Great potential for CLT, but awareness lacks

Cross-laminated timber (CLT) is on the rise worldwide and many companies are beginning to ride this new and exciting wave. In 2017 and early 2018, 13 new mills were proposed from the United States to New Zealand. Of those, seven are under construction and will be online by 2020. In 2016, the global output of CLT was estimated to be 1 million cubic meters and is forecasted to reach 3 million cubic meters by 2025. The North American market alone is said to have the potential of 2-6 million cubic meters. Many issues need to be resolved first, such as awareness and adoption by architects, builders, architectural and civil engineers, and adoption of building codes to allow CLT. CLT manufacturin

Master woodworker makes eternal vessel

When Moisey Baudoin was featured with his handmade boat on the cover of Forests & People in the spring 2013, he called it his “dream boat,” a 23-foot mahogany and cypress vessel built in the style of classic Chris Craft runabouts. Since its completion in Baudoin’s workshop in the little South Louisiana community of Delcambre, this sea-worthy wooden gem was moved to Baton Rouge where grandson Josh Renard competes with it in area boat shows. Now this 86-year-old craftsman has built another masterpiece, one designed to elicit eternal sweet dreams on heavenly seas. Baudoin took the unusual step of building his own coffin, but this is no ordinary, off-the-shelf pine box. Constructed of top-

Assumption man accused of timber theft

An Assumption Parish man apparently thought he could help himself to cypress trees on state-owned land, but the law states otherwise. So, LDAF enforcement agents arrested Scott Paul Breaux on timber theft and criminal trespass. According to the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry, Breaux, 47, of Pierre Part, went on land owned by the state of Louisiana and harvested cypress trees near Grand Bayou in the northwest region of Assumption Parish. The site was accessible only by boat, according to an LDAF press release. Agents had responded to a Feb. 14 complaint about the operation and found "a houseboat moored to state property along with a homemade timber sawmill and a shed type st

Sustaining longleaf pine forest is its goal

Conserving the longleaf pine forests that exist and expand within its original range in the Southeast United States is the goal of an alliance formed to promote the importance of this diverse ecosystem. The Longleaf Alliance shared its goals and information with its members when they came to Alexandria in October for the organization’s 12th biennial Longleaf Conference. Louisiana is the western edge of the historic longleaf pine forests of the Southeast. Estimates of 92 million acres once stretched across the landscape from Virginia to East Texas. “It’s one of the reasons England wanted to colonize (what would become the United States),” said Dr. Salem Saloom, who has a tree farm in Al

First load leaves LaSalle Lumber Co.

The first truckload of lumber from LaSalle Lumber Co.'s state-of-the-art mill in Urania has been shipped, according to a company press release. "We're very happy with how the start-up process has gone to date, said LaSalle Lumber Plant Manager Nick Landi said in the release. "With the first shipment of 21,000 board feet of 2-by-6 pine lumber last Thursday (March 7), we believe we are right on track to achieve full operation by the end of this month and we hope to expand to two full shifts by May." The start-up began in December. The first truckload was sold to Hixson Lumber Sales, which is a supplier of wood products in several states, Landi said. The mill was built in less than a year. It e

Longleaf provided much since beginning

The naval stores industry is rooted in antiquity — the event of wooden sailing ships required tar and pitch to seal cracks and treat ropes to keep vessels sea worthy. When colonists settled in America, the demand from England’s navy for tar, pitch, turpentine and rosin resulted in inflated prices and an early industry in the New World. These materials, produced from pine forests, were called naval stores. They became the country’s first major export products. The longleaf pine forests of the Southeast quickly became the primary resource for producing naval stores because of the species’ highly resinous nature. North Carolina became the leading producer. The earliest production method w

Spring means forestry forums coming

Northeast and Southwest Louisiana were the first areas of the state to hold a forestry forum soon after the new year started. Other areas of the state are setting dates this spring to share information with landowners, loggers and anyone else interested in the forest products industry in the state. Next week, the 34th annual Ark-La-Tex Forestry Forum will be held in Shreveport. Included in the discussion will be current issues for landowners in the northwest region of Louisiana, landowner assistant programs available, tax concerns and insurance options for forest landowners, the latest on feral hogs, chronic wasting disease in deer, water quality and BMPs for forest landowners and market opp

Moon tree mystery unsolved, still funny

Moon trees were not NASA’s effort to put a forest on the Earth’s only natural satellite ... though some might think they could be the butt of a joke. After more than four decades, however, the trees grown from seeds that once orbited the moon — and control trees grown from seeds that never left Earth but came from the same seed lots — do offer a bit of humor. At least the ones in Central Louisiana do. Several years ago, Jim Guldin was head of the Palustris Experimental Station in the Kisatchie National Forest near Elmer, about 20 minutes southwest of Alexandria, where a Moon Tree and control tree were planted. An inquiry by local media led Guldin and now retired U.S. Forest Service scien

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