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Pine Decline: Fungal Blight Threatens Crucial Tree in Timber Industry

Once little more than a nuisance in loblolly pines, the blight has become recurrent enough that some trees are damaged or killed by disease. read more >
Anthony Timberlands' sawmill in Bearden.
Manufacturing

Timber Surge Fuels $309M in Mill UpdatesLock Icon

What’s behind this surge in announced sawmill updates and expansions? Historically high lumber prices. read more >
Despite an eventful past year, Structurlam’s 288,000-SF facility in Conway will begin making cross-laminated timber products in June.
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Structurlam’s Conway Facility Ready to Log InLock Icon

Mass timber production in Conway is on schedule and ready to deliver for Walmart and other customers. read more >
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The Issue With Tissue (Matthew Pelkki Commentary)

Here are the facts about toilet tissue supply in the era of a pandemic that is requiring more and more people to stay at home. read more >
Frank Jacobus, an associate professor of the Fay Jones School of Architecture at the University of Arkansas, demonstrating a couple of examples of his work on new building materials.
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UA Waste Fighters Spin Sawdust Into GoldLock Icon

The increasing popularity of cross-laminated timber as a building material has an Arkansas professor working on ways to transform a waste byproduct of CLT production into a construction material itself. read more >
Conifex Timber Inc. of Vancouver was just one of several Canadian companies that have invested heavily in the forest products industry in Arkansas.
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Timber Industry Slowdown May Signal Recession

The country may be headed for another recession, timber industry experts told Arkansas Business last week after Conifex Timber Inc. of Vancouver, British Columbia, announced an indefinite suspension of operations at its El Dorado sawmill. read more >
Conifex Timber Inc. of Vancouver was just one of several Canadian companies that have invested heavily in the forest products industry in Arkansas.
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A Decade After Recession, Arkansas Timber Industry RebornLock Icon

The timber industry, the biggest employer in south Arkansas, has recovered in the decade since the Great Recession. That doesn’t mean it will ever be the same. read more >
Arkansas Farm Bureau President Randy Veach says a new trade deal came in the nick of time.
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Arkansas Exporters Applaud USMCA, Trump’s ‘New NAFTA’Lock Icon

The letters USMCA may not say much to most Arkansans, but to state leaders in international trade, they spell relief. read more >
Prices for timber products like these from Anthony Timberlands Inc. in Bearden are at historic highs, but many growers and lumber mills cannot get their products to market because of a longtime shortage of truck drivers that is growing worse.
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Driver Dearth Chips at Arkansas Timber Industry

The state’s timber industry can’t take full advantage of a booming market because of the lack of truck drivers. read more >
The University of Arkansas at Fayetteville is using cross-laminated timber panels in construction of  a couple of projects, including Stadium Drive Residence Halls.
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UA Turns to Wood In Building Projects

Building with cross-laminated timber panels is changing the major elements of the construction industry – with southern Arkansas standing to gain if the process becomes more popular. read more >
Matthew Pelkki, chairman of the School of Forestry & Natural Resources at the University of Arkansas at Monticello,  calls Canadian investment good for the state.
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Arkansas Timber Rides Wave Of DemandLock Icon

This year’s hurricanes are likely to boost Arkansas’ timber industry, which was already experiencing a surge of new investment. read more >
With the combination of Potlatch and Deltic Timber into PotlatchDeltic Corp., Potlatch CEO Mike Covey (left) will continue to serve as Chairman and chief executive while Deltic CEO John Enlow will become the company's vice chairman and lead the integration of the two businesses.
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Deltic Timber and Potlatch, Made for a Merger

Deltic Timber Corp. of El Dorado found its match when Potlatch came courting with an all-stock deal. read more >
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Forest Resources Center’s Matthew Pelkki on Why Timber Industry Isn’t Falling

Matthew Pelkki has written more than 100 scholarly articles and been a lead investigator in 27 projects involving more than $6 million in research funding. read more >
Insect infestation is one of the many threats to the state’s timber industry. Depending on the spread of pests like the emerald ash borer, projected losses among Arkansas’ ash tree forests are up to $350 million over the next 10 years.
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Getting The Bugs Out Of Hardwood’s Comeback

After historically low prices kept loggers from removing hardwoods from Arkansas forests for many years, something of a hardwood rebirth began recently. However, at least one timber expert has predicted that market pressures may reverse that trend soon. A significant threat to the industry, however, is an old one — insect infestation. read more >
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Turning Point for Timber as Demand Rises, Workforce Numbers Fall

Some in the timber industry in Arkansas say they see demand for forest products slowly increasing but fear that a workforce decimated by recession won’t be able to meet that demand. read more >