Woods to Mill

Last year, I wrote about the opportunity to Volunteer to be a Visiting Forester at Philmont Scout Ranch. This is a fantastic chance for foresters to spend a week educating youth from around the country about forests and the forest industry in the mountains of Northern New Mexico.
In early 2019, FRA drafted the Safe Routes Act to improve the safety of hauling raw forest products. The legislation would allow trucks transporting raw forest products access to the safer U.S. Interstate System at state legal weight tolerances and vehicle configurations that are traveling a distance not greater than 150 miles from origin to a processing facility or storage yard.
Air-Conditioned Sawmills? Monday, 06 January 2020 14:20

Air-Conditioned Sawmills?

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I recently had the opportunity to tour a southern sawmill that had just gone through a significant rebuild. While there was a lot of exciting new technology, as is the case with most new sawmills these days, the one thing that stood out to me was that the sawmill was air-conditioned.
The University of Minnesota’s Natural Resources Research Institute (NRRI) is the state’s applied research lab.
Forisk forecasts that an additional 3 BBFT of sawmill capacity is scheduled to come online in the South over the next three years. Given current limits on trucking capacity, how do we move an additional 13 million tons per year?
Last week I participated in a Capitol Hill Fly-In organized by the H-2B Workforce Coalition, of which FRA is a member. Representatives from the National Association of Landscape Professionals, the Seasonal Employment Alliance, AmericanHort, and the Golf Course Superintendents Association were...
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