May/June 2009

Spotlight

While it's currently facing challenges due to a downturn in the U.S. housing market, B.C.'s Port McNeill Shake and Shingle has found a solid business model working with salvaged western red cedar.

A good production Link

Having the right combination of equipment--including an emphasis on Link-Belt machines--is helping B.C.'s Ironside Contracting keep their operations busy, and productive, in some challenging times.

Investing in hardwood production

Tembec recently made a multi-million dollar investment to streamline its hardwood division facilities in Ontario, making the operation more competitive against offshore competition.

Finding the right iron

Finding just the right iron can be a challenge, but Ontario logger Richard Robinson has found a good equipment balance, with a Neuson MHT 20-tonne tracked harvester with a LogMax 5000 head and a Rottne Rapid forwarder.

From beetle wood to bioenergy

There's wood product and bioenergy potential in the fibre debris left over from mountain pine beetle harvesting efforts--and Pine Star Logging is tapping into that with a Bandit Beast 3680 mobile grinder.

Keeping on top of beetle activity

A BC company is using technology--involving hyperspectral imagery--to give forest managers a head's up on pine beetle activity, with the potential to curtail beetle spread.

Lots of new iron at Elmia Wood

The Elmia Wood show in Sweden in June proved to be a success, despite industry uncertainties. Logging and Sawmilling Journal takes a look at some of the new iron that was unveiled at Elmia.

The Last Word

Jim Stirling talks about how producing green energy from wood biomass in B.C. needs to overcome some bottlenecks.

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