About Us

The industry

The Canadian forest products industry is a major engine in the national economy, with revenues of more than $58 billion. Its share of manufacturing GDP is 12 per cent, with the forest sector alone having GDP of $20 billion.
But the industry is really all about the thousands of people who work in the forests and mills and manufacturing plants. The forest industry is one of Canada’s largest employers, operating in hundreds of communities and providing 230,000 direct jobs across the country. There are more than 200 forestry-dependent communities in Canada.


Forestnet.com is the online reach for both Logging and Sawmilling Journal and TimberWest Magazine. Created in 1996, forestnet.com was a pioneer on the web—Logging and Sawmilling Journal was the first North American magazine to have a web presence. We have been archiving our articles since 1996 and now have over 30,000 articles available online.

Logging & Sawmilling JournalLogging & Sawmilling Journal

Logging & Sawmilling Journal is an acclaimed industry publication distributed eight times a year to the entire Canadian forest industry, from British Columbia to Newfoundland and Labrador. It is distributed to logging contractors, and reaches every mill and manufacturing operation in the country.

Logging & Sawmilling Journal is owned and operated from the heart of the Canadian forest industry—in British Columbia.

The magazine was founded in Prince George. B.C., almost 50 years ago, in 1969, and it has been continuously published since then. It covers both woodlands and timber processing sectors from the small logging contractor to the senior executive building state-of-the-art mills and biomass facilities.

For more than 20 years, Logging and Sawmilling Journal has been the Official Show Guide for the Canada North Resources Expo industry trade show, held in Prince George. We also strongly promote other forest industry trade shows in B.C. and across the country, such as the Truck Loggers and the Interior Logging Association, and the industry-wide DEMO shows.

Unmatched market coverage
As the leading forest industry magazine in Canada, Logging and Sawmilling Journal has unmatched reach to the forest industry across the country. No other media offers the extensive reach to this particular target audience. Logging and Sawmilling Journal enjoys the highest readership of any forest magazine in the country.

The most experienced team in the industry
Logging and Sawmilling Journal is an important, and well-respected, part of the fabric of the Canadian forest industry. We know the industry—our staff has decades of experience in the forest industry. We have the most experienced editorial and publishing team in the business.

Timberwest MagazineTimberWest Magazine

Back in 1975, things seemed a little more black and white, including the premiere issue of TimberWest, published by John Nederlee out of Edmonds, Washington. The magazine was entirely black and white, except for the cover.

In 1999, John Nederlee sold TimberWest to Rob Stanhope of Logging and Sawmilling Journal. A number of staff came on board then, too, including Publisher and Project Manager, Sheila Ringdahl; Editor, Diane Mettler; and Sales Representative, James Booth. All three are still with the magazine, and with a deep knowledge of the industry, together bring valuable editorial content to the readers.

Each issue of TimberWest is packed with valuable and useful job stories on successful mechanized harvesting plus wood processing techniques. Also included are special editorial features, timely information on legislation, industry news, and annual events. TimberWest has also been the Official Show Guide for the Oregon Logging Conference for nearly 20 years.

Timberwest MagazineAlthough TimberWest still arrives at homes and businesses every other month (it went full color a couple of decades ago), TimberWest, has also gone digital, allowing it to reach a global audience. Today it provides even more content to its readers through digital editions, a bi-monthly newsletter that includes not only timely industry news, but a calendar of events. TimberWest also reaches out to its audience via its thousands of followers on Facebook and Twitter.

It’s been over 40 years since TimberWest printed it’s first black and white issues, and the team is making sure TimberWest will be there to provide readers valuable content the next 40 years!

Our Team

rob stanhope

Rob Stanhope

Publisher Logging and Sawmilling Journal

Rob is the owner of LSJ Publishing Ltd. He comes from a third generation forest industry family—his brother is a hand faller and his nephews are heavy duty harvesting equipment mechanics. Rob grew up in Sayward, a small logging town on Northern Vancouver Island, before his father was transferred to Port Alberni to take on new responsibilities with forestry giant, MacMillan Bloedel. Through high school he worked at the Somass cedar mill and later, while at UBC, held a number of a forestry jobs in the grading, log booming and yarding departments at various MB divisions. 

Upon graduating with a BA in Economics in 1980, Rob joined a small forestry publisher, Journal of Logging, which was subsequently purchased by the large Toronto-based publishing company, Maclean Hunter Ltd. In 1993, he had the opportunity to purchase Logging and Sawmilling Journal from Maclean Hunter. Rob’s understanding of the forestry industry publishing business enabled him to add U.S.-based TimberWest Magazine to the business in 1999, and the Madison’s Mill Directory in 2005.

When not working or spending time with his family (wife and two grown children), Rob enjoys the outdoors, including, hiking, skiing, and cutting wood on his portable sawmill. In fact, Rob enjoys just about every outdoor activity that does not involve a stick, a ball or a puck.

anthony robinson

Anthony Robinson

Associate Publisher Logging and Sawmilling Journal

Anthony’s 10 year career in forestry and natural resource management comprises project management, consulting, operational planning, harvesting, mining and geographic information systems. Anthony began his journey in the forest industry like many, as both a treeplanter and mill worker.

After completing his undergraduate degree in 2008 at the University of Western Australia, Anthony began his career working for a small agroforestry company in southwestern, Western Australia. Some years later, his passion for forestry operations and planning led him to the University of British Columbia, where in 2014 he completed a MSc in Forestry.

Anthony later joined the UBC Malcolm Knapp Research Forest as the on-site coordinator for the Demo International 2016 trade show.

Anthony joined the Logging and Sawmilling Journal team in 2017. His experience in client relations, communications, consulting, forest operations and project management is an asset in his current role of strategic planning, special projects and business development.

sheila ringdahl

Sheila Ringdahl

Publisher & Production Manager TimberWest

Sheila’s career in the publishing industry started right out of high school at a small independent printing company in Fargo, North Dakota. Throughout her years at North Dakota State University, she also worked at a web press facility. After completing her B.A. degree in Fine Arts in 1994, (emphasis in photography) she worked full-time at Forum Communications, the largest newspaper in North Dakota, as the assistant production manager.

It wasn’t until 1998 that her family relocated to Edmonds, Washington where she met the owners of TimberWest, John and Shirley Nederlee.

At TimberWest, she initially worked part time as the graphic artist and in 2000, when the Nederlee’s retired, she came on full-time and has worn many hats in the company since then. Growing up amongst farmers and lovers of the land in North Dakota, she sees many similarities to the forestry industry, especially the people. Photography and the arts is a true passion of hers, along with spending time with her four kids and husband. TimberWest magazine remains in Edmonds, only a hop, skip and a jump from where it landed in 1975.

Paul MacDonald

Paul MacDonald

Editor Logging and Sawmilling Journal

Paul has been involved with the Canadian forest industry for many years, working for forest industry publications and one of Canada’s major forest companies. He started his career working as a reporter on daily newspapers, and moved into magazines and corporate communications. As Editor of Logging and Sawmilling Journal, Paul has been fortunate to visit logging and sawmill operations throughout Canada. He has a family connection to the forest industry—Paul’s great grandparents ran logging and sawmilling operations in Northern Ontario.

diane mettler

Diane Mettler

Editor TimberWest

Raised in the Pacific Northwest, Diane and her family have been involved in both the dairy and logging industries. She wrote for industry giant Weyerhaeuser before coming on as editor at TimberWest in 1999, and has enjoyed helping promote the forest industry through stories about innovative loggers and their cutting-edge work. Diane also feels lucky to work with a team of industry-savvy writers from all over the region, many with decades of experience. On a side note, Diane is also a screenwriter and teaches writing at the University of Washington.

chris bivins

Chris Bivins

Web Master

Chris brings years of graphic design and web development to the Forestnet.com team — 25 years as graphic designer and 11 years as a web developer. He has worked on a diverse array of communications and marketing pieces for a variety of clients, including Weyerhaeuser, REI and AT&T.
When Chris is not working on websites, you’ll find him creating art. His sculptures can be found in galleries around the Pacific Northwest.

james booth

James Booth

Sales Associate TimberWest and Logging and Sawmilling Journal

James began his advertising career with the Williams Lake Tribune during the 1970s, after retiring from a career in professional hockey. He moved to Maple Ridge, B.C. in the 1980s to take up an advertising sales position with the Maple Ridge News. James later became a partner in the business and was part of a team that developed the News from a twenty-four page, weekly newspaper to an eighty-plus page, three times a week paper covering Maple Ridge, Pitt Meadows, Port Coquitlam, Coquitlam and Burnaby.

James’ experience eventually lead him to the role of Sales Manager of the Coquitlam office.
Utilizing his extensive experience in sales and marketing, James joined the TimberWest Magazine team in February 2002 in the role of Sales Manager. James is a strong supporter of the forest resource industry and attends many of the major industry events annually. Outside of the office, James enjoys spending time with friends and family.

Paul Macdonald

Perry Rosehill

Sales Associate Logging and Sawmilling Journal

Perry was raised in Kamloops, B.C. He began a radio career there that included marketing and advertising agency experience. Perry has been in the magazine publishing industry for over 30 years and has been associated with Logging and Sawmilling Journal since the early 1990s. Perry enjoys all that British Columbia has to offer, and spends as much time as possible in a boat or out camping with the family.