While checking social media, I came a cross this article from ARCHITECTURE AU on LinkedIn. The Austrailian publication has great content. “The Buildings We Deserve” is a Q&A with Andrew Waugh. Andrew is the co-founder of Waugh Thistleton, a London-based architecture firm that specializes in Timber structures. Timber in much of the world is used to refer to lumber. More specifically, in the case of Waugh Thistleton, they are referencing Cross Laminated Timber (CLT).
The following is from a Column that I write for Timber Processing Magazine and appears in the June 2017 issue. Special thanks to Rich Donnell and the team at Hatton-Brown Publishing for providing the platform for me to share my thoughts.
European Mass Timber Tour
May 22nd to May 26th, we had the opportunity to visit the epicenter of Mass Timber. Europe has been developing the market for mass timber production and construction for more than a decade. It’s not much of a surprise to see Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) and Glue Laminated Beams (Glulam) structures in most parts of Europe. And that is continuing to grow. Continue reading “Europe Now, America Next”
What does SLA mean? For those of you that haven’t been in the lumber world, it means Softwood Lumber Agreement. This is used to refer to the agreement that the United States and Canada had for 10 years starting in 2006. Essentially it is the agreement between the two nations that regulate the trade of softwood lumber.
This issue it complicated because there are so many different details. Since we have two countries supplying the same market it is important the playing field is level.
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.
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”
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.
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”
I said I would write more about reorganizing the Forest Service. Before we take a deeper dive, let’s look at our current land management structure. The Department of Agriculture oversees the US Forest Service. The Forest Service manages 193 million acres of land, much of which is forests. The Department of Interior oversees the Bureau of Land Management and the National Park Service. The BLM manages a total of 247 million acres, 58 million of which is managed under Forests and Woodlands. The National Park Service (NPS) manages our National Parks, National Monuments, Historical Sites, and National Recreation Areas. Continue reading “How Many Agencies Does It Take?”
It’s not entirely rare for me to get calls from reporters. It tends to happen locally when either our company or the collaborative that I’m a part of is in the news. I enjoy the opportunity to tell the story. If you’ve ever been quoted in the newspaper, you start to see very quickly that the news is often based on how the reporter either interprets what you said or how that reporter wanted to use what you said to support their slant on the story. After writing this blog, I have a new appreciation for creating content. It must be a difficult task to do every day with a deadline. There are times, once in a while, where you see a reporter that is either in a hurry or just has decided not to do their homework.
That happened to me the other day. I received a call from a reporter from a newspaper in Montana. I’ve done a considerable amount of work in Montana and know the state pretty well. The reporter said that he had been following a blog that has subsequently picked up some of my writings. Then he said something that caught my attention, but I didn’t immediately think much of it. He said he was doing a year-end article on forest products companies “down here” in Montana. I thought it was funny, as I live in Washington. Although where he was located in the state was geographically southeast of where I’m from it’s still not the way I’d expect to hear it described. He went on to say a few things about the forests and lumber trade. Then he said it.