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Forecasting. It's a mug's game. So pinning any real market numbers on lumber pricing over the next five years could be a guess, at best. Still, there are a few things we do know. more

Mar 21, 2017 12:00 AM Guest Columns

Seems there's a bit of an economic nationalism breeze blowing around the world, lately. Take a recent report released in British Columbia decrying the export of raw logs. Some claim the current practice costs the province as many as 3,600 jobs/year. more

Mar 7, 2017 12:00 AM Guest Columns

It is still early in the year, with the first snowdrops of spring barely showing on the west coast. Yet Natural Resources Canada has made available its fire risk map for 2017. more

Feb 21, 2017 12:00 AM Guest Columns

Some 2,500 years ago, the Greek philosopher Heraclitus of Ephesus observed that the only constant in the universe is change. Surely that is no more true than as it applies to today's forest industries. more

Feb 7, 2017 12:00 AM Guest Columns

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

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