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Logging and Sawmilling Journal November 2014

June/July 2015

On the Cover:
British Columbia has been slammed with forest fires this summer, with more than 200 wildfires burning around B.C. in mid-July. For an update on the current wildfire situation, please go to Logging and Sawmilling Journal’s website at www.forestnet.com (Photo of helicopter working on a controlled burn at the Cisco Rd. forest fire near Lytton, B.C. courtesy of BC Wildfire Service).

B.C. sawmill explosion, fire ruled accidental
A coroner’s jury has ruled the explosion and fire at the Lakeland Mills sawmill in Prince George, B.C. in 2012 as accidental, and it made a number of recommendations to help prevent such a tragedy from occurring again.

Business-minded logging
Long-time coastal logging contractor Ted Arkell of Dyer Logging has found the challenges of logging have changed over three decades in the business, with a need to be far more business-minded to make a return on your equipment investment these days.

A Re-start for Rough and Ready Lumber
A significant investment in the small log line at Oregon’s Rough and Ready Lumber has resulted in better aligning production to the local log supply—and delivered solid economic benefits to a hard-hit part of the state, with the re-started sawmill.

Successful move into log hauling for Valley Carriers
A long-established, family-owned B.C. trucking firm, Valley Pulp & Sawdust Carriers, has recently expanded into log hauling, and is finding their already established trucking base—and their focus on their customers—gives them an edge in this competitive business.

Building operator loyalty
Alberta logging contractor Ted Freake finds that when it comes to the people who run his equipment, it pays to take the time to train operators—sometimes from scratch—with the goal of building loyalty and long term employee relationships.

Avoiding logging equipment fires
Nate Burton, Technical & Safety Services Manager of the Association of Equipment Manufacturers, on the top five causes of forest equipment fires, and how operators can avoid them.

Returning to logging
The ongoing recovery has seen some contractors returning to the forest industry—New Brunswick’s Greg Davis and Wade Regan have now returned to the industry, and moved from a chainsaw/cable skidder operation to mechanical harvesting and a harvester/forwarder set-up, to better ensure their success.

DEMO show is on the way
Planning for the largest live equipment logging show in North America next year—DEMO 2016, to be held at the UBC Research Forest near Vancouver—is well underway, with recent planning meetings firming up the details for DEMO.

Canada North Resources Expo: another winning show
The Canada North Resources Expo, held in Prince George, B.C. at the end of May, was a huge success, thanks to features like a 30 per cent boost in outdoor exhibition space and the show hosting the first Northern B.C. Safety Conference.

The Edge
Included in this edition of The Edge, Canada’s leading publication on research in the forest industry, are stories from the Canadian Wood Fibre Centre, Alberta Innovates - Bio Solutions and FPInnovations.

The Last Word
Given the changes that have occurred in the Canadian forest industry—and what’s to come—Tony Kryzanowski says it’s time for the Canadian forest industry to refresh its research and development priorities.

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Canada North Resources ExpoCanada North Resources Expo: another winning show

The Canada North Resources Expo, held in Prince George, B.C. at the end of May, was a huge success, thanks to features like a 30 per cent boost in outdoor exhibition space and the show hosting the first Northern B.C. Safety Conference.

By Jim Stirling

The Canada North Resources Expo (CNRE) continued to expand its impact in central British Columbia with its recent second biennial show held May 29-30 in Prince George.

The show’s producer, Master Promotions Ltd., and its co-organizers described the event as “a huge success.” Master Promotion’s figures reveal the event was attended by 8,451 visitors, which represents an increase in numbers compared to the more than 8,000 attending the first CNRE in 2013.

“Visitors representing northern Canada’s varied resources and resource industries came out in droves to check out the big iron and live equipment demos,” enthused Mark Cusack, national show manager with Master Promotions, a national event organizing company based in Saint John, New Brunswick.”We’ve had great feedback from show visitors and exhibitors alike.”

For Master Promotions, the local response to this year’s show represented another highlight in what is developing as a banner year for Prince George. Cusack noted in his welcoming comments to the show that 2015 is the city of Prince George’s 100th anniversary and was marked by the city’s recent and successful hosting of the Canada Winter Games.

Canada North Resources Expo“There’s no better time to pay tribute to the many sectors that are part of the region’s economy, including mining, oil and gas, forestry, bioenergy, education, health care, transportation and professional services. The Canada North Resources Expo showcases the leaders and rising stars of each of these industries,” said Cusack.

The CNRE’s primary focus in 2015 was providing a showcase for the region’s forest industry, heavy construction equipment and services and natural resource project infrastructure. An appreciated feature of the 2015 show was a 30 per cent boost in outdoor exhibition space. This provision allowed more room for exhibitors to display the latest in machines and services and encourage a broader range of participation.

Among the new features introduced during this year’s CNRE was the hosting of the first Northern B.C. Safety Conference. Its guiding principle is the provision of practical information and tools to help manage safety challenges encountered at work. The conference was designed for workers, supervisors and owners active in the regional forest industry.

The intent is for the safety conference to become a regular feature of future CNRE editions. It’s organized by a committee representing a cross section of the forest industry including licencees, contractors and suppliers along with WorkSafeBC and the BC Forest Safety Council.

A returning and associated feature at the 2015 CNRE was the Health, Wellness and Safety Zone. It’s a cluster of services and information sources collectively designed to improve awareness and safety habits on the job.

The CNRE is produced in partnership with the Resources Expo Society, a locally based, not-for-profit operation with a mandate to promote training and educational opportunities in the central and northern B.C. resource sectors. Funding generated by the show helps the society meet its objectives. Community beneficiaries include a legacy scholarship and bursary program at the regional College of New Caledonia; creating a legacy fund with the Prince George Community Foundation and support for local heavy equipment training programs.

The next CNRE in Prince George is scheduled for May 2017. Organizational work for that event began with an analysis of this year’s successful show as its baseline.