October 1996 Table of Contents
$400M Heist Angers BC Industry
The NDP government's "transfer" of $400 million in Forest Renewal BC funds to
relieve its fiscal problems infuriated forestry people throughout the province. But there
is more involved than a simple revenue grab.
BC Firms Report First-Half Losses
Fourteen publicly listed BC forest companies reported losses totalling $37 million for the
first half of 1996, according to Price Waterhouse.
Future Rosy At White River
Once a bitter nest of discontent, Domtar's White River sawmill has turned things around
with a healthy new labour-management structure - and an $8 million upgrade.
Timberjack 560 Skidder
Four years in development, Timberjack's new 60 Series skidders combine new technology with
evolving environmental imperatives.
Major Reman Play
MB joint-ventures with reman specialist Hudson Mitchell on construction of Mid-Island
Reman at Nanaimo.
Interior Cable Challenge
Yard downhill at distances out to 1,500 feet? When cable contractors shied away, sawmiller
Jack Bryden bought a yarder and tackled the job himself.
Suppliers Display $125 Million in Equipment In Quebec
Wet weather dampened attendance, but Demo '96 organizers report an otherwise unqualified
success for the year's biggest woodlands show. If you braved the weather and turned out,
you had to be serious about forestry equipment.
Alberni Valley A Forestry Hub Feels The Impact Of
Small, value-added plants are surfacing in the Alberni Valley, but with hundreds of
forestry jobs lost, there is a long way to go.
OCTOBER TECH UPDATE: Processors & Slashers
Valor, Ultimate, Pro Pac, Danzco, Denharco, Hakmet, Hudson, Timberline, Hydrac, Hahn,
Siiro, Metal Marquis, Tanguay, Balderson, Risley, Pierce Pacific.
Alberta Woodlot Owners Urge Sustainable Cuts
How far can private landowners go in harvesting and selling their timber? Woodlot
operators in Alberta tackle the thorny questions of sustainability and environmental
October Supplier Newsline
Miller Timber Services, Morbark, Timberjack.
For One Small Sawmill, Too Many Lost Jobs
Opinion piece by Jim Stirling
Calendar of events
A rather substantial listing of forestry shows and conferences around the world.