May 25, 2017 - Yvon Pelletier, chairman of the board of directors for FPInnovations, announced today that Pierre Lapointe will be stepping down from his position as president and CEO.

A selection process will be started over the next few weeks and Lapointe will remain in office until his replacement is appointed, which the association estimates will likely be sometime this fall.

“I am very grateful for the work Pierre has done since taking office on December 1, 2008,” said Pelletier. “Under his leadership, FPInnovations has positioned itself as Canada’s Forest Sector Innovation Hub thanks to many landmark projects.”

FPInnovations says he is known for his energy and dynamism, and above all, his passion for innovation and research.

Earlier this year, Lapointe was recognized by the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences and The Royal Canadian Geographical Society for his contribution to science both nationally and internationally. 

Over his career, he has led various projects such as building the world’s first nanocrystalline cellulose demonstration plant in partnership with Domtar; implementing the first cellulose filaments demonstration plant in the world in partnership with Kruger; as well as creating a Lignin extraction plant in Thunder Bay, Ont., in partnership with Resolute Forest Products. 

Lapointe said he is now ready to spend more quality time with his family. 

“This decision was not taken lightly. I firmly believe that FPInnovations is a model for research institutes. I have been extremely proud to represent FPInnovations to our members and stakeholders, in Canada and around the world,” he said. “Our Strategic Action Plan, Business Model and all the work done by our employees will certainly position FPInnovations for a very successful future.”

FPInnovations is a not-for-profit R&D institute that works to create scientific solutions to help support the Canadian forest sector’s global competitiveness. Its research laboratories are located in Quebec City and Montreal, Que., and Vancouver, B.C., and it has technology transfer offices across Canada.
May 24, 2017 - Finnish forestry machine manufacturer Logset Oy has signed a distribution agreement with U.S.-based Fabick CAT and U.S.-based Milton CAT to market Logset products. Under the terms of the agreement, the new dealers will provide sales, parts and service for Logset harvesters and forwarders throughout their service territories. The Fabick CAT territory includes the entire state of Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, as well as major parts of Missouri and Illinois. The Milton CAT territory consists of New England and upstate New York. The initial shipment of machines
is scheduled for June.

The Great Lakes Region and the Northeastern United States is a key market for Logset. The area has embraced the Scandinavian cut-to-length (CTL) method of logging, and both Fabick CAT and Milton CAT are leading suppliers of CTL solutions in their territories.

“We have considered expanding our operations to the U.S. for some time, and the agreement with both dealers proceeded quickly. The U.S. is the most dynamic economy in the world, and we are extremely pleased to have Fabick and Milton as our U.S. partners. Their commitment to the forestry market, service capabilities and customer focus make them an ideal choice to represent the Logset product,” says Logset’s chairman of the board, Tapio Nikkanen.

Logset machines will give Fabick CAT and Milton CAT technology leadership within CTL solutions, and further strengthen their positions as full-line, full-service forestry solutions providers. Logset will ship middle sized and large forwarders, harvesters and harvester heads to U.S.

 “We are excited about representing the Logset CTL product in our territory. The addition of Logset’s rubber-tired harvester and forwarder products allow us to provide a complete CTL solution to our customers,” says Fabick Cat’s vice-president of sales, John Quillico. “This expansion of our product offering, along with our commitment to product support, positions Fabick CAT to be a reliable partner to our forestry customers, especially the ones looking to improve their efficiency in the woods.”

“This cooperation agreement makes Milton CAT an even more reliable partner to our forestry customers as they look to improve their efficiency and profitability in the woods,” says Milton CAT’s forest products manager Peter Collins. “In the northeastern states, CTL solutions are taking over the market because land owners want more ecological solutions for their forests. Logset is our solution to this.”

Logset is a forest machine manufacturer producing CTL solutions. All products; harvesters, forwarders, harvester heads and simulators are manufactured in the company’s factory located in Koivulahti, Finland. Logset machines are exported to 25 countries and exports account for 85 per cent of the production.

Fabick Cat is the dealer for Caterpillar machinery and power systems in the Great Lakes Region. The company is proud to be celebrating 100 years of service in 2017. They have nearly 1,200 skilled employees working in 37 locations.

Milton CAT is the northeastern U.S. dealer for Caterpillar machinery and power systems. The company has expanded to 13 locations and has a team of over 900 dedicated and experienced employees.
May 24, 2017 - Komatsu Forest is planning to present several new products at Elmia Wood. Exactly which ones will only be revealed at the fair.

For Komatsu, Elmia Wood is an important venue for international launches in the forestry sector. That’s why the company has invited customers and distributors from all its markets, including the USA, Australia and Brazil.

“This is an important fair for us, above all for meeting our customers in Sweden and from the whole world,” Persson says.

As a global player Komatsu is affected by many economic upturns and downturns. With regard to forestry trends, the situation is generally positive although it can differ between markets.

Forest owners, contractors and forestry officials will encounter a multinational stand with many interesting elements.

Test driving on the forwarder track

One recurring question from visitors to forestry fairs is whether they can try out any of the machines themselves. The answer is normally no for safety reasons and because the machines being demonstrated are already owned by customers. At the previous Elmia Wood, Komatsu was an exception and one very popular offering was the forwarder track for test driving.
“We’ll be offering activities this time too, so the answer is yes, there will be opportunities for test driving,” Persson says.

Komatsu Forest is coming to Elmia Wood with its entire current machine programme plus new additions. Even more important at a time when availability and costs are what create profitability is the after-sales programme, which is being given a lot of room at the stand.

Elmia Wood 7-10 June

Elmia Wood is the world’s leading forestry fair and is held every four years outdoors in the forest south of Jönköping, Sweden. The last Elmia Wood (2013) had over 500 exhibitors and 50,000 visitors from around the world and was monitored by the international trade press. From June 7–10, 2017 the global forest industry will gather once more.
May 19, 2017 - On May 25th and 26th Forests Ontario will host its Forestry Connects educational program in Kenora, Ont., for the first time. As a non-profit organization committed to re-greening the province and beyond, Forests Ontario hosts the Forestry Connects program to provide high school students with the opportunity to visit forestry dependent communities for a behind the scenes look at forestry operations in Ontario. 

This year’s program is sponsored by the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) and Ontario Wood. It gives high school students a window into the forestry sector and the careers available and it promotes young people engaging with nature. During the two-day program, students will be introduced to concepts such as sustainable harvesting, tree marking, and developing forest management plans.

At the end of Forestry Connects, students leave with a more accurate understanding of our province’s forestry sector, particularly how using raw materials from our forests to create valuable products is balanced with the sustainable management of these natural resources. Founded in 2010, the program connects students and teachers with foresters, forestry operators, First Nations and biologists.

WHAT:                   Forestry Connects in Kenora, Ontario  

WHO:                     50 high school students from Ontario and Manitoba and their teachers will interact with professionals from                                 the forestry sector.

                              Program support provided by SFI and Ontario Wood

WHEN:                   May 25th, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. & May 26th, 2017 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

WHERE:                 Reddit, Ontario on Thursday May 25th, 2017; Kenora, Ontario on Friday May 26th 


About Forests Ontario

Forests Ontario is the voice for our forests. Working to promote a future of healthy forests sustaining healthy people, Forests Ontario is committed to the re-greening of Ontario through tree planting efforts on rural lands and in urban areas, as well as the renewal and stewardship of Ontario's forests through restoration, education and awareness. Visit or follow us @Forests_Ontario.


About the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) 

SFI is a sustainability organization that stands for future forests. SFI Inc. is an independent, non-profit organization that is solely responsible for maintaining, overseeing and improving the internationally recognized SFI Program. SFI works collaboratively with conservation groups, local communities, youth, resource professionals, landowners and others who share our passion for, and commitment to, healthy forests, responsible purchasing and sustainable communities. Visit or follow us @sfiprogram.
May 17, 2017 - The Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) welcomes the new transportation legislation tabled by Transport Minister Marc Garneau Tuesday. CEO Derek Nighbor says the government understands that a more competitive and efficient transportation system is critical for Canada’s forestry dependant communities.
The legislation tabled by Minister Garneau today would promote transparency, system efficiency, and strong private sector investment.
Key measures would include:
•New data reporting requirements for railways on rates, service and performance, to enhance system transparency;
•A new mechanism, Long-Haul Interswitching, to provide captive shippers across all sectors and regions of Canada with access to a competing railway, to ensure they have options;
•A definition of “adequate and suitable” rail service that confirms railways should provide shippers with the highest level of service that can reasonably be provided in the circumstances; 
•The ability for shippers to seek reciprocal financial penalties in their service agreements with railways, to enhance accountability; and
•More accessible and timely remedies for shippers on both rates and service, to support fair negotiations
“Transportation costs represent about one third of total costs for the average forest products company. When we presented our industry’s recommendations in the fall, we emphasized the need for more reliable service and competitive rates in rail, marine and trucking,” says Nighbor. “Most of our mills are in rural and northern communities and have few options on how to get products to market.”
“Our sector’s relationships with our supply chain partners in rail, marine and trucking are very important to us. FPAC looks forward to working together to fully maximize the opportunities within this legislation” says Nighbor.
May 16, 2017 - Naturallia is back in from Oct. 16–19, 2017 for its fifth edition. Naturallia is a unique and major networking opportunity for Quebec, Canadian and foreign companies working in the natural resources sector. This fifth edition of Naturallia will bring together more than 300 small and medium enterprises (SMEs), as well as representatives from some 15 countries in the following sectors:

•     Value-added wood products and processes;

•     Mining goods and services;

•     Smart energies and related goods and services;

•     Advanced manufacturing and cutting-edge technologies.

The Naturallia 2017 concept

Upon registering for Naturallia, companies benefit from a targeted approach which promotes efficient time management. Described by some as “speed-dating for business”, one-on-one meetings between participating company representatives and other leaders and entrepreneurs are conducted based on their international trade, investment and/or business development goals, with the aim of developing lasting partnerships and alliances.

Participants first fill out an online registration form. Two weeks prior to the event, each participant receives a registered business directory. Then, they can submit up to 20 requests for meetings with representatives from their companies of choice. Afterwards, “matchmaking“ software is used to pair companies and participants.


•   Up to fourteen qualified 30-minute interviews with companies that meet your selection criteria;

•   Access to international trade experts (commercial lawyers, financial institutions, insurance companies, customs brokers, transportation specialists, and more);

•   Participation in the opening ceremony, keynote addresses, and industry roundtables;

•   Numerous networking opportunities complementing the regular meeting calendar;

•   Simultaneous translation for all the meetings (English and French);

•   Industrial tours of leading companies and Plan Nord sites in Quebec;

•   Participation in the Naturallia 2017 gala dinner and closing ceremony;

•   Transportation between your hotel and the activity venues;

•   All meals and coffee breaks throughout the event.

See more at
May 12, 2017 - On May 11, the Montreal Economic Institute (MEI) presented the John Dobson Medal for Free Enterprise to Mr. Richard Garneau, president and chief executive officer of Resolute Forest Products.

"We award this medal to individuals who defend free enterprise, among other things by standing up to lobby groups that attempt to undermine economic end entrepreneurial freedom. And on this count, this year's recipient is quite a fighter!" says Michel Kelly-Gagnon, president and chief executive officer of the MEI.

When Greenpeace began targeting his company and his workers by claiming they "destroyed forests" and by producing multiple disinformation campaigns aimed at making them lose important customers, Richard Garneau decided to stand up to them by adopting an attitude of, in his own words, moral leadership. "If you believe you're on firm ground, you stand firm," points out Mr. Garneau.

Thus, contrary to many companies in similar situations, Resolute decided to meet Greenpeace's repeated attacks head-on. And in the end, forced to justify its allegations in a court of law, the activist group finally recognized that its accusations against Resolute were "heated rhetoric" and consisted of "non-verifiable statements of subjective opinion," and should be understood as "figurative rather than literal" and not expose them to any legal responsibility. They also recognized that Resolute had caused "no loss of forest cover." Serious admissions, which unfortunately come only after years of irresponsible attacks.

"For his courage, and for his commitment to his shareholders, to his employees, and to the rural families and communities for whom the responsible harvesting of the forest is a way of life, Richard Garneau embodies the type of person John Dobson would have been proud to see rewarded with a medal bearing his name. Our society needs more businesspeople willing to stand up to defend the principles and benefits of the free market," concludes Michel Kelly-Gagnon.
May 12, 2017 - Members of the North American Forest Partnership, a diverse group of individuals, companies, state agencies, the U.S. Forest Service, non-profits and professional organizations committed to the management of sustainable, healthy forests, launched a first-of-its-kind communications effort – Walk in the Woods. The effort tells the stories of the men and women who work in the forest sector in the U.S. and Canada and opens a dialogue about the important work they do as caretakers of precious forest resources.

“We’re inviting those outside our sector to walk in the woods with us and learn about our work as responsible, innovative stewards of North America’s many different forests,” said Will Novy-Hildesley, executive director of the North American Forest Partnership. “Our goal is to engage those passionate about the future of our forests in an ongoing conversation and provide honest answers to the questions we know people have about what we do and why we do it.”

The initiative is born from research which studied the attitudes and perceptions of North America’s forest resources. The research uncovered differences in understanding among the forest sector and the public around key topics such as deforestation, forest management and the sustainability of forest resources.

“We learned that while people care deeply about forests, they often come to a conversation about what happens in them with only part of the story. This notion of a ‘Walk in the Woods’ is a way to explore the ‘why’ behind what happens in the forest and build a broader understanding for the many important roles that forests play in our everyday lives,” said Colin Moseley, chairman of the board at the North American Forest Partnership and chairman of Green Diamond Resource Company. “That’s why it’s critically important that we come together to communicate our work and the social, environmental and economic values that forests provide.”

NAFP represents a diverse community with shared values and unwavering passion for the forest stewardship. NAFP members come from across the forest sector to engage in real conversations – both online and offline – that will shape the future of North America’s forests.

“We have many forests. Protected ones, intensively managed ones, firs, hardwoods and pines,” said Tom Martin, chief executive officer and executive director of the American Forest Foundation. “All of them produce incredible benefits, individually and collectively, for all of us in the form of clean water, clean air, wildlife habitat, good paying rural jobs and a quiet place to reflect. Those benefits, these values, bind the forest sector.”

“Now more than ever, it is important to demonstrate how choices we make today impact the future of our forests,” said Katie Fernholz, executive director at Dovetail Partners. “We’re excited about this partnership and the diverse community it includes, all of whom share a commitment to the future of forests and a shared ethic of responsible stewardship.”

“When people appreciate all the benefits we receive from forests,” said Rebecca Barnard, national forestry programs manager at the National Wild Turkey Federation, “they understand the importance of keeping forests as forests. When we recognize and value the diverse benefits our forests provide, including wildlife habitat and recreational opportunities, we will wisely manage and conserve our forests for future generations.”

Walk in the woods with us by visiting, and following Walk In the Woods on Facebookand Twitter.
May 11, 2017 - Although sometimes the forest sector still seems like a man’s world, there have been powerful and inspiring women paving the way for several decades, and there is room for more. Women in Wood (WIW) was started in 2015 as a way of bringing together women in the forest, office, woodshop and elsewhere in the sector, to learn from each other.

Women in Wood officially started with the creation of a private Facebook group. We had joked about starting an official “club” for women in forestry for a few years before this, since we identified ourselves as a minority when we met up at forestry events. Our group was meant to grow connections with other women in the forest sector in Ontario, foster relationships, seek advice and share experiences. Over the past two years, this network has grown to be Canada-wide with almost 200 members, and certainly surpassed our expectations of the benefits to be gained from building a community. We are so encouraged to see the members of the group initiating discussions, meeting mentors, sharing employment opportunities and organizing activities in their areas. was launched in February of this year, around the same time as we started a Twitter account. With these developments, we defined some objectives for WIW: build a community of women who work in, with and for the woods; encourage women to pursue careers in the forest, wood and related sectors; and help Women in Wood succeed in their career goals by collaborating for success, sharing information, improving skills and navigating the workplace. We hope to achieve these objectives by continuing to grow our network and encourage mentoring, using social media as an outreach opportunity to women considering a career in the forest sector, and by hosting events that focus on skills and information women in the sector identify as needing.

Women In Wood Logo1But why are we doing all this? It’s no secret that there’s a gender imbalance in the forest sector. There is impressive enrollment by women in many forest-related programs, yet recent research shows that women only have an 18.4 per cent share of the forestry and logging industry in Canada (see the WIW blog for more). These statistics are similar in other forest related fields such as woodworking. The ratio of women around the table at the management, corporate and board level is even more dismal.

We believe the forest sector is an amazing place to make a career for yourself – no matter your gender. The forestry community we are honoured to be surrounded by in our day jobs is like no other: passionate people carefully managing and sustainably utilizing our only renewable, natural resource. Given the looming workforce shortage, there will be plenty of upcoming opportunities to be excited about. We hope to encourage more women to join us, and help each other succeed.

You can help with this! Identify women in your workplace and take the time to teach them the skills they need to be on equal footing as their male co-workers. Well-meaning mentors often encourage women to emphasize their soft skills, which leaves them lagging behind in business, financial and the technical know-how they need to advance in their careers. Encourage them to be confident, but give them a leg-up in becoming knowledgeable enough to be.

If you are a woman reading this article, please join our network, and reach out on how you can get involved: by planning an event, writing a guest blog post, or mentoring a WIW new to the sector. Share a photo on social media of you in your element and tag with #womeninwood to inspire other WIW across the county.

If you see potential for your company to increase diversity in your workforce, drop us a line. We are looking for partners and supporters to help us spread the word that there is a place for everyone in Canada’s forest sector. 

Lacey Rose, RP, and Jessica Kaknevicius, MFC, are the women behind 
May 11, 2017 - Ottawa is trying to get itself exempted from softwood lumber taxes.

The Canadian Press reported that a letter was written from Ottawa to the secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce asking for a number of exemptions following last month's announcement from Washington.

President Trump announced on April 24 that Canadian softwood producers would be hit with preliminary taxes of up to 24 per cent.

Aside from the four biggest Canadian companies that were investigated by the Department of Commerce, most producers are facing a 19.88 per cent duty on Canadian lumber exports. | READ MORE
May 9, 2017 - Workplace safety should be top of mind, no matter what industry you’re in. Canadian Biomass magazine is proud to partner with the Wood Pellet Association of Canada for two days dedicated to all things safety.

The Wood Pellet Safety Conference and Workshop Safety in Action will take place on June 13 and 14, 2017 in Prince George, B.C.

This is your opportunity to learn how the pellet industry is continuing to improve its safety performance.

You can gain ideas for improving the safety of your operations as well as increasing your profitability.

Whether you’re in operation and maintenance, a plant owner, an engineering consultant or insurance professional attending means joining a collective commitment to make the Canadian wood pellet industry the safest of any country.

Keynote speaker Candace Carnahan lost her leg in a workplace accident. She believes that safety is an attitude, a state of mind, a way of life, and she shares her conviction that having the courage to care through standing up for others is a transformational concept.

Conference topics will include:

·      Current wood pellet industry safety performance and priorities

·      Observations and recommendations from WorkSafeBC

·      Safety performance tracking

·      Combustible dust in raw material storage areas

·      Risks and best practices regarding syngas in drum driers

·      Effective practices for human-computer interface

·      Process safety management

See the full agenda.

May 8, 2017 - Developing new products and expanding our markets will strengthen Canada's forest sector, create new jobs and benefit the communities that rely on the forest industry.

Today, the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, on behalf of the Honourable Jim Carr, Canada's Minister of Natural Resources, attended the capping ceremony for project Origine, a tall wood construction project in Quebec City's Pointe-aux-Lièvres eco-district.

The tallest wood-constructed condominium in North America, project Origine includes a 12-storey wood structure on top of a one-storey concrete podium, and stores 2,065 tonnes of carbon in its wood. The 41-metre tall condominium uses cross-laminated timber as its primary building material, a technology that greatly increases the technical limits for tall wood construction.

"The Government of Canada will proudly continue to help Canada's forest sector create innovative products and technologies that will create new markets and will vigorously defend the interests of the Canadian softwood lumber industry," Duclo said. "That is why I recently visited the United Kingdom and continental Europe to promote Canadian wood and wood products, and Minister Carr will travel to China in June with forestry leaders to build on this momentum."

Through Natural Resources Canada's Tall Wood Building Demonstration Initiative, over $1.2 million in funding was provided to this project, undertaken by the project developers, the NEB Consortium. The initiative is part of the Government of Canada's strategy to help expand the North American market for Canadian wood products by encouraging the use of wood in construction in mid- and high-rise buildings, helping Canada's forest industry to sustain hundreds of thousands of good, middle-class jobs in communities across our country.

In this year's budget, an additional $40 million was dedicated to increasing wood use in Canada. These funds will lead to further tall wood demonstration projects, advanced training and education for practitioners designing wood buildings and continued support for code changes to ensure a level playing field for wood in high-rise construction. This will help to maintain Canada's global leadership in the development of innovative wood buildings and other infrastructure.

Natural Resources Canada developed the Tall Wood Buildings Demonstration Initiative in collaboration with the Canadian Wood Council to test and demonstrate the use of wood in larger and taller wood buildings.

The importance of these efforts was made clear again last month when the U.S. Department of Commerce announced unfair and punitive duties on Canadian softwood lumber imports. It is why Minister Duclos was in the U.K. and continental Europe last month as part of the Government of Canada's overarching strategy to target new markets around the globe in a concerted effort to enhance trade and market diversification for Canadian wood and wood products as part of the clean-growth economy.
May 8, 2017 - B.C.’s logging associations met in advance of the Interior Logging Association’s 59th Annual Conference & Trade Show in Vernon, to discuss contractor sustainability. 

“Timber harvesting contractors across this province are unable to be sustainable and that puts the entire forest industry at risk. They are the first link in the supply chain—without them the rest of the industry grinds to a halt,” said David Elstone, TLA executive director. “This situation becomes even more serious within the context of the recently announced countervailing duties on Canadian softwood lumber exported to the US. The pressure on our industry to remain viable will increase.”

“Many of my members are not seeing a return on their investment,” said Wayne Lintott, ILA general manager. “Timber harvesting requires high capital investment and my members take on a lot of risk. We need to level the playing field between licensees and contractors.”

The government announced their Contractor Sustainability Review in January and the work is now underway with George Abbott named as the independent facilitator. “I know the ILA, NWLA and the TLA are looking forward to helping Mr. Abbott where we can. We all hope this review will lead to real change so that everyone who works in the forest can share in the prosperity,” said Elstone.
May 8, 2017 - In just over three weeks, one of the region’s most popular heavy equipment trade shows returns to the CN Centre. Taking place May 26th and 27th, the Canada North Resources Expo is a showcase of the leading companies and products that are part of Northern Canada’s varied resources sectors.

This massive biennial event focuses on “the equipment to get the jobs done” and features four acres of indoor and outdoor space with tons of big iron, including equipment, machinery, products and technology geared to forestry, heavy construction, and major resources infrastructure.

“This year marks the third edition of Canada North Resources Expo, and we’re thrilled to be returning to Prince George,” said Mark Cusack, national show manager. “Over the last number of years, this show has seen significant growth and support from the community. We’ve got a great lineup of exhibitors and are excited to welcome those involved in any aspect of the region’s resources sectors.”

On Saturday, May 27th, the show will celebrate the future of the industry with Family Day, and a chance for visitors to give back. Simply register one person for the show, give a donation to the Salvation Army Food Bank, and the whole family can attend the show. This offer applies on May 27th only.

Visitors are encouraged to follow the show’s Facebook page for an opportunity to enter to win prizes and free admission to the show courtesy of the Merritt Rockin' River Fest as well as Western Equipment Ltd.

Also taking place during the show is the 2017 Interior Safety Conference. With a theme of “Leading Safety – Building Strong Supervisors”, the conference will include sessions on building strong teams, communicating with different generations, and much more. The full agenda and registration information can be found on the BC Forest Safety website.

Pre-registration for the 2017 edition of the Canada North Resources Expo is still available. Visitors are encouraged to take advantage of convenient online registration via the show website. By pre-registering, visitors can save 50% and fast-track their entrance to the show.

The Canada North Resources Expo is produced in partnership with the Resources Expo Society, a not-for-profit organization whose mandate is to facilitate training and educational opportunities in the central and northern BC resources sectors.



Friday, May 26 from 9:00am - 5:00pm

Saturday, May 27 from 9:00am - 5:00pm


CN Centre

2187 Ospika Boulevard

South Prince George, BC

For complete show details, visit or follow the show on Facebook and Twitter.
May 8, 2017 - The Sustainable Forestry Initiative Inc. (SFI) has announced that SmartLam, LLC, is the first U.S. manufacturer of cross‑laminated timber (CLT) to be certified to the SFI 2015-2019 Chain-of-Custody Standard. SmartLam is also the first manufacturer to produce CLT in the U.S.

SmartLam manufactures CLT for a variety of applications, including floor, roof and wall systems. SFI's Chain-of-Custody Standard helps companies address the growing demand from governments, customers, and consumers for responsibly sourced forest products.   

CLT is the next-generation of engineered wood products. Extensively tested and already widely used in Europe, CLT has vast applications for construction, industrial matting and bridging. Architects and builders choose wood because it looks great, has numerous environmental characteristics – including renewability – and it's easy to work with. In addition, trees absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere as they grow, sequestering and storing the carbon while producing oxygen which reduces greenhouse gases and improves air quality.

"At SmartLam, we make CLT, but we like to tell our clients what we really sell is time. CLT increases construction speed and reduces a project's cost and carbon footprint. Now, with certification to the SFI Chain-of-Custody Standard, we can also offer our clients supply chain assurance that our products are sourced from well-managed forests that are third-party certified to SFI's rigorous standards," said Casey Malmquist, president and general manager at SmartLam.

SmartLam produces CLT at its Columbia Falls facility in Northwest Montana and is part of a global movement to use wood in tall buildings. Advances in technology are producing more engineered-wood products and mass-timber products that increase the capabilities of building with wood.

A multi-use, multi-level building currently under construction in Whitefish, Montana, will feature an elevator shaft manufactured from SmartLam CLT. The lumber was supplied by F.H. Stoltze Land & Lumber Co., an SFI Program Participant near Columbia Falls, Montana.

"We are excited for SmartLam to be the first CLT manufacturer in the U.S. to be certified to the SFI Chain of Custody Standard. Our chain-of-custody standard is a rigorous environmental accounting system that tracks forest fiber content through production and manufacturing to the end product," said Jason Metnick, senior vice-president of customer affairs at SFI.

SmartLam will also be able to use chain-of-custody certification to position itself as a supplier in the green building market that is officially recognized by green building rating systems. Wood products sold as certified under the SFI Chain-of-Custody Standard allow SmartLam's CLT to earn Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) credits through the LEED Alternative Compliance Path or credits through the Green Globes Rating System.
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