelly’s guitars, some of which use wood from places like the historic Chelsea Hotel and the Chumley’s pub, are used by musicians like Bob Dylan and Lou Reed. He says using reclaimed wood offers one way to help preserve the city’s architectural history.

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Wood Giving Way to Plastic on Coney Island Boardwalk

By Liz Robbins
New York Times
February 19, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

…After a yearlong fight over the city’s proposal to use concrete to replace the wooden boards along stretches of the aging, 2.7-mile Boardwalk, the city’s parks department is offering a compromise of sorts — but wood is not part of the plan. Instead, the department is promising to use a combination of concrete and a type of recycled plastic that looks like wood. This is not the all-concrete sacrilege that local preservationists had feared, but they still see the hybrid product as a travesty of tradition — not to mention a worrisome indicator of what could happen when the city decides to renovate other portions of the fabled walkway.

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Forestry

Canadians need to prepare for more bigger, hotter fires: expert

Ottawa Citizen
February 19, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

VANCOUVER — Canadians need to brace for more wildfires that are too big and too hot to stop when using traditional fire fighting techniques. “It’s going to be incredibly difficult in the future to manage forest fires because the intensity of forest fires is going to be increasing,” said Mike Flannigan, a senior research scientist with Natural Resources Canada and professor at the University of Alberta.

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Timber inventory a guessing game, critics charge

Globe and Mail
February 19, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The B.C. government is not adequately keeping track of its inventory of timber lands, according to NDP Leader Adrian Dix. And that means the province is putting off some tough decisions, he says, on managing what’s left of pine-beetle-ravaged forests. While the mountain pine beetle has been devastating millions of hectares of land earmarked for timber harvest, the government’s grasp on what is left of the forest resource is slipping. A third of the government’s inventory of timber lands is at least 17 years out of date, the Ministry of Forests confirms. That makes it impossible to accurately establish the so-called falldown – the point at which mills in the B.C. Interior start to run out of logs after processing today’s pine-beetle-killed timber.

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Random inspection gives passing grade

Coast Reporter
February 19, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Sunshine Coast Community Forest has passed an audit of its operations, the Forest Practices Board (FPB) announced Feb. 8. Sechelt Community Projects Inc. (SCPI) manages the community forest licence on behalf of the District of Sechelt. Sechelt’s community forest was randomly selected to have its operations audited, along with community forest operations in the Sliammon and Klahoose First Nations and Powell River Community Forest. “We look strictly at their forest planning and practices,” said FPB chair Al Gorley.

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Regional district protests bill for forest fuel work

Nelson Star
February 19, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Regional District of Central Kootenay will continue to play a role in managing forest fuels on Crown lands to prevent wildfires — but they’re unhappy about paying for it. Directors wrestled Thursday with the urgency of the work versus their desire to have the province cover the full cost. Following a rule change last year, local governments are now required to pony up 10 per cent for fuel management projects under $100,000, and 25 per cent above that. “The province has downloaded responsibility of interface work on Crown lands to local government,” regional district administrator Jim Gustafson wrote in a memo to directors.

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David HUSBY ( February 10, 1946 – February 10, 2012)

February 10, 1946 – February 10, 2012
Vancouver Sun
February 20, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

It is with great sadness, we announce the sudden passing of David Husby. David was a pioneer in all of his endeavors, always seeking new ideas and innovations while moving full speed ahead and building on success. …After several years of building his contracting business David formed Husby Forest Products Ltd. David acquired his first forest operation in 1985 and built it into the largest independent forest company on BC’s rugged coast. Along the way, he set the standard for innovative forest practices, commitment, and performance.

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Forest Service requests $24 million for large firefighting planes Forest Service requests $24 million for large firefighting planes

KPCC – Southern California Public Radio
February 20, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

The head of the U.S. Forest Service is asking Congress for more money to beef up its fleet of firefighting aircraft. Even if Congress approves the cash, there could still be a shortage of planes come fire season. The Forest Service wants another $24 million to help modernize the fleet of large tankers it leases from private contractors. Forest Service Chief Thomas Tidwell says his agency has 11 planes under contract, three more coming on board by the start of the western fire season and an additional four later this year.

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Counties gain revenue compensation for encumbered state forest lands

By Scott Panitz
Kent Reporter
February 19, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Some local governments in Southwest Washington have dealt with sporadic timber revenues and therefore uncertain budgets due to a lack of access to portions of state forest lands encumbered by endangered animal species. Now these governments are on the path toward fiscal sustainability.

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Climate Change Killing Yellow Cedar Trees In Alaska

The Huffington Post
February 19, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — U.S. Forest Service researchers have confirmed what has long been suspected about a valuable tree in Alaska’s Panhandle: Climate warming is killing off yellow cedar. The mighty trees can live more than 1,000 years, resisting bugs and rot and even defending themselves against injury, but their shallow roots are vulnerable to freezing if soil is not insulated by snow. And for more than a century, with less snow on the ground, frozen roots have killed yellow cedar on nearly a half-million acres in southeast Alaska, plus another 123,000 acres in adjacent British Columbia.

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Recession continues to dog state’s timber industry

Flathead Publishing Group
February 17, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

According to researchers at the University of Montana’s Bureau of Business and Economic Research, recovery of the state’s timber products industry continues to be impacted by the national recession. Key factors improved little during 2011, the bureau reported. Lumber production, employment of mill workers and wages stabilized somewhat – but at levels about half of what they were during the peak year of 2005.

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Medford woman named to Oregon Board of Forestry

Mail Tribune
February 20, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

When it comes to helping solve the problems facing Oregon forestry, Cindy Deacon Williams believes the place to start is the point where stakeholders agree. “We need to move forward from battling on the edges to identifying the larger common ground,” said the newly minted member of the Oregon Board of Forestry. “There is a big center where there is a lot of room for people to agree. I believe there is a much larger area of common ground on forest issues than many would anticipate, and look forward to helping identify and explore that center.” Williams, 55, of Medford, was confirmed this week by the Oregon Senate after being appointed to the four-year post by Gov. John Kitzhaber.

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Forest fire season begins

WKYT
February 17, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Even though we’ve had above normal precipitation this year state officials say we’re still at risk for wildfires. Spring forest fire season began earlier this week. We often think of wildfires being a problem in the Fall when the rain dries up. But the Spring forest fire season has just begun and peaks in March. “During this time it’s illegal to burn any type of debris between the hours of 6am and 6pm and that’s within 150 feet of the woodlands,” says the KY Division of Forestry Environmental Education Section Supervisor Lynn True.

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Timber market recovery hinges on economy and housing upturn

Delta Farm Press
February 17, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

U.S. timber and lumber sales have taken a major hit as a result of the housing bubble collapse and the economic recession that began in 2008, says James Henderson, and while there has been a glimmer of improvement in the market — thanks in part to China — it may be 2015/2016 before housing starts boost demand to pre-recession levels. “Everyone is asking, what’s it going to take to see an increase in demand for our southern pine and hardwood timber,” the Mississippi State University assistant Extension professor for forest economics and management said at the Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation’s Winter Commodity Conference at Jackson.

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Big trees, big job

February 20, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

HART TOWNSHIP — J.W. McCormick knows a thing or two about logging. As a buyer for his family’s company, McCormick Sawmills of Fountain, he looks at thousands of trees a year and makes estimates on how much they might be worth when they head back to the mill or out for sale on the open market. Between the time J.W. checks out a tree and the time the wood reaches its final destination there’s intense, technical labor involved in harvesting those trees in a way that’s best for the landowner, the forest and even the wildlife.

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Trotting out Trotsky at the Maine Legislature

Maine Nature
Down East
February 17, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Howard Trotzky of Bangor played an historic role in cleaning up Maine’s rivers and defining the future of the North Woods. So I wasn’t surprised when they trotted Howard out on February 16 for the legislative hearing on a bill to reform the Land Use Regulation Commission (LURC), the planning and regulatory agency for the unorganized territories….“At that time the rivers were bubbling methane gas,” he said, “and were choked with bark. We were not aware that logging transportation was changing,” he said. “But then our softwood trees were depleted by cutting and spruce budworm, and the forest products industry went to hardwoods – and wood chips – that don’t float. 

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Logging company fined for clear-cut violations

Kennebec Journal
February 20, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

INDUSTRY — A Madison logging company was recently fined $35,000 for violating state laws regulating clear-cutting practices in the towns of Industry and Peru, according to a Maine Forest Service official. The company, T.R. Dillon Logging Inc., agreed to pay the fine and prepare management plans for the hundreds of acres of affected land, which the company owns, according to Tim Post, a field team leader for the state agency that oversees forestry practices. …The Madison logging company was fined because it did not have a harvest plan prepared by a licensed forester for any of the parcels.

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Deputy Premier: Truth on trade mission

The Tasmanian Deputy Premier and Resources Minister, Bryan Green, has indicated he will be selling Tasmania’s forest peace deal in Asia, as well as seeking woodchip buyers.
ABC News Australia
February 20, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Mr Green has flown Singapore for the first day of an eight-day trade mission to Asia. The Opposition leader, Will Hodgman, is with him, but is due to return to Hobart on Thursday, before Mr Green travels to Japan for talks with Ta Ann representatives. The company’s Tasmanian arm laid off 40 workers at its Smithton and Huonville veneer mills, saying its exports to Japan had dropped by 50 per cent due to relentless campaigns by anti-logging groups.

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Premier accuses green groups of dangerous tactics

ABC News, Australia
February 20, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Tasmanian Premier, Lara Giddings, has apologised for accusing environmentalists of using tree spiking as a tactic in their campaign against native forest logging. The Premier made the tree spiking claims at a pro-timber workers rally on the weekend. “I have seen some and I believe there has been complaints made to police because if it,” she said. It is understood a bolt was found in a log being processed at Ta Ann’s Huon Valley mill last Thursday during a tour by the Premier.

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Climate change could mean big changes for Europe’s forests

Teatro Naturale
February 19, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Rather than wait until Europe’s forests begin to die off, the European Union is taking steps to prevent such a catastrophe. The EU is supporting leading-edge research to help forest managers decide what kind of trees they should plant now, and what kind of pests and diseases should be monitored today so they won’t become a problem in a climate-changed future. “Forests are incredibly complicated ecosystems that climate change can disrupt in equally complicated ways,” said Hervé Jactel of the French National Institute for Agricultural Research.

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New study highlights opportunities and challenges for Indonesia forest moratorium

Environmental Expert
February 17, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Today WRI releases a working paper that provides new information about Indonesia’s moratorium on new forest concessions. Our analysis concludes that the moratorium alone does not significantly contribute to Indonesia’s greenhouse gas emission reduction goal of 26 percent by 2020. However, the moratorium does support these goals in the long-term by “pausing” business-as-usual patterns to allow time for needed governance reforms.

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Indonesian Lawmakers Look to Get Foreign NGOs ‘In Line’

Jakarta Globe
February 20, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Legislators deliberating a bill to regulate mass organizations said over the weekend that foreign nongovernmental organizations would also be subject to the new legislation.  …The bill was initially aimed at limiting the activities of hard-line Islamic organizations, many of which employ violent and often criminal tactics.  However, the change in focus to foreign NGOs has revived a controversial campaign by the House and hard-liners to crack down on the foreign groups.  Greenpeace in particular has come under much scrutiny.

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Giddings retracts spike claim

PREMIER Lara Giddings has back-tracked on tree-spiking allegations she made after a forestry rally on Saturday.
THe Mercury Australia
February 20, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Ms Giddings made the claims of sabotage after the rally by forest workers at Huonville against the loss of jobs in the industry. She said forest workers had felt threatened for years by activists inserting metal spikes into tree trunks, a potentially lethal practice. She provided no proof of her claim, only saying she had received the information from timber workers.

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Tree-spike claim fury

By Craig Hoggett
TheMercury.com.au
February 20, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

PREMIER Lara Giddings has back-tracked on tree-spiking allegations she made after a forestry rally on Saturday. Ms Giddings made the claims of sabotage after the rally by forest workers at Huonville against the loss of jobs in the industry. She said forest workers had felt threatened for years by activists inserting metal spikes into tree trunks, a potentially lethal practice. She provided no proof of her claim, only saying she had received the information from timber workers. Today, Ms Giddings admitted she was wrong have blamed environmentalists.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

$444M boost for bioenergy options

Three-year provincial program encourages renewable projects
Edmonton Journal
February 19, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

EDMONTON – The province has committed an unprecedented $444 million over the next three years to encourage Albertans to develop bioenergy alternatives using waste such as manure and wood chips. In coming years the government will double and then triple the amount of money going into renewable energy development, from $66 million this year to $162 million in 2013, then to $216 million the year after that.

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Coal the true climate change bad guy, analysis shows

The Globe and Mail
February 19, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

One of the world’s top climate scientists has calculated that emissions from Alberta’s oil sands are unlikely to make a big difference to global warming and that the real threat to the planet comes from burning coal. “I was surprised by the results of our analysis,” said Andrew Weaver, a University of Victoria climate modeller, who has been a lead author on two reports from the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. “I thought it was larger than it was.”

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Minnesota loses cellulosic ethanol venture

Minneapolis Star Tribune
February 18, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

A biofuels company that benefited from nearly $1 million in grants from Minnesota taxpayers says it’s ready to build two plants to turn wood chips into ethanol — in Michigan and Alberta. Just nine months ago, Mascoma Corp. told Minnesota officials that it could build “one of the first commercially viable cellulosic ethanol plants in the world” in Little Falls, Minn., with a project schedule that listed construction starting this May.

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Trees could be cut for biomass plants

Charleston Post Courier
February 20, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

COLUMBIA — A new report says Southern forests are at risk from biomass plants that burn wood to make energy. The report, released last week by two environmental groups, says the expanding biomass industry will look at cutting trees to fuel the power plants, a departure from the current practice of using waste wood from sawmills and other sources. The report raises questions about whether the South will have an adequate supply of waste wood, thereby increasing the need to cut trees specifically for biomass plants.

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Solar, wind get strong support in Midwestern poll

By David Shaffer
Minneapolis Star Tribune
February 19, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

Most people in four Midwestern states would pay slightly higher utility bills to boost clean energy and energy efficiency, a poll has found. The survey of 1,600 voters Jan. 9-15 found that 51 percent of people in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan and Ohio were willing to pay up to $6 more per month on electric bills for energy conservation efforts and clean power sources like wind and solar. Another 37 percent of those surveyed would pay $2 to $4 more, while 8 percent were not willing to pay anything more… Biomass fared poorly until pollsters explained what it is. Then support shot to 80 percent. Biomass energy comes from grasses, wood chips and other plant matter.

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Warming affecting Earth’s ‘services’

By Steve Rissing
Columbus Dispatch
February 19, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

It has become fashionable in the past few decades to speak of the ecological services performed by our living environment. We have recognized for a long time that the world’s forests absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Using sunlight energy, trees and other forest plants convert carbon dioxide from the air into more-complex molecular structures. With these, plants grow leaves, branches, trunks and roots.

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General

Pine wilt ravages area evergreen trees

Beatrice Daily Sun
February 20, 2012
Category: Uncategorized
Region: US East, United States

A tree disease called pine wilt is killing many evergreen trees around southeast Nebraska
The disease affects mostly Scotch and Austrian Pines and is caused by nematodes that are carried by a wood boring beetle. Pine wilt causes the pine tree’s green foliage to fade to brown and die quickly, often within two to three months.

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Big trees, big job

February 20, 2012
Category: Uncategorized

HART TOWNSHIP — J.W. McCormick knows a thing or two about logging. As a buyer for his family’s company, McCormick Sawmills of Fountain, he looks at thousands of trees a year and makes estimates on how much they might be worth when they head back to the mill or out for sale on the open market. Between the time J.W. checks out a tree and the time the wood reaches its final destination there’s intense, technical labor involved in harvesting those trees in a way that’s best for the landowner, the forest and even the wildlife.

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Pioneer Millworks Passes Annual Forest Stewardship Council Audit and Joins Forest Products Certification Group

February 20, 2012
Category: Uncategorized

Farmington, NY – Pioneer Millworks, a leader in the reclaimed wood industry, continues to maintain Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)® Chain of Custody Certification. As one of the first reclaimed wood companies to achieve FSC certification, this is their fifth consecutive year of approval. They remain certified in three categories: Reclaimed, Pure, and Mix. The independent audit, administered by Scientific Certification System, found the company met or exceeded all requirements and standards of the FSC.

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