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Logging and Sawmilling Journal October/November 2010February/March 2011

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With business conditions for the
forest industry gradually improving, things are getting busier out in the woods. Logging and Sawmilling Journal recently caught this Hitachi ZX 210 supplied by dealer Wajax Industries, equipped with a Waratah HTH 622B processing head, working north of Kamloops for Quesnel Bros. Logging. Watch for a story on the Quesnel Bros. operation in an upcoming issue.

(Photo by Paul MacDonald)


The mountain pine beetle scourge was late in hitting the Smithers area in west central B.C., but the Wetzin’kwa Community Forest has been acting quickly to harvest and utilize as much of the infected wood as possible.

Sinclar Group wins award for reducing energy use

Sinclar Group Forest Products in British Columbia is taking a serious cut at reducing its energy use. The company and its employees—such as those at the Apollo Forest Products sawmill in Fort St. James—were recently recognized with an award from BC Hydro for their efforts.

People Power Energy

Conservation at Tl’oh Forest Products

The right equipment combo

Logger Jamie Enright has found that a TimberPro 620 carrier with the Risley Rolly II processing head is the right equipment combination to fell and process logs at the stump on the private land that he logs in southeastern Ontario.

Log Max 10000XT heads for Vancouver Island

Logger Steve Pierce has been a pioneer in mechanical harvesting on Vancouver Island, and has been a long time user of Log Max heads. Pierce is finding their newest head, the Log Max 10000XT, is the perfect fit for large west coast wood.

Logging in the Old Country

Though there are differences, there are also some striking similarities to the harvesting that goes on in Scotland with that of Canada, as Jim Stirling’s recent visit to the Scottish Highlands revealed.

Tech Update — Sawfiling Equipment

With the uptick in the lumber market, sawmills are looking at making improvements on the sawfiling side. Logging and Sawmilling Journal has the latest sawfiling equipment information in this issue’s Tech Update.

The Last Word

We should help save an endangered species—the Ontario logger, says Tony Kryzanowski.

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Sinclar Group Forest Products in British ColumbiaPeople power energy

conservation at Tl’oh Forest Products

Tl’oh Forest Products general manager Laura Chernowski.

Tl’oh Forest Products helped set the table in demonstrating what the Sinclar Group can accomplish with people-powered energy conservation initiatives.

Challenged with a goal of identifying 100,000 kilowatt hours of potential savings, the mill’s employees combined to deliver six times that figure. “It was a huge success and predominantly floor-driven,” recalls Laura Chernowski, Tl’oh’s general manager.

Tl’oh is a limited partnership between the Nak’azdli First Nation based in Fort St. James and Apollo Forest Products.

A further legacy from the energy blitz at Tl’oh is an increase in communication within the mill. “The realization among Tl’oh’s people that they do impact the big picture was the most thrilling part of the program for me,” says Chernowski.

Tl’oh’s people are 90 per cent First Nation and the finger jointing operation has been offering stability to the regional economy since 1995. The mill currently operates two eight hour shifts daily with 16 production staff on each. Annual production is around 35 million board feet in a variety of dimensions for both the U.S. and Canadian markets.

Approximately six primary sawmills typically provide Tl’oh with the types of raw material it requires to manufacture quality finger jointed studs and other wood products. But fibre supply is becoming more restricted, notes Chernowski. Factors influencing that include the permanent closure of one sawmill/planer complex in Fort St. James and the re-start of another under different ownership.

The increase in bioenergy development and wood pellet manufacture add to the fibre supply scenario. Add in a future reduction in AAC among regional licencees as the mountain pine beetle epidemic declines and traditional fibre supply sources are further impacted. And just for good measure, a new mine is being developed north of Fort St. James that Chernowski declares “is hot for people.”

But Tl’oh has advanced its reputation as a quality producer in its markets during the last 15 years. And has a history of
successfully responding to its challenges.