Like many people in the wood products industry, I am the ultimate information junky. I enjoy reading statistics, following trends, and analyzing the past in order to predict the future. Yet so many transformational changes in markets and technology have occurred over the past six years that one needs to use more caution, as relying on the past as a strong predictor of the future may no longer hold true. China’s demand for wood fiber, a lack of long length cutting mills, and the dramatic demand change of 2×10 and 2×12 dimension lumber are all contributing to this transformational change.Continue
A University of Toronto research team is working with Ford Motor Company to develop a new material for car parts using renewable resources extracted from wood pulp in a $4.9 million project.
Those who follow @GlobeStcom on Twitter and @GlobeStLIVE may have seen a post teasing the announcement, but GlobeSt.com has learned that in what is said to be one of the largest single land purchases by a state in the Pacific Northwest, American Forest Holdings LLC recently sold 51,000 acres of timberland to the state of Washington for $97 million.
There’s a new beetle in town, and it’s put a large chunk of Colorado under an emergency tree quarantine. The state’s department of agriculture said Tuesday that the discovery of the Asian Emerald Ash Borer in Colorado marks the western-most discovery of the insect in North America.