Tree Frog Forestry News

Six storey wood-frame construction not popular with fire fighters

Tree Frog Forestry News
June 29, 2017
Category: Today's Takeaway

A six-alarm wood-frame fire in Boston is bad news for the “sort of housing that many in Boston’s development community say the city needs”, as concerns grow about fires during construction before sprinklers and other safety systems are fully operational. Boston fire Commissioner said “it’s lightweight construction, which makes it very dangerous for us”. Residents were due to move in July 15.

A Vermont lumber company is expressing concern about softwood duties because “25 percent of their white pine production is sold to Canadian firms“—which convert it into window frames, molding and door jams—prior to being “re-sold to American wholesalers“. Company General Manager Jeff Hardy describes the 30 percent change of price as “a real wet blanket on anybody’s business.

And finally, some condo owners in Vancouver will have to fork over $35,000 each to replace a large tree on the top of their building. Put in place in 1987—the architect apparently skipped Forestry 101 and failed to consider the “city’s watering restrictions or provide adequate root space for what the tree would ultimately need“. 

— Kelly McCloskey, Tree Frog Editor