Heilongjiang Looks to Increase the Production of Environmentally Friendly “Green Foods”

Faced with slack petroleum and coal industries, the Heilongjiang government has adjusted emphasis to support the rising green food industry. It has made full use of local agriculture, forestry, animal husbandry and fisheries to speed up development of the sector, said the local government. The food industry’s added value increased 19.9 percent year-on-year in 2013

Heilongjiang Province Bans Commercial Logging of its Forests

Heilongjiang Province in northeast China will ban commercial logging of its natural forests from Tuesday [1 April 2014]. Excessive logging over long periods have sharply reduced forest resources and downgraded quality of state forests in the province, said Zhao Shucong, chief of the state forestry administration. “To protect the ecosystem and insure sustainable development of

China’s “Green” Timber Producers are Struggling on the Domestic Market

Forest farms and timber producers that have green certificates to trade internationally are having a difficult time selling their eco-friendly products on the domestic market. The certificates, issued to help consumers choose products that meet social and environmental standards, are not as sought after among Chinese consumers as they are in Europe. Chen Qinglai, a

China Approves Hardwood Imports from Virginia and South Carolina

The Chinese government has lifted its trade ban on hardwood logs exported from Virginia and South Carolina, the Virginia Port Authority announced recently. The lifting of the ban takes effect on Sunday [15 September 2013]…Full-text article: PilotOnline.com Sep 2013 Key point Pine and other softwoods are still banned due the risks associated with pinewood nematode.

Illegal Timber Exports to Southern China Increase Due to Lull in Conflict Between Kachin Independence Army and Burmese Government

Hundreds of Chinese owned trucks laden with timber have crossed from Kachin state into China over the past few weeks. Timber being transported to China has increased during the recent lull in fighting between Kachin Independence Army (KIA) and Burma army. Hardwoods harvested from government controlled forests in the state are once again being shipped

China Retains Dominant Position as Largest Importer of West Coast (U.S.) Logs

Log exports from Washington, Oregon, northern California, and Alaska increased about 9% in the third quarter of 2012, totaling 412 million board feet, according to the U.S. Forest Service’s Pacific Northwest Research Station. At the same time, lumber exports decreased about 8% to 186 million board feet, compared to the second quarter of this year.