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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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A man with a plan for the future: FPInnovations President and CEO carves out his vision

By Heather Lynch
The Paper Advance
February 6, 2018
Category: Special Feature
Region: Canada

Stéphane Renou

Paper Advance sat down with Mr. Stéphane Renou, President and Chief Executive Officer of FPInnovations, to discuss his new role. Below are a few quotes from his response:

  • The forestry sector is at a critical juncture: there’s a thirst for innovation now more than ever. Developing innovation requires the desire to inno- vate along with an open mind to acquire new approaches from other industries and apply them in the forestry context to advance its particular needs. 
  • Over the next year, we will work closer with all our partners, improve efficiency and improve value creation as highlighted during the recent survey that FPInnovations launched in 2017.
  • FPInnovations is evolving and increasing its focus on developing the best innovation value proposition for the forest-based industry. We all need to evolve more rapidly to support a constantly changing world and its needs. This can only be achieved through collaboration within and outside of the industry.

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2017: The year wood construction grew like a weed

By Lloyd Alter
Treehugger
December 22, 2017
Category: Special Feature
Region: Canada

Looking back on 2017 it is hard to know where to start, there was so much happening. It’s the year that wood construction really went mainstream, everywhere. We are not even going to discuss the fantasy projects, just the real stuff being built by real architects. Because we are past gawking at models and renderings, things are getting built! …It really was a remarkable year, with the world’s tallest timber tower, Brock Commons Tallwood House, opening for business. No doubt it will be overtaken very soon, as architects and wood engineers keep pushing the envelope. If I can make some predictions for the coming year:

  • Dowel-Laminated Timber (DLT) and Nail Laminated Timber (NLT) will be used more and more instead of CLT because of cost and competitive pressures.
  • The race to be the tallest building will run out of gas, and wood will mostly be used for medium height buildings, say up to 15 floors, the “missing middle” kind of buildings.
  • We will see a lot more of the European-style high quality wood frame construction in low-rise buildings.

But we will also see a lot more wood.

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The Softwood Lumber Board helps sell more lumber

Softwood Lumber Board
November 27, 2017
Category: Special Feature
Region: Canada, United States

Lumber is an integral part of your business and how America builds its housing. The Softwood Lumber Board’s (SLB’s) mission is to make it much more than that. Our unique programs are showing what is possible when building with wood across residential, commercial, mid-rise, appearance, and even tall building segments. …So far since 2012, our investments have resulted in 2.59 billion board feet of new demand—reflecting a fivefold increase through 2016. 

A recent report by Forest Economic Advisors shows that softwood lumber is not only vital to the industry itself, but also a key economic driver for households across rural America. The average wage for someone working in the softwood lumber industry in America is $54,500 per year, which is $11,000 more than the average rural salary. These earnings mean greater financial freedom and purchasing power, expanding the industry’s overall economic impact.

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The forgotten disaster that inspired Nova Scotia’s yearly Christmas gift to Boston

By John Bacon
Boston Globe
November 23, 2017
Category: Special Feature
Region: Canada, United States

Every winter, the people of Nova Scotia send the province’s best Christmas tree to Boston Common. What did the people of Boston do to inspire Nova Scotians to spend some $180,000 each year to give them a 50-foot spruce tree? The answer lies in a forgotten disaster. [The Great Halifax Explosion]. …When [Massachusetts] Governor McCall’s second telegram to Halifax received no response, he sent a third: “Realizing time is of the utmost importance we have not waited for your answer but have dispatched the relief train.” …On November 30 this year, the people of Boston will light the Christmas tree, a testament to a time when the worst the world could inflict brought out the best in two countries. The hard-earned friendship those days forged has stood as an example to the world for a century.

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Forest sector strategies for climate change mitigation

By Carolyn Smyth and Werner Kurz, Canadian Forest Service
Natural Resources Canada
October 30, 2017
Category: Special Feature
Region: Canada

Scientists examine how forests and wood products can reduce emissions to the atmosphere. Pacific Forestry Centre research scientists Carolyn Smyth and Werner Kurz model the impact of various strategies on the greenhouse gas balance of Canada’s forest sector. Modeling several decades into the future allows scientists to ask, “What mitigation actions will work best for each region?” and assess how changes in activities or technology can reduce future emissions or enhance removals of greenhouse gases from the atmosphere. Forests play an important role in the carbon cycle. The carbon cycle is the movement of carbon from land and water through the atmosphere and all living things.  …This dynamic process of absorbing and releasing carbon constantly affects the global carbon balance.

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Conferences bring disease experts together

By Mike Cruickshank
Natural Resources Canada
October 6, 2017
Category: Special Feature
Region: Canada

Plant diseases threaten many of Canada’s most important timber crops and tree species. Over the years forest pathologists from Mexico to Alaska have worked together to develop important knowledge on how to manage North American forest diseases. Experts work across borders to discuss climate change, mistletoe, foliage and twig diseases, hazard trees, nursery disease, root disease and rusts. Like people, plants catch viruses too. Blueberry Scorch Virus infects our blueberry crops in BC, and infected plants su er with sluggish growth that reduces yields. Another example is Blister Rust of white pine trees; this fungal disease severely a ects this tree’s survival. Pathologists use a range of tools to combat these diseases, but not creating the conditions for them to ourish is one of the most important steps.

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SLA 3: Not quite yet

Paul Quinn and Charan Sanghera
RBC Capital Markets
August 16, 2017
Category: Special Feature
Region: Canada, United States

No deal before NAFTA – Canada and the US could not agree on a softwood lumber deal before the NAFTA negotiations began today. While this was more of an artificial deadline… NAFTA will be the focus and a new softwood lumber agreement will now take a distant back seat. …Resolving softwood lumber might help Trump with NAFTA – We believe that US President Trump’s real issue with NAFTA is with Mexico. …We also believe that the US President needs a “win”. In facilitating a long-term deal on Canadian softwood lumber imports, we anticipate that President Trump could leverage the expected goodwill gained from Canada to help secure a better NAFTA deal between the US and Mexico. 

So what does it take to get an agreement on softwood lumber? We believe that it is in the US Coalition’s best short-term interest to keep the present CVD and ADD rate situation going for as long as possible. Based on past disputes, it is likely to take Team Canada a couple of years to successfully move the final rates materially lower. …However, over the longer term, we believe that a quota-based softwood lumber deal is in the interest of the US Coalition. So what’s needed? We believe that Trump has leverage over the US Coalition while the final duty rates are still in the determination stage. 

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Delivered lumber cost to US, competitiveness set to change

By Russ Taylor, President, International Wood Markets Group
Wood Business
July 17, 2017
Category: Special Feature
Region: Canada, United States

The impact of duties on Canadian lumber exports to the U.S. will be a game-changer for different producing areas in North America, and also for exporters to the U.S. from overseas. …Essentially, a new “floor price” will be established, with lower total imports (especially from Canada) and increased U.S. lumber production. …It seems that the objectives of the American side are clear: to raise lumber prices (and log prices) and create a windfall for U.S. sawmills and timberland owners, but with the consumer (and Canadian mills) paying for it. …While most estimates expect the combined, final duties in January 2018 to be 25 per cent–30 per cent, is it only a coincidence that the Canadian dollar has devalued by about 25 per cent since January 2013? …If there is indeed a “subsidy” as claimed by the U.S. side, it would seem the Canadian industry must be making huge sawmilling margins as compared to American mills. Well…no. We can state with certainty that this is simply not the case. …The net result, as we are forecasting, will be higher U.S. lumber prices that will keep Canadian mills in play but also enable European exporters to expand the volumes they ship to the U.S. market. Already, European softwood lumber exports had increased by 400 per cent in the first four months of 2017 as compared to the same period in 2016.

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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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Excellence in structural and architectural wood design recognized at 2018 Wood Design Awards in BC

BC Wood WORKS!
February 26, 2018
Category: Special Feature
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER – Innovative architectural and structural design in taller and larger mass timber buildings headlined the 2018 Wood Design Awards event at the Vancouver Convention Centre Monday evening. The 14th annual event, organized and hosted by Wood WORKS! BC, honoured excellence in wood building and design, and recognized leadership and innovation in wood use. Nearly 500 guests attended this year’s celebration of wood, including distinguished building and design professionals, owners, local and provincial government representatives, industry sponsors and guests. …The Brock Commons – Tallwood House was the most celebrated project of the 2018 Wood Design Awards in BC, with a win in a record three categories, including the Engineer Award, the Architect Award and Wood Innovation Award. The 18-storey project, located at UBC in Vancouver, was the tallest hybrid mass timber building in the world at the time of construction.

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Doug Donaldson Grateful No Loss of Life During Worst Wildfire Season in History

By Kelly McCloskey
Tree Frog Forestry News
February 25, 2018
Category: Special Feature
Region: Canada, Canada West

Doug Donaldson

Closing the three-day conference of the BC Association of Forest Professionals in Victoria, Doug Donaldson, Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development, provided an overview of his government’s forest policy directions. This includes increasing jobs per m3 harvested, expanding BC’s innovating wood-products sector, and improving wildlife management and land use planning. Although future actions related to how the province addresses wildfires will await the Chapman/Abbott review in April, the Minister expressed thanks and gratitude to all who helped ensure the 2017 wildfire season came and went without any loss of life. 

In response to wildfires and the mountain pine beetle epidemic, Donaldson announced the formation of a five-member panel to review the province’s forest inventory program. The panel includes: former UBC Forestry Dean Clarke Binkley; RPFs Bill Bourgeois, Valerie LeMay and Ian Moss; and Nick Reynolds of Sangan Environmental Services. The objective is to ensure the program accurately reflects the changed nature of BC’s forests.

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Minister Heyman Says Forestry Not the Primary Reason for Professional Reliance Review

By Kelly McCloskey
Tree Frog Forestry News
February 25, 2018
Category: Special Feature
Region: Canada, Canada West

Jennifer McGuire, Christine Gelowitz and George Heyman

Speaking at the Association of BC Forest Professionals AGM in Victoria on Friday, George Heyman, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy said “ensuring the public interest and the environment are protected” is behind the government’s review of the role of professionals in resource management. Citing the Mount Polly mine disaster and the Hullcar Aquifer [agriculture] situation as incidents that have created “public doubt”, Heyman added that the review is “not directed at professionals per se, but whether the system under which they operate is functioning properly”.

Although forestry was not the reason for the review Heyman noted that “all professions need to be included because there are inconsistencies across the associations” and “system challenges have been identified by the Forest Practices Board” in the practice of professional forestry. Quoting the Board, Heyman mentioned situations “where forestry development has put environmental and community values at risk, yet district managers could do little to protect the public interest”; and “where multiple licensees operating on the same landbase may [unwittingly] undermined each other’s action to protect a non-timber value”.

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The Distinguished Forester and the Carbon Conundrum Top Day Two at ABCFP Conference

By Kelly McCloskey
Tree Frog Forestry News
February 23, 2018
Category: Special Feature
Region: Canada, Canada West

Lorne Bedford RPF

Topping off day-two of the ABCFP conference in Victoria was the President’s Awards Banquet where more than a dozen forest professionals and others were honoured for their outstanding work in sustainably managing BC’s forests. The association’s highest honour for a member—the Distinguished Forester Award—went to Lorne Bedford RPF for his decades of work in forest practices and silviculture with the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development. The award recognizes an individual for outstanding service to the profession of forestry and for furthering the principles of the association. …A feature panel [for us inquiring Frogs], was on the carbon conundrum and the potential of managing for timber and carbon at the same time. The experts included Dr. Werner Kurz, (Pacific Forestry Centre) Satnam Manhas (Ecotrust Canada) and Albert Nussbaum (BC Forest Analysis and Inventory Branch). The key takeaway being that climate change is serious business; the associated issues of wildfire and beetles are key to carbon management, and forests and forest management can play a helpful role. 

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ABCFP kicks off its Conference with a Panel of Chief Foresters

By Kelly McCloskey
Tree Frog Forestry News
February 22, 2018
Category: Special Feature
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Association of BC Forest Professionals (ABCFP) kicked off their annual conference with two workshops, a plenary of chief foresters and a public lecture on the future of wildfire in BC. The three-day conference promises to be an outstanding event given the attendance of more than 400 delegates and high profile speakers such as Minister George Heyman (Environment and Climate Change) and Doug Donaldson (Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development) still to come. Al Gorley (the Host Committee Chair) and Diane Nicholls (BC’s Chief Forester) introduced the first plenary “Charting the Path for Truly Sustainable Forest Management”. Gorley and Nicholls spoke of the forest professional’s management challenge given the need to balance ‘expectations and realities’—effectively the conference theme.

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People and Communities are the Answer to BC’s Future Wildfire Threats

By Kelly McCloskey
Tree Frog Forestry News
February 22, 2018
Category: Special Feature
Region: Canada, Canada West

The summer of 2017 brought the worst wildfire season in BC history with 1.2 million hectares burned. Is this the new normal? How do we reduce the associated risks to our forests and our communities? Cue Deputy Minister Tim Sheldan to introduce Dr. Scott Stephens, Professor, Wildland Resource Science, University of California, Berkeley. With five of its 20 most destructive wildland-urban interface fires occurring last year, it was a similar story in California.  With unbridled passion and considerable knowledge of the Mexican and Australian experience, Professor Stephens spoke of the new normal in California – climate change and larger and more frequent fires. 

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The Future of Wildfire in BC

The Association of BC Forest Professionals
February 19, 2018
Category: Special Feature
Region: Canada, Canada West

Scott Stephens

What can we learn from California? The summer of 2017 brought the worst wildfire season in BC history. It was the same story in California where the Golden State experienced five of its 20 most destructive wildland-urban interface fires in just one year. Is this the new normal? Join Scott Stephens, professor of fire science at the University California, Berkeley, for a free public lecture on the future of wildfire in BC and what we can learn from California’s experience. The lecture is presented in conjunction with the Association of BC Forest Professionals’ annual conference.

Scott Stephens, PhD Director, University of California, Berkeley Center for Fire Research Outreach and co-director of the UC Center for Forestry Introduced by Tim Sheldan, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations & Rural Development

Free Public Lecture – 6:30—7:30 PM Wednesday February 21st
Victoria Conference Centre
Lower Pavilion—Lecture Hall

Sponsored by Natural Resources Canada

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Canadian Forest Service research in Yukon tracks climate influences on forest recovery from forest spruce beetle outbreaks

By Lara Van Akker and Elizabeth Campbell, Canadian Forest Service, Natural Resources Canada
Natural Resources Canada
February 14, 2018
Category: Special Feature
Region: Canada, Canada West

Yukon is home to extensive boreal forest that covers an area of approximately 28.1 million hectares (ha) and plays an integral role in the regulation of climate locally, regionally and internationally. Yukon’s forests contribute to the territory’s economy by providing wood and other forest products, local employment, regional development, tourism and recreational opportunities in addition to being valued as a vital cultural, social, historical and educational resource. …Boreal ecosystems are especially vulnerable to climate change. Melting permafrost, increased severity of insect outbreaks and drought are driving major forest changes …Potential exists for rapid ecosystem transitions, with parts of the boreal forest nearing ecological “tipping points” by the end of the century. Scientists are already beginning to see evidence of climate associated declines of spruce, pine and aspen in some parts of the boreal forest. 

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Timber Online Education

DBR | Design Build Research
You Tube
September 27, 2017
Category: Special Feature
Region: Canada, Canada West

Well known BC architect Michael Green announces Timber Online Education—a global resource for teaching sustainable wood design, construction, fabrication, development, policy and environmental education. The program is run by DBR | Design Build Research, a Vancouver not-for-profit institute focused on global design and construction education. The TOE program is in its introductory phase and seeking funding to help provide essential knowledge to build wood buildings and especially advanced urban-scale wood buildings in a safe, economical, and sustainable manner.

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Forest industry continues to be cornerstone of B.C. economy

By Susan Yurkovich, Council of Forest Industries and Rick Jeffery, Coast Forest Products Association
Vancouver Sun
September 25, 2017
Category: Special Feature
Region: Canada, Canada West

Rick Jeffery

Susan Yurkovich

B.C.’s forest sector recently released a new economic study that highlights the fact that the province’s forest industry continues to be a cornerstone of the provincial economy and a significant economic contributor to communities around the province. The study conducted by PwC shows that B.C.’s forest industry is critically important to families and communities across the province. In fact, 140 communities depend on the forest industry through their mills, manufacturing facilities, forestry and logging operations. Employment-wise, last year, forestry generated one out of every 17 jobs in the province, making it one of B.C.’s largest employers — that’s more than 140,000 total jobs that generate $8.6 billion in wages to workers. Forestry was an equally important revenue generator for government, providing municipal, provincial and federal governments with $4.1 billion in payments that include stumpage, taxes and fees. The forest industry also contributed $12.9 billion to the provincial GDP with $33 billion in total output.

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Forests Forever – Innovation In Modern Forestry

BC Forest Discovery Centre
September 22, 2017
Category: Special Feature
Region: Canada, Canada West

Members of the coastal forest industry and its wide-reaching economic and social network are collaborating with the British Columbia Forest Discovery Centre (BCFDC) to create a new exhibit telling the story of modern forestry innovation on the coast of BC. This exhibit will provide an immersive and interactive experience that will enhance visitors’ understanding of why BC’s forests are unique in the world, how science and technology is helping us sustainably manage our forest resource, as well as present visitors with opportunities to further explore BC’s working forest. The intent of the exhibit is to inject new life into the BCFDC, making it the premier tourism destination on the BC coast where you can learn about forestry – past, present and future. Potential target audiences are local, national and international tourists, students, outdoor enthusiasts, forestry workers and BC wood products consumers.

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Largest-ever Global Buyers Mission attracts 380 buyers from 18 countries

By Kelly McCloskey
Wood N Frog Communications Ltd.
September 11, 2017
Category: Special Feature
Region: Canada, Canada West

Tim Sheldan, Deputy Minister (Forests and Lands) opened the 14th annual Global Buyers Mission to a standing room crowd of more than 800 delegates, the largest ever. Mr. Sheldan welcomed more than 380 international buyers from 18 countries, emphasizing the importance of the event, their attendance and the business being done. The multi-day trade event also involved more than 300 wood manufacturers as well as dozens of government and industry stakeholders. On behalf of industry, Rob Mitchell, BC Wood’s Chairman, thanked Mr. Sheldan, his government and the federal government for their support for the GBM while also emphasizing the importance of the recently created Wood Secretariat. The Wood Secretariat will focus on the key factors that affect the value-added sector’s competitiveness, including market access, fiber procurement, innovation, skills training and market promotion. Each year the GBM generates about $35 million in new direct sales, but according to BC Wood CEO Brian Hawrysh, “the larger benefit lies in the number of quality leads and relationships fostered for future sales, as well as the time and money saved by smaller firms who lack the critical mass to market overseas”.

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WoodTALKS for aquatic and Passive House design

By Kelly McCloskey
Wood N Frog Communications Ltd.
September 11, 2017
Category: Special Feature
Region: Canada West

“Design is the driver at Bing Thom Architects” according to BTA Principal Shinobu Homma, and given the corrosive environment of an aquatic centre, wood was the material of choice for the Guildford Recreation Centre expansion project. Wood was also the choice for Scott Kennedy of  Cornerstone Architecture for the Heights Passive House, Canada’s largest Passive House building. The Vancouver mid-rise building will use 10% of the energy of a typical building. Messrs. Homma and Kennedy were keynote speakers at WoodTALKS, BC Wood’s design and construction education event held in conjunction with the Global Buyers Mission (GBM) in Whistler.  Completed in 2015, the highly acclaimed Guildford Aquatic Centre has twenty-two, 100-foot long V-shaped trusses made from laminated strand lumber panels with pre-installed mechanical ducts, sprinklers, up-lighting, acoustic ceiling insulation with built-in catwalks that allow easy access. 

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WoodTALKS Speaks to the Importance of Collaboration

Kelly McCloskey
Wood N Frog Communications Ltd.
September 7, 2017
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 with seven speakers.

First to the podium —surprisingly perhaps—was Rob Third, President of George Third & Son, a centuries-old steel fabrication and engineering company. But the bewilderment was short lived as Rob spoke about his company’s prominent role in the timber/steel hybrid structures used in the Richmond Speed Skating Oval and Telus Pavilion Canopy and in particular the complex, integrated design processes that were required. Not historically a wood enthusiast, Rob noted that his company now advertises their services jointly with StructureLam. Next up was Vancouver architect Oberto Oberti, the man behind some of the biggest ski resorts on the planet. Oberto highlighted the aesthetic, economic and healthy environment benefits of these structures, calling them the “gifts of timber structures”.

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BC Wood Group hosts 380 buyers from 18 countries

By BC Wood Specialties Group
Canadian Forest Industries
September 6, 2017
Category: Special Feature
Region: Canada, Canada West
BC Wood Specialties Group (BC Wood) is hosting 380 international buyers at its 14th annual Global Buyers Mission (GBM) Sept. 7-9 at Whistler, B.C.  The Global Buyers Mission is Canada’s largest and most important wood show for sellers and buyers of value-added wood products. More than 380 buyers and specifiers of wood products from 18 countries will join 300 manufacturers attending the 2017 GBM. Each year the show generates about $35 million in new direct sales, but according to BC Wood CEO Brian Hawrysh, “the larger benefit lies in the number of quality leads and relationships fostered for future sales, as well as the time and money saved by smaller firms who lack the critical mass to market overseas.” …In conjunction with the GBM, BC Wood is once again hosting the popular WoodTALKS event for architects, designers, developers, public officials and other wood specifiers.

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‘We’re prepared to litigate’: Canada’s lumber giant stands firm against U.S. claims

By Peter Kuitenbrouwer
National Post
August 29, 2017
Category: Special Feature
Region: Canada, Canada West

Ted Seraphim, CEO of West Fraser Timber

Sabre-rattling and tariffs slapped on Canadian lumber by the Trump administration are not keeping the chief executive of North America’s largest lumber company awake at night. “We’ve had duties put on us and we just reported record earnings in the second quarter,” Ted Seraphim, CEO of West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd., said from the company’s head office in Vancouver last week. “So we are under no pressure to settle.” In fact, US duties are a minor distraction compared with forest fires, Seraphim said.

…Seraphim said Canada should stand up to the United States on softwood lumber, refuse to cut a bad deal, and take the US to court if need be. …“The US complains that Canada has subsidized wood costs,” Seraphim said. “We totally disagree. We just bought six (US) mills. We are buying in the US because wood costs in the US south are much lower than they are in BC. And in every single dispute we’ve had with the US we’ve won the case — that we are not subsidized. We don’t see the US companies coming up to Canada to buy Canadian companies.”

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Vancouver architect Michael Green at centre of mass-timber moment

By Derrick Penner
Vancouver Sun
August 8, 2017
Category: Special Feature
Region: Canada, Canada West

When Vancouver-based architect Michael Green stops to reflect, he acknowledges that his practice of designing big buildings built from engineered mass-timber materials has come a long way in a short period of time as the trend in sustainable construction gains momentum. “It is definitely wood’s moment,” Green said. ” … But it’s still in its infancy, but what we’ve seen is on a different level. We’ve seen major global design firms who said they had no interest in working in mass wood now working in wood.” Green literally wrote the book on modern timber construction, The Case for Tall Wood Buildings, a case study on using materials such as cross-laminated timber panels and engineered glulam wood beams to build skyscrapers as tall as 30 storeys, published in 2012. “I think he’s been very influential,” said Lynn Embury-Williams, executive director of Wood WORKS! B.C“At the same time, Eric Karsh at Equilibrium Consulting (one of Green’s key collaborators on the book) was also working on projects and promoting mass timber,” she said. “Just the notion this could even happen was pretty amazing.”

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Australian delegation tours wood buildings in Portland and British Columbia

By Kelly McCloskey
Tree Frog Forestry News
July 24, 2017
Category: Special Feature
Region: Canada, Canada West

A delegation of Australian architects, engineers, code experts and wood suppliers are investigating building practices and innovation in Oregon and BC—two leaders in mass timber and mid-rise timber frame design and construction. Australia recently changed their building code to allow wood-frame construction up to eight stories and the tour represents a unique opportunity to learn while sharing their challenges and opportunities. Last week the tour visited sixteen buildings in Portland and Vancouver including the 85-foot tall Carbon 12 timber-framed residential project—the tallest wood building in America—and the 18 storey Brock Commons mass timber residence—the tallest wood building in the world. This week the delegation is in the BC Interior touring the StructureLam CLT plant before returning to the BC Coast for more tours and an in-depth discussion with BC fire, building and building code experts on July 25. See more pictures here (more to come too).

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Dennis Hardman Named Bronson Lewis Award Winner

APA – The Engineered Wood Association
November 13, 2017
Category: Special Feature
Region: United States

Dennis Hardman (center)

Dennis Hardman, former president of APA – The Engineered Wood Association and longtime leader in the engineered wood industry, was honored with the Bronson J. Lewis Award at the APA Annual Meeting in Long Beach, California. …The annual award is named after the late Bronson Lewis, who served for 24 years as secretary and then executive vice president of APA. The award recognizes individuals for their lifetime leadership and outstanding contribution to the industry. Hardman is recognized for his many contributions to the industry and his leadership of APA. His long career with APA began in 1981… From 2005 until his retirement in 2013, he served as president and worked with the Board of Trustees, making difficult decisions that would ultimately allow the Association to survive and rebound from the crushing recession. …He holds a journalism degree from the University of Oregon.

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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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SFPA’s Richard Wallace to retire December 15

Southern Forest Products Association
November 8, 2017
Category: Special Feature

Richard Wallace

Concluding a multi-faceted 38-year career with SFPA, Richard Wallace has announced plans to retire in December. Richard arrived at SFPA headquarters in two days before Expo ’79, following a rather lengthy, circuitous career path. …Richard brought his film-making and photography skills to SFPA in June of 1979… was promoted to media director and… after Hurricane Katrina in 2005, he became vice president of communications.

“It has been a pleasure to work with Richard during his 38 years of service to the Southern Pine industry and SFPA,” commented SFPA Executive Director Tami Kessler.” …“On behalf of all members, I want to recognize Richard for his many contributions to our industry and thank him for his dedication and the creative work he has provided SFPA throughout his career,” commented SFPA Chairman Kerlin Drake. …Travel, writing a book or two and flying his drone are some of his retirement plans.  

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