Environmental Groups Too
The Associated Logging Contractors reported most Americans believe environmental
groups are too extreme. This was determined by a national poll conducted by
Moore Information, a public opinion research organization. The company found
that 61 percent of the nation agreed with the statement "While protecting the
environment is important, environmental groups usually push for solutions which
are too extreme for me." Although throughout the country people felt
environmental groups are too extreme, voters in the Pacific region (CA, OR, WA,
HI and AK) and Northeast are less likely to share the sentiment.
AF&PA Report Paper Capacity
Reversing the positive growth trend of the last two decades of the 20th Century,
U.S. paper and paperboard capacity declined annually from 2001 to 2003, and is
expected to remain unchanged during the 2004 to 2006 period, according to the
44th Annual Capacity Survey of the American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA).
The survey said that capacity rose at average annual rates of 2.1 percent a year
in the 1980s and 2.2 percent in the 1990s, but declined 1.9 percent in 2001, 1.3
percent in 2002 and 0.4 percent in 2003. Increased foreign competition, maturing
domestic markets, and competition from plastics and electronic media were cited
as among the factors.
Accidental Death Policy
AOL announced that, after months of searching, they have finally settled the
AOL-sponsored $50,000 24 Hours Accidental Death and Dismemberment policy.
Misunderstanding occurred when AOL discovered that Colonial (who wrote the
coverage) only covered Accidental Death and not the Dismemberment benefit.
Although most participants aren’t unhappy with current coverage through Colonial
and the lack of dismemberment benefits, AOL is not as satisfied. In its March
newsletter AOL pledged its serious intent to continue to search the market for
coverage with full benefits.
At the Northwest American Wholesale Lumber Association (NAWLA) Spring
conference, past president Gordon J. King was presented with the NAWLA Mulrooney
More Firefighting Crews
The Associated Oregon Loggers (AOL) reported that a record 365 firefighting
crews have registered with the Oregon Department of Forestry to help battle
fires this coming season. This is four times the number available in 1998, and a
22 percent increase from last year.
In their April newsletter, the AFRC (American Forest Resource Council)
congratulated the 125 employees of Buse Timber and Sales for completing an
employee’s stock option plan to buy out the company from the Buse family,
located in Everett, Wash. Now the employee pension plan owns 80 percent of the
company and a five-person management team owns the remaining 20 percent. The
management includes: Ron Smith, President and General Manager; Tom Parks, First
Vice President and Sales Manager; Chuck Parker, Vice President of Timber; Loren
Meade, Vice President of Finance; and Mark Hecker, Vice President of Operations.
Lumber Production Tops 36
Western Wood Products Association reported that U.S. lumber production totaled
36.2 billion board feet in 2003 — that’s up 1.1 percent from the 2002 total.
December production of 1.3 billion feet in the West was on par with the November
total, and 7.9 percent ahead of the December 2002 total. Lumber consumption in
the U.S. totaled an estimated 56.7 billion board feet, up 1.2 percent from the
2002 total. Final consumption figures will be published this spring and are
expected to report consumption at around 57 billion board feet, an all-time
3,000 Attend In-Woods Expo
The first In-Woods Expo, held April 30-May 1, drew nearly 3,000 people to Hot
Springs, Arkansas to view innovative harvesting and forest management systems in
action. "We had a great turn-out from loggers—more than 1,200—as well as 300
company foresters," stated Richard Lewis, President of the Forest Resources
Association, which hosted In-Woods Expo 2004 along with the Arkansas Timber
Producers Association. Of the 79 exhibitors that displayed equipment and systems
at In-Woods Expo 2004, 16 actually provided live demos of equipment at work in
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