The PFI Annual Conference kicks off July 29th at the Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, CT. The conference (July 29-31, 2012) features a strong education program, supplier exhibits and extensive opportunities to network with attendees and speakers.
The Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance announced some big news for Western Montana as it seeks to advance its efforts to create a new woody biomass biofuels industry in the Pacific Northwest.
Even with jobs in short supply these days, I’ve noticed a fair amount of forest industry positions out in the workplace. Sadly though, they aren’t getting listed on our site or in our email newsletter. That’s a shame since we’ve got an awesome free resource at your disposal that every HR department in the forest industry should take advantage of.
We recently posted a request from our partners, the United States Forest Service, asking that you complete a brief survey on your experiences with the Coordinated Resource Offerings Protocol (CROP). Your participation is important because it will help inform the USFS on whether or not to continue CROP and to identify needed improvements if the program is to go on.
If you’ve never been to either the Smallwood Conference, or FBN’s own Small Log Conference, these events bring together many of the top minds in the industry for second-to-none idea gathering and networking.
Woody biomass and the forest products industry: Reasons why you should be in Flagstaff, Arizona on May 1
With all the fuels reductions projects, and fire and bug-kill salvage operations going on these days, the always excellent Smallwood Conference will explore in-depth the many opportunities available for the forest product industry to exploit woody biomass and low-value, waste wood.
If you weren’t one of the hundreds of folks attending our excellent March 29 webinar that focused on Asian wood export opportunities and featured top exporting pro Paul Owen, then here’s a second chance to listen in.
I was recently made aware of an excellent internet resource that’s worthy of pointing out. The U.S. Forest Service’s Southern Research Station has developed some free spreadsheet applications that can help you in your forest business operations.
In 1971, the 23rd General Assembly of the European Confederation of Agriculture gave birth to the idea that we should designate one day to celebrate the world’s forests and all that they offer for “protection, production, and recreation.” The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation agreed and officially made March 21 of each year ‘World Forestry Day.’
We’ve partnered with the Montana World Trade Center to create a can’t-miss webinar that features the industry’s top forest products exporter giving a rare glimpse into his vast expertise on exporting forest products to Asian markets. Register today because seats are very limited.
I recently came across an excellent article from High Country News that’s well worth highlighting. The article addresses the role of forests in providing valuable ecosystem “services” to communities —like clean drinking water—and the novel approach of having cities and towns contribute financially to receiving those services.
Small diameter timber, biomass, aviation biofuels, wood export info and a reverse trade mission highlight big event next year
Forest Business Network is hard at work laying the groundwork for the 2013 Small Log Conference. With a reverse trade mission, wood export info, biomass best practices, webinars and more, this will be one hot event.
Several weeks ago the Forest Service announced major plans to increase the pace of forest restoration work across the country. What does that mean?
As a member of the Southwestern Crown of the Continent Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration (CFLR) project and recent addition to the CFLR Coalition steering committee, it was exciting to hear Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack’s big announcement last week of $40 million in funding for new and existing CFLR projects.
Although the Softwood Lumber Check-off program was officially approved by the North American softwood lumber industry in the second half of last year, I’m hearing an increased buzz about this program lately, and for good reason. A unified softwood lumber promotion program — promoting softwood usage both domestically and internationally — is an exciting growth opportunity.
FBN staff recently watched an excellent webinar titled “Will 2012 be the year you start exporting?” that was hosted by the North American Wholesale Lumber Association. We think you should check it out as well and have posted it on our website.
Free assistance just might be available to your Montana forest products company. That’s right. But you’ll need to apply by January 18, 2012 to meet our latest request for proposals.
I and the staff at FBN hope your Christmas holiday was as wonderful as ours. We’ve got lots going on as we move into the new year.
A press conference held by U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsak today announced the USDA’s largest grant in its history—$80 million—split in half for each of Washington State University and the University of Washington. Forest Business Network will be a media partner for WSU’s Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance (NARA), which is leading the five-year effort.