Raw Materials

Canfor Corporation has decided to close its historic Rustad Sawmill in Prince George, British Columbia and Tackama Mill in Fort Nelson, British Columbia, Canada.

One of North America’s largest exporter of logs warns that a timber supply “shock” is fast approaching that will lead to significantly higher prices for logs and lumber as early as 2014.

Canada's uneasy forestry truce with the United States appears to be headed for a two-year extension that should keep the sniping at a low level into 2015.

Last month, the Southern Pine Beetle Prevention Program commemorated its milestone of 1 million acres protected, at a cost of about $100 million, since its initiation in 2003.

Crow's Market Recap -- A condensed recap of the market conditions for the major North American softwood lumber and panel products as reported in Crow's Weekly Market Report.  

Two significant developments have occurred with regard to the issue of Southern Yellow Pine (SYP) lumber design values leading up to the American Lumber Standards Committee (ALSC) Board of Review hearing scheduled for January 5, 2012.

Recently, there have been design value changes proposed for some visual grades of lumber. This is a reminder that these decisions will have no impact on the design values of MSR and MEL lumber.

The American Wood Council’s (AWC) 2012 National Design Specification® (NDS®) for Wood Construction and 2012 Wood Frame Construction Manual (WFCM) for One- and Two-Family Dwellings are now available for purchase in electronic format (PDF) from the AWC website.

SBCA is seeking to obtain signatures of support to add to the bottom of letters to the US Forest Service and US Forest Products Laboratories regarding the Southern Pine lumber design value.

Canfor has signed an agreement to acquire Tembec Industries Ltd.’s southern British Columbia (BC) interior wood products assets.