Category Archives: Economy

Pandemic throws wrench into tree planting season

First, B.C.’s Interior forests were ravaged by beetles and forest fires, and now their recovery may be delayed by a virus. This year’s tree planting season in B.C. was expected to be the biggest planting effort ever, thanks to provincial and federal funding. But tree planting companies were delayed in getting contracts signed this year as they waited for direction

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Klausner Lumber One Shuts Down; Employees Sue

LIVE OAK, Fla. – Austrian-owned Klausner Lumber One is seeking Chapter 11 protection for its Florida sawmill with more than $100 in debt.   Klausner reportedly shut down the mill abruptly March 16 – around the same time its Austrian-born management team returned to their home country due to fears of the virus. The company said it told workers they would be

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B.C. Officials Defer Stumpage Fees For Several Months To Aid The Forest Industry During COVID-19 Pandemic

VICTORIA — The British Columbia government is deferring a timber harvesting fee charged to forest companies in an effort to help the struggling industry survive during the COVID-19 pandemic. Forests Minister Doug Donaldson said Thursday the government will not collect stumpage fees for the next three months. He said 45 sawmills are closed indefinitely or shut down permanently, affecting 7,000

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April Storms Caused $4M+ In Timber Damage

COLUMBIA — The South Carolina Forestry Commission estimates the damage to the state’s timber resources from strong winds and at least 25 confirmed tornadoes April 13 tops $4 million. Seven teams of foresters conducted tornado storm damage surveys covering nearly 64,000 acres, surveying plots along tornado paths to assess the damage to the forest resource. The crews found that over

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Are Wood Pellets from Old Growth Forests Carbon Neutral?

Clear-cutting old-growth forests to produce wood pellets to replace fossil fuels in electricity generation would release more carbon into the atmosphere than it would save “for many decades,” according to a new scientific study. The findings raise questions about the wood pellet industry’s claims that their product is “carbon neutral” and that switching from burning coal to burning pellets would reduce “100

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West Fraser Timber withdraws 2020 production outlook due to COVID-19

VANCOUVER — West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd. says it is withdrawing its production outlook for the year due to the uncertain impact of measures to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic. The Vancouver-based forest products producer says it expects output to be further hurt over the coming months from the novel coronavirus’s influence on the supply chain and market demand. Read

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AFPA forecasts a calamitous decline in housing construction: urgent recovery package needed

From AUSFPA.com.au >> The Australian Forest Products Association (AFPA) is calling on Australia’s leaders to urgently put in place a stimulus recovery package for the housing construction sector to counter the massive reduction in new house starts and therefore the timber products used in their construction. Read the rest of the article here: https://ausfpa.com.au/media-releases/afpa-forecasts-a-calamitous-decline-in-housing-construction-urgent-recovery-package-needed/

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Wind Turbine Towers Built Using Wood

“Our calculations indicate that the 150 meter tower will reduce mass by about 30% and cut manufacturing costs by roughly 40% compared with an equivalent tubular steel tower with a 6-7 meter base diameter. And wood is a natural product that can often be sourced locally, creating local jobs and other added benefits.” — Chief Technical Officer Erik Dölerud ,

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Georgia’s Wood Industry Impacted By US/China Trade Challenges

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has a nice piece on the impact the US/China trade war is having on the wood industry in Georgia. https://www.ajc.com/news/state–regional/georgia-towering-wood-industry-whipsawed-trade-war-with-china/hd5KECU7VrSxdmYD0dP7CM/ Here are some statistics on private working forests as compiled by the National Alliance of Forest Owners (NAFO).

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