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New Paper Product Category Standards

New Paper Product Category Standards

FPInnovations, in collaboration with The American Forest and Paper Association (AF&PA) and the Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC), announced Thursday it has developed a Product Category Rules (PCR) for North American market pulp, paper and paperboard products, tissue, and containerboard manufacturers. This PCR allows North American pulp, paper, tissue, and containerboard manufacturers to communicate the environmental footprints of their products in compliance with international standards. Standardizing Paper Product Categories FPInnovations announced Thursday it has developed a Product Category Rules…

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Strong Softwood Lumber Prices Plus Duties for Canada : 3Q 2017

Strong Softwood Lumber Prices Plus Duties for Canada : 3Q 2017

The 3Q 2017 issue of Madison’s Forest Pulse is almost ready to be sent to subscribers! Don’t miss out on this vital and timely information. Much is being made of current high softwood lumber prices, as opinions abound about the near-future supply-demand balance. Forestry has been a seller’s market from the very beginning of this year, and all signs point to continued, ongoing strong wood demand in the US for real building projects. This week Madison’s takes a look at…

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Update on Immediate Loss to Merchantable Timber Supply due to Wildfires: British Columbia

Update on Immediate Loss to Merchantable Timber Supply due to Wildfires: British Columbia

Kamloops, British Columbia — right there in the middle of sawmill country for western North America — area directors in the Cariboo Regional District were given a briefing Monday on the estimated timber losses industry is facing in light of this summer’s devastating wildfire season. Reasonable expectations are that the immediate loss to merchantable timber supply for other regions and operators will be similar: “estimated that the fires impacted close to one year of the British Columbia provincial annual allowable…

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North America Wildfire Update: November 2017

North America Wildfire Update: November 2017

Word is starting to come out of the important fibre supply basket for British Columbia softwood lumber producers about how much of the immediate timber that was expected to be harvested has been damaged by the devastating wildfires this season. North America Wildfire Damage Update: November 2017 At the latest meeting between British Columbia municipalities and the province, Quesnel mayor and council agreed to take a message to Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations & Rural Development (FLNRO&RD) Minister Doug Donaldson’s…

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BC Softwood Lumber Export, Canada – US Sawmill Capacity

BC Softwood Lumber Export, Canada – US Sawmill Capacity

BC export of forest products by value are up 0.4 per cent for 2017 year-to-date September compared to the same period in 2016 ($10.49 billion vs. $10.45), said the Competitiveness and Innovation Branch of the British Columbia Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations & Rural Development Monday. Exports of softwood lumber by value is down -5 per cent, while volumes are down -15 per cent. BC SOFTWOOD LUMBER EXPORTS BC export of forest products by value are up 0.4…

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North America Wildfire Damage Update: October 2017

North America Wildfire Damage Update: October 2017

British Columbia recorded its worst-ever fire season this year, said CBC Monday. Wildfires that began in early April scorched just over 12,000 square kilometres of timber, bush, and grassland and at their height forced 45,000 people from their homes. Climate change didn’t directly cause major wildfires in Alberta and British Columbia this year but it did contribute to their extreme nature, explained Mike Flannigan, a professor of wildland fire at the University of Alberta, to CBC. North America Wildfire Damage…

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Roseburg Sells, Solifor Buys…

Roseburg Sells, Solifor Buys…

Roseburg Resources, out of Sprinfield, OR, is selling 170,000 acres of timberland in Siskiyou and Shasta counties an Australia management firm, according to the Mail Tribune Thursday. Roseburg has operations in three Northwest states, including a medium density fiberboard plant in Medford, and four Southeast states. The buyer is New Forests, a US$3 billion firm based in Sydney, Australia, with offices in San Francisco, Singapore and New Zealand. It manages more than 2 million acres of land and forests globally….

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US Wildfires Destroyed over 7,000 Homes

US Wildfires Destroyed over 7,000 Homes

The latest word out of Madison’s contacts close to the Softwood Lumber negotiations Tuesday is that — in advance of the next looming ‘gap period’ this time on the anti-dumping duty — there will be some kind of announcement out of US Commerce dept regarding: ” sources are conveying that the AD/CVD aligned Final Determination publication date is being pushed up to as early as the end of this week, or next Tuesday at the latest ” Jones & Jones…

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North American Sawmill Capacity Utilization: July 2017

North American Sawmill Capacity Utilization: July 2017

As with May, rates of production as percent of practical capacity for North American sawmills in the US in January to July 2017 rose another percentage point from last month, to 86%. This compared to 86% the previous year and 86% for full year 2016, according to the latest issue of the Western Wood Products Association Lumber Track October 6. North American Sawmill Capacity Utilization and Lumber Production: July 2017 Capacity utilization of sawmills in Canada for January to July…

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Canada Sawmill Production: July 2017

Canada Sawmill Production: July 2017

Lumber production in Canada declined 9.1 per cent from June to July 2017, with Canadian sawmills producing 5,201 thousand cubic metres of lumber, said Statistics Canada Tuesday. Production was 1.9 per cent lower than in July 2016. Sawmills shipped 5,459 thousand cubic metres of lumber in July, down 5.2 per cent from June and 0.8 per cent lower than in July 2016.