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U.S. new home sales drop in May as housing costs continue to rise

“Policymakers must take action to improve supply-chains in order to protect housing affordability. While lumber costs have come down in recent weeks, they are still more than 210 per cent higher than a year ago. And OSB prices are up 380 per cent over the last year,” said Chuck Fowke, chairman of the NAHB.

Sparks Lake wildfire near Kamloops grows to 2,300 hectares

The Sparks Lake wildfire north of Kamloops, B.C., has grown from 350 hectares yesterday afternoon to 2,300 hectares as of late last night, June 29. A new evacuation alert has been issued for 150 properties.

BC to ban campfires, fireworks, open burning as temperatures soar

Violators of the ban could be fined $1,150 or face up to one year in jail and have to pay firefighting costs if the fire sparks a wildfire.

Huu-ay-aht disappointed in call for end to old-growth logging by the Ancient Forest Alliance

“The Ancient Forest Alliance report gives little consideration to the economic and social needs of First Nations. Just like the rest of B.C., we need to develop a strong and vibrant economy so we can look after the needs of our people,” says the Huu-ay-aht First Nations.
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Monterra Lumber Mills

Committed to growth: Monterra Lumber Mills gets an upgrade

Some big changes are happening in Bolton, Ont. In August 2020, Weston Forest acquired Monterra Lumber Mills, a remanufacturing facility that has been a staple in the community for more than 30 years. Since then, the company has been modernizing the mill to boost production capacity in order to meet increased demand. » Learn more...
Dust Safety Week

‘Winning the battle’: webinar addresses top dust system maintenance failures

Several things can potentially go wrong within a fibre processing facility’s dust system, but proper maintenance and continuous monitoring can mitigate such failures. VETS Sheet Metal’s Francis Petit, P.Eng., shared his expertise in avoiding dust system failures in a webinar on June 25, which wrapped up Canadian Biomass and CFI’s fifth annual Dust Safety Week. Here are some key takeaways. » Learn more...
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PDI drying systems

The PDI kiln heating system utilizes PDI’s proprietary waste wood burner and air-to-air heat exchangers to provide ash-free heat for up to two kilns at a time. PDI’s economical waste wood burner is capable providing a steady, stable source of heat while burning a variety of waste fuels with varying moisture content. A heat exchanger allows the combustion heat to be transferred to the inside of the kiln without exposing the final product to any ash or disrupting the airflow balance inside the kiln. PDI’s kiln heating system includes its own control system and supports full integration with kiln controls. » Find out more...
Madisons Lumber Report

Valutec to supply additional TC continuous kiln to Pleasant River Lumber

The TC continuous kiln that Pleasant River is investing in will have an annual capacity of 46,000 mmbf and will be delivered to the sawmill in Enfield, which began construction a few years ago. » Read more...

Rick Doman appointed CEO of GreenFirst

Doman is seasoned executive with over 45 years of forestry and lumber experience, including with Doman Industries (currently named Western Forest Products Inc.). Doman also founded EACOM Timber Corporation where he served as the CEO, president and chief executive officer. » Read more...

Eco Log launches own series of harvester heads

Eco Log harvester heads have been equipped with Eco Log Saw Control, a patented system optimizing every cross-cut regardless of conditions such as tree species and type of felling. » Read more...

Cat unveils two new mulcher attachments for excavators, forestry machines

With the addition of the new Cat HM3013 and HM5515 models, Caterpillar now offers a mulcher attachment for Cat front-reach machines from 11 to 36 tons and long-reach front machines from 40 to 52 tons. » Read more...