The National Operations Committee-sponsored panel session, “Forest Operations Management During Tumultuous Times: The New Normal?”, addressed several relevant and timely topics that have impacted forest operations management and the wood supply chain during the past year. Bill Guthrie, General Manager – DS Smith, shared his company’s approach to continuing business operations while also ensuring employee safety during the COVID-19 pandemic. Chris Lunde, Director of Operations – Port Blakely, followed with an overview of the challenges that the Fall 2020 wildfire season presented to timberland managers in the Pacific Northwest. Rob Hughes, Executive Director – Texas Forestry Association, concluded the session with his summary of the extreme winter weather impacts on the forest products industry and wood supply chain in Texas.
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