Co-owners, Mercer and West Fraser announce Cariboo Pulp & Paper mill downtime

Mercer International and West Fraser Timber announce an eight-week curtailment at Quesnel, BC mill. In related news: West Fraser Mills receives funding to study innovation opportunities; the Town of Smithers creates a portal on Canfor mill closures; Houston Pellet to remain open for now; and Nippon Paper set to make a decision on Australian paper plant. Meanwhile: Canadian lumber exports fall 10%, Russian lumber exports fall 25%; US wood pellet exports rise 10%; and global wood fibre costs for pulp trend up.

In Forestry/Climate news: good news on the Coulson firefighting aircraft that crashed in Australia; a new study reinforces carbon neutrality of biomass in the US Southeast; despite rains – California’s forests are still impacted by drought; a global study on the relative importance of forest management and climate change on ecosystems; and many more headlines on our website.

Finally, Crazy Canucks bring home best (wood) sled award in US tobogganing meet.

Kelly McCloskey, Tree Frog Editor