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.

Arizona’s Four Corner Forest Products sawmill is now fully-operational; public open house

Vaagen Brothers Lumber owns and operates the sawmill and runs a high-speed mobile HewSaw that churns out lumber from wildfire salvage and fuels reduction projects in Northeast Arizona and Northwest New Mexico. An open house is scheduled for May 29.

Email advertising: 8 best practices for your forest product marketing

Forest Business Network wears several different hats. One of those is online publishing. As you’re likely aware, we publish a weekly email newsletter that reaches 10,000 forest product professionals each week across the globe. And since we offer advertising in the newsletter and in our free classifieds website, and talk with many forest product companies

How we use the power of connections to drive our business, and how you can too

Can a handshake mean the difference between your company prospering or flailing? I certainly think so. In this all-over-the-place economy, a company’s connections are its lifeblood. If you disagree, then you’re just not recognizing the power that knowing the right people brings to your forest products business, because it’s there in a very big way.

New study: Asbestos remediation plan for forested areas near Libby, Montana

Forest Business Network, The Beck Group, and Envirocon have been involved with the Lincoln Port Authority in the town of Libby, Montana on a very unique project that should interest you a great deal. Some may be aware of Libby’s troubles with asbestos over the years, but likely many are not. Here’s a quick recap to get you up to speed.

Haiti and the U.S. forest products industry: A small town effort strives to make a very big impact

180,000 homes. $2 billion. 1 billion board feet. These are more than numbers on a page. In fact, they mean a great deal to the Caribbean nation of Haiti.

Events scheduled in Western Montana for 2012 National Forest Products Week

Western Montana has several great commemorative National Forest Products Week events scheduled that should be of interest to local wood product businesses and forest professionals.

Why small diameter timber, biofuels from woody biomass, and wood exports are on our mind right now

Why are we excited about the future of the Small Log Conference? Well, to cut to the chase – our scope, size, and focus areas have gotten so much bigger.

China trade servicing mission: Traveling with the Softwood Export Council to the Far East

FBN’s VP of Marketing, Tom Waddell, traveled recently on a Softwood Export Council trade servicing mission to China. Read what he thought about the trip, and how you can participate in events like this at a significantly reduced cost.

The Softwood Export Council’s ACP Program

The Softwood Export Council’s Association Company Participation Program (ACPP) offers you an incredible cost-savings when participating in SEC trade events around the world. The SEC will pay for 75% of the cost of your SEC-hosted trips through the ACP Program and you are responsible for the remaining 25%. That’s quite the cost-savings when you consider how pricey international airline tickets are these days, let alone hotel and food expenses.

Enter the Dragon: FBN heads to China for an up-close look at its growing wood product markets

With wood exports gaining a greater slice of our business, FBN felt a need to get a closer look. That’s why on September 7, I’ll be traveling to China with 15 other folks from across the U.S. forest products industry as part of an introductory trade servicing mission.

New high-speed sawmill scheduled to be online in Arizona November 2012

Vaagen Brothers Lumber, Future Forest, and the U.S. Forest Service, all major supporters and participants of our Small Log Conference, have teamed up to do a live test on the feasibility of processing logs salvaged from recent catastrophic wildfires in Northeast Arizona and Northwest New Mexico.

FBN staff report: The Volunteer State and IBSS lead the charge in the next generation of biofuels development

Mix some very smart “Volunteers” with fast-growing grasses and trees and what do you get? Well, you end up with one monumental effort to change the world and some innovative new biofuels and biomass co-products to boot.

Restoration forestry: An in-depth report

The term “restoration forestry” is thrown around quite a bit these days. While it’s used broadly, there doesn’t seem to be any quintessential definition for it, let alone a “map” of all it encompasses.

Mark your calendars for the Pellet Fuels Institute’s Annual Conference – July 29!

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.

NARA’s woody biomass biofuels effort hits close to home; and how you can help fuel the momentum

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.

Your HR department should know about this free resource

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.

Your participation is needed for a survey about the Coordinated Resource Offerings Protocol (CROP)

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.