An historic flight for the forest products industry

Today I’m on the first commercial flight using the world’s first renewable, alternative jet fuel made from forest residuals (the remaining branches and limbs from harvested trees).

How the forest products industry helps family landowners and wildlife in the South

How the forest products industry helps family landowners and wildlife in the South

Next week marks National Forest Products Week, a time when we can recognize and appreciate the forest products industry.

Hardwood Check-off - Why no specifics on how the funds will be used

Hardwood Check-off: Why no specifics on how the funds will be used?

Why won’t the folks proposing the Hardwood Lumber & Hardwood Plywood Check-off tell us exactly how the funds will be used? Simple question; not so simple answer.

2016 Mass Timber Conference to address cross-laminated timber use in North America - steering committee confirmed

2016 Mass Timber Conference to address cross-laminated timber use in North America; steering committee confirmed

Mark your calendar for March 23-24, 2016. Forest Business Network’s new Mass Timber Conference will focus on cross-laminated timber (CLT), glulam, nail laminated timber, and other mass timber wood products and their applications.

The 2015 Small Log Conference Forest Products Checkoff Update

The state of forest industry checkoff programs today

Mention agricultural checkoff programs and a lot of people instantly think of the famous “Got Milk” ad campaign.

First of its kind test focusing on screening woody biomass to produce quality feedstocks

First of its kind test focusing on screening woody biomass to produce quality feedstocks

Recently the Waste to Wisdom project — Task 2 Team — experimented with two screening systems (star and deck) using chipped materials from pulpwood and hog fuel ground from logging slash in a first of its kind test.

Which comes first - our forests or our industry

Which comes first — our forests or our industry?

I hear from land managers and environmentalists every day that the forest products sector is a major tool for getting long-term sustainable forest restoration work done.

Is your state using National Forest Products Week to spread our industry message

Is your state using National Forest Products Week to spread our industry’s positive message?

National Forest Products Week is a wonderful opportunity to elevate our industry’s message — that we contribute to healthy forests, that we make sustainable products that all people benefit from, and that we help create healthy communities and good-paying jobs.

The transformation of timberland ownership and markets in North America

The transformation of timberland ownership and markets in North America

It’s not every day I get to hear one of America’s top forest industry CEOs speak on the global state of our industry. Mike Covey, CEO of Potlatch Corporation, recently spent the day in Missoula meeting with University of Montana College of Forestry and business students, faculty, and community members, then concluded his day with an hour-long lecture to over 200 folks on “The Transformation of Timberland Ownership and Markets in North America.”

Within an urban forest a tree is not just a tree

Within an urban forest, a tree is not just a tree

The tree in a residential yard is part of a neighborhood of trees which in turn form an urban forest, and in the larger sense, part of a complete ecological system.

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Cool new tool makes the SmallWood Conference a lot bigger; can it benefit your events?

Every now and again the FBN team discovers a unique tool we feel our readers will geniunely appreciate. This one is powerful and it could change the way you do your events.

Online resource addresses the utilization of downed timber and woody debris from wind events

Online resource addresses the utilization of downed timber and woody debris from wind events

Need some help preparing for and/or dealing with the aftermath of a wind or weather event and the downed timber and woody debris that result? This resource can help.

Will 2014 be another year the forest products industry is defined by its critics?

I’d like to think that our industry can be an active participant in the conversation by bringing the good news about our industry’s products, innovations, and forest management to a public that’s been wary of our ways for far too long.

Forest product industry buzz is growing around the need to get its message to the public

By following media from across the country, we are witnessing that many facets of our industry are continuing to lose serious ground in the press and in public favor.

Beetle-kill pine makes one nice guitar for Jack Johnson and the Climate Reality Project

An engaging video explores the mountain pine beetle epidemic, climate change, and making something beautiful out of all the destruction.

Open letter to forestry students: 6 changes to the forestry sector that impact your role as a forester today

While I’m not a forester or a forest manager, I’ve gained a lot of insight in my 30 years in the forest business and marketing segment of the industry that I certainly believe has value for foresters. Here’s my open letter to forestry students and thoughts on the changes impacting your world today.

Celebrating Oktoberfest, forest products-style

October is one great month, but forest product professionals have even more to celebrate in the coming weeks.

Montana’s forests: An Easterner’s view

Bob Williams, a forester from New Jersey, visits Montana and submits his thoughts on the experience in an open letter to Montana’s residents and forest products industry.

Montana forest product companies can benefit from the sixth Montana Economic Development Summit

As the head of a Montana-based company and as someone who’s helped small forest products businesses succeed for the last 30+ years, I’m always interested in ways to find innovative solutions to cultivating business growth in my state. That’s a big reason why the FBN team is heading to Butte, Montana this September 16 and 17.

GPS maps that are accurate, powerful, and inexpensive?

At Forest Business Network, we’re always on the lookout for ways to bring our readers together with the right connections, tools, and knowledge to make your forest product businesses more successful.