“Right after I finished with my panel, a guy grabbed me, and all of a sudden I was buying logs from the Colville Tribe and selling lumber to China,” said Russ Vaagen (Vaagen Brothers Lumber) of his conference experience. Vaagen Brothers, based in Colville, Wash., hosted several dozen conference attendees on a pre-conference tour that included stops at Columbia Cedar in Kettle Falls and Hearth and Home Technologies in Colville.
Attendees came from around the globe, many of them ready to do business. Started in 2004 by TimberWest Magazine, the Small Log Conference (SLC) has always been international, but this time around, it morphed into a reverse trade mission, as well.
Now headed up by Missoula-based Forest Business Network, the conference attracted a 20-person Asian trade delegation from China and South Korea, in addition to over 250 delegates, speakers, and exhibitors from Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and Finland. The mix of cultures, industry practices, and expanding markets created a strong business climate that energized small log producers, already buoyed by an upturn in domestic housing starts.
Loggers from Wallowa County are poised for a major role in expanded timber-cutting operations urgently planned for the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, the approximately 19-mile area encircling the site of the former Soviet Union’s disastrous nuclear power plant accident of April 1986.
Michael Green Architects’ Wood Innovation Centre in Prince George, British Columbia, Canada, breaks ground in May. The Wood Innovation and Design Centre (WIDC) in Prince George, British Columbia, Canada, is a roughly $24.5 million (U.S.), 90-foot-tall building that showcases the latest in wood construction.
This report fills the gap and points to the growth in use of woody biomass for energy in community facilities, such as schools, hospitals and more. When the right technology is matched with the right setting, woody biomass can offset the costs of other fuel sources, especially fuel oil and propane. As of January 2013, 297 institutional facilities have been identified as operational.