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Aug. 22, 2017 - Clusko Logging Enterprises in Clearwater, B.C., has won Canfor’s 2017 Top Canadian Contractor Award. Clusko has been working for the Canfor mill for nearly 20 years, with the past four years based in the Vavenby division. Clusko is recognized by Canfor as having always exemplified excellence in all aspects of their business, whether it be safety, quality, delivery or FMS conformance. This year, Clusko embraced the steep slope conditions in the Vavenby operation by purchasing an innovative ROB steep slope harvesting system, comprised of a John Deere 850J Dozer and a two-winch system. This system allowed them to access additional purchase wood as well as address some of Canfor’s challenging quota wood. They were also instrumental in the success of the Vavenby operation with the two interim decking years this past winter to improve hauling capacity from Valemont and 100 Mile House areas into Canfor’s facility.
Aug. 21, 2017 - Morbark is celebrating its 60th anniversary at its annual Demo Days event in Winn, Mich., September 28-29.
Aug. 18, 2017 - Resolute has won another prestigious Gold Stevie from the International Business Awards (IBA), taking top honors in 2017 for the best Health, Safety and Environment Program of the Year for all of the United States and Canada. This year, there were close to 4,000 entries from over 60 nations.
Aug. 18, 2017 - Wildfire has burned 10 per cent of a research forest operated by the University of British Columbia but researchers are learning from the aftermath.
Aug. 17, 2017 - BC Forest Safety Council has opened nominations for this year's Leadership in Safety Awards. 
Aug. 17, 2017 - A lower risk of wildfire in New Brunswick has prompted the province to lift restrictions on logging operations using machines.
Aug. 22, 2017 - The trade dispute between the U.S. and Canada over softwood lumber has caused a clear jump in U.S. imports of lumber from overseas, specifically Russia and Germany.  
Aug. 16, 2017 - Nationwide housing starts fell 4.8 per cent in July to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.16 million units, according to newly released data from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Commerce Department. Single-family production slipped 0.5 percent in July to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 856,000 after a strong, upwardly revised June reading. Year-to-date, single-family starts are 8.6 per cent above their level over the same period last year. Multifamily starts dropped 15.3 per cent to 299,000 units.
Aug. 16, 2017 - With no softwood lumber agreement in the near future and the NAFTA discussions to begin shortly, the talks on each issue will remain separate but run parallel, Canadian and U.S. officials says.
Aug. 15, 2017 - Builder confidence in the market for newly-built single-family homes rose four points in August to a level of 68 on the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI).
Aug. 11, 2017 - Wood costs for the pulp industry in Europe were generally lower in the 1Q/17 than in the previous quarter, continuing a downward trend that, depending on the country, has lasted for four to six years. The biggest price declines for pulplogs and sawmill residues in early 2017 occurred in Germany and France, according to the Wood Resource Quarterly (WRQ). The price reductions occurred mainly because of an oversupply of pulplogs, unchanged demand for wood fiber from the pulp industry, and reduced usage of raw-material by the competing wood pellet sector.
Aug. 10, 2017 - Conifex Timber Inc.'s has posted second quarter results that show record earnings due to an improved lumber segment in spite of U.S. countervailing duties and seasonally low revenues for its bioenergy segment.
Aug. 9, 2017 - Leaders from the Northwestern Ontario Municipal Association (NOMA), the Federation of Northern Ontario Municipalities (FONOM) and the Rural Ontario Municipal Association (ROMA) are expressing deep concerns with the proposed Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) plans to post a draft Species at Risk (SAR) Guide to the Environmental Registry for 28 species.
Aug. 3, 2017 - The federal government has released its draft caribou protection and recovery plan and is now accepting written feedback. The public consultation period will close September 27. 
July 25, 2017 - B.C. Premier John Horgan is set to meet with U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross in Washington this week to discuss the softwood lumber issue.Softwood lumber is B.C.'s largest export to the U.S. and Canadian forestry leaders say Horgan is playing an important role in working to resolve the dispute.President and chief executive officer of the BC Council of Forest Industries Susan Yurkovich said Horgan is "very key on this file."During his election campaign, Horgan promised to get involved in the softwood lumber dispute if elected.Read the full story.
July 13, 2017 - In response to new polices that will significantly impact northern and rural Ontario, a coalition of Indigenous and municipal leaders, chambers of commerce, unions and the forest sector have come together to voice their concerns over a lack of meaningful consultation by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF).
July 5, 2017 - A researcher with C.D. Howe is recommending Canada move from a flat stumpage fee to an auction system and a tax in order to avoid future softwood lumber disputes with the U.S. 
June 16, 2017 - The Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) supports the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, the Honourable Catherine McKenna, and her government’s $2 billion dollars in federal funds over the next five years for the Low Carbon Economy Fund. Details are as follows: An envelope of $1.4 billion will be available to support the leadership commitments from provinces and territories that they outlined in the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change. The remainder of funds will be available for the implementation of the Pan-Canadian Framework and for projects submitted by provinces and territories, municipalities, Indigenous governments and organizations, businesses and both not-for-profit and for-profit organizations. Projects that best reduce GHG emissions and generate clean growth will be considered for funding. “Canada’s forest products sector is a leader in the fight against climate change. We were the first major Canadian industry to launch a comprehensive plan to reduce carbon through our 30 X 30 Climate Change Challenge announced in May 2016,” said Derek Nighbor, chief executive officer of the Forest Products Association of Canada. “Through our work in Canada’s forests, at our mills and by the products we make we are a sector that alone can help the federal government achieve 13 per cent of it carbon reduction goal by 2030.” “With most of our operations in rural and northern Canada, we know very well that there are challenges and opportunities facing our workers and our communities as we work together to address climate change. Today’s announcement by Minister McKenna provides a real opportunity for companies that are interested in investing and innovating to secure a lower carbon economy.” 

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