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BC’s caribou plan threatens forestry restart in the Northern Rockies

Tree Frog Forestry News
May 12, 2017
Category: Today's Takeaway

The economic viability of the Northern Rockies Municipality is “threatened by BC’s caribou plan“, according to Mayor Bill Streeper. The once vibrant community of Fort Nelson, heralded as the forestry capital of BC in 2006, “now has a 70 per cent vacancy rate for commercial properties”.

Not to be outdone by Apple (in California), Microsoft plans to plant hundreds of acres of native woodlands in Ireland, “the largest single corporate investment in Irish forestry in a decade”.

More rumblings on softwood lumber (of course) but also a story on how the US duties proposed for Chinese-made hardwood plywood producers will affect residential furniture producers. According to Tomas Russell of Furniture Today, it “doesn’t affect finished goods coming in from China but rather panels that are used in the assembly of kitchen cabinets”.

Picture-evidence that wood is good from Stora Enso and “you don’t have to be an architect or a tree-hugger to be dazzled”. Finally, Wood Expo 2017 is “virtually a sellout” according to Eric Gee of the Southern Forest Products Association—a new Tree Frog News Sponsor. The three-day event scheduled for mid-June in Atlanta Georgia includes 29 first-time exhibitors.

And don’t forget – it’s Mother’s Day on Sunday.

— Kelly McCloskey, Tree Frog Editor