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TimberWest November/December 2013

January/February 2016

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Running Big, Running Strong
Jerry DeBriae, owner and founder of Jerry DeBriae Logging Inc. of Cathlamet, Washington, has over five decades of experience tackling just about every challenge a logging contractor will face.

A Road Well Travelled
R D Reeves Construction finds the solutions to stay diversified and local.

Woody Biomass
Stripping fact from fiction

All Hands on Deck
Miller Timber Services and Wildland Firefighting Crews

Tire Evaluation Test

China Amping up Imports
China aims to increase the volume of timber imports from the U.S. despite stagnant economy.

Foresters Face Paradigm Shift 
for Logging Steep Slopes

Technology from New Zealand is set to create a whole new — and safer — way of logging

Gradual Growth for North American Sawmill
Vancouver Urban Timberworks started out modestly and grew into their new Wood-Mizer WM1000


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Association News

Machinery Row

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Association News

Wood Supply Research Institute Selects New Executive Director

Crad Jaynes, Board Chair of the Wood Supply Research Institute (WSRI), announced that Steve Carruth has been selected to replace retiring WSRI Executive Director Jim Fendig. The official appointment will be made at the May 2016 WSRI Annual Meeting. In making this announcement, Jaynes noted, “We carefully reviewed the applications of the top five candidates for this position, and the Search Committee was unanimous in its selection of Steve. He will bring excellent forest industry knowledge and association management skills to WSRI. We expect Steve will continue the strong record of planning and completing valuable WSRI wood fiber supply chain research projects compiled by Jim Fendig over the past 14 years.”

Carruth, who holds a BSF from Virginia Tech and an MSF from West Virginia University, has extensive industry experience: Procurement Forester (Westvaco), Harvesting Research Project Leader (Westvaco), Wood Flow and Administrative Supervisor (MeadWestvaco), and Operations Manager (KapStone Charleston Kraft).

New Year Brings Mixed Outlooks for Agriculture and Forest Products

The Northwest agriculture, forest products, and fisheries industries enter 2016 with different outlooks, according to industry analysts at Northwest Farm Credit Services.

“The economy and strong dollar overseas, carryover effects from drought and summer fires, El Niño, global production, ending stocks, and import/export activity are all influencing the markets for Northwest products,” said Michael Stolp, Northwest FCS vice president – Customer Insights. “These external factors are impacting the profitability of Northwest producers.”

The forest products industry continues to experience a lethargic, but sustained, recovery as demand improves, supported by employment and household formation increases. Demand improvements are met with increasing lumber supplies from the U.S. and Canadian imports. Overall, results for forest products companies in 2015 are below 2014 performances.