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Paying Tribute to the Canadian Forestry Corps

By Derek Nighbor, Forest Products Association of Canada
Prince Albert NOW
November 5, 2018
Category: Special Feature
Region: Canada

On November 11th, Canadians will pay tribute to the men and women who have served our country during times of conflict and honour those who made the ultimate sacrifice – in order for all of us to enjoy the freedoms we have today. What many people may not be aware of is the story of the Canadian Forestry Corps, which made a significant contribution to Allied efforts during the First and Second World Wars – but one which is often overlooked. The Forestry Corps was created during the First World War when it was discovered that huge quantities of wood were needed on the Western Front. The forest products industry was a dominating economic force in Canada’s early history and the British Government quickly discovered there was nobody more experienced or qualified to harvest timber than Canadians. In 1916, British Colonial Secretary, Andrew Bonar Law, made a request of the Governor General of Canada to deploy Canadian lumbermen to aid in the cutting and processing of timber. Later that year, the Canadian Forestry Corps was created.

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Fire Performance Demonstration Workshop 2.0, hosted by Wood WORKS! BC and the Canadian Wood Council

By Maureen McLaughlin
Wood WORKS! BC
November 1, 2018
Category: Special Feature
Region: Canada

Nearly 200 architectural, structural and fire engineering and service professionals, as well as building and insurance officials, developers, builders and installers gathered at the Surrey Fire Department Training Facility on Tuesday, October 16 for the Fire Performance Demonstration Workshop 2.0, hosted by Wood WORKS! BC and the Canadian Wood Council. This workshop provided essential information about wood building fire requirements in the upcoming revised buildings codes. The event opened with a classroom format featuring 10 speakers and three “roll up your sleeves” interactive sessions. After lunch a live burn commenced that showcased side-by-side fire comparisons of three large (8’ x 8’) demonstration boxes; a CLT cube, a steel cube, and a course-of-construction cube, each built to code.

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Forestry: A Success Story in Clean Tech

By Derek Nighbor, CEO of the Forest Products Association of Canada
Policy Magazine
August 28, 2018
Category: Special Feature
Region: Canada

Derek Nighbor

The Canadian forestry sector has become a leader in clean energy and clean tech, both in industry and communities it serves. The industry has already met the 2016 Paris Agreement target of reducing GHG emissions to 30 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030. Derek Nighbor, head of the Canadian Forest Products Association, tells a Canadian success story:  For more than three decades, the Canadian forest products sector has been a leader  in the innovation, development, and utilization of clean technologies—and in doing so, has positioned itself at the forefront of energy change that benefits the environment and the economy. …The industry remains committed to doing its part to transform Canada into a bio-energy and bio-materials powerhouse and is proof that advancing clean technology works for the environment and the economy, creating opportunities for Canadians to be part of a workforce that is increasingly among the greenest in the nation.  

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One year, 1 billion board feet

Don Kayne, CEO Canfor
Softwood Lumber Board
April 10, 2018
Category: Special Feature
Region: Canada, United States

Don Kayne

Since its inception, the SLB has united the industry to promote the benefits and uses of softwood lumber in residential, non-residential and new market segments… Thanks to the collective impact of our investments, more than 1,000 projects were converted to wood construction. This represents more than 1 billion board feet of incremental softwood lumber demand. A tremendous success.

Looking ahead to 2018, the softwood lumber industry can capture significant upside potential through a continued commitment to the SLB model—but we also face new threats. Today, markets in which wood has been a historical leader need defense against threats from competing materials. …Growing market share in non-residential construction, and at five stories and above, needs to be defended and still has opportunity for significant growth.

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Scientists study the future of BC’s most treasured tree

Natural Resources Canada
March 29, 2018
Category: Special Feature
Region: Canada

Cosmin Filipescu, a research scientist with the Canadian Wood Fibre Centre of Natural Resources Canada, is leading a series of projects to answer key questions about the future of British Columbia’s Western redcedar, one of the province’s most valued trees. Although Western redcedar has served a multitude of uses to society over thousands of years, scientists know little about it. at’s the main reason a multi-year research project is looking at Western redcedar from a range of viewpoints covering econom- ics, ecology, diseases, quality and value of forest products, and cli- mate change. Recently published, An Economic Assessment of the Western Red- cedar Industry in British Columbia, shows Western redcedar is a $1.3 billion annual industry, providing 1,900 jobs across B.C. It is also important for its cultural value to First Nations and for its ecological value as wildlife habitat and for biodiversity.

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International Day of Forests: A reason for pride in Canada

By Derek Nighbor
The Canadian Press in the Province
March 20, 2018
Category: Special Feature
Region: Canada

Derek Nighbor

In Canada, the forest industry has been part of our lifeblood and a cornerstone of the economy for decades. The issue of how we manage our forests has also been the topic of healthy debate for generations. However, what is often overlooked is Canada’s global leadership in sustainable forest management and the positive role Canadian forests and the forest products industry play in addressing climate change and providing socio-economic benefits. As we celebrate… it seems only fitting to highlight six areas in which our industry shines internationally.

  1. Canada’s forest laws are among the strictest in the world. 
  2. Canada Boasts nearly 40% of the worlds certified forests
  3. Each year Canada harvests less than 0.5% of our of harvestable forests.
  4. Canada’s Forest sector is leading the way in bio-economy. 
  5. Canada’s forest sector is one of the largest employers in the nation.
  6. Canada’s forest sector is one of the largest employers of Indigenous peoples.

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Low carbon economy challenge – new funding available

Natural Resources Canada
March 19, 2018
Category: Special Feature
Region: Canada

Do you have big ideas for clean growth? Interested groups are invited to attend public Information sessions in Victoria and Vancouver, this Monday and Tuesday.  Applicants can be from provinces and territories, municipalities, Indigenous communities and organizations, businesses, and not-for-profit organizations. Learn more about how to leverage Canadian ingenuity to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and generate clean growth in support of Canada’s clean growth and climate action plan, the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change.

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Softwood Lumber Board’s 2017 Annual Report: Real Growth. Lasting Roots.

Softwood Lumber Board
March 5, 2018
Category: Special Feature
Region: Canada, United States

The Softwood Lumber Board (SLB) released its 2017 Annual Report which highlights its most successful year yet and shows its accomplishments in what it has set out to do—protect and grow markets, sell more lumber, and accrue benefits for the entire softwood lumber industry. Third-party analysis shows… over 3.6 billion board feet of new demand since 2012. In that time, the SLB has generated $19.74 of revenue on every $1 invested. SLB-funded initiatives generated 1.02 billion board feet of incremental softwood lumber demand in 2017:

  • Mark Brinkmeyer (Idaho Forest Group): “The SLB has become the preeminent industry-sponsored initiative working to advocate for our products in the building sector. ”
  • Don Kayne (Canfor): The SLB is a game changer for our industry. It expands markets by creating new opportunities for softwood lumber. We could never achieve the same level of success working individually.”

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What’s the Difference Between EFI and NFI?

By Graham Stinson and Joanne White, Natural Resources Canada
Natrual Resources Canada
February 28, 2018
Category: Special Feature
Region: Canada

Forest inventories in Canada are evolving as new technologies are incorporated into the inventory process. Governments and industry are under increasing pressure to reduce inventory costs, while simultaneously producing improved information to support the increasingly complex demands associated with forest management. For forest professionals, keeping up-to-date on technological innovations and understanding the different sources of forest inventory information available (and the associated terminology) can be challenging. Amidst all this change in forest inventories in Canada, there are two acronyms in particular that seem to invite confusion: NFI and EFI. NFI stands for National Forest Inventory and represents a type of inventory with a very specific purpose: an NFI is typically designed to provide high-level information to support national-level forest policy and reporting information needs. 

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BC Oscars recognize designers that push the wood envelope

By Kelly McCloskey
Tree Frog Forestry News
March 5, 2019
Category: Special Feature
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Canadian Wood Council initiative to grow the market for wood hosted its 15th annual wood gala awards at the Vancouver Convention Centre Monday evening. The event, organized and hosted by Wood WORKS! BC, was a sold-out affair with 460 attendees. Co-hosts Greg Sinclair (Wood WORKS! chair) and Lynn Embury-Williams (Executive Director) spoke of the “exciting times in BC” given the 2009 building code change that allowed mid-rise wood structures and the new changes that will soon allow timber buildings up to 12 storeys. To date, more that 400 mid-rise buildings and multi-building complexes have been constructed or are in the process of being designed and built. 

With more than 103 nominations for 14 award categories, the Oscars-like event was a showcase of innovation, efficiency, beauty and environmentally sustainable design. Top award winners included Shelley Craig of Urban Arts Architecture who snagged to coveted Wood Champion Award for her work in support of the 2009 mid-rise code changes and the championing and adoption of its application and use since. 

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ABCFP 2019 Conference and AGM Picture Gallery

Tree Frog News Editorial
February 15, 2019
Category: Special Feature
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Tree Frog News team attended the 71st AGM & Conference of the Association of BC Forest Professionals last week in Kamloops. You’ve seen some of our updates and images. Today we release our full photo gallery. Warning – it’s a big one! Many of the attendees have emailed us asking for images, you can now download what you need from the gallery in the link. Next week we’ll have our final panel and speaker reports, so stay tuned.

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BC Forest Industry Feels Pressure on Multiple Fronts

By Kelly McCloskey
Tree Frog News Editors
February 11, 2019
Category: Special Feature
Region: Canada, Canada West

The competitiveness of the BC forest industry, and market and fibre challenges facing the sector over the next few years, were front and centre in two of the ABCFP’s breakout sessions at their annual meeting in Kamloops last week. The first panel, “Healthy Forests Need a Competitive Forest Sector” was moderated by Interfor’s Brad Bennett. …John Allan, BC’s Deputy Minister of Forests, spoke of the government’s top priorities; the economy and reconciliation with First Nations. This includes actions leading to more meaningful participation by First Nations in the forest economy, and coastal and interior revitalization efforts.

The second panel, moderated by Forsite’s Cam Brown, focused on one of the most important decision processes for industry and government—the Timber Supply Review (TSR) and the setting of the annual allowable cut. …On the separation of the establishment of an AAC from strategic forest management decisions, Diane Nicholls (BC’s Chief Forester) spoke of the importance of ensuring the AAC assumptions match forest practices on the ground; and where they diverge significantly, government’s ability to shorten the time frame between AAC reviews.

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BC’s Professional Governance Act feels like a “solution looking for a problem”

By Kelly McCloskey
Tree Frog News Editorial
February 11, 2019
Category: Special Feature
Region: Canada, Canada West

Early drafts of the recently assented Professional Governance Act—established by the BC government to “ensure the public interest and the environment are pro­tected”—threatened to upset many of the pillars of professional regulators, according to the CEOs of the Association of BC Forest Professionals (Christine Gelowitz, RPF), Engineers and Geoscientists of BC (Ann English, P.Eng) and the College of Applied Biology (Christine Houghton). Speaking at the BC foresters AGM last week, the three CEOs spoke of the government’s rushed legislation, its lack of policy clarity, the cost implications, and future uncertainty given the broad discretion and far-reaching powers of the soon-to-be-established Office of the Superintendent. Also affected by the Act are the BC Institute of Agrologists and the Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of BC. …Notwithstanding the concerns, all three association CEOs spoke of the potential benefits, the importance of continual improvement, and the opportunity to raise awareness of how professionals protect the public’s interest.

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Professional Governance Act will build public trust, enable forest practices changes

By Kelly McCloskey
Tree Frog News Editorial
February 8, 2019
Category: Special Feature
Region: Canada, Canada West

Doug Donaldson

Opening day two of the annual meeting of BC’s Forest Professionals, Doug Donaldson, Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development, provided an update on his government’s most recent forest policy initiatives. Prior to Mr. Donaldson taking the podium, Chief Dr. Ronald Ignace of the Skeetchestn Indian Band welcomed the delegates to his traditional territory, ardently challenging the attending foresters to combine western and traditional forest management knowledge for the betterment of the forest. Kamloops Mayor Ken Christian’s welcome included commentary on the importance of professional leadership in bringing science to the forefront when addressing the issue of import to his and other forest-based communities.

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Expedited funding aids forest industry and environment

By Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development
Government of British Columbia
February 7, 2019
Category: Special Feature
Region: Canada, Canada West

Doug Donaldson and Steve Kozuki

Funding of $10 million from the Forest Enhancement Society of British Columbia will mean more wood waste will be redirected to mills instead of being burned on the ground, creating more jobs for British Columbians and reducing carbon emissions. “This is good for local jobs and for the health of the forests, and it is a positive step toward increased safety for forest-dependent communities,” said Doug Donaldson, Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development. “Companies and workers will be able to make better use of residual timber and, in addition to creating employment and reducing waste, this approach will also help to reduce fuel on the landscape to mitigate wildfire risk.” …The ministry’s Forest Carbon Initiative, along with partners such as the Forest Enhancement Society of B.C. and the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions, focuses on how to make better use of wood fibre and reduce emissions from the burning of wood waste.

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Forest inventory program review completed

By the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development
Government of British Columbia
February 7, 2019
Category: Special Feature
Region: Canada, Canada West

A blue ribbon panel review of B.C.’s forest inventory program has made recommendations to improve the program. These recommendations come in the wake of the pine beetle epidemic and other pest infestations, as well as the effects of two intense wildfire seasons. …With its large and diverse forested areas, much of them remote, British Columbia faces one of the most daunting forest inventory challenges anywhere. “Our forests are one of our most precious resources,” said Doug Donaldson, Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development. “Now more than ever, we need to make the right decisions in all areas of forest management to ensure our forest industry is truly sustainable and our forests are managed for multiple values. This report on the forest inventory program will help us do that.” …In its report, the panel made 16 recommendations to strengthen and enhance the forest inventory program, including sustainable funding, better data collection, increased program linkages and improved communication. 

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Species at Risk: Developing a Successful Provincial Strategy

By Kelly McCloskey
Tree Frog News Editorial
February 7, 2019
Category: Special Feature
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Association of BC Forest Professionals (ABCFP) kicked off their annual conference yesterday with in-depth discussions on climate change and species at risk, prior to a plenary on the challenges and importance of planning for healthy and resilient forests. The three-day conference promises to be an outstanding event given the attendance of more than 550 delegates and high profile speakers such as Minister Doug Donaldson and Deputy Minister John Allan from the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development still to come.

Moderator Archie MacDonald (COFI) introduced the first discussion on BC’s efforts to develop a Species at Risk Act. First up, Dr. Tara Martin (University of BC) spoke of BC’s significant challenge, with 214 at risk species, and the failure of the current “single species” approach, where decades of study and planning take place prior to action on a single species of import—often too little, too late.

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Providing Healthy and Resilient Forests

By Kelly McCloskey
Tree Frog Editorial
February 7, 2019
Category: Special Feature
Region: Canada, Canada West

In 2017 and 2018, 2.5 million hectares of BC’s landscape burned due to wildfires, while several beetle infestations soared to new heights. What will the summer of 2019 bring and how do we adapt our forest practices to ensure forest resilience? Cue Michael Bragg (ABCFP Host Committee Chair) to kick off the first plenary session, introducing Paul Rasmussen (FLNRORD) the panel moderator. Dr. Paul Hessburg (University of Washington) spoke first of his work on how historical forest and fire management on Inland Pacific landscapes has transformed the area’s successional and disturbance dynamics over time (e.g., species, density life form patterns, etc.) and how those forests should best be evolved going forward.

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Reflections of the Real Santa Clause – Christmas 2018

By W.E.(Bill) Dumont, RPF
Letter to Tree Frog Editors
December 20, 2018
Category: Special Feature
Region: Canada, Canada West

Santa Dumont

During my 40-year forestry career, I have been asked to play Santa Claus many times in a few former coastal logging camps like Jeune Landing and Sewell Inlet.  I have even dressed up my old dog Cruiser with real deer horns and a nice lipstick covered red nose to accompany Santa to represent Rudolph much to the delight of hundreds of kids in these isolated villages. In those days it was the tradition that Santa consumed a generous amount of rye and coke to overcome his stage fright and fears of a screaming kid on his knee. Mostly that worked as Santa does not recall all the happenings during those shouts of glee and “Santa, Santa”  from wide-eyed young kids as Santa handed out hundreds of presents and took pictures with the logger’s families. Since I made my final move to the Cowichan Valley 15 years ago I have volunteered at the BC Forest Discovery Centre as their main Santa for Christmas season.

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Forest Service Retirees TREEdition of Friendship

By Robin Brown
Letter to Tree Frog Editors
December 14, 2018
Category: Special Feature
Region: Canada, Canada West

Every December, retirees of the BC Forest Service in and around Victoria gather to renew acquaintances,  reminisce of forests past, and share some Xmas cheer. This TREEdition was started in 1982 by Gordie Ackerman and Curt Clarke, an infamous office prankster, to celebrate Pete Robinson’s retirement. It was held at the Army and Navy on Wharf St. Events are now held at the Royal Cdn. Legion on Gorge Rd. and commence at 1 pm so attendees can return home before dark.  Robin Brown, former Manager, Silviculture Branch, is the current custodian of this TREEdition.  Robin’s Xmas gathering announcement is welcomed news amongst his unfortunate, but appreciated, conveyances of colleagues’ departures.

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Starting new TREEditions on Vancouver Island

By Brian Barber, RPF, Select Seed Co. Ltd
Letter to Tree Frog Editors
December 7, 2018
Category: Special Feature
Region: Canada, Canada West

Brian Barber

My wife and I started a new holiday tradition last year. On the first weekend in December, we drive up Island (from Victoria) to get a couple of Nordmann fir Xmas trees from Don Pigott, Hon. Member (ABCFP), Yellow Point Propagation, or his neighbour, Yellow Point Cranberries.  We take in a hike and visit with colleagues on the way up, and enjoy Ladysmith’s Xmas lights on the way back. Recommend going on a Saturday when Ladysmith’s Old Town Bakery, famous for its cinnamon buns, is open and finishing the day with a  Christmas Express train ride at the BC Forest Discovery Centre in Duncan.

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My Danish Christmas TREEditions

By Henrik Laursen, Dan Vik Marketing Services Ltd.
Letter to Tree Frog Editors
December 19, 2018
Category: Special Feature
Region: Canada, Canada West

Hej Kelly, Heidi and Sandy, In my Danish World, there are actually only 3 days to Dec. 24th.  I do not mind also celebrating the Canadian one, on December 25th. In my tradition, it has to be a Noble Fir, and we walked ours home today. Shall do a bit of trimming today, and most likely complete decorating at some point. I brought a lot of decorations with me from Denmark; some would be from the late 1800s/ early 1900s. Have added since. Why must it be a Noble Fir?  Because the branches are sturdy with good spacing.  This is a requirement, as we put around 30 live candles on it:  50% red + 50% white = Canadian and Danish colours.

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Last Ones Standing – Remembrance Day Tribute

By Eric Brunt
Eric Brunt Media
November 8, 2018
Category: Special Feature
Region: Canada, Canada West

1.1 million Canadians served in the Second World War. Today there are less than 41,000 remaining, and that number is shrinking every day.  Soon there will be no WWII veterans left. Will we remember what these men and women sacrificed for the Canada we live in today? My name is Eric Brunt and I’m a 25 year old documentary filmmaker. My grandfather Clifford Brunt was in the Royal Canadian Air Force during WWII. When he passed away at the age of 95, I realized I had no record of his war time experiences. This made me wonder – what other veterans’ stories were out there, never recorded and on the verge of being lost. In May 2018, I left Victoria, BC, in a small van, with the goal of traveling across Canada to interview and film as many surviving WWII veterans as possible. As of November 2018, 200 veterans have shared their experiences on camera for me. These interviews will be used in my documentary titled “Last Ones Standing.”

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Canadian Women in Timber Celebrate Forest Awareness Day

Canadian Women in Timber
October 3, 2018
Category: Special Feature
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Canadian Women in Timber are planning a celebration—one that pays homage to BC’s forest sector – Forest Awareness Day. For almost 30 years we’ve put the first Wednesday of October aside to look to our forests, and recognize them for the bounty they provide for us. Our grassroots organization is closely connected to the natural resource sector, and as such, we know how important forests are to every British Columbian. Our directors and members are volunteers who work at the community level to bring Forest Awareness Through Education to people who may not be as familiar with our forests. This year we are asking you to join us!

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Global Buyers Mission attracts 400 buyers from 20 countries

By Kelly McCloskey
The Tree Frog Forestry News
September 10, 2018
Category: Special Feature
Region: Canada, Canada West

Brian Hawrysh

BC Wood CEO Brian Hawrysh kicked off the 15th annual Global Buyers Mission by welcoming 400 buyer and specifier delegates… while Chairman Greg Stewart thanked outgoing Chair Rob Mitchell for his leadership over the past two years. …The first guest speaker was the BC Minister of State for Trade, the Honourable George Chow. …A Chinese-born Canadian, Chow talked first-hand about the challenges and successes of opening up Asian markets to BC producers, referencing his recent Asian trade mission there with Premier Horgan. …The second guest speaker was the Parliamentary Secretary to the Canadian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Honourable Pamela Goldsmith-Jones. Ms. Goldsmith-Jones spoke passionately about the importance of the forest and wood product industries to the identity and economic prosperity of Canada. …Finally, Goldsmith-Jones spoke of Canada’s cadre of in-market commissioners whose job it is to assist export trade; and then she officially declared the trade show floor open for business.

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WoodTALKS for modernization of US Army Corps and high end Whistler residences

By Kelly McCloskey
The Tree Frog Forestry News
September 9, 2018
Category: Special Feature
Region: Canada, Canada West
 

Kadenwood Estates, Whistler

US Army Corps, Seattle

WoodTALKS—BC Wood’s wood design and construction education event held in conjunction with the GBM in Whistler—wrapped up on the weekend with a tour of Kadenwood Estates, a private enclave of mountain home sites in Whistler, BC. The day prior, the audience was treated with a presentation by architect Allyn Stellmacher on the modernization of US Federal Center South Building in Seattle, headquarters of the US Army Corps of Engineers. Stellmacher explained how they recovered and used reclaimed timber from an adjacent warehouse to create one of the most energy efficient office buildings in the United States. Other presenters included Bo Helliwell of Blue Sky Architecture, renowned for his distinctive West Coast timber architecture. …Peter Moonen of Wood WORKS! BC’s on wood construction and durability. …architect Oliver Lang’s provided a look into the future as it relates to society’s housing challenge. …Shelley Craig of Urban Arts Architecture spoke of her firm’s 100 Mile Building journey in the Radium Hot Springs. …And architect John Hemsworth and engineer Robert Malczyk told a toughing story about Rebuilding the Heart of a Small Community, one hockey arena at a time. 

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WoodTALKS Speaks to the Importance of Integrated Design

By Kelly McCloskey
Tree Frog Forestry News
September 7, 2018
Category: Special Feature
Region: Canada, Canada West

This week, 800 buyers, sellers and specifiers of value-added wood products have gathered in Whistler for the Global Buyers Mission (GBM), Canada’s largest show of its kind. And on day one, WoodTALKS—a wood design and construction education event held in conjunction with the GBM—was front and centre. First to the podium was architect Bo Helliwell of Blue Sky Architecture, renowned for his distinctive and stunning West Coast timber architecture. …Peter Moonen of Wood WORKS! BC’s fame, presented next on wood construction and durability and “what you think or may not know to make wood last”. …Architect Oliver Lang’s information-rich presentation was a look into the future as it relates to society’s housing challenge of ensuring livability, sustainability and affordability. …Shelley Craig of Urban Arts Architecture spoke of her firm’s 100 Mile Building journey with the Radium Hot Springs Community Hall and Library. …The day’s final presentation by architect John Hemsworth and engineer Robert Malczyk was a touching story about Rebuilding the Heart of a Small Community, one hockey arena at a time. 

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Global Buyers Mission is Canada’s Premier Value-added Wood Marketing Event

Kelly McCloskey
Wood N Frog Communications Ltd.
September 4, 2018
Category: Special Feature
Region: Canada, Canada West

Kelly McCloskey

Value-added wood product companies interested in growing their sales are heading to Whistler this week to attend Canada’s premier marketing event—the Global Buyers Mission. This distinction is per the GBM’s 2017 Net Promoter Score, (a customer loyalty tool used by more than two thirds of Fortune 1000 companies), and four wood product companies who shared their specific GBM experiences. The latter includes two first time Ontario participants producing live edge hardwood slabs and plank accent walls, as well as two seasoned GBM participants; a large producer of cedar products and a small producer of textured millwork. The Net Promoters Score (NPS) metric is based on the question: on a scale of 0 to 10, would you recommend this event to a friend or colleague? …the participating GBM buyers and sellers scored the event at +55, more than double the industry average for manufacturing trade shows. …Not attending the 2018 GBM? The Tree Frog News will provide daily updates starting Thursday.

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BC Wood to host Canada’s largest international buyers show

BC Wood
Wood Business – Canadian Forest Industries
September 4, 2018
Category: Special Feature
Region: Canada, Canada West
More than 400 buyers and specifiers of value-added wood products will be hosted by BC Wood at its 15th annual Global Buyers Mission (GBM) Sept. 6-8 in Whistler, B.C. The GBM is Canada’s largest and most important show for sellers and buyers of value-added wood products. The pre-qualified buyers — hailing from 20 plus countries worldwide — will join 300 BC and Canadian manufacturers exhibiting at the event. Last year the GBM generated about $48 million in new direct sales, but according to BC Wood CEO Brian Hawrysh, “the larger benefit lies in the quality leads and relationships fostered for long-term growth, which according to a recently completed Natural Resources Canada survey, is already occurring”. Although the NRCan data is still preliminary, Hawrysh notes that “between 2012 and 2016, BC’s value-added wood sales have increased 8 per cent, the number of value-added firms has increased 18% and employment in the sector is up by 9 per cent.”

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Baby boom boosts hopes for endangered Island marmots

By Pedro Arrais
The Times Colonist
August 7, 2018
Category: Special Feature
Region: Canada, Canada West

The birth of six Vancouver Island marmots to one mother is highlighting the 20-year quest to save one of the rarest mammals in the world. A marmot named Molly gave birth to the six pups and it bodes well for a population where the marmots typically welcome three to four pups in a litter every other year. …She is officially known as Marmota vancouverensis, recognized as endangered under the federal Species At Risk Act and a Priority 1 species under the B.C. Conservation Framework. A survey in 2003 found fewer than 30 wild marmots living in a handful of colonies. …Recovery efforts over the years have been led by a partnership that includes the Marmot Recovery Foundation, British Columbia government, Calgary and Toronto zoos, plus landowners TimberWest, Island Timberlands and Mount Washington Alpine Resort. Because of their efforts, the population stands at between 150 and 200 today. …TimberWest and Islands Timberlands, which own private forests lands west of Nanaimo, have taken key positions to support conservation, with significant annual financial contributions for research and management as well as postponed logging in identified marmot habitats.

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Evans Lake Forest Education Society seeks architect to create new camp dining hall

Evans Lake Forest Education Society
July 12, 2018
Category: Special Feature
Region: Canada, Canada West
The Evans Lake Forest Education Society requires the services from qualified professional firm to provide full architectural, cost estimating and professional engineering services for the replacement of the Dining Hall located at Evans Lake Forest Education Centre, Squamish, BC. The project includes schematic design and feasibility, project costing, and preparation of construction drawings. As well, the selected Respondent will be required to provide tendering support and construction administration services in support of this project.  Evans Lake has been operating as a camp and outdoor education facility since 1960. The Centre is located 15 kilometres North of Squamish, BC on a picturesque mountain lake. Surrounded by forest, the Centre offers a feeling of wilderness seclusion while featuring all your basic amenities, accommodations and full catering. We are a not for profit charity, with the mandate to provide outdoor & forest education opportunities for children and youth.

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Vote for Evans Lake Forestry Camp – help them win a truck

Evans Lake Forest Education Society
June 22, 2018
Category: Special Feature
Region: Canada, Canada West

Vancouver’s 93.7 JRFM is giving away a truck to a non profit! With 50 nominations, Evans Lake Forestry Camp made it to the top three. Now you get to pick the winner. Voting closes June 24.  You’ll need to take a moment to create a JRFM account, but it’s worth it – please take the time to sign in and cast your vote for Evans Lake. On behalf of the Evans Lake Forest Education Society – thank you for taking a few minutes from your day to help out!

http://www.jrfm.com/contest/32655/vote/

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Look who’s attending Canada’s largest bioeconomy conference in Prince George

The Canadian Bioeconomy Conference and Exhibition
April 25, 2018
Category: Special Feature
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Canadian Bioeconomy Conference and Exhibition—formerly the International Bioenergy Conference and Exhibition—is only six weeks away. Held every two years in Prince George, BC, the conference is the largest and longest running event of its kind in Canada. …The bioenergy industry in Canada has grown and matured since the conference was founded in 2004. The conference’s board of directors felt it was important that the event reflect the diversification in the use of woody biomass across the full value chain of bioproducts. Program highlights include: a community energy workshop, wood products safety summit, industry-leading speakers program and an inside look at Canada’s larges pellet operations. Here are just a few of the organizations already confirmed to attend.

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Pacific Forestry Centre assists Province and industry in assessing efficacy of breeding programs in southern Vancouver Island seed orchards

By David Dunn, Robert Kowbel, and Annette van Niejenhuis
Natural Resources Canada
March 14, 2018
Category: Special Feature
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Natural Resources Canada, Pacific Forestry Centre (PFC), Analytical Chemistry Lab is performing DNA microsatellite marker analysis of select foliage and seed to assess self-pollination rates in Western redcedar (Thuja plicata) and external pollen contamination rates in Coastal Douglas-fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii var. menziesii) in southern Vancouver Island seed orchards.  Approximately 5,000 individual tests of Western redcedar and Douglas-fir are being conducted at the PFC lab to help orchardists ensure sufficient seed of high genetic value is produced through tree breeding, seed-orchard production, and related activities to meet reforestation objectives and enhance timber supply and quality. 

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ForestTECHX Wraps up a Successful Vancouver Show!

By Kelly McCloskey
Tree Frog Forestry News
March 9, 2018
Category: Special Feature
Region: Canada, Canada West

John Stulen

The latest forest mapping and harvest planning technologies were the topic of the day at ForestTECHX in Vancouver Wednesday. The sold out event was packed full of information on the pace of change and how satellite, LiDAR and photogrammetric imagery is changing how we measure and manage our forests. As well as how automated measuring and monitoring systems in harvesters have been proven to lift log grades and outturn. The conference was sponsored by long-time tech transfer specialist John Stulen of Innovatek, New Zealand in partnership with Rob Stanhope’s Logging & Sawmilling Journal. [Check out our photo gallery]

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ForestTECHX kicks-off high-tech forestry conference in Vancouver

Kelly McCloskey
Tree Frog Forestry News
March 6, 2018
Category: Special Feature
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER, BC – ForestTECHX kicked off its forest management technology conference last evening with a sold out trade show. The two-day conference—which brings the latest inventory and harvest planning technologies from around the world to Vancouver—promises to be an outstanding event. “The world’s leading technology experts in forestry metrics are here” says conference organizer Anthony Robinson, of Logging & Sawmilling Journal. LSJ is working in partnership with long-time tech transfer specialists John Stulen (Innovatek) from New Zealand.

Joining the panel of international speakers are leading specialists in forestry geometrics from across Canada, including keynote Dr. Nicholas Coop, UBC Faculty of Forestry and Canada Research Chair in Remote Sensing. The Frogs are attending, so stay turned for updates. And click Read More for a few images from last night’s kick-off.

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Unique Nova Scotia lab searching for the perfect Christmas tree

By Aly Thomson
CTV News
December 9, 2018
Category: Special Feature
Region: Canada East, Canada

HALIFAX — A Nova Scotia professor is striving to create the ideal Christmas tree, inside the only research lab of its kind in the world. Dalhousie University’s Raj Lada is the director of the Christmas Tree Research Centre in Truro, N.S., a unique lab dedicated to improving balsam fir Christmas trees. …and a plant, tree and ecophysiology professor in the school’s Plant, Food and Environmental Sciences Department. …Lada said solving industry-wide challenges, such as needle retention, is critical to the survival of the multimillion-dollar Christmas tree industry in Atlantic Canada, as it competes with other markets and artificial trees. …Among his latest research projects is the SMART tree, which Lada believes will revolutionize the Christmas tree industry. Lada and his team started by screening balsam firs for ideal traits, including fullness and the ability to retain needles. Genetic markers for those traits were identified.

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Here’s a forestry TREEdition from the UK

By Sam Coggins PhD, RPF
Letter to Tree Frog Editors
December 20, 2018
Category: Special Feature
Region: International

The build-up to Christmas in the United Kingdon is pretty hectic and can keep foresters on the private estates busy as staff split firewood to order, collect holly and ivy for wreaths, branches for decorations, and fulfill orders for Christmas trees. A couple of the private estates I worked on in the UK had Christmas tree plantations whereby folks ordered a tree and had them delivered to their house. One year we got an order for a 40ft tree that was due to go up in the local town. This required heading out of the usual Christmas tree plantations which had trees up to about 15 feet tall and into older plantations which had trees that were now part of a commercial plantation. We went out with the tractor and trailer and after walking through the plantation for around an hour the head forester found a decent tree.

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International Day of Forests 2018

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
March 20, 2018
Category: Special Feature
Region: International

The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 21 March the International Day of Forests in 2012. The Day celebrates and raises awareness of the importance of all types of forests. On each International Day of Forests, countries are encouraged to undertake local, national and international efforts to organize activities involving forests and trees, such as tree planting campaigns. The theme for each International Day of Forests is chosen by the Collaborative Partnership on Forests. The theme for 2018 is Forests and Sustainable Cities. How will you mark the day? Watch the Day of Forests video? Take part in a photo contest? Take a quiz  about forests and cities?

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Merry Christmas and All the Best for 2019!

By Sandy McKellar
Tree Frog Forestry News
December 21, 2018
Category: Special Feature

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