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Beetle plague spurs Canadians on U.S. lumber-mill buying spree 

Beetle plague spurs Canadians on U.S. lumber-mill buying spree 

In the 60 years since Bob Jordan III joined his family’s North Carolina sawmill business, he hasn’t seen anything quite like the Canadian invasion of the South’s lumber industry.

“You didn’t have people coming in from the outside — we never had this before,” Jordan, 82, president of closely held Jordan Lumber & Supply Inc., said about an estimated C$2 billion ($1.62 billion) wave of Canadian investment. “Over 50 percent of the lumber in a certain part of the South is being produced by the Canadian mills.”

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Prominent forestry advocate moonlights as keyboardist for the Rolling Stones

Prominent forestry advocate moonlights as keyboardist for the Rolling Stones

Chuck Leavell may be the world’s most recognized tree farmer, primarily because his other career — keyboardist for the Allman Brothers and Rolling Stones — has put him on stages around the world. If any industry could use a prominent advocate, it’s forestry — because nothing grates on the ears of a forester like hearing someone say they won’t buy a book because it’ll kill a tree.

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Timber buildings – evidence of lower costs emerge

Timber buildings – evidence of lower costs emerge

A seminar series touring the country is comparing detailed designs of four commercial building types that show building in timber costs less than conventional materials. It’s a timely initiative, with proposed revisions to the National Construction Code out for comment that will allow massive timber buildings up to eight stories as a Deemed to Satisfy solution for residential, commercial and hotel construction projects.

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Gevo's wood waste-derived jet fuel to be used in first ever test flight

Gevo’s wood waste-derived jet fuel to be used in first ever test flight

Gevo, Inc. announced a breakthrough to its fermentation technology that will allow it to produce isobutanol from cellulosic feedstocks such as wood waste which can then be converted into Gevo’s alcohol-to-jet fuel. Gevo currently makes isobutanol from corn at its plant in Luverne, Minn., but its process has always had the flexibility to adapt to other feedstocks.

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