Taking care with timber – Exploring why it is so important to source and use the very best, sustainable timber

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Jeremy English, Great Britain and Ireland sales director at Södra Wood, Sweden’s largest cooperative of forest owners, explores why, more than ever, it is so important to source and use the very best, sustainable timber

WITH Brexit just around the corner and timber becoming an increasingly popular and necessary building material, it is crucial to be sure of the provenance and quality of the timber you are using. No more so than in Scotland, where timber is vital to the Scottish housebuilding industry.

Timber frame housebuilding in Scotland already makes up around 83% of new build homes, compared with just 23% in England. It’s therefore no exaggeration to say that Scotland is leading the way in regard to timber frame housebuilding knowledge and expertise. And Scottish timber frame manufacturers are spreading the word, plying their trade south of the border and beginning to build strong alliances with major housing manufacturers. The relationships that Stewart Milne Timber Systems has built with Barratt Homes and Taylor Wimpey Homes, for example, speaks directly to this. Continue reading “Taking care with timber – Exploring why it is so important to source and use the very best, sustainable timber”

National forest logging on upward track, official says

The volume of timber cut from Northwest national forests is increasing due to collaborative planning and growing state involvement in logging projects, according to an Oregon forest supervisor.

For example, the Willamette National Forest — Oregon’s foremost timber producer and a regular top contender nationally — aims to generate 100 million board-feet in 2020, up from about 75 million to 80 million board-feet in 2018, said Tracy Beck, the forest’s supervisor.

Last year, 66 million board-feet were harvested from the forest, according to federal statistics.

Contrary to the common belief that federal logging projects are being tied up in litigation, lawsuits have only been a filed against a handful of the hundreds of projects in the area, Beck said at a recent timber industry tour in Corvallis, Ore.

“We’re winning most of those cases,” he said. “I really feel like collaboration has helped keep us out of court.” Continue reading “National forest logging on upward track, official says”

UK environment minister pledges EUTR will remain after Brexit

UK environment minister Dr Therese Coffey has assured the timber sector that the EU Timber Regulation and FLEGT will continue after Brexit.

The minister made the commitment at the Confederation of Timber Industries (CTI) parliamentary reception at Westminster on February 7.

The CTI has led the campaign to ensure that EU timber regulations are incorporated into domestic law after the UK leaves the EU in 2019.

“When we leave the EU, the Withdrawal Bill will make sure the whole body of European environmental law continues to have effect in UK law, Dr Coffey said.

“This means bringing into UK law two regulations that the UK timber sector played a great role in shaping: the European Union Timber Regulation and the Forest Law Environment Governance and Trade Regulation. I want to thank your industry for your continued commitment to a responsible and sustainable trade in timber.” Continue reading “UK environment minister pledges EUTR will remain after Brexit”