Feds give sawmills a break
A number of sawmills under contract with the U.S. Forest Service — but no longer in need of timber because of the housing slowdown — caught a break last week when the federal government allowed them to cancel their contracts. But the deal struck with the Forest Service, according to an article in the Denver Post, will also help clear out some of the acres of dead and dying lodgepole pine trees.
Devastation caused by the mountain pine beetle, also known as the bark beetle, has spread across more than 17.5 million acres of land in six states, according to the U.S. Forest Service. Dead trees pose a safety hazard near utility lines, campgrounds, roads and trails. Loggers clearing these trees need a place to take them to be processed. And that’s where the new Forest Service plan comes in.
Sawmills in such hard-hit states as Wyoming, South Dakota, Nebraska and Colorado are already under economic pressure because of the building slump. The drop in demand for lumber did not nullify their long-term logging contracts and fees. But under the new arrangement, an unspecified number of sawmills in these states will begin processing beetle-killed pines scheduled for removal from an estimated 4 million acres in Wyoming and Colorado.
The end products are suitable for use in pellet stoves and for other biomass purposes.
NLBMDA appoints new lobbyist
The National Lumber & Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) has announced the appointment of Ben Gann as its new director of legislative affairs and grassroots activities. Gann will be responsible for coordinating the NLBMDA’s activities on Capitol Hill and managing the association’s grassroots network.
Gann previously served as director of government relations for the National Utility Contractors Association and prior to that owned his own political consulting firm.
Red Shield lumber makes inroads to Haiti
Eco Building Products has announced its first successful shipment of 22 containers of “Red Shield” treated lumber, which has arrived at its Port au Prince distribution facility. The entire lumber package previously sold to local Haitian building supply companies will be distributed this coming week.
Eco Building Products now has additional containers en route to its wholesale lumber facility to increase its market share in Haiti’s rebuilding efforts. This accomplishment follows more than two months of logistical issues and learning the process of exporting and importing commercial goods into Haiti.
Gils Aubry, Eco Building Products top representative in Haiti, met with President Michel Martelly this past week to discuss the role of both Red Shield lumber and the company’s new seismic wall system designed by Smart Components in the rebuilding effort. The company’s goal is to teach Haiti how to build cost-effective structures up to five stories with lumber as opposed to the traditional concrete methodologies that cannot withstand seismic movement.
Previous to this week’s shipment, all prior shipments had been made to non-profit organizations in Haiti. Eco Building Products is now working with the U.S. Department of Trade and Commerce on plans to take Red Shield lumber into other countries.
Eco Building Products is a manufacturer of “Red Shield” wood products treated with an eco-friendly proprietary chemistry that protects against fire, mold/mycotoxins, fungus, rot-decay, wood-ingesting insects and termites.