Canadian Forest Service Publications

Current inventory and modelling of sawmill residues in Eastern Canada. 2012. Krigstin, S.; Hayashi, K.; Tchórzewsk, J.; Wetzel, S. The Forestry Chronicle 88(5):626-635.

Year: 2012

Issued by: National Capital Region

Catalog ID: 34366

Language: English

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Available from the Journal's Web site.
DOI: 10.5558/tfc2012-116

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Integration within the forest industry in Canada historically developed to optimize use of the available timber resource.Sawmill residues, which were at one time considered waste, changed into a sought-after resource for panel and pulp man-ufactures. With the downturn in the Canadian forest industry and the 46.5% decrease in nationwide sawn lumber pro-duction between 2004 and 2009, the potential for utilizing sawmill residues to develop novel markets presents itself withadded encouragement from national and global pressures towards creating a sustainable bio-based economy. Scarcity ofinformation related to quantity and quality of local sawmill residue feedstocks leads to a lack of reliable data that can beused by entrepreneurs to develop sustainable supply chains for this resource. The development of an easily updateablesawmill database for all provinces, Manitoba eastwards, is explained in detail along with the comprehensive presentationof a sawmill residue output calculation model for sawdust, bark, chips/slabs, and shavings. These tools will help to predictcurrent and future sawmill residue availability and aid in the most efficient uses of this resource in the bioeconomy.