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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.

Canada State-of-the-Forests Report: 2017

Canada State-of-the-Forests Report: 2017

This year Canada celebrates 150 years as a forest nation. Through The State of Canada’s Forests Annual Report, Natural Resources Canada provides the only national snapshot of Canada’s forests and forest industry. The federal agency has been tracking Canada’s journey towards sustainable forest management for 27 years. Read about the history of Canada’s forest sector and how the sector is leading the way in the global bioeconomy today. Canada Forest area Canada’s forest area of 347 million hectares (ha) has…

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North America Lumber Market Update: 3Q 2017

North America Lumber Market Update: 3Q 2017

As negotiations toward a Canada-US softwood lumber agreement furiously go on, different perspectives and data sets speak to the situation with Canadian softwood lumber exports into USA. Since the beginning of September there have been hearings in Washington, DC, for various sides — mostly US domestic interests — to table comments and submit on the topic of injury. Between now and the end of the year, Canada will have a chance to table some of its evidence. A lot of…

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BCFii Year-in-Review: 2016/17

BCFii Year-in-Review: 2016/17

This week British Columbia Forestry Innovation Investment released it’s 2016/17 Year in Review report. British Columbia Forestry Innovation Investment is a BC Crown agency with a mandate that includes developing and diversifying markets for BC forest products around the world as well as promoting forest practices and the environmental merits of wood products. According to the agency’s year-in-review report released this week, over the past year, BC FII and its partners in industry and government have continued to support the…

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Heffler Forest Products Reopens

Heffler Forest Products Reopens

Jobs are coming back to Hefler Forest Products’ sawmill in Middle Sackville, NS, starting next month, said Stan Mason, president of the forest products company to The Hants Journal September 15. The company will be producing specialty wood products, including 12-foot and 16-foot lengths and deck boards. The new hires next month will amount to 25 sawmill jobs, almost tripling the company’s workforce which now includes 15 employees at its biomass plant, to a total of 40 people. Under its…

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Western Forest Products and Long Hoh Lay Off Workers

Western Forest Products and Long Hoh Lay Off Workers

The Public and Private Workers of Canada and Unifor say 160 sawmill workers are being laid off, according to My Comox Valley Now Thursday. The layoffs are happening at the Ladysmith, BC, Western Forest Products sawmill and at Long Hoh Enterprises at Qualicum Beach, BC, both on Vancouver Island. Forestry Officer Cam Shiell says that’s because the sawmills are facing log and fibre shortages due to hot, dry weather and poor government policies. Shiell says more layoffs are expected and…

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British Columbia New Government Budget Revealed: Forestry

British Columbia New Government Budget Revealed: Forestry

The newly-elected BC provincial government earlier this year has released it’s budget plan, for the general economy and for the forests ministry. There are some changes in the dollars for the 2017/18 estimate from the previous year. Madison’s caught up with the BC Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development Thursday to get details on the new accounting. British Columbia New Forest Service Plan and Budget Estimate: 2017 / 18 The only major change to the new…

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Western Forest Products and Long Hoh Lay Off Workers

Western Forest Products and Long Hoh Lay Off Workers

The Public and Private Workers of Canada and Unifor say 160 sawmill workers are being laid off, according to My Comox Valley Now Thursday. The layoffs are happening at the Ladysmith, BC, Western Forest Products sawmill and at Long Hoh Enterprises at Qualicum Beach, BC, both on Vancouver Island. Forestry Officer Cam Shiell says that’s because the sawmills are facing log and fibre shortages due to hot, dry weather and poor government policies. Shiell says more layoffs are expected and…

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Canada Sawmill Fires

Canada Sawmill Fires

A devastating fire at Port Dover, ON’s, Porter Lumber Wednesday morning is expected to have caused $3 million in damage to the solid wood production facility, said the Simcoe Reformer. No injuries were reported. However, damage is pegged at $3 million. The property was not insured. As well, the local fire department was called Wednesday evening to the Galloway Sawmill located between the towns of Elko and Jaffray in British Columbia, according to the Cranbrook Townsman. The cause of the…

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