3 Things to Consider When Siting A Biofuels Facility

Posted by LeAndra Spicer

9/30/14 4:15 PM

Just as the volume of forest inventory does not necessarily equate to the volume of that can reasonably be removed from the forest, an abundant supply does not necessarily mean that supply can be delivered to a wood-consuming facility on a consistent basis. Details pertaining to logistics are easy to overlook but can ultimately have a major impact on successful facility operations.

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Topics: supply chain, procurement zone


Forestry Related Industry Performance - August 2014

Posted by Forest2Market

9/26/14 8:50 AM

This post on forestry related industry performance is excerpted from Forest2Market's monthly Economic Outlook, a 24-month forecast of macroeconomic indicators.

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Topics: forest industry performance


Improve Wood Procurement Strategy

Posted by LeAndra Spicer

9/25/14 9:23 AM

The southern United States is home to the world’s most productive forests, yet feedstock availability depends on a number of factors ranging from weather patterns and seasonality to the economic cycles of the forest and wood products industries. A successful wood procurement strategy that accounts for these dynamics requires knowledge of the factors specific to the supply shed in which a plant operates and a strategic plan that accommodates these realities. Accounting for current and future forest inventory and consumption as well as understanding how ownership profiles impact the supply chain will improve the chances of success.

Supply & Demand Factors

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Topics: procurement zone


How Harvested Trees Are Used

Posted by LeAndra Spicer

9/23/14 3:30 PM

The harvest and subsequent regeneration of trees is a serious business for the forest industry. As a result, any claim that whole trees are used for anything less than their full potential is wildly frustrating. Landowners manage forests to maximize tree growth, and subsequently, return on investment.  Forest products companies use the trees they buy from those landowners to the fullest extent possible. 

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Topics: forest sustainability


Measuring Forest Sustainability

Posted by LeAndra Spicer

9/18/14 1:00 PM

The biological sustainability of a forest can be measured in one of two ways, either through the volume of forest inventory or the ratio of growth-to-removals (GRR). The volume of forest inventory provides a view of the forest at a specified point in time and reflects the volume of wood fiber that accumulates as a result of tree growth. GRR is the ratio of the volume of inventory growth to the volume of inventory removals (due to harvests).

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Topics: forest sustainability


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