March/April 2010

On the Cover:

Things are getting more active in millyards across the country, as lumber prices reach levels not seen in years. But harvesting the wood to get it to the sawmills--especially if it is beetle-affected timber in British Columbia--can be a challenge in itself. But it's a challenge that Westpine Contractors takes on with great skill, and the right iron. See story beginning on page 12. (Cover photo of Caterpillar 980F wheel loader in Tolko Industries' Heffley Creek sawmill by Paul MacDonald).

Spotlight

Wood pellet production in Ontario
is expected to boom with the province announcing the elimination of coal-fired power plants and a move to using wood pellets as a fuel source.

Part of the chip supply chain

Chipping the timber hit by the mountain pine beetle brings challenges, but Rivercity Fibre has figured it out and is now an important part of the chip supply chain for the Domtar pulp mill in Kamloops, B.C.

Working efficiently in bug wood

Using a variety of equipment, contractor Kelly King of Westpine Contractors has become very adept at harvesting and building road in the typically small diameter, super-dry beetle-killed wood that is only too common in the B.C. Interior these days.

Improving workflows with GIS web technology

Ontario's Algonquin Forestry Authority has a well-established GIS system, but adding ESRI's ArcGIS Server web technology is allowing it to improve workflows.

Canada's Top Lumber Producers--
Better times ahead?

Lumber companies went through some extremely tough times in 2009, but rising lumber prices this year could signal better times ahead.

Tech Update -- Forwarders

Read all about the newest forwarder features and technology in this month's Tech Update.

The Last Word

The clock is ticking on what should be done in the devastating aftermath of the mountain pine beetle epidemic in the British Columbia Interior.