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March 2006 - The Logging and Sawmilling Journal

 

INDUSTRY SHOWS

 

Changes for Forest
Resource Expo show

A change in name and a subtle shift in focus are in store at this year’s top forestry show—now called Forest Resource Expo—being held June 1 to 3 in Prince George.

By Jim Stirling

Forest Expo returns this year with a subtle name change and shift in focus. The new name of Forest Resource Expo is being gradually phasedin. In the meantime, it remains Canada’s top forestry show, retains its biennial format and stays at home in Prince George, British Columbia. The 2006 dates are June 1- 3.

“For the show to grow, we have to look at other resources,” explains Trudy Swaan, general manager of Forest Resource Expo. “We have to look at the larger picture.” That larger picture includes encouraging other users of the forest landscape to participate in the show, including the reinvigorated mining sector.

Changes are nothing new to Forest Expo’s volunteer board of directors. Throughout the show’s 21-year history, Forest Expo has been adjusted and expanded to better reflect the everevolving industry it serves. And to keep it fresh, relevant and a valuable business forum. “All logging contractors have had to make changes. And they know change is success,” adds Swaan.

Forest Resource Expo has again extended a welcoming hand to the sawmill sector for participation in this year’s show.

“The central Interior (of BC) is where all the action is happening with large uplifts in the annual harvest to cope with the mountain pine beetle infestation, sawmill expansions and upgrades, and major advances across both the milling and harvesting sectors. Forest Resource Expo, in the heart of all this change, is where the sawmilling sector needs to strut its stuff,” outlines Swaan. Ample space exists at Exhibition Park in Prince George to smoothly integrate an expanded sawmilling presence into the show and help underline the interdependence of harvesting and sawmilling.

Active logging demonstrations promise to be a highlight for visitors to this year’s show. It’s ironic that this muchanticipated aspect to the show has been made easier by the mountain pine beetle epidemic. The urban forest has been as hard hit as any by the beetles, necessitating a dramatic transformation of city parklands and green spaces. Lodgepole pine stands in behind the CN Centre complex at Exhibition Park have been infested by the beetles and have to come out. The job will be done by the latest mechanized harvesting equipment supplied by the industry’s leading manufacturers. Show attendees will get a front row seat to view the action.

An International Bioenergy Conference and Exhibition is being held in conjunction with Forest Expo. The two day event—May 31 to June 1—will be at the University of Northern BC’s Prince George campus. The conference will bring together experts on wood-based bioenergy technologies from as far away as Europe and Brazil. They will rub shoulders with domestic decision makers who can learn more about bioenergy and help implement new initiatives.

The BC Interior produces the majority of Canada’s wood pellet manufacturing output, used primarily for electrical power generation. Once again, the mountain pine beetle epidemic has a significant influence. The wood fibre volumes made available by the epidemic are primed to stimulate further the dynamic bioenergy producing industry in the BC Interior.

The university campus will also host a GIS conference and two Forest Expo logging seminars. The first of the two halfday sessions will explore a hot topic in the region: log truck harvesting and the factors influencing its future. Safety will be issue one. Attendees will receive an update on the TruckSafe program, where it is and where it’s going; the role of WorkSafe BC (WCB) in truck transportation will be analyzed; proposed changes in Transport Canada trucking regulations and current truck research from FERIC are also on the agenda.

The second day’s session will examine harvesting operations with an emphasis on cut-to-length systems. They can provide demonstrable efficiencies to the mills receiving cut-to-length wood, but there are implications for logging contractors in the bush. These include waste management and utilization and contractor liabilities under the results-based Forest and Range Protection Act provisions. FERIC is expected to be on hand to detail related research projects in the pipeline to help cut-to-length contractors. As ever, Forest Resource Expo will be supported by a range of social events.

The highlight is the Chairman’s Dinner and Dance and its charity auction. The prime beneficiary will be the Prince George Hospice Society. For further information on Forest Resource Expo 2006 call 250-563-8833 or e-mail info@forestexpo. bc.ca. The show’s website is www.forestexpo.bc.ca.

 

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