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July 13, 2018 - EACOM Timber Corporation was joined Thursday by Habitat for Humanity Canada and the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) at its Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., plant to unveil an important partnership.
July 11, 2018 - Conifex Timber Inc. announced on Monday that it has completed the acquisition of the Suwannee sawmill in Cross City, Fla., and the Caddo River sawmill in Glenwood, Ark. 

The company also announced that, in connection with the completion of the transaction, Charles P. Miller and George R. Judd have been appointed to the board of directors of Conifex. 

"We are pleased to announce the completion of this transformative transaction, which significantly increases our presence in the U.S. South, a region that is home to some of the fastest growing housing markets in the U.S.," said Ken Shields, Conifex's president and chief executive officer.

"On behalf of Conifex, I'd like to welcome Mr. Miller and Mr. Judd to our board of directors and the employees of the Suwannee and Caddo River mills to the Conifex team," Shields said. "We look forward to working with them all as we continue to execute the company's growth strategy."

Blue Wolf Capital Partners, the private equity firm that previously owned the Suwannee and Caddo River samwills, stated that the two businesses are better positioned for growth and long-term success now that they have been acquired by Conifex.

“I’m proud to say that, under Blue Wolf’s leadership, both Suwannee and Caddo have been transformed into companies with a very bright future, and I look forward to continuing our work together,” said Miller, partner at Blue Wolf.

"As a result of this acquisition, our total annual lumber production capacity has increased by approximately 50 per cent to 1.1 billion board feet and our total annual production capacity in the U.S. South has increased by approximately 200 per cent to 550 million board feet," Shields stated. 

Conifex and its subsidiaries' primary business currently includes timber harvesting, reforestation, forest management, sawmilling logs into lumber and wood chips, and value added lumber finishing and distribution. Conifex's lumber products are sold in the United States, Chinese, Canadian and Japanese markets. Conifex's operations also include bioenergy production following the commencement of commercial operations of its power generation facility at Mackenzie, British Columbia.
July 10, 2018 - Madison's Lumber Reporter and Forest2Market have officially launched the redesigned, digital version of Madison's Weekly Lumber Reporter. Madison's North American lumber price reporting service is now exclusively available via SilvaStat360, Forest2Market's online business intelligence platform.

The Madison's/Forest2Market partnership combines Madison's lumber price data and market insights with Forest2Market's SilvaStat360 cloud-based interactive delivery platform. Madison's Lumber Reporter subscribers now have fingertip access to historic and current lumber price data that is updated weekly and available on a 24/7/365 basis.

Kéta Kosman, publisher of the Reporter, said, "As the North American lumber industry continues to evolve amid the uncertainty associated with global trade policy, operators need access to the most reliable datasets and analytics available to the market. Madison's new digital environment provides our customers with the on-demand information that is most important to them, which allows them to make better business decisions in a highly competitive and dynamic market."

Other features of the new product include:

  • All prices are available on a single screen.
  • Commentary is matched to product.
  • The Price Sheet can be filtered, searched and sorted.
  • Filters can be saved for quick and easy drill-downs to the exact products needed to make decisions.
  • Twelve weeks of commentary are archived by topic.
  • Tables and graphs are printable.
  • Data is downloadable to .xls or .csv.
"This final product is a real accomplishment for both Madison's and Forest2Market," said Pete Stewart, president and chief executive officer of Forest2Market. "We are excited to bring another partner to our SilvaStat360 platform, and we look forward to new opportunities to serve the North American lumber industry."
July 10, 2018 - In an effort to reward customers for their loyalty to JoeScan’s products, the sawmill scanning solution provider has created a contest celebrating reliability and longevity. Mills are invited to enter and see if they are currently operating the “Longest Running JoeScan.”

“We’ve always been proud of the long-lasting performance sawmills can expect from our scanners,” says JoeScan founder Joey Nelson. “But we recently realized that we don’t know exactly which one of our units has been hard at work the longest. This contest is a great chance for us to find out, and for us to honor the mills that have counted on us the longest.”

Sawmills that are currently running JoeScan scan heads can enter in one of three ways:

  1. By visiting www.joescan.com/contest and filling out a short form.
  2. By emailing  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  with the name of your mill, and the approximate date of install for your JoeScan hardware.
  3. By sharing a photo of the hardware to social media, using the hashtag #LongestRunningJoescan.
JoeScan will cross reference the entries with their records and identify a winner by September 30, 2018.

The winner will then be invited to attend the 2018 Timber Processing & Energy Expo show as JoeScan’s special guest. They will also be presented with an award at a special ceremony during the show, recognizing their hard work, dedication, and commitment to quality sawmill scanning.
July 9, 2018 - Waratah Forestry Equipment has appointed Elliott Little to the position of manager of North American Waratah Distribution.
July 5, 2018 - USNR has announced the promotions of four long-time USNR and Mid-South Engineering employees. USNR chairman and chief executive officer George Van Hoomissen explained the changes.
July 3, 2018 - The Ontario Forest Industries Association (OFIA) congratulates and welcomes Premier Ford’s cabinet ministers. Ontario’s forest sector is looking forward to working with the new government, and Honourable Jeff Yurek, Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry, to make Ontario open for business, with a vision of hope and prosperity in every region of this province.
June 26, 2018 - With the recent arrival of the emerald ash borer in New Brunswick, the City of Fredericton is warning its residents to prepare for the loss of tens of thousands of trees.
June 22, 2018 - The Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) is pleased to participate as a partner organization during the Indigenous Day Live celebration, Saturday, June 23rd in Ottawa.

The Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) will be hosting Indigenous Day Live simultaneously in Winnipeg, Toronto, and Ottawa via a live 5-hour TV broadcast, which will showcase talent from all genres, regions and nations, ensuring the recognition and inclusion of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Peoples.

The event is an important new initiative for FPAC and Canada’s forest products sector which has a decades-long partnership with Indigenous communities. Every year, FPAC is proud to recognize Indigenous excellence in forestry through the presentation of the Skills Awards for Aboriginal Youth in collaboration with the Canadian Council of Forest Ministers, and an Aboriginal Business Leadership Award in partnership with the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business.

“FPAC has forged a strong ‘working’ relationship in the truest sense of the word,” says association chief executive officer Derek Nighbor.

“The forest products industry is currently the nation’s largest employer of Indigenous peoples. A looming skills shortage in our sector presents a challenge but also an occasion to create more opportunities that support Indigenous families and communities, while ensuring the future of the sector remains bright,” added Nighbor.

The forest products industry currently employs approximately 12,500 Indigenous peoples and supports more than 1,400 Indigenous businesses across the country. An estimated 70 per cent of Indigenous communities are located in Canada’s forested areas.
June 19, 2018 - Canadian industries will continue to work with Ottawa in the hope of addressing cross-border trade issues and regulatory challenges that impact their competitiveness. However, industry leaders also have an opportunity to put their respective sectors on a stronger competitive-footing, according to Derek Nighbor, chief executive officer of the Forest Products Association of Canada — who will be making a presentation to the Alberta Chamber of Resources Mid-Year Meeting this week in Calgary.

“The ability of industries to remain competitive is key to ensuring communities across this country — especially those in rural and northern Canada — can be economically strong and vibrant,” says Nighbor. “Industry wants certainty and the pace and layer of regulatory change and unprecedented pressure from our largest trading partner pose challenges. This makes it even more imperative for all industries, including the forest sector, to forge opportunities that will help support the bottom line and job growth.”

The forest products sector’s competitiveness agenda, as an example, includes key aspects that include innovation, expanding markets, and strengthening the decades-long partnership with Indigenous communities.

The industry currently exports approximately $36 billion annually to 180 countries. Those totals are the result of products that are of the highest quality and because of Canada’s world-renowned reputation for sustainable forest management, which provides a distinct competitive advantage.

Through innovation, the industry is re-affirming its reputation even further by creating exciting and new, bio-based products and materials from wood fibre that contribute to tackling climate change — which again, is key to meeting the demands of changing global markets and changing consumer demands.

Nighbor will address these issues under the theme of Restoring Canada’s Competitiveness during the Alberta Chamber of Resources Mid-Year Meeting along with Martha Hall Findlay of the Canada West Foundation and Hon. Perrin Beatty, president and chief executive officer of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce.

Details are as follows:


Alberta Chamber of Resources Mid-Year Meeting

Thursday, June 21

9:50 a.m. MT

ConocoPhillips Auditorium – 3rd Floor – Calgary, Alberta



FPAC provides a voice for Canada’s wood, pulp, and paper producers nationally and internationally in government, trade, and environmental affairs. The $69-billion-a-year forest products industry directly employs 237,000 Canadians in over 600 communities across the country.
June 19, 2018 - People wanting a career in the forestry sector will soon be able to access more education and training options, following a $1-million investment in new and upgraded programs at six public post-secondary institutions.

Funding includes $328,000 to enhance the existing coastal forest resource certificate, and develop an applied forest resource diploma, at North Island College. The college will expand its workplace-based certificate program with an in-field training and mentorship model, while developing a new diploma program to include industry leadership, mentorship and on-the-job training.

“Applied forestry programs support a vital industry on Vancouver Island and throughout B.C.," said John Bowman, president, North Island College. "NIC is proud to develop relevant and responsive programs, which provide industry knowledge, applied skills and employer connections for our students."

North Island College is consulting with local employers to develop the curriculum, and ensure the certificate and two-year diploma position students and industry for long-term success. 

“More students can look forward to a great future in forestry, in good-paying, family-supporting jobs," said Melanie Mark, Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Training. "The sector has been the economic backbone of our province for decades. We’re responding to what employers have told us, by ensuring that students in all parts of the province will have the training and experience that industry needs.”

As planning continues, the program's tuition, start date and curriculum details will be confirmed.

“There’s so much to forestry that people don’t realize," said Kyle Porteous, 2018 graduate of the coastal forest resources certificate program, now working as a timber cruiser assistant, Campbell River-based Ranger Forest Services. "From the production side to road building, there are a lot of different careers within the industry. It gives me an opportunity to work outdoors, and see parts of the province you can only get to by helicopter or boat.”

Forestry in British Columbia is a major economic driver, accounting for one-third of all exports, with a value of $14 billion, and almost 60,000 direct jobs.

“Revitalizing the sector with a skilled workforce is a key part of our strategy for the forest sector, and the tens of thousands of British Columbians who rely on forestry jobs,” said Doug Donaldson, Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development.

Forestry sector employment is changing due to manufacturing activity consolidating into fewer, but larger operations. However, value-added sectors such as plywood, cabinets, laminated timber and prefabricated housing are expected to thrive.

“B.C’s forestry industry has been waiting for this," said Corby Lamb, Campbell River Chamber of Commerce chair, and founder and partner of Capacity Forest Management. "The business has evolved with more automation and innovation, as well as primary and secondary forestry production. We’re very pleased students will receive applied training, developed in collaboration with industry.”

About 10,900 job openings in the forestry sector are expected by 2027, mainly to replace highly skilled workers, who are retiring.
June 19, 2018 - The B.C. Forest Practices Board will examine forest licence A89984, held by Adams Lake, in the Thompson Rivers Natural Resource District, during the week of June 25, 2018.

Auditors will examine whether harvesting, roads, silviculture, fire protection and associated planning, carried out between June 1, 2016, and June 29, 2018, met the requirements of the Forest and Range Practices Act and the Wildfire Act.

The area of the audit is located on the north side of Adams Lake near Agate Bay, approximately 60 kilometres northeast of Kamloops.

Once the audit work is complete, a report will be prepared, and any party that may be adversely affected by the audit findings will have a chance to respond. The board’s final report and recommendations then will be released to the public and government.

The Forest Practices Board is B.C.’s independent watchdog for sound forest and range practices, reporting its findings and recommendations directly to the public and government. The board audits forest and range practices on public land, as well as appropriateness of government enforcement.
June 19, 2018 - A new four-year tentative agreement has been reached between Catalyst Paper and Unifor, representing approximately 750 workers in British Columbia.

"This agreement achieves the pattern bargaining goals that Unifor set for the western pulp sector, which is helping to raise standards across the board," said Unifor national president Jerry Dias. "I congratulate the bargaining committee on obtaining a fair deal in these very challenging times for the Canadian pulp and paper industry."

In March, the U.S. Department of Commerce imposed a 22 per cent anti-dumping duty on products produced by Catalyst Paper, threatening its B.C. mills. Unifor has been active in the campaign to support the Canadian pulp and paper industry, calling on the federal government to take immediate action to stop these unfair duties and support the communities affected by Donald Trump's bully tariffs.

"These jobs are the backbone of entire communities," said western regional director Joie Warnock. "We will continue to fight for workers and their families and for the future of the forestry industry."

The new contract covers Catalyst members represented by Unifor Local's 176, 592,686 and 1132. The tentative agreement is supported by the union's bargaining committee and is viewed as a fair and reasonable settlement. Details of the collective agreement will be released upon ratification, which will take place next week.

Find more information on Unifor's campaign against the Trump tariffs here.



Unifor is Canada's largest union in the private sector, representing 315,000 workers in every major area of the economy. The union advocates for all working people and their rights, fights for equality and social justice in Canada and abroad, and strives to create progressive change for a better future.
June 19, 2018 - The Alberta Forest Products Association announced the launch of its #Foresters social media campaign on Tuesday. The campaign will focus on telling the stories of the women and men who work to manage Alberta’s 38 million hectares of forested lands.

“Foresters are unique professionals,” said AFPA president and chief executive officer Paul Whittaker. “They have a solid academic background combined with an intimate connection with the land they work to manage. Foresters also bring an incredible passion for our landbase and environment to their job. It is a real pleasure to tell their stories.”

Six video profiles of Alberta forestry professionals will be at the core of the campaign. A new video will be released at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesdays for the campaign's duration. Videos and other content can be found on the AFPA’s Twitter and Facebook pages, as well as the association’s website.

Alberta has more than 1,500 forestry professionals, including Registered Professional Foresters and Registered Professional Forest Technologists. These professions are governed by the College of Alberta Professional Foresters and the College of Alberta Professional Forest Technologists. Forestry professionals are required to pass licensing examinations, abide by a code of conduct, and engage in regular professional development.

Forestry education in Alberta is available through the University of Alberta’s forestry program and the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology’s forest technology diploma program.

Alberta’s forest products industry directly employs 20,000 people and creates employment for an additional 38,000 through its economic activity. The industry employs many forestry professionals, who help to ensure that forest management is carried out in a sustainable manner.
June 14, 2018 - An audit of forestry activities on four woodlots in the Nadina Resource District has concluded that the woodlot licensees complied with British Columbia’s forestry legislation, according to the audit reports that have been released.

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