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Posted By Gayla Fleming, Friday, December 28, 2018
Updated: Friday, December 28, 2018


Forest Markets Weekly Newsletters - The National Association of State Foresters' Forest Markets Committee releases a Weekly Newsletter full of all things Forestry and Forest Products Industry related. Each week’s newsletter has articles about: Forest Markets, Housing, Working Forests, New Products and Technology, and Renewable Energy. This week’s newsletter contains several articles on CLT construction, including an article entitled, “Can Cross-Laminated Timber save the world?”.

From The Hardwood Leader – The Big Picture
Following is “The Big Picture” from the January 2019 Hardwood Leader, produced and distributed by Hardwood Publishing Inc. This “Big Picture” summary discusses the continuing drama of the U.S.- China tariff situation, the overall export markets, and the continuing lumber/log shortages.

The hardwood industry is closely watching trade negotiations between the U.S. and China, as over 50% of hardwood lumber exports in the past few years have shipped to China. North American sawmills have become accustomed to the strong Chinese demand and the loss of that market has many wounded and worried. Oct shipments to China jumped, however, with Red Oak shipments the second largest ever—and shipments of other species close to record levels—as buyers worked to get containers landed prior to Jan 1, when tariff rates could have increased, and to replace inventory prior to the New Year holiday. Hardwood lumber exports to Vietnam have also increased due to increasing furniture and flooring manufacturing capability. Exports of hardwood logs are down, but producers are working to find solutions for treating and building debarking facilities for future business. U.S. and Chinese teams are not likely to come to a full trade resolution within the 90-day timeline, but for now, the delayed tariff rate increase is generating more inquiries from Chinese buyers for shipments in Jan and Feb.

Log supplies remain tight across much of the East, and few sawmills have excessive lumber inventories. Some producers are anticipating more intense winter log shortages, and green lumber shortages to follow.

Pallet Enterprise Classifieds
Here is a recent offering of classified ads from Pallet Enterprise
. These classifieds consist of machinery, lumber, job openings, etc.

Muskingum River Woodlands Interest Group (MRWIG) Newsletter
MRWIG has distributed their November/December 2018 newsletter. Read the newsletter to see their schedule of events and meetings for 2019.

The WORK SAFE article, reprinted from the December 2018 edition of the Northern Logger and Timber Processor magazine, gives example of fatalities and injuries that happened at a job site, a sawmill, and at a paper mill that could easily have been avoided. Use these examples to keep yourself, your coworkers, and your employees safe, so that everyone can go home to their families at the end of the day in the same condition that they left in the morning.

Upcoming Events:

  • New Year’s Holiday – Tuesday, January 1, 2019 – May All Your Trees Grow Fast and Clear!
  • SOLC Meeting – Tuesday, January 8, 2019 – 7:00 PM – Lucasville, Ohio
  • MVLC Meeting – Wednesday, January 9, 2019 – 6:00 PM – McConnelsville, Ohio
  • SVLC Meeting – Thursday, January 17, 2019 – 5:30 PM – Bergholz, Ohio
  • ECOLC Meeting – Monday, January 21, 2019 – 6:00 PM – Sugarcreek, Ohio – Dutch Valley Restaurant
  • SRVLC Meeting – Thursday, Jan. 24 – 7:00 PM – Wakefield Fire Station – Chainsaw Recertification and Officer Elections

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