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British Columbia Wildfire Update

British Columbia Wildfire Update

This year’s forest inferno in British Columbia is being mirrored on every continent, according to the new study examining the mechanics of tree death. Each successive fire and the carbon released leads to more drought, crippling the ability of forests to absorb and sequester carbon, said David Galvez, a former researcher at the University of BC and University of Alberta to the Times Colonist Tuesday. Recent modelling by the Canadian Forest Service predicts climate change is driving up the number…

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US New and Existing Home Sales, Prices, Inventory: July 2017

US New and Existing Home Sales, Prices, Inventory: July 2017

According to the US Census Bureau and the US Department of Housing and Urban Development Wednesday, sales of new single-family homes in the US fell 9.4 per cent over the month of July to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 571,000. Despite the declines, sales over the first seven months of 2017 are 9.2 per cent above their level over the same period in 2016. US HOME SALES, HOUSE PRICES, ARCHITECTURE BILLINGS: 2017 Despite gains in the US West and…

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Canada Investment in New Housing Construction: June 2017

Canada Investment in New Housing Construction: June 2017

Investment in new housing construction in Canada rose 7.2 per cent from June 2016 to $4.7 billion in June, said Statistics Canada Tuesday. The increase was mostly attributable to higher investment in single family dwellings (+$257.9 million). All but one province saw an increase in new housing investment in June 2017. The largest increase was in Quebec (+$82.6 million), followed by Alberta (+$72.5 mil- lion) and British Columbia (+$57.4 million). Newfoundland and Labrador posted a decrease of $7.4 million (-26.2%)…

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Perceived and Otherwise Elusive ‘gap period’ on Canadian Softwood Lumber Imports to the US

Perceived and Otherwise Elusive ‘gap period’ on Canadian Softwood Lumber Imports to the US

 Below are details of the perceived and otherwise elusive ‘gap period’ on Canadian softwood lumber imports to the US. After the looming Dept of Commerce announcement, the next important date will be in late October, with the US International Trade Commission makes its Final Determination of the DoC Final Determination. UPDATE FROM MIKE JONES MONDAY: Expectation is for the Dept of Commerce to announce the Final Determination of CVD (and AD) on Sept 6. Usually it takes 5 – 7…

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Madison’s North American Heating Wood Pellet Report

Madison’s North American Heating Wood Pellet Report

NORTH AMERICAN HEATING WOOD PELLET PRICES, EXPORT HIGHLIGHTS, COMMODITIES/PRODUCTS PRICES, EXPORT HIGHLIGHTS, COMMODITIES/PRODUCTS The brand-*new* monthly Madison’s Wood Pellet Report covers North America energy wood pellet manufacturing, distribution, and sales/export. Don’t miss out on what you need to plan operational strategy for RESIDUALS from your sawmill or other wood processing facility in Canada and the USA. Don’t miss out, order your own subscription today!

Madison’s Forest Pulse: 2Q 2017

Madison’s Forest Pulse: 2Q 2017

The next issue of the wildly popular quarterly North American forest data update, Madison’s Forest Pulse, will soon be emailed to subscribers. The information tool for your forest management and investment planning. Don’t miss even one issue of this vital information! Our quarterly product is tailored to provide you with timely information about the North American solid wood, pulp, and paper industry at your fingertips. Don’t miss out, order your subscription today! • what you need to plan your investment…

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US Home Equity for New Small Businesses

US Home Equity for New Small Businesses

Equity in a home was used as a source of capital to start 284,618 businesses in the US—7.3 per cent of all businesses—according to a new source of data released August 10 by the US Census Bureau. The new data source is the Annual Survey of Entrepreneurs, which collects economic and demographic information on businesses and business ownership in all major US industries. The ASE collects data on an annual basis for three years beginning with reference year 2014. US…

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Weekly Rail Traffic, US: Aug 2017

Weekly Rail Traffic, US: Aug 2017

For the week ending August 6, total US weekly rail traffic was 554,822 carloads and intermodal units, up 4.3 per cent compared with the same week last year, said the Association of American Railroads August 9. Total carloads for the week ending August 5 were 273,199 carloads, up 1.9 per cent compared with the same week in 2016, while US weekly intermodal volume was 281,623 containers and trailers, up 6.8 per cent compared to 2016. Six of the 10 carload…

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Softwood Lumber CVD Gap Window *Use With Caution*

Softwood Lumber CVD Gap Window *Use With Caution*

Much fuss was made this week among operators subject to the  Canadian Softwood Lumber AD/CVD Case CVD GAP period. The issue requiring further clarification has to do with the ability of the U.S. Customs Broker to delay filing of a shipment’s “Entry Summary” for ten business days from the time the shipment is “Arrived” at the U.S. Customs Port of Entry.     Madison’s spoke with intrepid US Customs Broker Mike Jones [http://www.joneschb.com] Thursday for an accurate explanation of circumstances. With…

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Canada-US Softwood Lumber Trade: Further Updates

Canada-US Softwood Lumber Trade: Further Updates

Fast on the heals of British Columbia’s new NDP Premier John Horgan’s assertion last week that Canada and the US were “close” to a new softwood lumber trade deal, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Tuesday he was “very hopeful” of getting a deal with the United States on softwood lumber, which has become an escalating trade dispute ahead of NAFTA talks this month. The two countries must chop down one big, remaining impediment to a deal on softwood…

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