According to Auditor General Kim Adair-MacPherson, a major irritant that helped to provoke US tariffs has been fixed and with it a potential lifeline to the New Brunswick (NB) forest industry. Her report released on Tuesday (10/20) says the province now has a better system for accurately calculating sales to mills from private woodlots, a benchmark that helps set royalties paid for timber from publicly owned Crown lands.
According to Rick Doucett, the president of the New Brunswick Federation of Woodlot Owners, the royalties paid to woodlot owners for raw materials have not increased during the pandemic even as the price of finished lumber has gone up.
According to a report by Jeff Zeringue, in the Louisiana Logging Council’s Louisiana Logger publication, loggers and landowners in Louisiana experienced a year’s worth of timber harvest overnight when Hurricane Laura badly damaged more that 758,000 acres of timberland in Louisiana in late August.
Holmen AB, one of Sweden’s largest forestry companies has announced that they have completed the purchase of Martinsons, one of Sweden’s leading sawn and processed wood manufacturing companies.
Most lumber dealers experience with wood-ties (aka railroad ties) are usually limited to selling used ones that have been taken up from track beds and which homeowners and landscapers use as part of a decorative feature.
The Oregon Board of Forestry, on Tuesday (10/6), approved a 70-year proposed Western Oregon Habitat Conservation Plan. Analysis of the plan by the Oregon Department of Forestry reports that the plan would provide long-term protections and conservation plans for endangered species and secure forest management practices.
Alberta has announced a five-way plan to increase by 13% the usage of existing forestlands.
A survey conducted in April and May 2020 by independent research firm Bramm & Associated, regarding the number of Canadian contractors and loggers considering replacement of equipment in their operating fleet revealed some interesting insights.
The office of the U.S. Trade Representative has announced that they are commencing two investigations under Section 301 of the 1974 Trade Act. One investigation will explore Vietnam’s trade policies related to the import and use of timber.
Leader of BC Liberal party promising to overhaul BC’s stumpage fee system if elected.