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March 7, 2012

SFI Inc., the non-profit organization that oversees the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) program, has issued a statement criticizing the third and latest draft of LEED 2012 for only issuing LEED points or credits for certified wood that is “FSC or better.”

SFI maintains that the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), which administers the LEED program, continues to put up artificial barriers, shutting out 75% of North America’s forests that are certified by programs other than the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC).

January 30, 2012

Plum Creek Timber Co. has announced revenues of $315 million for its fourth quarter, an 11.5% decrease over revenues of $356 million for the same quarter of 2010. Net earnings for the quarter, which ended Dec. 31, 2010, were $61 million, compared to $59 million a year old.

In year-end figures, Plum Creek reported revenues of $1.16 billion for fiscal 2011, a 2.5% decrease over $1.19 billion in 2010. Net income for the Seattle-based company was $193 million, compared to $213 million for fiscal 2010.

October 31, 2011

A price index of lumber and panels used in actual construction for Oct. 28, 2011

*Western - regional species perimeter foundation; Southern - regional species slab construction.

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.

October 3, 2011

A price index of lumber and panels used in actual construction for Sept. 30, 2011

September 22, 2011

Parallam parallel strand lumber (PSL) came on the scene at the Expo 86 in Vancouver, British Columbia, and quickly left a mark on the building industry, according to Carlos Guilherme, VP engineered lumber products for Weyerhaeuser.

"The invention of Parallam was one of those building material breakthroughs that happen maybe once or twice in a generation," Guilherme said. "Engineers and scientists invented a new product that took a great building material -- wood -- and made it even better."

September 19, 2011

 

A price index of lumber and panels used in actual construction for Sept. 16, 2011

August 31, 2011

The damage done by the mountain pine beetle to the forests in British Columbia has received much attention, given the billions of dollars already lost to this pernicious pest. But Dendroctonus ponderosae knows no borders, and now the western United States is grappling with the same epidemic. The pine beetle has spread to Wyoming, Montana, Nebraska, South Dakota and Colorado. 


July 26, 2011

Orangeburg, S.C.-based Cox Industries and iLevel by Weyerhaeuser have joined efforts to expand distribution of Cox fire- and preservative-treated lumber, plywood and columns in select Atlantic states under the Cox D-Blaze and Ecolife brands.

Cox D-Blaze fire-retardant treated lumber and plywood can help control the spread of flames and smoke, and Ecolife by Cox can help protect wood against fungal decay, termite damage and weathering, the company said.

June 24, 2011

A price index of lumber and panels used in actual construction for June 24, 2011

June 7, 2011

On the value of FSC certification


“It is pay to play. Consumers have bought into the deal. If you fill out forms, pay fees to an offshore entity in Europe, you are good to go.”

— Todd Wilfong 
M4L Inc.

Hershey, Pa.



“I do not know of any customers asking about any wood certification of any kind. If selling FSC lumber were the only way that I could sell lumber, I’d switch to plastic!” 

— Seth Arluck

New Hampton Lumber Co.


June 3, 2011

 

A price index of lumber and panels used in actual construction for June 3, 2011

May 2, 2011

ForestEthics, a hard-hitting environmental group that is running a campaign to protect endangered forests, has kept the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) organization in its crosshairs for the last several years. The forest industry’s largest certification program for wood products even has its own tab on the ForestEthics Web page: Viewers can click on “Stop SFI GreenWash” and read a critique of the group’s certification process, its membership, its nonprofit status and even its logo.


April 25, 2011

After ProBuild advanced its FSC-certified lumberyard count to 59, HCN solicited comments on the FSC certification in general. Here's what we heard.

After ProBuild advanced its FSC-certified lumberyard count to 59, HCN solicited comments on the FSC certification in general. Here's what we heard.

April 21, 2011

ProBuild Holdings announced that 59 of its facilities nationwide have received Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Chain of Custody Certification. This certification enables these locations to sell FSC-certified materials. 

April 20, 2011

Wood products producer Temple-Inland reported sales of $174 million in the building products division during its first fiscal quarter of 2011, a 13.7% rise over sales of $153 million during the same quarter of 2010.

Net loss for the division was $6 million during the first quarter, narrowing from a $9 million loss in the first fiscal quarter of 2010 and a $15 million loss in the fourth quarter of 2010. 

March 25, 2011

A price index of lumber and panels used in actual construction for March 25, 2011

March 23, 2011

RISI, a leading provider of information about the forest products industry, has announced the appointment of Wade Camp as senior wood products economist. Camp comes to RISI from the Southeastern Lumber Manufacturers Association, where he held the title of director of economic services. 

Camp's career spans three decades and multiple roles from production to economic modeling, working for companies and associations such as International Paper, Georgia-Pacific and the Southern Forest Products Association. 

February 4, 2011

A price index of lumber and panels used in actual construction for Feb. 4, 2011 

*Western - regional species perimeter foundation; Southern - regional species slab construction. 

January 14, 2011

 

A price index of lumber and panels used in actual construction for Jan. 14, 2011 

December 9, 2010

Pro dealers will soon be seeing an Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) Certified Fiber Sourcing label on iLevel by Weyerhauser lumber products.

October 3, 2010

The UBS Global Paper and Forest Products Conference, held Sept. 14-15 in New York City,...

October 14, 2008

Stimson Lumber operates nine manufacturing locations in the United States, in Idaho, Montana, Oregon and...

October 1, 2008

The Lumber Association of California and Nevada (LACN) executive director Ken Dunham has been named...