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In this interview, Rodney Smoldon discusses the challenges he faces as Forest Supervisor on the Colville, a much watched national forest that appears to be breaking new ground. more »

Apr 11, 2016 9:00 AM , Guest Columns

The challenges associated with procuring wood from an increasingly fractured supply base are not unique to a single region; one question I often hear when speaking to landowners is, “How much is the logger or dealer getting for my timber at the mill? more »

Mar 30, 2016 2:00 PM Guest Columns

The global resurgence in wood production has been driven in part by the popularity and expansion of wood pellets, which are primarily being used for thermal heating purposes in Europe, though the technology can replace fossil fuel anywhere. more »

Mar 18, 2016 7:00 AM , Guest Columns

For any manufacturing process that uses biomass as primary feedstock, the operating cost with the highest variability will be the actual cost of that feedstock. more »

Feb 16, 2016 9:00 AM Guest Columns

The cause for biomass as a carbon-neutral renewable resource has received an important endorsement. Last week there was unanimous consent for a sponsored amendment to the Senate energy bill that affirms the carbon benefits of biomass. more »

Feb 16, 2016 7:00 AM Guest Columns

Navigating the dynamic wood supply market in North America can be challenging. As supply and demand factors constantly affect prices on a regional basis, price volatility due to supply and demand exists independent of supply chain efficiency efforts. more »

Feb 11, 2016 9:00 AM Guest Columns

PNW Challenges for 2016: Tightening Margins Require Crisp Reactions, Laser Focus more »

Feb 5, 2016 10:00 AM Guest Columns

Recently the media has reported on release of the sequel to the infamously flawed "carbon debt" argument, asserting that biomass energy contributes to carbon build-up in the atmosphere. more »

Jul 7, 2015 10:38 AM Guest Columns

Spring break-up is fast approaching. Most of us are very familiar with the oldies song, “Breakin’ Up Is Hard To Do” by Neil Sedaka. more »

Jul 7, 2015 10:28 AM Guest Columns

Like all forests, all wood supply chains are different. Some are longer and more complex than others, but one thing they all have in common is that they nearly always have at least one weak link. more »

Jul 7, 2015 10:25 AM Guest Columns

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