May 1996 Table of Contents
Export Deal Unlikely to Last
The quota on US-bound softwood ends the countervail threat, but it deals NAFTA a body
Link to the Future
BC Coast Contractors like Ted LeRoy are increasingly looking at roadside processing. His
first step is a Linkbelt 4300 Quantum with a Lim-mit 2200B roll-stroke delimber.
Shanghai Looks West
A small BC plant has what it believes is the first contract secured by a Canadian
manufacturer to ship ready-to-assemble solid pine furniture to China.
Treasures of the Deep
With higher log values, interest is growing in BC in salvaging "sinkers" and
standing trees in man-made lakes created years ago by hydro dam construction.
Short Strand OSB
Jager Strandboard boasts some new production approaches - including the use of single-pass
drying - to what is typically seen in older-generation OSB plants.
Still Pioneers . . . .
After all these years, veteran market loggers Husby Forest Products Ltd. continues to
develop new approaches to harvesting environmentally sensitive sites on the BC coast.
DART hits new market
Ainsworth Lumber's new finger-joint plant at Grande Prairie is using the first
Autralian-developed DART grading machine seen in North America.
Tech Update: Site Prep Equipment
Alberta Debates New Forest Policy
A new Forest Conservation Strategy paper strikes a compromise between industry,
government, and environmentalists.
Builders Gloomy Over House Starts
Canadian house construction activity in 1995 was the flattest in 35 years.