Forestry industry can sell more lumber, forget about kraft pulp

Opinion

To the Editor:

Take note all: the front page of the Herald dated Feb. 25 carries a story that is most important to the Nova Scotia forestry industry: Port Hawkesbury Paper confirms it is importing pulpwood from SE N.B. They also confirm importing wood chips and bark from Quebec. For some time they have been trucking saw mill waste/biomass from Irving mills in N.B.

One has to wonder about people in N.S. that have been saying they can’t live without selling these three products to Northern Pulp. No longer can these people mislead the public. All along the export market for wood chips, mostly to Europe, has been strong causing many smaller logs that contain lumber to be chipped for export.

It’s long past the time when N.S. sawmills must switch to completely sawing the lumber out of logs and chipping less of those good logs. Sawing 45 per cent out as lumber and chipping 55 per cent must be a thing of the past. Using a bandsaw mill I can get over 70 per cent lumber from logs consistantly — often get 80 per cent lumber.

Industry can sell more lumber and forget about kraft pulp. If they kept sawdust and shavings dry they can sell more for a better price.

Change must be done.

Don Wilson

Brule Point

Sustainable Forest Products and Services