August/September 2010

On the Cover:

Though there are very mixed signals in the lumber market, the industry is slowly on the upswing. B.C.'s Western Forest Products recently reported net income for the second quarter of 2010 of $9.5 million, and the company re-opened its Ladysmith sawmill on Vancouver Island--which has been shut for two years--in September. (Photo of Port Alberni, B.C. operation of Western Forest Products by Paul MacDonald)

Spotlight

Cross laminated timber (CLT), a wood building system pioneered in Europe, has the potential to boost wood use in Canada and across North America.

A sweet spot machine

Waratah's new 623 C processing head has proven to be a "sweet-spot machine" for contractor James Godsoe, offering the versatility he needs for harvesting a varied wood profile in the B.C. Interior.

Weathering the downturn--with wood pellets

Following the closure of a nearby paper mill that was taking most of its wood chips, the family that owns Newfoundland's Cottles Island Lumber Co. took a deep breath, and made the choice to weather the downturn--and invest in a new wood pellet plant.

Resourceful B.C. contractor

For Henderson Contracting, making its operations more efficient includes doing its own machining and fabricating, a capability that has paid off for them and their customers.

Building a future on the past

Nova Scotia's Delaney and Son Pulpwood has plenty of forestry heritage and knowledge, and they are using that know-how to plan for the future--a future that is likely to include biomass harvesting.

Tech Update

Logging and Sawmilling Journal has the latest equipment information on brush cutters and mulching equipment in this issue's Tech Update.

Supplier Newsline

The Last Word

Tony Kryzanowski on the recently signed Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement, which will see traditional adversaries from the forest industry and the environmental movement work together to preserve the integrity of ecosystems in the boreal forest.