Monthly Archives: February 2014

Well hello March.

For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, Spring is on its way. After a rather cold winter I know many of our members are ready to see it go. I know this guy is:

This year is shaping up to be an exciting one for SWST as we continue to gain international members and prepare for the conference in Zvolen, Slovakia. It will be an outstanding opportunity to meet with wood scientists from all over the world and to see Slovakia.

I look forward to seeing you all there.


New Book: The Global Forest Sector Changes, Practices, and Prospects

Eric Hansen, Oregon State University, Corvallis, USA
Rajat Panwar, Northland College, Ashland, Wisconsin, USA
Richard Vlosky, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, USA

This book covers a wide array of topics that have relevance to the
global forest products. This managerial view, based on up-to-date
scientific research, is a very important tool for forming the “big
picture” of the current and future state of the global forest
industry. This is the first book of its kind written by a global
network of leaders in the field of forest products, marketing, and
business development in the forest products sector in academia and

Key Features
* Covers marketing, management, and policy issues facing the
contemporary global forest industry, especially in the post-recession
* Represents an innovative new opening to this field
* Provides a global scope covering every region of current or
potential relevance and globally important themes including carbon,
biomass for energy, certification and the concept of green economy
* Includes empirical data, literature reviews, and case studies
* Introduces editors and authors that are globally respected
experts in the field
The Global Forest Sector-New Book Published

Burma: Timber Ban, Effective in April, Leads to Wood Export Rush

Raw timber export is estimated to rise by 33 percent this year, in the lead-up to a nationwide ban on the commodity.
Burma’s Ministry of Environmental Conservation and Forestry announced mid-last year that the banning of raw timber export sales will go into effect on 1 April 2014.
Bar Bar Cho, secretary of the Myanmar Timber Merchants Association (MTMA) said the steep rise in exports could be a result of the announcement.
“On average, the annual value of timber export was between US$600 to 800 million, but we are likely to see a rise in the number – estimated between US$1 to 1.1 billion this year — due to high a record of exports in the past six months,” said Bar Bar Cho.
A report by the International Tropical Timber Organisation (ITTO) confirmed a surge in log export shipments from Burma, attributing the rise to buyers’ concerns over the impending ban, as opposed to an increase in demand.
The ITTO reported last month that over one million cubic metres of logs were awaiting cross-border shipment and that it would take over six months to dispatch them for purchase at the current export rate.
Burma and Malaysia are the only Southeast Asian countries that currently allow export of raw timber to overseas. Proponents of the ban say that raw timber exports lead to rapid deforestation with little domestic benefit, as more profitable processing industries are developed in the buyer country.
Many investors are reluctant to develop such industries – which would greatly increase the timber’s sales value – within Burma at the present time, due to poor infrastructure and security concerns, analysts told DVB in January.
Estimates vary, but most environmentalists agree that during British colonial times some 80 percent of the country was covered by forest, diving to 60 percent in the 1960s. Once military rule prevailed and corruption became endemic, deforestation accelerated leaving just 24 percent of the country forested as of 2008.
It has been estimated that in recent years 300,000 tons of teak and two million tons of hardwood are cut per annum in Burma. Starting from 2015, Burma is hoping to produce 60,000 tons of teak and 1.2 million tons of hardwood each year for the domestic market alone.

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Three members of the UBC Faculty of Forestry will be honoured with Scientific Achievement Awards

Three members of the UBC Faculty of Forestry will be honoured with Scientific Achievement Awards from the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) in recognition of their distinguished achievements in forest science.

Prof. Rob Kozak of Wood Science is one of them.

Forest Systems Analyst

Company Overview
Founded in 1926, we are a leading international forest products company structured as a Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT), with three core businesses: Timber, Real Estate and Performance Fibers. We employ approximately 1,800 employees in five countries and own, lease or manage some 2.5 million acres of timber and land in the U.S. and New Zealand, including 200,000 acres of high value real estate located primarily along the S.E. U.S coast. Continue reading

Dispelling the Whole Tree Myth: How a Harvested Tree Is Used

Posted on December 20, 2013
Suz-Anne Kinney

The claim making the rounds of environmental non-governmental organizations is that whole mature trees are being used to make wood pellets, and that this results in carbon emissions that are at least as bad as coal if not worse. This claim—erroneous though it is—has led to multiple negative stories in the press, resulting in public relations problems for wood pellet manufacturers in the US South and utilities in the UK and EU. A good deal of the misinformation reported in the media stems from a lack of understanding about the wood supply chain and how trees are used in manufacturing the wood, paper and energy products we all rely on. The following infographic illustrates the typical utilization of trees in the US South. Sawlogs, Veneer Logs & Other Products Let’s start by looking at the larger of these two trees. This long-leaf pine tree is mature, between 25-40 years old. On the younger end of this spectrum, the tree would be considered sawtimber sized, ideal for lumber production. At the older end of the spectrum, this tree might be appropriate for the production of plywood or veneer. Older trees have grown to the large diameter size needed to create large sheets of wood by peeling the tree from the outside in. Continue reading

MS/PhD Position in BioRenewable Systems at The Pennsylvania State University

A new BioRenewable Systems (BRS) graduate program ( in the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering in the College of Agricultural Sciences at Penn State is now accepting applications for Fall 2014 or Spring 2015. The BRS research program integrates science and technology with business for bio-based products, materials, and systems. Opportunities are available to study forest and agricultural based systems, agricultural safety and health, and integrated biorefinery issues including: feedstock production, logistics, and machine systems; conversion technologies; and value stream outputs including energy, food, feed, fuel, chemicals and other products. Two and three-year assistantship support is available for high quality M.S. and Ph.D. candidates, respectively. Assistantships consist of a competitive stipend with tuition and student fees paid.

Interested candidates should follow the admissions instructions on the BRS website at:

Questions may be addressed to:
Dr. Paul M. Smith
BRS Graduate Program Coordinator
201 Agricultural Eng. Bldg.
Dept. of Ag. & Biological Engineering
The Pennsylvania State University
University Park, PA 16802