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Friday, September 5, 2014
In 2010, the last standing mill in Josephine County, Oregon closed its doors due to a precipitous decline in federal timber supply. Rough and Ready is a 92 -year-old family owned business, and when it shuttered its small diameter mill, 85 employees lost their jobs in a county that already carried one of the highest...
Friday, September 5, 2014
Parts of Nova Scotia could be facing significant firewood shortages this winter with suppliers already turning away customers. Michael Nowe is a firewood supplier near Liverpool, Canada. His woodlot is about half as full as it should be for this time of the year. He says he started turning customers away in June because...
Friday, September 5, 2014
Clemson University has formed a new institute whose founders hope to change how commercial buildings are constructed in the United States. Clemson’s Wood Utilization + Design Institute (WU+D) will leverage the university’s assets in forestry, architecture, construction science and engineering to design, test and market...
Friday, August 29, 2014
Weyerhaeuser, one of the Pacific Northwest’s cornerstone companies for more than 110 years, plans to relocate its headquarters and 800 employees from Federal Way to Seattle. Weyerhaeuser is Washington state’s seventh most valuable public company, with an $18.1 billion market capitalization that ranks it just above...
Friday, August 29, 2014
Plant waters are rising! Introduced several years ago, coconut water has been big for a while. Maple water is a newer entry and is essentially maple sap, the stuff that normally is boiled down to syrup. Brands include Vertical Water and SEVA. And that’s not the only tree water on the market. There’s also birch water and,...
Friday, August 15, 2014
Tropical Storm Iselle made landfall in Hawaii earlier this month and destroyed most of the papaya trees in the Puna/Kapoho growing district on Hawaii’s Big Island. This district makes up about 90 percent of the state's papaya production.   “The losses are devastating...This could be similar to losses from ringspot...
Friday, August 1, 2014
Montana's wood products industry is on the mend, paying higher wages to workers and more for logs to keep up with a slow increase in demand, a new University of Montana study says. The Bureau of Business and Economic Research (BBER) found a 20 percent increase in workers’ wages over the same period last year. “What stood...
Thursday, July 31, 2014
By Leslie Robertson NASF Photo Fellow   I started today with a tour of the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) main office, meeting many friendly new faces and learning a little bit more about the organization.   I then met with Dave Schmidt of the communications department and we...
Friday, July 18, 2014
Plant biologist Gerald Tuskan of Oak Ridge National Laboratory is studying lignin, a fibrous polymer that helps strengthen plant cell walls. With a tensile strength greater than steel, carbon fiber made from lignin has countless uses. "We can melt it and spin it into carbon fibers," Tuskan said. "Depending on what your...
Friday, July 18, 2014
A wood particle board mill that has been shut down in Athens, Georgia since 2008 will come reopen to produce wood pellets for export.   Waycross-based E-Pellets LLC said it will produce wood pellets at the former Louisiana Pacific oriented strand board plant after acquiring it from the the Nashville-based building...

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