Woods to Mill
Most individuals connected to forestry know about the historical demise of the American chestnut, once considered the king tree of the eastern forest. Most are also aware of the long-term research and slow progress being made toward developing timber-quality chestnut trees.
The forest products industry is a very capital-intensive industry requiring large investments in infrastructure, buildings and equipment. For any business to make such investments, there must be a high degree of confidence the venture will be successful. It is therefore very encouraging to see some of the capital investments currently underway in the Lake States Region, as it bodes well for the health of the region’s forests and rural communities.
FRA members have long embraced the importance of identifying and training workers for the many jobs across the supply chain for the forest products industry. Interfor a FRA member has launched a...
Forest industries – over time – develop unique and inter-related “ecosystems”, where a range of markets support a complex and ever-evolving supply chain.
A recent Wall Street Journal opinion column highlighted a concern that is all too real to those of us in the forestry industry: there is a growing labor shortage. According to...
Over the last few years, new “solar farms” have been cropping up in parts of North Carolina and now eastern Virginia. I have observed forestland being clearcut and replaced with the solar panel installations. Agricultural land is also being taken out of production to install the solar panels.
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