Logging and Sawmilling Journal - June 2006

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There’s been new interest in using Canadian wood products in countries that have been hit by natural disasters—such as Pakistan and Indonesia—because of wood’s superior performance in earthquakes.

Into the great outdoors—with the sawmill

With California’s very mild climate, Sierra Pacific’s Terra Bella sawmill is able to take advantage with more operations outdoors, including its new trimmer and lumber sorter.

Logging success is in the details

From making sure his private forestland customers are satisfied to the maintenance of his logging equipment, Ontario logging contractor Barry Elmhirst knows that business success lies in taking care of the details.

Addressing the labour challenge in logging

Logging contractor SAN Forestry is countering the challenges of securing labour in booming Alberta by relying on equipment that delivers more volume.

Deere’s new harvester hits North America, landing in Nova Scotia

The right equipment combination for Nova Scotia’s Looke CanCut logging operation now includes the first John Deere 1470D harvester to hit North America.

Win/win for truckers, companies

The log truck monitoring system at Alberta-Pacific Forest Industries has proven to be beneficial for both the company and log haul contractors, and raised the bar on professionalism.

New line for Ledwidge Lumber

The installation of an R200 Plus HewSaw line at Nova Scotia’s Ledwidge Lumber has resulted in a 10 per cent improvement in recovery and the mill capturing a higher percentage of appearance-grade product.

Guest column: Changes should reduce delivered wood costs in Ontario

Recent changes made by the Ontario government will result in a reduction in delivered wood costs in Ontario, notes Jamie Lim, president of the Ontario Forest Industries Association.

Forest Expo: helping to make the industry more efficient

The numbers—in terms of exhibitors and attendees—illustrated the success of Forest Expo 2006 in Prince George, but the real story was perhaps in the large variety of new equipment and services that help to make logging contractors, and the industry, more efficient.


The current construction and energy boom in Alberta offers logging contractor SAN Forestry extra business opportunities — through bidding on salvage logging contracts—but it can also make it more difficult to keep good employees due to the draw high wages in the oil patch. See what SAN Forestry is doing to respond on Addressing the labour challenge in logging.

(Cover photo by Tony Kryzanowski)


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