North American Softwood Lumber: 20% Duty

Something finally happened.  The US government imposed a 20% duty on Canadian softwood lumber imports to the United States. Everyone seems to have an opinion.

Softwood Lumber ready for drying

For those that think this is something new, it’s not.  This dispute has been going on for decades and will continue far into the future.  Why, because both nations rely on each other, yet there are enough differences to cause market problems.  Let’s keep in mind that we just completed a decade-long (2006 -2016) Softwood Lumber Agreement that included duties and quotas on lumber entering the US marketplace from Canada. Continue reading “North American Softwood Lumber: 20% Duty”

Active Management

What does active management mean for National Forests?  When people hear this or read this for the very first time, there are many different thoughts.  For those that are in the Forest Industry, it sounds like a good plan that we should have been following for some time.  For those who care mainly about recreation, it can create concerns about how the landscape might change and affect areas they hold dear.  Anyone who’s primary concern is for the environment might fear that active management might mean developing or damaging some of the last great places on public lands.

All are valid thoughts and concerns.  Experience gained from the Continue reading “Active Management”

Federal Land Management 2.017

If we are going to get better at managing lands we need a better land allocation method.  All lands need to be inventoried and grouped together based on desired outcomes.  We see three necessary land designations. Actively managed lands, conservation managed lands and protected as backcountry.  In doing this we can align management that is appropriate for each specific landscape.  We need to create a management strategy that is efficient, compassionate, and effective.

With so many acres facing the imminent risk catastrophic fire, we need to develop a nationwide strategy for effective forest treatment.  Many collaborative groups have laid the groundwork for what is appropriate in their local areas.  By identifying which lands are eligible for active management and conservation focus we can assign the appropriate treatment for each area.  Continue reading “Federal Land Management 2.017”

Mass Timber Conference 2017

On March 28th & 29th in Portland Oregon, the second annual Mass Timber Conference took place.  Hosting approximately 800 attendees, speakers, and exhibitors to discuss everything to do with mass timber.  The well-attended conference was organized by the Forest Business Network.

Andrew Waugh shares his view of the “Timber Age”

Each day had a morning general session with keynote speakers that included renowned London-based architect Andrew Waugh.  His firm, Waugh Thistleton, has completed many of the largest timber structures including the world’s largest Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) building, Dalston Lane. Continue reading “Mass Timber Conference 2017”

Forestblog Update

Things have been very busy over the last month or so. We haven’t posted in a while because of some other pressing obligations. That doesn’t mean we haven’t been working. We have been drafting posts for more National Forest Management discussion. We have also attended the Mass Timber Conference put on by the Forest Business Network (great job guys!) and are working on a write up soon to come out.

Another topic that is important that will be coming is the difference between being right and getting results. So many people want to be right, but is that effective in supporting your interests?

Thanks for your patience while we get our content out. We look forward to more engagement.