BC ends its wildfire-related state of emergency as threat dissipates with cooler weather. In related news: the Dixie fire slows in Northern California, but more evacuations are issued in the south. On the research front: FPInnovations’ autonomous log loader and hybrid approach to the electrification of logging trucks; a Penn State OH&S study on tree felling; and forest-protest updates from BC, Quebec, Nova Scotia; and Oregon.
In Business news: the Softwood Lumber Board and USDA support net-zero construction; the mass timber sector leads climate-smart construction; BC sawmills scale back their lumber output; the EU paper market is in consolidation mode; and CP Rail and Kansas City Southern agree to combine forces.
Kelly McCloskey, Tree Frog Editor