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Project Learning Tree launches Green Jobs Quiz

Project Learning Tree
July 24, 2020
Category: Special Feature
Region: Canada, United States

Find Your Green Job! Take this quiz to learn about your personality and some green jobs that might suit you best. This one-time free trial is intended for adults to test out PLT’s Green Jobs quiz. You’ll receive information about how to administer this quiz to youth you work with. By clicking submit, you agree you are over 18, and you agree to have your results emailed to you along with marketing information from PLT.

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Greenpeace supports FSC Canada

Forest Stewardship Council Newsroom
June 30, 2020
Category: Special Feature
Region: Canada

FSC Canada’s forest certification, provides actionable ways to monitor forest use, trace and label timber, wood and pulp products and offers a quantifiable way to judge the quality of forest management practices against agreed upon requirements. FSC Canada’s standard for responsible forest management is the only one endorsed by Greenpeace Canada. …As we celebrate the 1st anniversary of the standard, FSC Canada and Greenpeace Canada want to encourage consumers to stand with us and stand up for forests by buying and asking for products from FSC certified forests.

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Beyond COVID-19, Global Mega Trends: FEA’s softwood conference wraps

Kelly McCloskey, Editor
The Tree Frog Forestry News
June 18, 2020
Category: Special Feature
Region: Canada, United States

FEA/Wood Markets 10th annual Global Softwood Log and Lumber conference—the virtual version, wrapped yesterday with six live Q&A sessions and a discussion on global mega-trends and their potential long-term impact post COVID-19. FEA’s current forecast calls for the overall economy to return to where it was in the fourth quarter of 2019— in the second half of 2022, whereas softwood lumber and other forest product consumption will regain their 2019-Q4 levels sometime in 2021. Underlying the FEA forecast… housing will outperform the US economy …employment recovery will struggle somewhat due to a second wave of lay-offs of higher earning employees …due to a flair-up and other concerns in China and South Korea, reduced COVID-19 recovery optimism suggests the economy will experience sluggish growth until a vaccine is found. …Responding to a question on the outlook for a resolution to the softwood lumber dispute in the next year or two, Paul Jannke responded that the parties are further apart rather than closer together—given current markets.

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North American log and lumber experts: FEA Softwood Conference

By Kelly McCloskey, Tree Frog Editor
Tree Frog Forestry News
June 15, 2020
Category: Special Feature
Region: Canada, United States

Robert Schuetz

The following is a brief recap of three speakers at FEA’s Global Softwood Lumber Conference—the virtual version, speaking on the North American market.

First up was FEA VP Rocky Goodnow with an update on softwood timber trends. …Goodnow says current markets have reached their bottom, prices will be steady in the fall and then start increasing late in the year and through 2021. …Rob Schuetz, President of Industrial Forest Service provided an overview on BC’s struggle in the face of declining log supplies. …Although some stumpage relief is forecast, Schuetz noted his May 2019 forecast (in conjunction with FEA) of 13 mill closures is mostly realized one year later, as eight mills have shuttered and many more are curtailed. Further, fewer sawmills results in fewer residual chips, which puts BC’s 17 pulp mills at risk; and less sawdust, shavings and hog puts pellet and bio-energy mills at risk as well. Bottom line, Schuetz says six more sawmills will likely close or continue to curtail shifts through 2025, and his long term sustainable lumber production estimate of 9.8 BBF, just over half of what BC produced back in 2005. …Finally, Jeff Webber, retired COO of EACOM Timber Corporation, provided his views on the state of the forest products industry in Quebec and Ontario. …Webber closed with some comments on his company’s COVID-19 challenges and response, which is a positive story of strong mitigation practices and continue operations.

Click here for Russ Taylor’s global overview on supply trends and competitive dynamics, Brendan Lowney’s forecast for the US economy, and Paul Jannke on North American lumber markets.

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Current recession will not be a replay of 2008: FEA

By Kelly McCloskey, Editor
The Tree Frog Forestry News
June 15, 2020
Category: Special Feature
Region: Canada, United States

Brendan Lowney

The following is a brief recap of two speakers at FEA’s Global Softwood Lumber Conference—the virtual version. First up, Brendan Lowney, FEA Principal, with a macroeconomic view of housing and lumber demand trends in North America.

Speaking on the overall US economy and given the COVID crisis, Lowney’s main takeaway is that the current recession will not be a replay of the 2008 recession and in fact, will play out quite differently. The main difference being the depth and speed at which the North American economy collapsed in 2020. According to Lowney, the US real GDP dropped 11.5% in the last two-quarters alone (compared to the last recession where output declined by 4% from peak-to-trough over five quarters) and he doesn’t expect the US economy to return to its 2019 Q4-level until the second half of 2022.

Another difference relates at how much “demand hesitation” has been created due to a fear of the virus. Although FEA is forecasting unemployment levels to fall to 10% by the end of 2020 and to 7% by the end of 2021, low restaurant and traveller activity suggest—notwithstanding government easing of restrictions—it will take time to fully recover.

Finally, Lowney notes the underlying strength of the current housing market from a supply and demand perspective. Notably, the fact that when the COVID recession arrived, the US was underbuilt by 3-4 million households, compared to being overbuilt by 2 million in 2008. Further, the government was much quicker to respond with low interest rates and fiscal support. Other factors supporting a strong housing recovery include the continued aging of the housing stock and the current elevated household-forming demographic of 30-35 year-olds.

As such, on an annualized basis, Lowney expects the second quarter housing trough to recover to about 1 million starts in May/June, rising to 1.12 million by year-end and just under 1.3 million in 2021. Housing starts should continue ticking upward, peaking in the 2023-25 period. Wood use in the R&R sector (e.g., doors, window, etc.), which has fared well during the shutdown is also expected to trend upward, as is the portion of the industrial sector that tracks closely with housing (e.g., doors, windows, etc.). Not expected to recover as quickly is wood use in the industrial sector more aligned with industrial manufacturing and exports (e.g., pallets, crates, etc.)

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Lumber prices expected to moderate in 2020, tick up in 2021: FEA

Kelly McCloskey, Tree Frog Editor
The Tree Frog Forestry News
June 15, 2020
Category: Special Feature
Region: Canada, United States

Paul Jannke

Speaking on North American lumber markets, Paul Jannke, FEA Principal, says he expects prices to peak in June/July and then move sideways for the balance of the year (in the $325 to $375 per MBF range). Western SPF should average a little over $360 while SYP and D-fir are in the $400 range. According to Jannke, these uninspiring prices reflect the fact that current prices are well above costs (particularly in the US) and some producers are expected to ramp up production while some dealers cut back on their purchases. Further, notwithstanding his expectation of increasing housing starts and strong R&R activity, overall consumption is still expected to be weak. Not so weak, however, as to bring back the March/April lows.

Beyond 2020, lumber prices are expected to move up into the $350 to $400 per MBF range. This reflects an 8% increase in demand from the residential sector or about 2 billion bf in 2021, and minimal additions of new milling capacity. Jannke noted that although Canada has borne the brunt of the recent curtailments (down 15% or 3.5 BBF compared to 6% or 2 BBF in the US), this reflects in part, high SYP usage in the R&R market. As residential housing strengthens in 2021 and softwood lumber duties are reduced (expected in October), Jannke expects Canadian mills to fare better. For more information from FEA’s Russ Taylor, click here.

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Global Softwood Log and Lumber Conference kicks off (virtually) with record attendance

By Kelly McCloskey, Editor
Tree Frog Forestry News
June 15, 2020
Category: Special Feature
Region: Canada, United States

FEA/Wood Markets 10th annual Global Softwood Log and Lumber conference—normally held in Vancouver, BC but transformed to a virtual event due to COVID-19—kicked off today with more than double the usual number of registrants (>600). A jam-packed in-person affair with dozens of world experts speaking on global log and lumber trends, the virtual conference version features pre-recored presentations (distributed to delegates today) followed by six live Q&A and discussion sessions over ZOOM on Thursday. Speakers will also cover the current impacts of COVID-19 on markets and trade around the world. Hosted by FEA-Canada Managing Director Russ Taylor and moderated by FEA’s Rocky Goodnow, all of the pre-recorded and live sessions are available post-event and registration is still available via FEA here.

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Softwood lumber consumption collapse in 2020 to be regained in 2021: FEA

Kelly McCloskey, Editor
The Tree Frog Forestry News
June 15, 2020
Category: Special Feature
Region: Canada, United States

Russ Taylor

Leading off the Global Softwood Conference was Russ Taylor, Managing Director, FEA Canada, providing a global overview of the supply trends and competitive dynamics of softwood log and lumber markets. Taylor’s focus was the big five markets of Europe, USA, China, Russia and Canada, in that they represent about 80% of the world’s production and consumption of lumber and timber. Key takeaways include FEA’s estimate of a 5% drop in softwood lumber consumption in 2020, followed by their forecast of a 4%-5% rebound in 2021. On the production side, a similar slide and rebound is expected, followed by steady growth thereafter. Global prices, which peaked in mid-2018 and then fell dramatically, have recovered from the subsequent COVID drop and strong pricing is expected to continue. Other speakers will cover these items in more detail.

Supply trends of note include the continued importance of China as a home for surplus volumes of lower grade logs and lumber, currently evidenced by high volumes of European logs and German lumber being being exported to China. Also notable was Central Europe’s spruce beetle infestation, which Taylor said is comparable to BC’s mountain pine beetle epidemic in its potential impact on the competitiveness of European log and lumber exporters in the short term, and in their sawmilling viability longer term.

Finally, Taylor referenced FEA’s benchmarking efforts which explain, amongst other things, how and why BC’s net wood costs became the highest in the world. Most notable was the collective impact of high stumpage costs—which Taylor called dysfunctional relative to prices—during a period of declining timber supply and low lumber prices. Taylor closed by noting that although global trends are always mixed, the BC example demonstrates that when markets are weak, higher-cost suppliers will always be displaced by lower cost suppliers.

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FSC Canada celebrates the 1st Anniversary of the National Standard for responsible forestry

Forest Stewardship Council Newsroom
June 1, 2020
Category: Special Feature
Region: Canada

One year ago, after six years of consultation, FSC Canada launched the new national standard for sustainable forestry, and this month, even amidst these unsettling times, we want to celebrate. Throughout June, we will be sharing inspiring stories of the forest management companies who have transitioned to the new standard, and from consumer goods companies and environmental organizations who have supported us along the way. Our standard for responsible forestry was updated to address the most urgent issues facing Canadian forests this century: the woodland caribou crisis, the protection of Indigenous Peoples rights, and the need to support the high conservation values that forests have to help fight the climate crisis.

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The #TreeFrogICU party comes to a close

By Sandy McKellar
Tree Frog Forestry News
May 29, 2020
Category: Special Feature
Region: Canada, United States, International

It’s with heavy hearts that we turn off the lights and close the door on the party at the #TreeFrogICU. However, some party animals never go home, and so we’ll keep posting the link for a while so that you can see the fun. The Tree Frog editors are grateful to all who contributed – you are good sports! Our reader feedback has been positive and our goal of bringing a personal touch to our service and adding some cheer in these challenging times was successful. Thank you to everyone in this gallery!

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#TreeFrogICU features new faces

By Sandy McKellar
Tree Frog Forestry News
May 27, 2020
Category: Special Feature
Region: Canada, United States, International

As we come to the final days of the #TreeFrogICU social distancing party, we’re pleased to welcome a new face – all the way from Ontario, Canada. Your friends and colleagues in the forest sector want to see your smiling face and daily place of work. Send in your picture (and caption suggestion) before it’s too late. Click and email to sandy@treefrogcreative.ca today!

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It’s the final week for the #TreeFrogICU

By Sandy McKellar
Tree Frog Forestry News
May 25, 2020
Category: Special Feature
Region: Canada, United States, International

We’ve had 100+ forestry folks from across the sector and around the world join us in the #TreeFrogICU. Dozens of high profile events that would have brought us together for handshakes and conversations have been cancelled or postponed. Meanwhile, we hope that our online ‘virtual’ hangout has made you feel a little less disconnected from your colleagues. We’d love to see a another 100 faces before we wrap up the fun. Please send your pictures to sandy@treefrogcreative.ca 

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Burst of new faces join the #TreeFrogICU

By Sandy McKellar
Tree Frog Forestry News
May 22, 2020
Category: Special Feature
Region: Canada, United States, International

It’s a busy Friday in the #TreeFrogICU! There are some fun pictures and friendly faces for you to visit when you click on the gallery. In BC, businesses are slowly finding ways to open again, but for now, big meetings and conferences are still discouraged. However, one of the biggest ‘virtual’ social gatherings in the forest sector is happening right here at the Tree Frog News! Get in on the fun, email your picture to  sandy@treefrogcreative.ca 

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More faces in the FrogICU!

By Sandy McKellar
The Tree Frog Forestry News
May 21, 2020
Category: Special Feature
Region: Canada, United States, International

We had to send some ‘encouraging‘ emails but managed to collect a few more faces for the #TreeFrogICU! The feedback from readers has been so positive. But, I’m surprised how reluctant folks are to join in! We all want to see you – just as you are! Today we have new faces from the Forest Practices Board, BCIT, The American Wood Council and FPAC. Keep them coming. Email your picture to  sandy@treefrogcreative.ca 

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Challenge to companies – who will have the most faces in the #TreeFrogICU?

By Sandy McKellar
Tree Frog Forestry News
May 19, 2020
Category: Special Feature
Region: Canada, United States, International

Forest sector conferences continue to be canceled or postponed and our opportunities to socially engage with our colleagues and friends in the sector remain minimal at best. But, never fear, the #TreeFrogICU is near! And we’ve got the best party in town for catching up with each other. We know lots of you are lurking in the background – and we want to invite you to send in your picture and be a part of the fun! Help us grow our numbers because as businesses open up again, the ICU will close its doors.

If you’re already in the game – why not challenge your work-mates to do the same? What company/organization will win for having the most faces in the #TreeFrogICU? Today we add the new leader of the Truck Loggers Association – and our first contribution from Canfor. Email your picture to  sandy@treefrogcreative.ca 

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A virtual hang-out for the forest sector – visit the #TreeFrogICU

By Sandy McKellar
Tree Frog Forestry News
May 15, 2020
Category: Special Feature
Region: Canada, United States, International

Thanks to all the readers who have written in to say how much they are enjoying the #TreeFrogICU. We know there are more #WFH prospective photo candidates out there. Delay no longer – take a picture and send it to us today. “But“, you say, “how can I take my own picture when I’m working in isolation?“. That’s what the self-timer on your phone or camera is for! Set up your shot, smile, shoot and send it in!  Email sandy@treefrogcreative.ca 

 

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Working on-the-road or from your back yard – all are invited to the #TreeFrogICU

By Sandy McKellar
Tree Frog Forestry News
May 14, 2020
Category: Special Feature
Region: Canada, United States, International

We’re pleased to add more people to our growing ‘virtual’ social gathering at the #TreeFrogICU. While many of us are experiencing less connectivity with our colleagues, the Tree Frog hopes that visiting our ICU will help you feel a little less lonely as you begin your day! Faces of forestry folk come to us from all parts of the globe and all rooms of the house! We still have lots of space left for newcomers, so please, say ‘cheese’ and send us your picture today! Email sandy@treefrogcreative.ca 

 

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Camera shy? We have thousands of readers – where are your #TreeFrogICU pics?

By Sandy McKellar
Tree Frog Forestry News
May 13, 2020
Category: Special Feature
Region: Canada, United States, International

We have a fabulous collection of images in our #TreeFrogICU but we want more. Yes, we’re talking to you – the people who have yet to take the plunge. We challenge all of you to take your picture in your current work environment, wherever it is, and whatever it looks like, and email it to sandy@treefrogcreative.ca

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Have you sent in your picture? We want to see you!

By Sandy McKellar
Tree Frog Forestry News
May 12, 2020
Category: Special Feature
Region: Canada, United States, International

Today’s new faces in the #TreeFrogICU come to us from Ontario and Coastal British Columbia. Click the link to see Jamie and Keith, and all the other smiling faces who have contributed to our social activity! Keeping connected is an important part of maintaining mental health – so get your dose of happiness here – and send us your picture today! Email sandy@treefrogcreative.ca

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Camaraderie and connectivity is the emphasis of the #TreeFrogICU

By Sandy McKellar
Tree Frog Forestry News
May 11, 2020
Category: Special Feature
Region: Canada, United States, International

Latecomers to the #TreeFrogICU can still submit their pictures. We hope to have flood of contributions to help us celebrate the connectivity and importance of camaraderie in the forest sector. According to health officials, it’s going to be a long while yet before in-person conferences and large meetings are permitted, in the meantime, the party at the #TreeFrogICU is a great place to see your colleagues and find that connectivity you’ve been missing. So, grab your camera and say ‘cheese’ in your current work environment, and share your picture with us. Email sandy@treefrogcreative.ca with your contribution and suggested caption. Join us today!

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Five minutes of fun!

By Sandy McKellar
Tree Frog Forestry News
May 8, 2020
Category: Special Feature
Region: Canada, United States, International

It seems the #TreeFrogICU has just the medicine the doctor ordered! Cam McAlpine, a principal at Earnscliffe Strategy Group told us, “the #TreeFrogICU is a fun way for people to connect in a lighthearted way and learn about some of the people working away across the industry! (And a nice 2-minute break from the day 😊)“. That’s exactly what we were hoping for. Of course, we had to challenge him to send in his picture for the game to continue. And this is a challenge to the thousands of you out there who are enjoying our little gathering spot – where is your picture? We want to see your smiling face, your isolation office, your regular office – where ever you are working today, take a picture and join us in the #TreeFrogICU! Email to sandy@treefrogcreative.ca

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Don’t tidy up first!

By Sandy McKellar
Tree Frog Forestry News
May 7, 2020
Category: Special Feature
Region: Canada, United States, International

The Tree Frog News and our readers are loving the images that have been submitted to the #TreeFrogICU – we’re grateful to all those who have played along. But, we keep hearing people say, “I just need to clean up my work space first, then I’ll send in a picture“. Our response is – don’t do it! Your authentic work environment and your smiling face is what we want to see. We posted our picture in our housecoats posed beside desks teetering with piles of paper and debris – so if we can do it, so can you! Now, jump in and have a look, we have more new additions to the #TreeFrogICU. And, patiently waiting for you to join us with your photo. Send it to sandy@treefrogcreative.ca

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Have you added your smiling face to the #TreeFrogICU?

By Sandy McKellar
Tree Frog Forestry News
May 6, 2020
Category: Special Feature
Region: Canada, United States, International

We’ve got more visitors in our ICU today, come on in and see who’s here! And, if you haven’t submitted your picture, what’s stopping you? It’s going to be a while before forestry events, conferences and meetings go back to face-to-face events. Meanwhile, we need to keep up our social connections and networking in the sector. The #TreeFrogICU is just the place to do it! Email your picture to sandy@treefrogcreative.ca today!

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The #TreeFrogICU has new faces, is yours there?

By Sandy McKellar
Tree Frog Forestry News
May 5, 2020
Category: Special Feature
Region: Canada, United States, International

What’s the #TreeFrogICU? Just the most popular virtual hang-out for people in the forest sector! We may be working in isolation, but that doesn’t have to stop us from being social. No matter where you’re working we’d love to have your picture in our game. With no conferences or group meetings, people are feeling cut off from their sector – that’s why we created the #TreeFrog ICU! Email your picture to sandy@treefrogcreative.ca

 

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A well loved face has joined the #TreeFrogICU

By Sandy McKellar
Tree Frog Forestry News
May 4, 2020
Category: Special Feature
Region: Canada, United States, International

A face well known to anyone who attended the UBC Faculty of Forestry has joined us in the #TreeFrogICU! Many of us remember being singled out in his class – called by our surname to respond to questions posed in veiled simplicity! A warm welcome to Dr. John Worrall! We expect a few more late-comers to join the crowd today. And, we continue to reach out to others who may need a little nudge to get over their shyness! The world may be engaged in social distancing, but at the Tree Frog – we want to see your face, no matter what your work world looks like! Pictures can be sent to Sandy at sandy@treefrogcreative.ca

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A week into it, and the #TreeFrogICU is hopping!

By Sandy McKellar
Tree Frog Forestry News
May 1, 2020
Category: Special Feature
Region: Canada, United States, International

We are delighted to see so many familiar faces in the #TreeFrogICU! The idea came to us after a phone conversation with Dave Clarke at the BC Forest Practices Board. We were talking about how quickly and efficiently people had to change the way we work. Although in forestry, social distancing is sometimes the norm, we know there were folks out there feeling the strain from lack of human contact. That’s how the #TreeFrogICU began. A healing place where readers of the Tree Frog news could see each other, and share how they are weathering the #WFH storm.

You don’t need a fancy surrounding, you don’t even need to be doing something different from what you’re usually doing—we just want to see you and enjoy your company in the ‘ICU’. Lots of new faces have joined in, click the READ MORE link to get a full screen view! AND – send Sandy YOUR picture today! sandy@treefrogcreative.ca

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Reconnecting friends and colleagues at the #TreeFrogICU

By Sandy McKellar
Tree Frog Forestry News
April 27, 2020
Category: Special Feature
Region: Canada, International

New visitors are coming from around the globe to find their friends and colleagues in the #TreeFrogICU! Wondering how folks are faring in these challenging times? Feeling disconnected from the sector? We’ve got you covered. The #TreeFrogICU was created to provide an online environment where you can see your friends and find out how people are managing working in isolation, at home, at the office and in the bush! Come in for a visit. And, grab your phone/camera and add your smiling face and #WFH (or work in isolation) image to the collection. Email sandy@treefrogcreative.ca today with your picture.

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We love it when people play along! Lots of new faces today in the #TreeFrogIUC

By Sandy McKellar
Tree Frog Forestry News
April 27, 2020
Category: Special Feature
Region: Canada, United States, International

In case you missed it, we’ve created a virtual hangout at the Tree Frog News that we’re calling ‘the ICU’. It’s an intensive care unit where you can drop in for some camaraderie without worrying about social distancing. There are some great home offices and isolation workplaces, visit the full gallery here. And, if you haven’t checked into the #TreeFrogICU, send us your #WFH image so that we can see you too. Lastly, a big thank you to those who have joined us, it’s wonderful to have you here.

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The Intensive Care Unit at the Tree Frog news is a popular place! Have you joined the #TreeFrogICU?

By Sandy McKellar
Tree Frog Forestry News
April 27, 2020
Category: Special Feature
Region: Canada, United States, International

Many of us are finding a new normal—creating unique workspaces away from the office and our colleagues—where we can ensure social distancing. It may keep us safer from viruses, but for many, the routine is getting lonely and frustrating. We wanted to see how we could unify our forest sector readership, and help create some connectivity – so that you can all see each other. And so, we created the #TreeFrogICU! We’ve had more people join since yesterday’s news was published. The party keeps on growing – come on in for a visit. AND, send us your #WFH image so that we can see you too. Lastly, a big thank you to those who have joined us, it’s wonderful to have you here.

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Feeling isolated? We’ve got an ICU where you’re sure to feel better!

By Sandy McKellar
Tree Frog Forestry News
April 27, 2020
Category: Special Feature
Region: Canada, United States, International

The Tree Frog ICU is exactly what it sounds like, a place where “I see you!”. How are you weathering the storm? What does isolation look like for you? Where are you working, what’s around you, how are you keeping yourself sane, or what is making you insane? Share your images with us. Eleven people have checked into the #TreeFrogICU. Click to our gallery for a virtual visit with your colleagues in the sector.

With the list of cancelled and postponed conferences growing, and COVID-19 isolation periods stretching longer into the future, many of us are getting a little stir crazy. In fact, some are downright lonesome. Many in the forest sector are yearning for the connections and social engagements of pre-virus days. So, to try and bring you all just a little bit closer together, the Tree Frog News is opening our very own ‘ICU’, and you’re all invited to enter!

Feeling low? Join us in the #TreeFrogICU today! Take a picture or selfie and send it in. Add a caption, share an uplifting story, or leave it to me to caption it for you! Send them to sandy@treefrogcreative.ca

Download your picture from our gallery and add it to your social media program – tag it #TreeFrogICU. Let’s go viral! 

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Cancelled and rescheduled forestry events due to COVID-19

Tree Frog Forestry News
April 16, 2020
Category: Special Feature
Region: Canada, United States

Please let us know if we are missing your event or if you have rescheduled it.

       
Event Old Date Location New Date
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 Cancelled
SLMA & SFPA Spring Meeting Mar 25-27 New Orleans, LA Cancelled
Hardwood Manufacturers Conference & Expo  Mar 25-27 Nashville, TN Aug 19-21
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 Apr 1 Syracuse, NY Oct 28
NY State Green Building Conference  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 Cancelled
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 Cancelled
TAPPI’s PaperCon Apr 27-30 Atlanta, GA Cancelled
Western Forest Insect Work Conference Apr 27-30 Edmonton, AB Cancelled
National Wood Flooring Expo  Apr 29-May 1 Milwaukee, WI Online/virtual
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 Sept 24
BC Forest Safety Council’s Safety Conf. May 7 Kamloops, BC Cancelled
BC Interior Logging Assoc. Conference May 7-9 Kamloops, BC Cancelled
Quebec Forest Industry Congress  May 13-14 Quebec, QC 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
Forest Resources Assoc. Meeting  May 18-20 Austin, TX Cancelled
RISI Forest Investment Conference NEW! May 19-20 New York, NY Cancelled
FSC Canada Annual Meeting May 27 Montreal, QC Cancelled
BC Community Forestry Association AGM May 27-29 Nakusp, BC Cancelled
PACWEST Conference 2020 May 27-30 Jasper, AB Cancelled
Private Forest Land Owners Conference Jun3-4 Courtenay, BC Cancelled
Consulting Foresters of America Conference Jun 6-9 Austin, TX Cancelled
Decorative Hardwoods Conference  Jun 7-9 Hilton Head, SC Oct 11-13
Canadian Bioeconomy Conference NEW! June 10-11 Prince George, BC June 22, 2021
International Fiberboard Conference  Jun 11-12 Chicago, IL Oct 29-30
Western Mensurationists Conference  Jun 14-16 Spokane, WA Online/virual
Interior lumber Manufacturers Conference Jun 14-16 Osoyoos, BC Cancelled
Global Softwood Log & Lumber Conference Jun 17-18 Vancouver, BC Online virtual
Festival of Forestry Teachers Tour  Jul 8-10 Squamish, BC Cancelled
Hoo-Hoo International Convention Sep 12-15 Sacramento, CA Cancelled
Demo International Conference/Expo  Sep 22-26 Ottawa, ON Postponed TBA
FSC General Assembly  Oct 11-16 Bali, Indonesia Cancelled

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Cancelled and rescheduled forestry events due to COVID-19

The Tree Frog Forestry News
April 15, 2020
Category: Special Feature
Region: Canada, United States

Please let us know if we are missing your event or if you have rescheduled it.

       
Event Old Date Location New Date
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 Cancelled
SLMA & SFPA Spring Meeting Mar 25-27 New Orleans, LA Cancelled
Hardwood Manufacturers Conference & Expo  Mar 25-27 Nashville, TN Aug 19-20
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 Apr 1 Syracuse, NY Oct 28
NY State Green Building Conference  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 Cancelled
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 Cancelled
TAPPI’s PaperCon Apr 27-30 Atlanta, GA Cancelled
Western Forest Insect Work Conference Apr 27-30 Edmonton, AB Cancelled
National Wood Flooring Expo  Apr 29-May 1 Milwaukee, WI Online/virtual
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 Sept 24
BC Forest Safety Council’s Safety Conf. May 7 Kamloops, BC Cancelled
BC Interior Logging Assoc. Conference May 7-9 Kamloops, BC Cancelled
Quebec Forest Industry Congress  May 13-14 Quebec, QC 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
Forest Resources Assoc. Meeting  May 18-20 Austin, TX Cancelled
FSC Canada Annual Meeting May 27 Montreal, QC Cancelled
BC Community Forestry Association AGM May 27-29 Nakusp, BC Cancelled
PACWEST Conference 2020 May 27-30 Jasper, AB Cancelled
Private Forest Land Owners Conference Jun3-4 Courtenay, BC Cancelled
Consulting Foresters of America Conference Jun 6-9 Austin, TX Cancelled
Decorative Hardwoods Conference  Jun 7-9 Hilton Head, SC Oct 11-13
International Fiberboard Conference  Jun 11-12 Chicago, IL Oct 29-30
Western Mensurationists Conference  Jun 14-16 Spokane, WA Online/virual
Interior lumber Manufacturers Conference Jun 14-16 Osoyoos, BC Cancelled
Global Softwood Log & Lumber Conference Jun 17-18 Vancouver, BC Online virtual
Festival of Forestry Teachers Tour  Jul 8-10 Squamish, BC Cancelled
Hoo-Hoo International Convention Sep 12-15 Sacramento, CA Cancelled
Demo International Conference/Expo  Sep 22-26 Ottawa, ON Postponed TBA
FSC General Assembly  Oct 11-16 Bali, Indonesia Cancelled

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Cancelled and rescheduled forestry events due to COVID-19

Tree Frog Forestry News
April 14, 2020
Category: Special Feature
Region: Canada, United States

Please let us know if we are missing your event or if you have rescheduled it.

       
Event Old Date Location New Date
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
Hardwood Manufacturers Conference & Expo  Mar 25-27 Nashville, TN Aug 19-20
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 Apr 1 Syracuse, NY Oct 28
NY State Green Building Conference  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 Cancelled
Western Forest Insect Work Conference Apr 27-30 Edmonton, AB Cancelled
National Wood Flooring Expo  Apr 29-May 1 Milwaukee, WI Online/virtual
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 Sept 24
BC Forest Safety Council’s Safety Conf. May 7 Kamloops, BC Cancelled
BC Interior Logging Assoc. Conference May 7-9 Kamloops, BC Cancelled
Quebec Forest Industry Congress  May 13-14 Quebec, QC 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
Forest Resources Assoc. Meeting  May 18-20 Austin, TX Cancelled
FSC Canada Annual Meeting May 27 Montreal, QC Cancelled
BC Community Forestry Association AGM May 27-29 Nakusp, BC Postponed TBA
PACWEST Conference 2020 May 27-30 Jasper, AB Cancelled
Private Forest Land Owners Conference Jun3-4 Courtenay, BC Postponed
Consulting Foresters of America Conference Jun 6-9 Austin, TX Cancelled
Decorative Hardwoods Conference  Jun 7-9 Hilton Head, SC Oct 11-13
International Fiberboard Conference  Jun 11-12 Chicago, IL Oct 29-30
Western Mensurationists Conference  Jun 14-16 Spokane, WA Online/virual
Interior lumber Manufacturers Conf. NEW! Jun 14-16 Osoyoos, BC Cancelled
Global Softwood Log & Lumber Conference Jun 17-18 Vancouver, BC Online virtual
Festival of Forestry Teachers Tour  Jul 8-10 Squamish, BC Cancelled
Hoo-Hoo International Convention Sep 12-15 Sacramento, CA Cancelled
Demo International Conference/Expo  Sep 22-26 Ottawa, ON Postponed TBA
FSC General Assembly  Oct 11-16 Bali, Indonesia Cancelled

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Cancelled and rescheduled forestry events due to COVID-19

Tree Frog Forestry News
April 9, 2020
Category: Special Feature
Region: Canada, United States

Please let us know if we are missing your event or if you have rescheduled it.

       
Event Old Date Location New Date
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
Hardwood Manufacturers Conference & Expo  Mar 25-27 Nashville, TN Aug 19-20
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 Apr 1 Syracuse, NY Oct 28
NY State Green Building Conference  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 Cancelled
Western Forest Insect Work Conference Apr 27-30 Edmonton, AB Cancelled
National Wood Flooring Expo NEW! Apr 29-May 1 Milwaukee, WI Online/virtual
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 Sept 24
BC Forest Safety Council’s Safety Conf. May 7 Kamloops, BC Cancelled
BC Interior Logging Assoc. Conference May 7-9 Kamloops, BC Cancelled
Quebec Forest Industry Congress  May 13-14 Quebec, QC 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
Forest Resources Assoc. Meeting  May 18-20 Austin, TX Cancelled
FSC Canada Annual Meeting May 27 Montreal, QC Cancelled
BC Community Forestry Association AGM May 27-29 Nakusp, BC Postponed TBA
PACWEST Conference 2020 May 27-30 Jasper, AB Cancelled
Private Forest Land Owners Conference Jun3-4 Courtenay, BC Postponed
Consulting Foresters of America Conference Jun 6-9 Austin, TX Cancelled
Decorative Hardwoods Conference  Jun 7-9 Hilton Head, SC Oct 11-13
International Fiberboard Conference  Jun 11-12 Chicago, IL Oct 29-30
Western Mensurationists Conference  Jun 14-16 Spokane, WA Online/virual
Interior lumber Manufacturers Conf. NEW! Jun 14-16 Osoyoos, BC Cancelled
Global Softwood Log & Lumber Conference Jun 17-18 Vancouver, BC Online virtual
Festival of Forestry Teachers Tour  Jul 8-10 Squamish, BC Cancelled
Hoo-Hoo International Convention Sep 12-15 Sacramento, CA Cancelled
Demo International Conference/Expo  Sep 22-26 Ottawa, ON Postponed TBA
FSC General Assembly  Oct 11-16 Bali, Indonesia Cancelled

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North American engineered wood and mass timber experts: FEA Softwood Conference

Kelly McCloskey, Editor
The Tree Frog Forestry News
June 18, 2020
Category: Special Feature
Region: Canada, Canada West

François Robichaud

François Robichaud, FEA Partner, provided an update and outlook on engineered wood products, which are heavily influenced by the health of the US housing market (given that 80% of MSR, I-Joists and LVL is used here). All three products will thus decline and recover in line with FEA’s related market forecasts with some variation. …Art Schmon, FEA partner, provided an overview of mass timber panels and markets… described them as “non-commodities” employed in a “vertically, integrated building solution business”—where the manufacturing process is only about 25% of the business. …Lucus Epp, Engineering Manager at StructureCraft, provided an overview of his company, the history of mass timber and why its consideration and use is growing. …Mike Schmidt, President of Auto Construct spoke of the challenges and opportunities that lie in the emerging business of industrial scale, panelized manufacturing, such as that being pursued by Kattera.

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Unrestricted log exports will be a death blow to domestic forest industry

By a Diverse Group of Coastal BC Companies
Tree Frog Submitted Editorial
May 21, 2020
Category: Special Feature
Region: Canada, Canada West

 A new agreement by Mosaic Forest Management (Mosaic), the timberlands manager for TimberWest and Island Timberlands, and the United Steelworkers Union (USW), includes a proposal to the government to allow Mosaic to freely export the average volume of logs it has sold internationally over the prior five years. A diverse group of Coastal Forestry Companies that support more than 30,000 direct and indirect jobs object strongly to this proposal. Notice 102 that regulates log exports provides a fair mechanism to export logs while securing the fibre supply required by domestic manufacturers. Changing the current laws would betray domestic manufacturers and put the livelihood of thousands of forestry works in jeopardy. Mosaic’s log exports over the last five years were at elevated levels, and therefore, their proposal would further skew the volume they would be able to freely export, and reduce the fibre volume available to domestic manufacturers that protects local jobs.

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Happy Birthday to Dr. John Worrall! Come to the party.

By Sandy McKellar
Tree Frog Forestry News
May 20, 2020
Category: Special Feature
Region: Canada, Canada West

Many of our readers will know Dr. Worrall. A retired professor of dendrology at UBC, ‘Worrall’ is known by more students than any other professor of his time. He made a point and learning (and never forgetting) the name of every new forestry student – and would call on people by last name when they were least expecting it! 

On Friday, May 22, Dr. Worrall is celebrating his birthday, and he would like to spend the day seeing the faces of his past students. With the help of his friends, we are hosting a “garden drop-by party”. In light of COVID-19 and the need to keep everyone safe, this party will be unique. We’re asking you to come by his front yard, where he will accept visitors a few at a time, for a short visit (with appropriate social distancing). Please do not bring any gifts or leave behinds, again, with COVID in mind, this needs to be a ‘touch free’ event. 

Drop by 5818 Highbury Street, Vancouver, BC V6N 1Z1 between the hours of 
10:00 a.m. – Noon
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

If you can’t drop by for a visit, please send an email to sandy@treefrogcreative.ca and all of your birthday greetings will be printed and shared with Worrall on his birthday. 

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Teach your kids about the forest sector with new Wood Facts book

By Sandy McKellar, Chair, Canadian Women in Timber
Canadian Women in Timber
April 9, 2020
Category: Special Feature
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Canadian Women in Timber are excited to launch our newest educational book called Wood Facts. It joins Forestry Facts in a series of ‘test your IQ’ question and answer books. With this new book we introduce two new characters named Cookie and Spruce. Cookie—a robust and jolly fellow—is made from a slice off the end of a log. He loves to ask people to guess how old he is! Cookie’s partner is Spruce. This lanky and fashionable gal is a 2×4 cut from a spruce log. She is proud of the fact that she is a sink for greenhouse gasses and is helping to combat climate change! The fact book features nine questions and answers about wood. The story starts with how wood is made, examines some of its unique features, and explains how to enhance wood’s inherent strength. Next is a feel good section on how wood can help reduce the impacts of climate change followed by new and exciting ways that wood and wood derivatives can be used in a whole range of different products. Wood Facts is part of a collection of teaching tools designed to promote Forest Awareness through Eduction. Check our website for lots of great resources.

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Lisa Perrault, RFT joins the Tree Frog News editorial team

Tree Frog Forestry News
May 28, 2020
Category: Special Feature
Region: Canada East, Canada

Lisa Perrault

The Tree Frog Forestry News is excited to announce that there is a new frog in our pond! Please join us in welcoming Lisa Perrault to our editorial team! With a skyrocketing readership and changes to how companies are working, the Tree Frog news is expanding. Updates are planned for the website with increased news coverage and better exposure for our sponsors. Perrault, a well known face in the BC forestry sector will be an important part of our enhanced program moving forward.

Lisa Perrault, RFT is an independent contractor specializing in editing for the forest industry. She entered the forest sector in 1975, working for both government and industry on projects related to fieldwork; forest industry promotion, recruitment, and training; safety; communication; environmental auditing; and First Nations relationships.

Kelly, Sandy and Heidi are happy to have Lisa join our team, where we know her breadth of experience will add value and some new features to the Tree Frog News.

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Tree Frog launches ICU!

Tree Frog Forestry News
April 24, 2020
Category: Special Feature

With the list of cancelled and postponed conferences growing, and COVID-19 isolation periods stretching longer into the future, many of us are getting a little stir crazy. In fact, some are downright lonesome. What started out as a novelty that felt a bit like a super-extended long weekend has lost its luster, and many in the forest sector are yearning for the connections and social engagements of pre-virus days. So, to try and bring you all just a little bit closer together, the Tree Frog News is opening our very own ‘ICU’, and you’re all invited to enter!

The Tree Frog News ICU is exactly what it sounds like, a place where “I can see you!”. How are you weathering the storm? What does isolation look like for you? Where are you working, what’s around you, how are you keeping yourself sane, or what is making you insane? Share your images with us. We’ll post daily submissions here, as well as adding them to a gallery where you can scroll through and have a virtual visit with your colleagues in the sector.

Don’t be shy! Take a picture or selfie today and send it in. Add a caption, share an uplifting story, or leave it to me to caption it for you! Send them to sandy@treefrogcreative.ca

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