Timber is rising in the NW

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A month ago, we wrote about how things seem to be turning around economically for the timber industry. Of course, there are still many challenges, but now that we’re starting to recover from the recession, timber prices and demand are going up. And now there are more postive signs. West Fraser Timber Co., one of Canada’s largest timber firms, just … Read More

The pain of being a New England logger

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Last week we wrote about the radical manuever by state officials in Massachusetts to more than quadruple the amount of state forestland that is off-limits to harvest. Now we are hearing about the consequences of that decision. The Boston Globe just wrote a compelling story about the plight of Massachusetts loggers now that the new policy has been approved. The … Read More

A tale of two states

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Massachusetts and Oregon both made major decisions this week on how much of their state-owned forests should be open to harvest. What unfolded is an interesting tale of the contrasting perspectives that different states — and different regions of the country — have on the timber industry. The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation announced a plan that will quadruple … Read More

Timber towns are bouncing back

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The current economic state of logging communities across the West varies depending on several factors, but the poor economy certainly isn’t doing any favors. Recently news has come out about two logging communities on the West Coast: the Tongass National Forest in Alaska and Mackenzie, British Columbia. What is clear from this Los Angeles Times story on a possible timber … Read More

Biomass gains support in Oregon and Capitol Hill

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This has been a good week for biomass.  First, Oregon Gov. Ted Kulongoski voiced his support for biomass in a speech at University of Oregon. And then a bipartisan group of U.S. senators introduced the American Renewable Biomass Heating Act, which would create a 30 percent tax credit for industrial-scale biomass heaters. According to BusinessGreen, here is what Charlie Niebling, … Read More

Another attempt to push out the timber community

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Earlier this month, Michael T. Goergen Jr. with the Society of American Foresters wrote a well-argued op-ed in the Seattle Times supporting the idea that Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) wood products should be included as part of U.S. green building standards. And today, the Times ran a response from one of the environmental advocates on the other side of the … Read More

Another attempt to push out the timber community

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Earlier this month, Michael T. Goergen Jr. with the Society of American Foresters wrote a well-argued op-ed in the Seattle Times supporting the idea that Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) wood products should be included as part of U.S. green building standards. And today, the Times ran a response from one of the environmental advocates on the other side of the … Read More

Wall Street Journal doesn’t know “green”

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The Wall Street Journal today wrote about the financial problems plaguing Sustainable Northwest, a Portland lumberyard that carries mostly Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)-certified wood. Two things, in particular, jumped out from the story. First, the WSJ reporter, Jim Carlton, fell for the idea from some environmental groups that FSC-certified wood is the only wood that can be called “green” or … Read More

Fried chicken enters the fray

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The battle by some environmental groups to eradicate the timber industry continues this week with the news that a North Carolina group called the Dogwood Alliance is taking the unusual step of pressuring Kentucky Fried Chicken to stop using Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) paper products and use Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) products instead. First off, we should note that while … Read More

Protecting the forest economy

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Michael T. Goergen Jr. with the Society of American Foresters had a nice op-ed in the Seattle Times over the weekend. He makes the point that the U.S. Green Building Council, for its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards, should allow wood certified by other groups besides the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) because it would support all the … Read More