Keeping out illegal wood

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It’s always difficult to be part of the proud U.S. timber industry and see substandard or questionable wood flood the market from overseas. Not to say that all foreign wood is bad, but there is certainly a strong market, unfortunately, for wood that does not pass the strict legal and environmental standards of American timber. Voice of America, a news … Read More

Biomass on NPR

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The national media is starting to pay attention to the biomass phenomenon. Dozens of plants are being built across the country and the federal government is offering generous subsidies, but as this NPR story today notes, local opposition has also popped up in some cities. The NPR story focuses much of its attention on two proposed biomass plants in Shelton, … Read More

A troubling development in Canada

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More details have emerged about the historic deal reached in Canada between the forest industry and environmental groups, an agreement that we wrote about earlier this month. Just to recap, Canada’s timber companies, including members of the Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC), have promised to severely limit logging on 173 million acres of boreal forest, a massive area that … Read More

Montana comes together

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We try to highlight partnerships wherever we can on the One Voice blog because in the end, it’s inspiring to see all the stakeholders come together for a common solution. Of course that solution usually isn’t perfect, but it’s often better than deadlock. The news out of Montana this week is that a coalition made up of the Wilderness Society, … Read More

SFI pushes for LEED status

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The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is still considering changes to its LEED building standard that could allow wood products certified by other groups besides the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). As we’ve written about before, this is an issue of huge importance for the timber industry. If some environmental groups are successful in maintaining the FSC monopoly on USGBC standards, … Read More

Timber wars may be over – in Canada

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Are the timber wars over in Canada? That seems to be the gist of this story today from the Montreal Gazette. According to the article, the Canadian timber industry has brokered a deal with leading environmental groups, including Greenpeace, that may allow both parties to move forward without conflict. The deal goes like this: Canada’s timber companies promise to stop … Read More

Biomass opponents fill in the blanks

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Biomass plants are being built or planned around the U.S., and they provide a valuable economic and environmental outlet for the wood waste that is left behind from forestry. Biomass has received plenty of key endorsements from officials on the federal level as well as from many states — political leaders who are looking for cleaner energy sources than coal. … Read More

Fighting the pine beetle

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The mountain pine beetle infestation that has hit Western forests has been devastating.  The beetle has killed millions of acres of trees in Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, Montana, Oregon, Idaho and Washington and is the worst infestation in nearly 30 years. Just this week, a U.S. regional forester told the U.S. House Agriculture Committee that some national forests in Colorado and … Read More

Respecting the fire

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What gets lost sometimes in the debate over forest management is the importance of fire in the health of our forests. Just in the last couple days, two articles were published that illuminate this point very clearly. First off, great news out of the Sierra Nevada region of California: a state agency is working toward a plan to thin forests … Read More

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