Logging and Sawmilling Journal - September 2006

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Working to broaden international trade, the New Zealand government is encouraging NZ-based forest equipment companies to expand into other markets, and the plans include testing the Canadian market.

Improving kiln production

Quebec’s Group GDS has made an investment in new technology to achieve more accurate lumber drying and get more production from their kilns.

New optimizing equipment hitting the mark

New Valley Machine Works optimizing equipment is hitting all the production and recovery targets at the Spruce Products sawmill in Manitoba.

How log scanning got started

LSJ takes a look at how scanning and optimization started, a colourful history that includes car lights and operators wearing sunglasses to shield themselves from bright scanning lights.

Bumping up equipment utilization

The use of a Ponsse Buffalo Dual machine, with its dual harvesting/forwarding capabilities, is allowing Quebec logging contractor Regis Gosselin to better utilize his equipment.

High-end custom cutting

Vancouver Island’s Longhouse Trading is finding there’s plenty of business doing custom cutting for high-end building projects.

Lesson in preventative maintenance

Former schoolteacher Susan Duquette, who took over from her father at Ontario’s Ranger Logging almost 20 years ago, preaches preventative maintenance to her contractors, and it’s a lesson that has paid off.

Make training a priority at the mill

Investments in skills training should be a high priority if sawmills want to remain competitive and avoid getting hit by a skills shortage that is already emerging.

Flexible bridge building

A certification program offered in New Brunswick is providing the forest industry with a flexibility that allows it to more effectively install bridges and culverts.

Success in reducing greenhouse gas emissions

Guest Columnist Avrim Lazar of the Forest Products Association of Canada says that deep re-engineering, rather than a shallow approach, has been the key to the Canadian forest industry’s success in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

An optimistic future

The industry may be going through some tough times right now, but there are some young loggers out there, like BC’s Travis Englund, who remain optimistic about the future of logging, and their place in that future.



In an effort to broaden international trade, the New Zealand government is encouraging NZ-based forest equipment companies to expand into other markets, including Canada.

Get the details on the Kiwis coming to Canada beginning on page 4 of this issue of Logging & Sawmilling Journal. (Cover photo of the Claymark sawmill in Katikati, New Zealand by Tony Kryzanowski)


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