Category: Community diversification

Forest management and CO2 emissions mitigation

The Canadian Forestry Service climate change researchers have evaluated several potential  Forest management strategies-CO2 emissions mitigation The article provides ideas related to full utilization of forest fibre, community diversification and emissions reduction but some actions may not be currently practical or economic in BC. 

Posted October 30, 2017, by hfhc.

Pouring money into interface protection not enough

The Victoria Times editorial suggests more money is needed to treat forest-community interface areas from wildfire.  Although this is correct, the cost is high but could be reduced if Government was to change some policies regarding harvesting of merchantable trees within these areas.  These changes would generate revenue and off-set treatment costs while at the same time protect the interface … Continue reading

Posted September 6, 2017, by hfhc.

Use of wood waste for community diversification

The use of  wood waste from forest harvesting or wood processing can have a greater value than its use for bio-energy as outlined in Logging residue-opportunities lost.  Washington State University has developed a new technology for the use of lignin (a by product of wood processing and bio-chemical digestion technologies) for use in car manufacturing  Other research is on-going in … Continue reading

Posted August 27, 2017, by hfhc.

Full utilization of fibre through cluster creation

The Corewood Sawmill in Houston (Tahtsa Group) champions a cluster partnership with forest companies to fully utilize available wood fibre and boost the local economy.  This is consistent with the recommendations in Logging residue-opportunities lost Well Done!

Posted August 3, 2017, by hfhc.

Moving toward community resiliency-recommended strategic actions

Using the progress in implementing the recommendations from the Healthy Forests-Healthy Communities Initiative dialogue, Moving toward community resiliency-specific actions identifies steps by Government, industry and communities that can be taken immediately to move along paths to long-term forest stewardship and community resiliency.

Posted July 28, 2017, by hfhc.

Innovative building design

Spearhead has created an amazing wood structure  in the Kootenays We need more of this!  The creation of clusters and encouraging innovative value-added manufacturing requires Government leadership, especially in the form of reducing barriers Building through clusters (1).

Posted July 4, 2017, by hfhc.

Logging residue-Opportunities lost

The lost opportunities in the current practice of creating and burning large roadside logging residue piles raises the question as to the appropriateness of this practice. Logging residue-opportunities lost discusses the issue and provides an opinion regarding the argument of maintaining the status quo.

Posted June 13, 2017, by hfhc.

Building the value-added sector

BC is facing a declining timber supply, closure of more primary wood product mills, economic impacts to rural communities and forest sector job losses.¬† Growing the Secondary Wood Manufacturing Sector provides an opportunity to more fully utilize the available fibre and reduce or eliminate these impacts. Building through clusters ¬†describes an opportunity to increase community diversification, move toward full utilization … Continue reading

Posted April 14, 2017, by hfhc.

NDP forestry election plan

The NDP forestry plan was just announced.  It includes an emphasis on increasing value-added manufacturing which is consistent with the recommendation in the HFHC Update report.  However, the Plan is short on details and has the potential to be superficial just like the BC Liberals actions since 2013 on this topic.  The NDP needs to be pushed for details related to implementing … Continue reading

Posted March 28, 2017, by hfhc.

Banning log exports not a top priority

Bill Bourgeois Banning log exports opinion The topic of banning log exports is increasing in popularity again.  Even if more logs were available to the secondary wood manufactures (value-added producers) it would not necessarily result in an increase in their products.  Not all remanufacturers are limited by timber/fibre supply.  However, those who are need a long-term fibre supply at a competitive … Continue reading

Posted March 24, 2017, by hfhc.