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The Issues

Straight from the print magazine, the editors use this column to provide deeper insights into features, provide editorial comments on current events, and maybe even ramble just a little bit. The Issues is your chance to peek into their minds.

The Issues: Oregon Facing Danger Signs

Oregon Facing Danger SignsArticle by Dan Shell, Senior Editor, Timber Processing April 2024 The state may be the top U.S. lumber producer right now, but log supply in Oregon the past 30 years or so has been an uneasy balance of private, federal (Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management) and state timberlands. Now, with state and private timber owners taking a regulatory harvest reduction, it’s more important than ever for federal officials to meet—and ideally increase—timber harvest levels...

The Portland Show Keeps On Keepin’ On

The Portland Show Keeps On Keepin’ On

Article by Rich Donnell, Editor-in-Chief, Timber Processing October 2023 – The conclusion of the SFPA Expo held in Nashville in August can only mean one thing. It’s time to move on to the next major sawmill machinery show: the Timber Processing & Energy Expo (TP&EE)…

Lights, Camera Nashville!

Lights, Camera Nashville!

Article by Jessica Johnson, Senior Editor, Timber Processing September 2023 – Unlike my dear old boss Rich Donnell, I did not grow up in Nashville. When the Southern Forest Products Assn. announced the move from my beloved hometown of Atlanta, Ga. for its Forest Products Machinery & Equipment EXPO…

The Logger Supply Chain Strain

The Logger Supply Chain Strain

During the Southern Forest Products Assn.’s educational sessions at the 2021 event, longtime sawmiller and consultant Huey Long noted that early in his career, one of his mentors said that to help maintain perspective, it’s important to always keep a basic line chart graph showing 20 years of lumber prices on your office…

Maybe The Markets Will Surprise Us Once Again

Maybe The Markets Will Surprise Us Once Again

Article by Rich Donnell, Editor-in-Chief, Timber Processing June 2023 – If you didn’t notice it on the cover, your eyes are getting as bad as mine, but yes this is our annual U.S. Sawmill Operations and Capital Expenditure survey report. It doesn’t pretend to be as…

Lumbering Along With James Oliver Dunn

Lumbering Along With James Oliver Dunn

Article by Dan Shell, Senior Editor, Timber Processing May 2023 – Some of my very first memories are playing around my grandmother’s house located on a county road in Brushy Creek, Ala., which is a suburb of East Chapman, Ala. (that’s a joke)…

Aging Like A Fine. . .Sawmill?

Aging Like A Fine. . .Sawmill?

Article by Jessica Johnson, Senior Editor, Timber Processing April 2023 –Often I wonder what the future holds. I close my eyes and try to think 10, 15, 20 years down the line—30 years seems like a lifetime. Right now, in this moment, I’m a young mom, with young kids. I am in…

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