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Today’s Takeaway

CLT – the greatest thing since sliced wood

Tree Frog Forestry News
April 11, 2017
Category: Today's Takeaway

Business in Vancouver has two behind-the-scenes exposés on leaders in the forest industry. First, a story on Interfor’s Duncan Davies and how he turned a company that was “in a death spiral when he first came on board in 1999” into “one of the best-positioned Canadian forest companies to weather the looming softwood lumber battle”

Second, a story on Structurlam, the company that built the world’s tallest wood building—the 18-storey Brock Commons at UBC—and how it became the “value-added success story that politicians want to highlight”. That goes for Washington State as well, with former senator Brian Hatfield calling CLT “the greatest thing since sliced wood”.

Anyone who read the most recent federal budget “could be forgiven for thinking that the most important sector in Canada is clean tech” says Jock Finlayson of the Business Council of BC. “The recent federal budget barely mentions traditional industries like forestry, which accounts for one out of every four manufacturing jobs in BC”. To put things in context, Finlayson said “exports from BC’s entire clean-tech sector had the value of the exports from a single BC forestry company: Canfor”.


Finally, an interesting study on how the landscape annually affected by forest fires has slowly increased across the Pacific Northwest, and in some regions, “
severe blazes account for a higher proportion of the area burned than in the past”.
–Tree Frog Editors

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Business & Politics

B.C.’s forest industry faces marketplace headwinds

By Nelson Bennett
Business in Vancouver
April 11, 2017
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Anyone who read the most recent federal budget could be forgiven for thinking that the most important sector in Canada is clean tech. While there are opportunities to expand that sector, policy-makers would be wise to recognize that exports from natural resource industries like forestry are still the “lifeblood” of Canada’s economy, Jock Finlayson, chief policy officer for the Business Council of BC, told delegates at a Council of Forest Industries conference in Vancouver last week. …As Finlayson pointed out, the recent federal budget contains “page after page after page of talk about the clean-tech sector almost being presented as the engine of future growth in the Canadian economy.” But to put things in context, Finlayson said exports from B.C.’s entire clean-tech sector had the value of the exports from a single B.C. forestry company: Canfor Corp.

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B.C. invests in opening new lumber markets as U.S. softwood battle heats up

Canadian Manufacturing
April 10, 2017
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER—The B.C. government is investing $7.7 million to promote West Coast lumber in markets around the world as trouble with its chief trading partner looms. Premier Christy Clark announced the fresh funding at an annual forest industry convention in Vancouver late last week. “Forestry will always play a crucial role in communities throughout B.C.,” Clark said in a statement “By growing international demand, we are decreasing our reliance on a single market, creating more opportunity, and supporting the tens of thousands of British Columbians who rely on forestry.” B.C.’s lumber industry accounted for about 35 per cent of the province’s total exports last year—with much of that wood heading to the U.S.

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Why Western Forest Products Inc. Has Soared Almost 20% Since the Beginning of the Year

By Karen Thomas
The Motley Fool Canada
April 10, 2017
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

If we look at Western Forest Products Inc.’s financials over the last five years, we can see a picture of a company that has grown its revenue, improved margins, and has had strong cash flows, all while the lumber market has been tough, to say the least. And now the company is faced with an improving outlook, a cheap stock, and a business that has been very effectively managed. The 3.7% dividend yield will also appeal to investors. Here is my bullish take on the company and stock. …We can reasonably expect continued strength in the U.S. repair and renovation sector and gradual improvement in U.S. new home construction, as the company continues to work on its $125 million worth of projects that are aimed at reducing costs and improving productivity. This should be reflected in the upcoming years through reduced costs and higher production.

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COFI Conference About Raising Awareness Mayor Says

By Greg Fry
250 News
April 10, 2017
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George, B.C. – Prince George Mayor Lyn Hall has deemed his trip to this year’s Council of Forest Industries (COFI) conference in Vancouver a success. He says a big part of his task was to educate people outside the North about how important the industry is to everyone – not just forest dependent communities. Hall says he had the chance to do that during a community leaders panel which involved mayors from around the province. “I think one of the things I wanted to deliver through that panel was to really bring awareness to folks in the audience that were from Vancouver, the Lower Mainland, about what the forestry industry does – not just for our region but for the entire province,” he says.

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Forester cultivates stability in notoriously volatile industry

By Gordon Hamilton
Business in Vancouver
April 10, 2017
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Interfor CEO Duncan Davies’ workday begins in the B.C. forest company’s downtown Vancouver head office at 6:30 a.m. with a few quick calls to senior managers in its British Columbia and U.S. operations. He asks them: is there anything that he should be worried about? Publicly traded Interfor has grown over the last decade to become one of the five largest lumber producers in North America with 18 sawmills in four distinct regions: the B.C. coast, the Interior, the U.S. Pacific Northwest and the U.S. South. Over the phone with his managers, Davies wants to know what has changed in each region, what the tone is in the lumber marketplace and what’s on the minds of his senior people. …Davies has been chief executive at Interfor since 2000. He has led the company in its transformation from its coastal logging and sawmilling roots to a pure-play lumber producer, turning out three billion board feet of lumber a year and employing 3,400 people.

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Mulch pile continues to burn at destroyed lumber mill

Prince George Citizen
April 10, 2017
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West


The fire that destroyed a McBride lumber manufacturer was continuing to burn away in a nearby mulch pile, Fraser-Fort George Regional District said Monday. The blaze leveled BKB Cedar Manufacturing, a major employer in the small community 220 kilometres east of Prince George, early Wednesday morning. “Protection works have been applied to keep the fire from spreading to neighboring properties and crews continue to monitor closely,” FFGRD spokeswoman Rene McCloskey said in an update. The public is being asked to stay away from the site. “Only authorized people are allowed on scene for the safety of the fire fighters and the public, as well as the integrity of the investigation,” McCloskey said. “The public’s cooperation in this matter is appreciated.”

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Man who died working at Sierra Pacific identified

KXRO
April 10, 2017
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

41 year old Andrew Ward of Elma (corrected) has been identified as the man who died on Saturday morning at the Sierra Pacific mill. According to the Grays Harbor Sheriff’s Office, who identified Ward, deputies were called to Junction City after the worker had fallen 20 feet from an elevated platform. By the time deputies arrived, Ward had died from his injuries. Lisa Perry, Community Relations for Sierra Pacific Industries told KXRO that they issue their “deepest condolences to the family” following the accident.

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Anthony Forest companies receive safety awards for third year

El Dorado News-Times
April 11, 2017
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

EL DORADO — Anthony Forest Products LLC and Anthony Forest Products-Laminating, both in El Dorado, will receive recognition on Wednesday from the state Department of Labor for accumulative safety awards. Anthony Forest Products-Laminating (a division of Canfor) is the recipient of a three-year accumulative safety award, said Leon Jones Jr., director of the Arkansas Department of Labor, in a news release issued Friday. “Fifty-eight employees have accumulated three years without a lost day away from work due to a work-related injury or illness between Jan. 1, 2014 and Dec. 31, 2016,” Jones said. Anthony Forest Products LLC is the recipient of a one-year accumulative safety award after 120 employees accumulated one year without a lost day away from work due to a work-related injury or illness between Jan. 1, 2016 and Jan. 1. 2017.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Canada taking command in the charge on tall wood structures, says analyst

By Don Procter
Daily Commerical News
April 11, 2017
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada

The gates are starting to open for “a big opportunity in wood” around the world with the construction of tall buildings and Canada is among the countries leading the charge, says a business analyst with FPInnovations. “There are multiple projects globally and right here in Canada that are changing the way we think about building taller with wood,” said Ben Romanchych, who is with the not-for-profit Canadian company that does various research and development initiatives in the forestry sector. …Romanchych, who gave a presentation at the Tall Wood Symposium recently in Toronto on Opportunities for Tall Wood in Canada, said while many provincial building codes now permit construction of all-wood midrise buildings, the next step is to go higher. …There is a big demand for multi-family residential towers in Canada,
he said, and the economics of wood make it well suited for heights of up
to 12 storeys.

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Timber tech takes wood buildings to new heights

By Nelson Bennett
Business in Vancouver
April 11, 2017
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

An often-heard criticism in B.C., where dozens of sawmills have closed in recent years, is that the province should be doing more value-added manufacturing with its timber, rather than just exporting it as raw logs. And when politicians want to highlight a success story in B.C.’s value-added wood manufacturing to demonstrate what they’re talking about, they can always point to Structurlam Products Ltd. in Penticton. Structurlam is indeed a B.C. success story, but it’s by no means an overnight one. …To date, the Penticton company has been involved in more than 350 projects using the glue-laminated (glulam) and cross-laminated timber (CLT) that it manufactures. . …“We basically bought European machinery but adapted it to local fibre supply,” said Stephen Tolnai, vice-president of sales and marketing for Structurlam. …“We’ve been fighting tooth and nail for seven years to try and get this product to market and we’re starting to get some traction now,” Tolnai said.

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Sawmill owners optimistic about changes to building code

By Carol Dunn
The NG News
April 10, 2017
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

BARNEYS RIVER – Changes to the building code in Nova Scotia will hopefully give a boost to sawmills, said a local operator. “Anything that uses more lumber is a positive thing for any sawmill,” said Eric Williams, a co-owner of Williams Brothers Ltd. in Barneys River. The province recently announced that it would align its building code with the national one, allowing for the maximum height of timber structures to increase from four to six storeys. Fire Safety Act and Regulations will also be changed to enhance safety requirements for the taller wood buildings. “Six storeys is going to make a big difference,” said Williams. As a member of the Maritime Lumber Bureau, he said he was aware that the organization was pushing for the legislation change. “We knew it was taking place in other jurisdictions and we were hoping it was going to come through.”

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Cross laminated timber: ‘The greatest thing since sliced wood’

By Dan Hammock
The Daily World
April 10, 2017
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

Cross laminated timber, or CLT, is being touted as a revolutionary and environmentally friendly building material that can support structures reaching 12 stories and potentially higher, and could a game-changing economic factor that timber communities have been looking for since the industry began to decline three decades ago. “It’s the greatest thing since sliced wood; that’s my tag line,” said former state senator Brian Hatfield, Gov. Jay Inslee’s personal pick as his go-to guy for studying ways to breathe life back into the state’s wood products industry. CLT’s potential economic impact on a timber area like the Twin Harbors is not lost on Hatfield, or 6th District Congressman Derek Kilmer, a Democrat from Gig Harbor. “God knows we’ve got proximity to the natural resource base,” said Kilmer.

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Forestry

Lantzville group submits revised proposal to preserve forest

By Nicholas Pescod
Nanaimo News Bulletin
April 10, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A group of residents are hoping their latest pitch to the provincial government will result in more environmental protections for a Lantzville forest. Niels Schwarz, Ted Gullison and Derek Riley, the organizers behind Save Lantzville Forest, recently met with Michelle Stilwell, minister of social development and social innovation, and submitted a revised proposal for Woodlot 1475, a 256-hectare piece of land in upper Lantzville that is selectively logged by licence holder John Gregson. Under the new proposal, Save Lantzville Forest is calling for the creation of a 60-hectare corridor along Knarston Creek, with 30 hectares dedicated for recreational use. They say the woodlot is home to coastal Douglas fir and coastal western hemlock as well as the northern screech owl and want to see their proposed corridor protected forever.

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Operation begins harvesting timber near Beaver Mountain

By John Zsiray
Idaho Press-Tribune
April 10, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The conclusion of the ski season at Beaver Mountain has left some wondering what the landscape surrounding the 828-acre resort will look like next season. With a State of Utah School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration contract, Kamas-based Thompson Logging Inc. has begun a projected 36-month operation to harvest 320 acres of timber adjacent Beaver on the east and north east. Terry Thompson, president of Thompson Logging, said the operation is primarily aimed at reducing fire potential and clearing areas that have been impacted by the mountain pine beetle. “We are contracted for 320 acres,” Thompson said. “Mostly it is lodgepole and sub-alpine and a little bit of spruce that we will pull out of there.”

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Logging forests necessary

Letter by Larry L. Woodard
Idaho Statesman
April 9, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The recent rant by an uninformed writer titled “Logging threatens our national forests, which don’t need ‘restored’ ” (March 24) is a good example of environmentalism gone wild. As a professional forester, forests are much like any other natural area … they need to be managed. I have managed forests in northern Idaho, and each area is unique. Most areas need periodic logging to recover wood products and to prepare the area for new crops of trees. Some streamside areas require special care and high altitude areas should probably be left alone. But to ignore the effects of wildfire and the attendant insect outbreaks which usually follow is simply ignorance run wild.

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As more of the Pacific Northwest burns, severe fires change forest ecology

By Oregon State University
Phys.org
April 11, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Over the last 30 years, the landscape annually affected by forest fires has slowly increased across the Pacific Northwest, and in some regions, severe blazes account for a higher proportion of the area burned than in the past. As a result, the ecology of some of the region’s forests is changing in unprecedented ways. Scientists calculated that less than one-half of 1 percent of the region’s forest is subject to fire in any given year. But in a project using satellite imagery and ground-based tree inventories, they also found that, in areas historically dominated by low- and mixed-severity fires, nearly a quarter of the burned landscape was subject to patches of high-severity fires that often exceeded 250 acres in size. Studies of fires prior to 1900 suggest that severe fires occurred over smaller patches of forest and accounted for a much smaller proportion of the total burned area than they do today.

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Wildfire in Pisgah National Forest threatening homes

By Karen Chavez
Asheville Citizen-Times
April 10, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

MARION – A wildfire that started in the North Cove Community in McDowell County has grown to 200 acres and spread onto land in the Pisgah National Forest, according to U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman Lisa Jennings. The Dobson Knob Fire was first reported Sunday afternoon on private property off Old Linville Road. The fire is threatening 35 homes and 10 minor structures such as sheds and garages, in the rural area, Jennings said. She said no evacuations are planned. Fire fighters on working on structure protection by burning out forest “right up to the homes” to the remove fuel load, she said. Water tanks and fire hoses have been staged near the homes.

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?Forest fire threatens homes in western North Carolina?

Associated Press in WYFF 4
April 11, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

MARION, N.C. — A wildfire is threatening about three dozen homes in western North Carolina. The U.S. Forest Service told local media outlets that the fire in the North Cove community in McDowell County has spread onto land in the Pisgah National Forest. No injuries have been reported. Forest Service spokeswoman Lisa Jennings says the fire was reported Sunday afternoon and is threatening about 35 homes and 10 buildings such as sheds and garages. Jennings said there are no current plans for evacuations. She said firefighters are working to remove fuel near the homes. She says the cause of the fire is being investigated. She says the terrain is very steep, making it hard to fight the blaze.

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Export of Finnish forest know-how should focus on the small and beautiful

By the Finnish Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry
Finnish Forest Association
April 10, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: International

“We want to increase well-being with the help of forest use,” said Dr., Mrs. Siti Nurbaya, Minister of the Environment and Forestry of Indonesia during her visit in Helsinki. Finland wants to be involved in this because of having a century of experience in activity of this kind. As a rule, Finland’s expertise in exporting forestry know-how is understood to consist of creating large-scale plans of forestry use or industrial projects. Expertise of this kind is not, however, all that unique in the world. …”Our knowledge of how to grow or harvest trees is no better than that of the Indonesians, at least when it comes to Indonesian forests. But what we do have, is a hundred years of experience in creating steadily growing well-being in rural areas with the help of small-scale forestry,” says Kanninen.

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