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Cancelled and/or Rescheduled Forestry events due to COVID-19

The Tree Frog Forestry News
March 30, 2020
Category: Special Feature
Region: Canada, United States

Please let us know if we are missing an event.

       
Event Old Date Location Status
Paper 2020 Mar 15-17 New York, NY Cancelled
ForestTECHx Mar 17-18 Vancouver, BC Sept 1-2
NAWLA Regional Meeting – Montreal Mar 24 Montreal, QC Cancelled
Montreal Wood Convention Mar 24-26 Montreal, QC Cancelled
International Mass Timber Conference Mar 24-26 Portland, OR Postponed TBA
SLMA & SFPA Spring Meeting Mar 25-27 New Orleans, LA Cancelled
BC Indigenous Forestry Career Fairs Mar 26-Ap 15  Multiple Sites, BC Postponed TBA
Spring Cottage Life Show Mar 26-29 Toronto, ONT Cancelled
COFI 2020 Conference Apr 1-3 Prince George, BC Cancelled
Canadian Woodlands Forum Meeting Apr 1-2 Moncton, NB Cancelled
Intermountain Logging Conference Apr 1-3 Spokane Valley, WA Cancelled
NY State Mass Timber Symposium NEW! Apr 1 Syracuse, NY Oct 28
NY State Green Building Conference NEW! Apr 2-3 Syracuse NY Oct 29-30
BC College of Applied Biology Conference Apr 2-3 Kelowna, BC Cancelled
Ontario Professional Foresters Association Apr 7-9 Allison, ONT Postponed TBA
American Forest Resource Council AGM Apr 14-16 Stevenson, WA Sept 16-18
NAWLA Regional Meeting – Vancouver Apr 9 Vancouver, BC Sept TBA
The Timber Measurement Society Apr 7-9 Coeur d’Alene, ID Cancelled
Great Lakes Forest Health Showcase Apr 9 Sault St Marie, Ont Postponed TBA
TAPPI’s PaperCon Apr 27-30 Atlanta, GA Postponed TBA
Western Forest Insect Work Conference Apr 27-30 Edmonton, AB Cancelled
National Wood Flooring Expo Apr 28-30 Milwaukee, WI Cancelled
Olympic Logging Conference Apr 29-May 1 Victoria, BC Sept 16-18
BC Saw Filer’s AGM and Trade Show May 1-2 Kamloops, BC Cancelled
East Coast Sawmill & Logging Equip. Expo May 1-2 Richmond, VA Oct 9-10
Hoo-Hoo Club 48 Members Night May 7 Vancouver, BC Cancelled
BC Forest Safety Council’s Safety Conf. May 7 Kamloops, BC Cancelled
BC Interior Logging Assoc. Conference May 7-9 Kamloops, BC Cancelled
American Institute of Architects Conference May 14-16 Los Angeles, CA Cancelled
WRCLA Cedar Summit and Cedar School May 13-15 Victoria, BC Cancelled
Northeastern Forest Products Equip. Expo May 15-16 Essex Junction, VA Oct 16-17
Forest Products Society Convention  NEW! May 18-20 Austin, TX June 22-25
BC Community Forestry Association AGM May 27-29 Nakusp, BC Postponed TBA
PACWEST Conference 2020 NEW! May 27-30 Jasper, AB Cancelled
Consulting Foresters of America Conference June 6-9 Austin, TX Cancelled
Hoo-Hoo International Convention Sep 12-15 Sacramento, CA Cancelled

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Cancelled and/or Rescheduled Forestry events due to COVID-19

Tree Frog Forestry News
March 27, 2020
Category: Special Feature
Region: Canada, United States

Please let us know if we are missing an event.

       
Event Old Date Location Status
Paper 2020 Mar 15-17 New York, NY Cancelled
ForestTECHx Mar 17-18 Vancouver, BC Sept 1-2
NAWLA Regional Meeting – Montreal Mar 24 Montreal, QC Cancelled
Montreal Wood Convention Mar 24-26 Montreal, QC Cancelled
International Mass Timber Conference Mar 24-26 Portland, OR Postponed TBA
SLMA & SFPA Spring Meeting Mar 25-27 New Orleans, LA Cancelled
BC Indigenous Forestry Career Fairs Mar 26-Apr 15 Multiple Sites, BC Postponed TBA
Spring Cottage Life Show Mar 26-29 Toronto, ONT Cancelled
COFI 2020 Conference Apr 1-3 Prince George, BC Cancelled
Canadian Woodlands Forum Meeting Apr 1-2 Moncton, NB Cancelled
Intermountain Logging Conference Apr 1-3 Spokane Valley, WA Cancelled
BC College of Applied Biology Conference Apr 2-3 Kelowna, BC Cancelled
Ontario Professional Foresters Association Apr 7-9 Allison, ONT Postponed TBA
American Forest Resource Council AGM Apr 14-16 Stevenson, WA Sept 16-18
NAWLA Regional Meeting – Vancouver Apr 9 Vancouver, BC Sept TBA
The Timber Measurement Society Apr 7-9 Coeur d’Alene, ID Cancelled
Great Lakes Forest Health Showcase Apr 9 Sault St Marie, Ont Postponed TBA
TAPPI’s PaperCon Apr 27-30 Atlanta, GA Postponed TBA
Western Forest Insect Work Conference Apr 27-30 Edmonton, AB Cancelled
National Wood Flooring Expo Apr 28-30 Milwaukee, WI Cancelled
Olympic Logging Conference Apr 29-May 1 Victoria, BC Sept 16-18
BC Saw Filer’s AGM and Trade Show May 1-2 Kamloops, BC Cancelled
East Coast Sawmill & Logging Equip. Expo May 1-2 Richmond, VA Oct 9-10
Hoo-Hoo Club 48 Members Night May 7 Vancouver, BC Cancelled
BC Forest Safety Council’s Safety Conf. May 7 Kamloops, BC Cancelled
BC Interior Logging Assoc. Conference May 7-9 Kamloops, BC Cancelled
American Institute of Architects Conference May 14-16 Los Angeles, CA May 14-16
WRCLA Cedar Summit and Cedar School May 13-15 Victoria, BC Cancelled
Northeastern Forest Products Equip. Expo May 15-16 Essex Junction, VA Oct 16-17
Forest Products Society Convention  NEW! May 18-20 Austin, TX June 22-25
BC Community Forestry Association AGM May 27-29 Nakusp, BC Postponed TBA
PACWEST Conference 2020 NEW! May 27-30 Jasper, AB Cancelled
Consulting Foresters of America Conference June 6-9 Austin, TX Cancelled
Hoo-Hoo International Convention Sep 12-15 Sacramento, CA Cancelled

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Cancelled and/or Rescheduled Forestry events due to COVID-19

Tree Frog Forestry News
March 26, 2020
Category: Special Feature
Region: Canada, United States

Please let us know if we are missing an event.

       
Event Old Date Location Status
Paper 2020 Mar 15-17 New York, NY Cancelled
ForestTECHx Mar 17-18 Vancouver, BC Sept 1-2
NAWLA Regional Meeting – Montreal Mar 24 Montreal, QC Cancelled
Montreal Wood Convention Mar 24-26 Montreal, QC Cancelled
International Mass Timber Conference Mar 24-26 Portland, OR Postponed TBA
SLMA & SFPA Spring Meeting Mar 25-27 New Orleans, LA Cancelled
BC Indigenous Forestry Career Fairs Mar 26-Apr 15 Multiple Sites, BC Postponed TBA
Spring Cottage Life Show Mar 26-29 Toronto, ONT Cancelled
COFI 2020 Conference Apr 1-3 Prince George, BC Cancelled
Canadian Woodlands Forum Meeting Apr 1-2 Moncton, NB Cancelled
Intermountain Logging Conference Apr 1-3 Spokane Valley, WA Cancelled
BC College of Applied Biology Conference Apr 2-3 Kelowna, BC Cancelled
Ontario Professional Foresters Association Apr 7-9 Allison, ONT Postponed TBA
American Forest Resource Council AGM Apr 14-16 Stevenson, WA Sept 16-18
NAWLA Regional Meeting – Vancouver Apr 9 Vancouver, BC Sept TBA
The Timber Measurement Society Apr 7-9 Coeur d’Alene, ID Cancelled
Great Lakes Forest Health Showcase Apr 9 Sault St Marie, Ont Postponed TBA
TAPPI’s PaperCon Apr 27-30 Atlanta, GA Postponed TBA
Western Forest Insect Work Conference Apr 27-30 Edmonton, AB Cancelled
National Wood Flooring Expo Apr 28-30 Milwaukee, WI Cancelled
Olympic Logging Conference Apr 29-May 1 Victoria, BC Sept 16-18
BC Saw Filer’s AGM and Trade Show May 1-2 Kamloops, BC Cancelled
East Coast Sawmill & Logging Equip. Expo May 1-2 Richmond, VA Oct 9-10
Hoo-Hoo Club 48 Members Night May 7 Vancouver, BC Cancelled
BC Forest Safety Council’s Safety Conf. May 7 Kamloops, BC Cancelled
BC Interior Logging Assoc. Conference May 7-9 Kamloops, BC Cancelled
American Institute of Architects Conference May 14-16 Los Angeles, CA May 14-16
WRCLA Cedar Summit and Cedar School May 13-15 Victoria, BC Cancelled
Northeastern Forest Products Equip. Expo May 15-16 Essex Junction, VA Oct 16-17
Forest Products Society Convention  NEW! May 18-20 Austin, TX June 22-25
BC Community Forestry Association AGM May 27-29 Nakusp, BC Postponed TBA
PACWEST Conference 2020 NEW! May 27-30 Jasper, AB Cancelled
Consulting Foresters of America Conference June 6-9 Austin, TX Cancelled
Hoo-Hoo International Convention Sep 12-15 Sacramento, CA Cancelled

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Forestry and wood product events cancelled due to COVID-19

The Tree Frog Forestry News
March 25, 2020
Category: Special Feature
Region: Canada, United States

Here is our rolling list, with today’s additions highlighted as NEW!  Please let us know if we are missing an event.

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COVID-19 impact on forestry will be significant, followed by a strong bounce back: FEA

By Kelly McCloskey, Editor
The Tree Frog Forestry News
March 25, 2020
Category: Special Feature
Region: Canada, United States

Kelly McCloskey

Starting with FEA’s baseline forecasts prior the COVID-19 crisis, Brendan Lowney noted that the long-awaited US housing boom had finally arrived, with housing starts in the 1.6 million range. …But it’s all moot, with the US effectively in recession already—as measured by the depth and dispersion of the decline in economic activity. And although any forecast is fraught with uncertainty… Lowney expects the US economy, as measured by GDP, to shrink 3.5 percent over four months, followed by a transition quarter of low growth and then two quarters of high growth. …With respect to the impact on US housing starts, Lowney estimates a 50% reduction in the next quarter, a gradual recovery in the summer and a delayed-boom in fall. 

Speaking to the potential fallout on lumber markets, Paul Jannke expects 2020 consumption to decline 3%—versus the 6% rise forecast previously. Monthly lumber consumption will decrease by 400 MBF by May, 2020 and then gradually increase such that at year end it will be near the same level as prior to the crisis. A strong bounce back is then expected in 2021 with consumption forecast to rise 14%.

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Stay informed on COVID-19 and the forest products sector

The Tree Frog Forestry News
March 24, 2020
Category: Special Feature
Region: Canada, United States

Helping you stay informed on forest sector news is our mission. And although news of COVID-19 can be depressing, it is critical that we all stay informed. In addition to the Tree Frog News itself and our status update on forestry and wood product conferences, we’re keen to promote relevant educational events such as today’s FEA’s COVID-19 Webinar.

Please send us your pertinent events, updates, business and personal strategies so we can share them with the sector at large. Also, share our link (treefrogcreative.ca/news) with your co-workers/colleagues and encourage them to subscribe.

Most important though, stay safe (and keep your distance).

Kelly, Sandy and Heidi

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Forestry and wood product events cancelled due to COVID-19

The Tree Frog Forestry News
March 24, 2020
Category: Special Feature
Region: Canada, United States

Here is our rolling list, with today’s additions highlighted as NEW!  Please let us know if we are missing an event.

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Forestry and wood product events cancelled due to COVID-19

The Tree Frog Forestry News
March 23, 2020
Category: Special Feature
Region: Canada, United States

Here is our rolling list, with today’s additions highlighted as NEW!  Please let us know if we are missing an event.

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Forestry and wood product events cancelled due to COVID-19

The Tree Frog Forestry News
March 20, 2020
Category: Special Feature
Region: Canada, United States

Here is our rolling list, with today’s additions highlighted as NEW!  Please let us know if we are missing an event.

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Forestry and wood product events cancelled due to COVID-19

The Tree Frog Forestry News
March 19, 2020
Category: Special Feature
Region: Canada, United States

Here is our rolling list, with today’s additions highlighted as NEW!  Please let us know if we are missing an event.

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Forestry and wood product events cancelled due to COVID-19

Tree Frog Forestry News
March 18, 2020
Category: Special Feature
Region: Canada, United States

 Here is our rolling list, with today’s additions highlighted as NEW!  Please let us know if we are missing an event.

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Tracking the Spread of the Outbreak

The New York Times
March 13, 2020
Category: Special Feature
Region: Canada, United States

The coronavirus epidemic has sickened more than 135,400 people, according to official counts. As of Friday morning, at least 4,988 people have died, including 1,808 outside of mainland China. As the map below shows, infected people have been detected in at least 111 countries. There is evidence on six continents of sustained transmission of the virus. The C.D.C. has advised against all non-essential travel throughout most of Europe, and to South Korea, China and Iran. And the agency has warned older and at-risk Americans to avoid travel to any country.

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Time to vote for Canada’s national lichen — the ‘spectacular’ organisms that carpet the country

CBC Radio – As It Happens
March 4, 2020
Category: Special Feature
Region: Canada

Not everyone knows what lichen is, but Troy McMullin wants Canadians to know how lucky we are to have a lot of the fungus-based organisms. That’s why he says it’s time for the country to officially pick a national lichen species. McMullin is a research scientist with the Canadian Museum of Nature. He specializes in lichenology and is asking Canadians to vote for one of seven lichens to determine Canada’s national species. …After drafting a criteria and consulting with scientists across the country, McMullin narrowed the nominations to seven lichen eligible for the national vote: Boreal oakmoss, common freckle pelt, concentric ring, elegant sunburst, horsehair, star-tipped reindeer or yellow map. …The polls close on March 20. 

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The Impact of Climate Change on Forest Operations

By Mark Partington
FPInnovations
March 4, 2020
Category: Special Feature
Region: Canada

It is undeniable that climate change has an impact on forest operations. Whether it is flash floods, droughts, warmer winters or strong winds, these events affect forest operations in different ways. They are problematic for the maintenance of access roads and transport, soil protection, fire prevention and recovery of wood after disturbance. FPInnovations researchers have taken a closer look at the impacts and are proposing adaptation measures which, for the most part, represent innovative solutions. …The modernization of our operations must now incorporate adapted practices to promote the resilience of forest operations. Many of these practices are already known and considered best practices. In some cases, however, additional costs are expected. It is important to limit the impacts through proactive strategies essential to viable forestry operations.

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5 years of Women in Wood

By Lacey and Jess
Women in Wood
February 3, 2020
Category: Special Feature
Region: Canada

Over 5 years ago, we decided that it was time to bring women together to celebrate and elevate those working in, with and for the forest and to inspire the next generation of women to consider a place in the woods. At this time, gender was not really being discussed in the forest sector. While there was an overall understanding that there weren’t many females in the sector, it wasn’t something that was identified as an issue, nor were actions being taken to make any change. Since then we have seen an uprising of gender diversity initiatives… What we have loved the most about the Women in Wood (WIW) group, is the organic conversations … between the 1,200+ members. …looking ahead, the work to be done is not about fighting for equality as much as it is about celebrating diversity, and continuing to support growth for all women in, with and for the woods.

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Western Red Cedar Lumber Association Earns 2019 Brand Builder Award

PRWeb Hanley Wood Press Release
January 16, 2020
Category: Special Feature
Region: Canada, United States

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Hanley Wood, the housing industry’s data leader and the industry’s top residential real estate development and new home construction advisors is pleased to announce that Western Red Cedar Lumber Association (WRCLA) has received a 2019 Brand Builder Award in the Best Ad Campaign category. “We are thrilled to honor Western Red Cedar Lumber Association as a Platinum winner in the for Best Ad Campaign [Nice Deck, Dick] of our Brand Builder Awards,” said Paul Tourbaf, President, Residential Construction Group, Hanley Wood. “Their creative marketing approach combined with the effectiveness of their work, distinguished them as a leader in their category. I congratulate WRCLA for their success.” …The Brand Builder Awards recognize the most innovative and effective marketing campaigns throughout the residential and commercial design and construction industries.

For more on on WRCLA’s promotional efforts go to Realcedar.com. For more on WRCLA’s award winning PR firm Bare Advertising and Communication go to Bare.ca.

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Call for speakers: Innovation about forests, forest products, and forest-rich communities

By Carlton Owen
The US Endowment for Forestry and Communities
January 9, 2020
Category: Special Feature
Region: Canada, United States

GREENVILLE, South Carolina – The US Endowment for Forestry and Communities announced a call for speaker nominations for the second annual Forest Innovation Reviews (FIRz) symposium to be hosted this Fall by Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon. FIRz is a forum for innovative ideas to solve some of today’s most significant challenges… about forests, forest management, forest products, and forest-rich communities, conveyed through short, powerful talks. The deadline for nominating yourself or someone else is February 28, 2020. [Here is the speakers fact sheet, the inaugural 2019 FIRz speaker talks and a summary video] …“Threats to forests, their health and productivity have never been greater, and those threats continue to outpace traditional solutions. FIRz is a forum for surfacing the best new ideas for the health and future of forests,”, said Endowment President and CEO Carlton Owen. “It has emerged as the signature annual event.”

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“Sawdust Fusiliers” — The Canadian Forestry Corps in WW1

By Judith Elson
Royal Commonwealth Society of Canada
November 8, 2019
Category: Special Feature
Region: Canada

During the First World War huge quantities of wood were needed on the Western Front: to shore up trench walls and line muddy trench floors; to make stakes for barbed wire fences; to construct corduroy roads over muddy terrain; to build shelters, hangars, military buildings. …Britain had plenty of suitable trees but lacked experienced men to cut and trim them. On February 16, 1916, Andrew Bonar Law, the British Colonial Secretary, formally asked the Duke of Connaught, Governor-General of Canada, if Canada would provide the manpower necessary to cut and process timber in England. By March 1, 1916, the Canadian Government had responded by creating the 224th Battalion, dedicated to harvesting and processing timber resources overseas. Another three battalions were recruited in the next fifteen months. …By the end of the year, 11 companies of Canadian lumbermen were working in Britain, with another 3 companies working in France, a total of 3038 Canadians.

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Four New Jobs Coming to Barriere Thanks to Woodco Upgrades

Woodco
February 28, 2020
Category: Special Feature
Region: Canada, Canada West

BARRIERE – Despite tough times in the forest industry, local family-owned mill Woodco is making an investment in the future, and is adding four new jobs to their roster of 25 people. “We replaced our micro-mill equipment with a new Brewco double scragg and resaw line, which means increased production and improved lumber quality,” said Woodco owner John Drew. “Increased production means adding employees, and in a small community like Barriere, those four new jobs are important.” The new equipment allows Woodco to efficiently turn shorter, round logs into square ‘cants’ which can then be further processed into lumber and other value-added products.

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Interview with Susan Yurkovich, president and CEO of the Council of Forest Industries

By Nick Rockel
BC Business
February 18, 2020
Category: Special Feature
Region: Canada, Canada West

2. Why should British Columbians who don’t live in forest-dependent communities care? Forestry has been and continues to be vital to the provincial economy. It supports over 100,000 direct and indirect jobs. …And they’re located in every region.

4. Why has COFI proposed designating a “working forest” land base?  …about 52 percent of the land base in BC has some form of conservation measure on it. That’s a huge commitment, and it’s important. But we also think there should be balance. …To provide security for people to make the choice to invest here, they need to know they’re going to have access to fibre at a reasonable cost.

5. How can we turn things around? Gov’t has a role in creating the conditions… ensuring that the regulatory regime is robust and strong but also efficient and streamlined. …For industry, we’ve got to continue to look at our market and product diversity and how we extract even greater value from the fibre.

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Small town boy becomes ‘model researcher’

Pacific Forestry Centre, Natural Resources Canada
February 10, 2020
Category: Special Feature
Region: Canada, Canada West

A core mandate of the Canadian Forest Service is to conduct scientific research on Canada’s forests. One unique and increasingly important area of research—given Canada’s commitment to the Paris Agreement (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC))—involves modeling and predicting forest ecosystem carbon stocks and the role that Canada’s forests play in the carbon cycle to reduce emissions and increase climate resilience. The Carbon Accounting Team (CAT) at the Pacific Forestry Centre (PFC) is key in this regard having developed a suite of models and tools that are at the forefront of forest carbon science. Ben Hudson is a member PFC’s CAT in Victoria where he and his colleagues work to improve the models and predictions of forest carbon. Hudson’s specific role involves carbon modelling to estimate forest carbon dynamics and GHG emissions associated with forests and forestry related activities. [Click here for French version]

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ABCFP focuses on issues and the Professional Governance Act

By Kelly McCloskey and Sandy McKellar
Tree Frog Forestry News
February 6, 2020
Category: Special Feature
Region: Canada, Canada West

Day two of the BC professional foresters conference kicked off with welcomes from Nanaimo Mayor Leorard Krog and Chief Michael Wyse of the Snuneymuxw First Nation, accompanied by the enthusiastic Snuneymuxw Dance Group and ‘good-day’ singer and elder Lorraine Good. Six issue-oriented breakout sessions followed on topics such as the impact of climate change on water and on wildfire, the import of workforce diversity and the UN Declaration, lessons learned by the Forest Practices Board and the art of public engagement. The keynote plenary was a discussion with BC’s new Superintendent of Professional Governance on the changes coming with BC’s new Professional Governance Act, and the keynote luncheon speaker was an eye-opening talk by hockey star Jordin Tootoo on his personal experience with addiction recovery and mental health. Check back on Monday for the key takeaways. Below are some visual highlights. Click the Read More link to visit our full online gallery.

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Thinking Locally: BC Communities and Forest Management

By Kelly McCloskey
The Tree Frog Forestry News
February 5, 2020
Category: Special Feature
Region: Canada, Canada West

Gary Bull, Douglas White, Merlin Blackwell, Gary Foster and Sharie Minions

Forest Minister Doug Donaldson said the future of forest management in BC will involve communities having more control over decisions regarding local resources. But how important is that and how’s it going so far? Moderator Gary Bull, UBC Forestry Professor had no problem eliciting ‘animated’ responses from a panel of BC mayors and a First Nations community leader. Gary Foster, Mayor of Fort Nelson spoke of the foreclosures and bankruptcies following the  closure of two sawmills and collapse of their oil and gas sector. …Clearwater mayor Merlin Blackwell spoke of similar challenges and solutions but also the ongoing uncertainty and frustration on waiting for government to decide on Canfor’s tenure sale to Interfor. Sharie Minions, Mayor of Port Alberni spoke passionately of their communities history and attachment to the sector. …Douglas White III, a spokesperson with Coast Salish First Nation… opined on the ‘defining moment’ the recent federal appeals court represents in Aboriginal reconciliation.

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Are herbicides getting a bad rap?

By Sandy McKellar
Tree Frog Forestry News
February 5, 2020
Category: Special Feature
Region: Canada, Canada West

Neil Hughes, Crystal Chadburn and Len Ritten

This panel of two experts was asked, “Are herbicides getting a bad rap?”. Moderator Chrystal Chadburn with the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development introduced the speakers and moderated the panel. The first to take the podium was Dr. Len Ritten, a professor of environmental toxicology at the University of Guelf and Chair of the Council of Canadian Academics Expert Panel on the Integrated Testing of Pesticides, evaluating the testing strategies used to assess and regulate the risk of pesticides to humans and the environment. …Neil Hughes, RPF, a forest establishment leader with the Resource Practices Branch in the Ministry of Forests followed Dr. Ritter with a demonstration of the effectiveness of herbicides in forest regeneration. Although both very different, it seemed that neither was willing to condemn herbicides. Each pointed to research and practical applications that showed them to be both safe for the public and helpful for forest regeneration.

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ABCFP kicks-off their annual conference with substance and style

Sandy McKellar & Kelly McCloskey
The Tree Frog Forestry News
February 5, 2020
Category: Special Feature
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Association of BC Forest Professionals kicked off its 72nd AGM & conference with two high profile issue panels (old-growth management and herbicide use), and a plenary session on the role of local mayors/community leaders in the future of forest management. The three-day conference promises to be an outstanding event given the attendance of more than 500 delegates—including 60 new inductees, a record number of award winners, and speakers such as Doug Donaldson, Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development. On the style front, the sold-out affair opened with an icebreaker featuring tastings from a local distillery, winery and brewery. The Tree Frog News team was on site capturing the highlights and below is a sampling of our updates and images.

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Old Growth: How are we managing the resource and the expectations?

By Kelly McCloskey
Tree Frog Forestry News
February 5, 2020
Category: Special Feature
Region: Canada, Canada West

Alen Banner, Al Gorely, Shannon Janzen, Sonia Furstenau, and Jordan Benner

Panel moderator Al Gorley, RPF—co-leader of the government’s current old-growth review—noted the significant expertise on the panel and how it parallels the range of science, forest practices and governance complexity he’s been hearing from on the topic. First up, ecologist Allen Banner, RPF, RPBio set the stage with the science behind establishing old-growth definitions. …Shannon Janzen RPF, VP and Chief Forester at Western Forest Products spoke… the significant volumes of coast old-growth forests not available for harvest, the retention harvesting undertaken to mimic natural disturbances and management of the working forest to protect important ecological features. …Jordan Benner FIT, PhD Candidate and research advisor for the Nanwakolas Council brought the First Nations perspective to the discussion. …Finally, Green Party MLA Sonnia Furstenau spoke of the public’s passion for old-growth.

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ABCFP 2020 Nanaimo kicks off today

Association of BC Forest Professionals
February 5, 2020
Category: Special Feature
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Association of BC Forest Professionals kick off their annual conference today with a tour of the North Cowichan Municipal Forest and BC Forest Discovery Centre. Stops will include a recent fire and blowdown salvage harvesting operation and a previously harvested area where current strategies and challenges of working with recreational users within the working forest will be discussed. The tour ends at the BC Forest Discovery Center. Participants will see the new interactive exhibit, Forest Forever, showing why BC’s forests are unique in the world and  how science and technology are helping us sustainably manage our forest resource. In the afternoon, two in-depth discussions will look at the controversial topics of old growth forest management and the use of herbicides. Wrapping the day’s talks, delegates will come together for a plenary entitled ‘Thinking Locally: BC Communities and Forest Management’ before heading to the icebreaker on the tradeshow floor.

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A Researcher who’s a ‘Fungi’ at Heart!

By Sandy McKellar
Pacific Forestry Centre, Natural Resources Canada
January 31, 2020
Category: Special Feature
Region: Canada, Canada West

A research scientist in the Forest Pest Risk Management program at NRCan’s Pacific Forestry Centre (PFC) in Victoria, Joey Tanney gets to think about fungi all day long—and that’s a good thing! Growing up, Tanney spent much of his youth in Ontario where his interest in natural history kept him busy exploring nearby ravines and forests. A dog-eared field guide to insects, and an interest in plants eventually led him into a career in forest pathology. …Today, as a researcher at PFC, he provides scientific advice supporting phytosanitary policies to reduce trade barriers, while conducting research, risk assessments, and response strategies for native pests and alien invasive species. …Now a year into his work in the Forest Pest Risk Management program in Victoria, he has just applied for funding for two additional projects, one involving real- time detection of fungi within plant tissues. It’s important to him that his work leads to practical and valuable applications. (French version here)

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Innovative forest inventories – how is the landscape shifting? Q&A with Forsite Consultants

Tree Frog News and Forsite Consultants
January 15, 2020
Category: Special Feature
Region: Canada, Canada West

Sandy McKellar at Tree Frog News recently interviewed the team at Forsite Consultants to learn more about innovative inventories and how they are used in forest management. Forsite Consultants Ltd is a leading-edge forest management company with offices in BC and across Canada. Together their team brings unique approaches to forest inventory to provide added-value to their natural resource clients. The Forsite interview panel included Cam Brown, strategic planning forester and manager of the Resource Management and Technology group; Mike Parlow, Inventories Team Lead; and Carleigh Drew, marketing specialist. McKellar’s interview explores how Forsite uses LiDAR to create innovative operational forest inventories and how digital twinning of timber on the strategic land base can bring data to life.

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Developing Forest Biomass Removal Guidelines to Ensure Environmental Sustainability

Natural Resources Canada
January 14, 2020
Category: Special Feature
Region: Canada, Canada West

Canadian Forest Service (CFS) researchers are undertaking research to determine how much biomass, by species of tree and by ecosystem type, can safely be removed from forests while still maintaining healthy ecological functions. The information gained from studies now underway will help forest managers better understand the limits to biomass harvesting. It will also help managers determine the best approaches to harvesting biomass in a sustainable way. In Canada, logging residue (or slash) is typically piled and burned to increase plantable area or reduce insect, disease and wildfire risk, or left on-site to decompose. Slash has been used for generating bioenergy in some European countries for decades, and some of these countries have been assessing how much to take, how much to leave and the best way to convert slash to energy. In Sweden, 25% of energy production in 2016 was from biomass, of which slash (harvest residues) was the largest single component. [Access the French version here]

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Highlights from the 2019 Wood Solutions Conference

By Sandy McKellar
Tree Frog Forestry News
November 6, 2019
Category: Special Feature
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Vancouver Convention Centre was buzzing on Tuesday as 600+ architects, engineers, builders, contractors, building officials, technologists, planners/developers and students came together for the 2019 Wood Solutions Conference. An annual event hosted by Wood WORKS! BC, this is the place for wood producers to showcase their products to end users who are passionate about using wood. …An event that has become a tradition in the province of BC, the Wood Solutions Conference provides delegates with two streams of learning. This year, in the expanded second floor ballroom of the convention centre, 36 booths filled a trade show where wood industry representatives displayed information and spoke with interested visitors. …Concurrent breakout sessions gave delegates a second opportunity to learn about integrating wood into their business. Twenty workshops in four content streams featured speakers from near and far. …Embury-Williams was delighted to introduce Øystein Elgsaas, an architect and partner at the firm Voll Arkitekter—the masterminds behind the world’s tallest wood building—Mjøstårnet.

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Enjoy a slideshow of pictures from the 2019 Wood Solutions Conference

By Sandy McKellar
Tree Frog Forestry News
November 6, 2019
Category: Special Feature
Region: Canada, Canada West

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Protest convoy of up to 200 logging trucks rolls into downtown Vancouver

By Simon Little and Sean Boynton
Global News
September 25, 2019
Category: Special Feature
Region: Canada, Canada West

As many as 200 logging trucks came rumbling through downtown Vancouver Wednesday, bringing the plight of B.C.’s embattled forestry sector to provincial leaders. Government MLAs and the province’s mayors are gathered at the Vancouver Convention Centre for the annual Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) convention. Convoy co-organizer Frank Etchart, who owns Nadina Logging Ltd., told Global News action to address mill closures and curtailments in the province is needed immediately. …The convoy was met by hundreds of onlookers, some of them cheering and applauding the truckers. Others held signs voicing support for the forestry industry, reading “forestry feeds my family.” …“The mills can’t afford to bring the wood out of the bush because the stumpage is too high. So it’s going to sit there until the stumpage rate comes down and they can afford to bring it in,” Williams Lake Mayor Walt Cobb said. 
[This story has excellent video coverage]

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Total Wine & More
March 17, 2020
Category: Special Feature
Region: International

Today is a celebration of all things Irish – and green! The parties will be smaller but we hope that everyone takes a moment to enjoy this lively holiday. Do you know why we celebrate? Do you know who Patrick was? We’ve done a bit of research. 

Saint Patrick is the most well-known of all of Ireland’s patron saints, but surprisingly, he wasn’t Irish. He was born in Great Britain, but was kidnapped from his home by pirates at the age of 16 and forced into slavery in Ireland. He eventually escaped and returned to Great Britain, where he became a bishop. A vision inspired him to return to Ireland and convert all the pagans to Christianity.

The Irish holiday began to honour St. Patrick on the anniversary of his death. It was a day when the Catholic church feasted and removed drinking restrictions. In the 1840s, Irish immigrants in the US kicked it up a notch, adding green in honour of the shamrock – and the drinking festival was born! 

You can read a more detailed version of this in the read more link! 

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The dark and mysterious origins of Valentine’s Day

By Ken Haddad
February 14, 2020
Category: Special Feature
Region: International

The origins of the holiday are a bit darker than the hearts and chocolates that mark the day now. …The Catholic Church had at least three different saints named either Valentine or Valentinus, all martyred. …As the legend goes, Emperor Claudius II decided that single men were better soldiers than those with wives and families. So, he outlawed marriage for young men. Valentine felt this was an injustice and continued to perform marriages in secret. When Claudius found out, he ordered Valentine be put to death. …Another darker theory behind the holiday takes us to the ancient Pagan Festival in February, called Lupercalia, involving animal sacrifice to increase fertility. …It wasn’t until Shakespeare romanticize the day that it really took off!

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Cancelled and/or Rescheduled Forestry events due to COVID-19

Tree Frog Forestry News
March 31, 2020
Category: Special Feature

Please let us know if we are missing an event.

       
Event Old Date Location Status
Paper 2020 Mar 15-17 New York, NY Cancelled
ForestTECHx Mar 17-18 Vancouver, BC Sept 1-2
NAWLA Regional Meeting – Montreal Mar 24 Montreal, QC Cancelled
Montreal Wood Convention Mar 24-26 Montreal, QC Cancelled
International Mass Timber Conference Mar 24-26 Portland, OR Postponed TBA
SLMA & SFPA Spring Meeting Mar 25-27 New Orleans, LA Cancelled
BC Indigenous Forestry Career Fairs Mar 26-Ap 15  Multiple Sites, BC Postponed TBA
Spring Cottage Life Show Mar 26-29 Toronto, ONT Cancelled
COFI 2020 Conference Apr 1-3 Prince George, BC Cancelled
Canadian Woodlands Forum Meeting Apr 1-2 Moncton, NB Cancelled
Intermountain Logging Conference Apr 1-3 Spokane Valley, WA Cancelled
NY State Mass Timber Symposium NEW! Apr 1 Syracuse, NY Oct 28
NY State Green Building Conference NEW! Apr 2-3 Syracuse NY Oct 29-30
BC College of Applied Biology Conference Apr 2-3 Kelowna, BC Cancelled
Ontario Professional Foresters Association Apr 7-9 Allison, ONT Postponed TBA
American Forest Resource Council AGM Apr 14-16 Stevenson, WA Sept 16-18
NAWLA Regional Meeting – Vancouver Apr 9 Vancouver, BC Sept TBA
The Timber Measurement Society Apr 7-9 Coeur d’Alene, ID Cancelled
Great Lakes Forest Health Showcase Apr 9 Sault St Marie, Ont Postponed TBA
TAPPI’s PaperCon Apr 27-30 Atlanta, GA Postponed TBA
Western Forest Insect Work Conference Apr 27-30 Edmonton, AB Cancelled
National Wood Flooring Expo Apr 28-30 Milwaukee, WI Cancelled
Olympic Logging Conference Apr 29-May 1 Victoria, BC Sept 16-18
BC Saw Filer’s AGM and Trade Show May 1-2 Kamloops, BC Cancelled
East Coast Sawmill & Logging Equip. Expo May 1-2 Richmond, VA Oct 9-10
Hoo-Hoo Club 48 Members Night May 7 Vancouver, BC Cancelled
BC Forest Safety Council’s Safety Conf. May 7 Kamloops, BC Cancelled
BC Interior Logging Assoc. Conference May 7-9 Kamloops, BC Cancelled
American Institute of Architects Conference May 14-16 Los Angeles, CA Cancelled
WRCLA Cedar Summit and Cedar School May 13-15 Victoria, BC Cancelled
Northeastern Forest Products Equip. Expo May 15-16 Essex Junction, VA Oct 16-17
Forest Products Society Convention  May 18-20 Austin, TX June 22-25
BC Community Forestry Association AGM May 27-29 Nakusp, BC Postponed TBA
PACWEST Conference 2020 May 27-30 Jasper, AB Cancelled
Consulting Foresters of America Conference Jun 6-9 Austin, TX Cancelled
Decorative Hardwoods Conference NEW! Jun 7-9 Hilton Head, SC Oct 11-13
Western Mensurationists Conference NEW! Jun 14-16 Spokane WA Online Only
Festival of Forestry Teachers Tour NEW! Jul 8-10 Squamish, BC Cancelled
Hoo-Hoo International Convention Sep 12-15 Sacramento, CA Cancelled

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Forestry and wood product events cancelled due to COVID-19

The Tree Frog Forestry News
March 17, 2020
Category: Special Feature

This past week of coronavirus news, in particular the import of slowing its spread through in-person events, has resulted in the cancellation or postponement of most forestry and wood product events. Here is our rolling list, with today’s additions highlighted as NEW!:

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Forestry and wood product events cancelled due to COVID-19

The Tree Frog Forestry News
March 16, 2020
Category: Special Feature

Kelly, Sandy and Heidi

The COVID-19 pandemic is spreading across North America and the health and safety of our communities is paramount. As you go about your daily lives, the Tree Frog News encourages you to take precautionary measures to ensure your safety and that of your family, friends and neighbours. Now more than ever we need to look out for each other and encourage preparedness. At the same time, it’s important to keep things in perspective, focus on what you can control and keep to your normal routine as much as possible. 

This past week of coronavirus news, in particular the import of slowing its spread through in-person events, has resulted in the cancellation or postponement of most forestry and wood product events. Here is a partial list (which we will update):

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Merry Christmas and All the Best for 2020!

By Sandy McKellar
Tree Frog Forestry News
December 23, 2019
Category: Special Feature

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Back by popular demand. Sandy the ballad-monger!

By Sandy McKellar
The Tree Frog Forestry News
December 20, 2019
Category: Special Feature

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