March Logging and Sawmilling Journal

Spotlight
With the drop in demand for lumber in the United States, efforts to develop a larger market in China for Canadian lumber have been ramped up, and a B.C. First Nations band recently set up a representative office in China to tap into this potentially huge market.

Third generation logger
Martin Marsolais and Sons Ltd has a long history of being open to change on the logging equipment side, and it's a tradition that the company continues to this day, with the third generation of the Marsolais clan now out in the woods.

Biomass generating big time energy
With the start-up of a new $84
million biomass power plant at the AbitibiBowater pulp and paper mill in Fort Frances, Ontario, forest slash that had been previously burned in the bush is now being ground up by local contractors and transported to the power plant.

Pinnacle of success
In the face of an industry downturn,
Pinnacle Pellet Inc. is charting its own path, with a very successful business strategy that includes a new $20 million wood pellet plant in B.C.

Engineered wood expansion
Louisiana-Pacific is positioned well for the future with the start-up of its new $140 million Laminated Strand Lumber operation.

Saw Filer's Show

Alberta forestry show adds construction sector
The Northern Alberta Forestry Show is working to add value by including the construction sector in the show, being held May 8 in Grande Prairie.

The Last Word
Jim Stirling notes that as if the forest industry doesn't have enough concerns, a familiar problem--the lack of progress in negotiations with First Nations groups--is seething just below the surface, threatening to explode.