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Daily Archives: February 9, 2016

Business & Politics

Timber Report: Wood products business off to a slow start in 2016

by Rick Sohn of Roseburg, retired CEO of Lone Rock Timber Co
The News-Review Today
February 7, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

The wood products business is lackluster. Yet, unsold inventories in Portland reached an 11-year low. This could foreshadow increased housing starts. … 2016 wood products and housing are starting slowly. The stud price is slightly down from last month’s low level. Random Lengths reports that the slowdown in construction and wood products imports by China could last throughout 2016, increasing U.S. wood product supplies and keeping wood product prices weak in the USA this year. The log price, at 2.8 times the quoted lumber price, squeezes manufacturers due to the high cost of logs. This spread for manufacturers between the price of logs and the sales price of product over the recent 3-month period has only been exceeded twice in the last 11 years — during months around December of 2008 and 2006.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Going Paperless Does Not Save Trees

February 9, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

CHICAGO – Today, Two Sides North America released a new study outlining key facts on why paperless initiatives do not save trees. Findings point to mounting evidence that loss of markets for paper and other wood products, a large portion of which are produced from wood harvested on privately-owned land, increases the risk of forest loss. The study was conducted by Dovetail Partners, an environmental think-tank specializing in forestry research and analysis. “This study is another example of why slogans such as ‘go paperless – save trees’ or ‘go green – go paperless’ are not only misleading, but false. Over the past 60 years, the number of trees on managed U.S. forest lands has been increasing considerably due to responsible forestry practices. Wood is a valuable renewable resource that we are taking care of,” explains Phil Riebel, President of Two Sides North America.

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Forestry

Alberta forest industry steps up

Drayton Valley Western Review
February 8, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Alberta Forest Products Association (AFPA) attended the Brazeau County council meeting on Jan. 19 to give an update on the Alberta forest industry and to seek continued support from local municipalities. “We are an association that represents about 44 member facilities in communities across the province and we represent a number of categories including dimensional lumbers so saw mills, pulp, and paper,” said Brock Mulligan, Director of Communications for AFPA. “We are reaching out to a number of municipalities across the province where our members operate. Both the Brazeau County and the Town of Drayton Valley have been great allies of our industry for a number of years and we are happy that we were able to reach out to them and keep that relationship running strongly.”

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Polallie Cooper thinning project draws passion from groups

Hood River News
February 8, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The U.S. Forest Service is planning a nearly 3,000-acre forest thinning and fuels reduction project on the north slope of Mount Hood, drawing more than a thousand written comments from Oregon environmental advocates and local biking groups. The Hood River Ranger District will hold a public meeting Wednesday, Feb. 10 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Hood River Fire Department, 1785 Meyer Parkway, to discuss “Polallie Cooper Hazardous Fuels Reduction Project.” The public will get a chance to study the proposal, look at maps and ask district specialists questions in a casual setting. Janeen Tervo, Hood River District ranger, said fire suppression and safety prompted the thinning plan, which takes a “proactive” approach.

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