Timber Talk



The Nebraska Forest Service publishes Timber Talk as a service to the forest industry of Nebraska.

Issues are quarterly:

March
June
September
December

Timber Talk is partially supported by University of Nebraska–Lincoln Extension funding.

All questions and correspondence concerning Timber Talk, or to receive an electronic version of Timber Talk, contact:

Adam Smith, Timber Talk Editor
Nebraska Forest Service, University of Nebraska
101D Forestry Hall
P.O. Box 830815
Lincoln, NE
68583-0815

Phone: (402) 472-1276
Fax: (402) 472-2964
E-mail: asmith11@unl.edu


2018 Archive

March

  • Lumber Market Reports
  • Hardwood Lumber Prices
  • Evaluating Timber Harvest Potential in Western Nebraska
  • Lincoln Schools, NFS to Demo Urban Lumber Use
  • NFS, Wilson Biochar to Free Offer Biochar Workshop

2017 Archive

December

  • Lumber market reports
  • Tribal walnut expanding in the state
  • Story telling drives business
  • Kristina Hughes joins Nebraska Forest Service

September 2017

  • Letter from the Editor - Governor's "Red Tape Review"
  • Understanding Moisture Meters
  • Nebraska Forest Industry Spotlight - MTS Tree Service
  • Forestry Field Day Announcement
  • Workshop Announcement - Forest Products Marketing
  • Timber Sales 

June 2017

  • Letter from the Editor - Nebraska Forest Products Association
  • American Wood Fibers
  • Pine Ridge Sawmill Ready to Come Back to Life
  • Workshop Announcement - Portable Sawmill Operations and Lumber Drying
  • Nebraska Forset Service Awarded Biochar Grant
  • Nebraska Forest Industry Spotlight - Lifestyle Kitchens
  • Forst Products Specialists Tour Nebraska Facilities
  • Timber Sales

March 2017 

  • Bringing Innovative Timber Construction to Nebraska 
  • Using Biochar to Reduce Cattle Emissions
  • Nebraska Forest Industry Spotlight - Dudley's Dew-Right Tree Service 
  • Timber Appraisals - March 2017
  • Nebraska Wood Energy Team Conducting Statewide Analysis

2016 Archive

December 2016

  • Note from the Editor - EAB Meeting Discussion
  • THE CHALLENGE - Using Forest Residues from Forest Operations
  • 2016 Tax Tips Bulletin Avaiable
  • Nebraska Forest Industry Spotlight - High Plains Biochar
  • Alaska Airlines' first flight with biofuel made from forest residuals
  • The Four "P's" of Marketing Your Small Business

September 2016

  • Green Star Gasifier Seeking Wood Fuel
  • Emerald Ash Borer Discovered in Eastern Nebraska
  • Nebraska Forest Industry Spotlight - High Plains Biochar
  • Timber Sales - Black Walnut
June 2016
  • Nieman Restoring Pine Ridge Timber Purchasing
  • Open for Business: Nebraska's Redcedar Forest
  • Kiln-Drying Multiple Thicknesses and Species
  • Nebraska Forest Industry Spotlight - Walton Services
  • Timber Sales - Black Walnut
  • Nebraska Develops Wood Energy Team

March 2016

  • Open for Business: Nebraska's Urban Wood Basket
  • Tips to Reduce Drying Defect
  • Nebraska Forest Industry Spotlight — OxBows Rustic Furniture
  • Dry Kiln Operator Workshop
  • Timber Sales — Black Walnut & Green Ash

2015 Archive

November 2015
  • Note from the Editor — 2016 Distribution Schedule
  • Next “Open for Business” Article Notice
  • Sun-dried Lumber: Turning Theory into Practice
  • NFS Forest Products Utilization Program
  • Milling Railroad Ties in Nebraska
  • A Closer Look at Edgers
  • Nebraska Forest Industry Spotlight — Lanny Lawson Bandsaw Mill
September 2015
  • Open for Business — Nebraska’s Pine Ridge
  • U.S. Pumps Out More Pellets
  • Should I buy a Sawmill?
  • Nebraska Forest Industry Spotlight — American Wood Fibers: Re-Opening Update
  • Timber Sales – 2 Sales (Red Oak, Ponderosa Pine)
June 2015
  • Note from the Editor - "Open for Business" Series
  • The Top Ten Family Forestry Issues for 2015
  • Hardwood Floors with a Zip
  • Nebraska Forest Industry Spotlight — Barcel Cedar Creations
  • Timber Sales - Six Sales (Black Walnut, Red Oak, Ponderosa Pine) 

February 2015
 
  • Innovation Treats Firewood for Safe Transport
  • Tax Tips for Forest Landowners for the 2014 Tax Year
  • Nebraska Forest Industry Spotlight — Gaia-EcoServices, LLC
  • Utilization of Small-Diameter Material
    

2014 Archive

November 2014 
    • Wood is Good
     Simple Steps for Doubling Your Firewood Profits
    • Homemade Log Forwarder 
    • Nebraska Forest Industry Spotlight — Rejuvenating SW Nebraska Forest Industry
    • Timber Sales - One Sale (Black Walnut)
September 2014 
    • Band Saws for Small Sawmills
    • Sawmills Can Make More Than Lumber
    • Nebraska Forest Industry Spotlight — Niobrara Timber and Woodworks
    • Timber Sales - One Sale (Black Walnut)
June 2014 
    • Commercial Hardwood Lumber Species
    • How Should You Charge
    • Pressure Treated Wood
    • Nebraska Forest Industry Spotlight — Michael Klabens Logging

February 2014 
    • Hardwood Lumber Market History—Green
    • Lumber Abbreviations
    • Timber Talk Editor Retiring
    • North American Pellet Exports Continue to Rise
    • Wood: Fastest Growing Heating Fuel in America
    • EAB Quarantine Updates
    • Chinese Wood Demand Expected to Rise 50% by 2015
    • Nebraska Forestry Spotlight — REMCO, Inc.
    • The Ancient Art of Cooperage

2013 Archive

November 2013  
   • Checking, Shaking and Honeycombing
   • End-Coating Logs and Lumber Makes "Cents" (Or Dollars!)
   • Nebraska Forestry Spotlight — Horizon Biofuels, Inc.
   • The Biggest Cause of Our "Environmental" Problems?
   • Railroad Ties: Another Use for Hardwood Logs
September 2013  
   • Timber Stumpage Prices
   • Nebraska Timber and Log Buyers Survey
   • Band Saw Blades For Green Wood
   • Illegal Logging Crackdown in Central and South America
   • Coming to Terms With Terms
   • International Trade in Wood Chips Seeing Steady Increases
   • Nebraska Forestry Spotlight — Fricke's Timbercraft
   • How to Save Money With a Wood Stove
June 2013  
   • Nebraska Timber Industry 2009
   • Global Timber & Wood Products Market Update
   • Drying Methods for Small Operators
   • Nebraska Forestry Industry Spotlight — Dowhower Cabinet & Millwork
   • Timber Sales - One Sale (Green Ash)
February 2013
 
  • Hardwood Lumber Price Trends
   • 50th Anniversary
   • NFS Launches New Website
   • 2012 Tax Tips for Forest Landowners
   • Nebraska Forest Industry Spotlight — Countryside Lumber

2012 Archive

  • February 2012
       • Tribute to a Forester: Rich Lodes
       • Cracking The Walnut Case
       • Woody Biomass Facts: A Look At The Myths Regarding A Sustainable Energy Source
       • Nebraska Forest Industry Spotlight — Rhembrandt Construction & Forest Care
       • NFS Welcomes New M&U Forester
       • How Did Scragg Mills Get Named?
  • June 2012
       • Air Drying Lumber
       • Chiggers: More Than You Ever Wanted To Know!
       • Nebraska Forest Industry Spotlight — Troyer Sawmill
  • September 2012
       • Wood Is Good
       • Solar-Heated Lumber Dryers: Design Basics
       • Nebraska Forest Industry Spotlight — O'Neill Wood Resources
       • Study Reveals Component Market Trends
  • November 2012
       • Wood Products: Good for the Environment
       • Opening Faces
       • Sawing for Grade Increases Value
       • Nebraska Forest Industry Spotlight — Bertrand Sawmill
       • The 2 X 4 Revolutionized Construction

2011 Archive

  • February 2011
       • Nebraska “Primary Processors” Directory
       • Long Time Nebraska Sawmiller Will Be Missed
       • What Is That Log Worth?
       • Nebraska Forest Industry Spotlight — Trade Well Pallet, Inc.
  • June 2011
       • New Nebraska “Secondary Processors” Directory
       • Sand Creek Post and Beam Named 2011 Nebraska Small Business of the Year
       • Poison Ivy, Oak, and Sumac
       • The Trouble With Ethanol
       • Trends — From One Saw Doctor’s Perspective
       • Nebraska Forest Industry Spotlight — Thompson Sawmill
  • September 2011
       • Timber Culture Act
       • Powderpost Beetles
       • End-Coating Logs and Lumber Makes “Cents” (Or Dollars!)
       • Nebraska Forest Industry Spotlight — Sawle Mill
       • Planning Tool Available to Loggers
  • November 2011
       • The Business Plan: Critical To Start-Up And Growth
       • A Baker’s Dozen Marketing Tips
       • Nebraska Forest Industry Spotlight — Deutsche Tree Service
       • Proper Method of Bore Cutting Revisited

2010 Archive

  • February 2010
       • What Is The Difference Between Right Hand, Left Hand, and Even-Handed Circular Saws? And What Do You Have To Do Differently When You Hammer Them?
       • Growing Wood Pellet Market
       • Nebraska Forest Industry Spotlight — Jennings Caskets
       • New Threat To Nebraska Black Walnut Trees
  • June 2010
       • New Home for NFS
       • Walnut Quarantine
       • Tips to Preserve Color of ‘White’ Wood
       • Quarter and Rift
       • Nebraska Forest Industry Spotlight — Fred McCartney
       • The Making of a Briquette
  • September 2010
       • TCD Update
       • Thousand Cankers Disease: A Red Alert for Walnut
       • Nebraska Forest Industry Spotlight — Wood Designs
       • Accelerating Air Drying
  • November 2010
       • The Independent Contractor Definition Dilemma Continues
       • Is There Still Room for Circle Saws in the Sawmill?
       • Nebraska Forest Industry Spotlight — Heartland Nuts 'N More
       • Using a Kiln Schedule

2009 Archive

  • February 2009
       • Conservation Trees For Nebraska Initiative
       • Prophets of American Forestry
       • Nebraska Forest Industry Spotlight — Ourranch Nature's Beauty Handcrafted Log Furnishings
       • How Cold Is It In Nebraska?
  • June 2009
       • Nebraska’s Fourth Forest Inventory
       • Logger Safety Training Workshop
       • Chainsawing:The Chain’s the Thing
       • Nebraska Forest Industry Spotlight — Big Red Sawmill & Firewood, Inc.
       • Wood Pellet Supply, Demand On The Rise
  • September 2009
       • Logger Safety Training Sept. 30
       • Nebraska Timber Industry
       • Nebraska Wood Waste
       • Nebraska Forest Industry Spotlight — Schnase Lumber
       • Timberland Investment Outputs
  • November 2009
       • Know the Value of Your Logs
       • Biomass Crop Assistance Program
       • Carbon Credits: A New Forest Income Source
       • Nebraska Forest Industry Spotlight — Wood Solutions
       • Woody Biomass Raw Materials and Markets

2008 Archive

  • February 2008
       • Hardwood Log Bucking Tips
       • Do You Know Your True Costs?
       • Controlling Humidity Helps Increase The Bottom Line
       • Nebraska Forest Industry Spotlight — Van Housen Logging and Sawmill
  • June 2008
       • Experts: Price For Sawdust Has Doubled
       • One Man With A Wood-Mizer
       • Food for Thought
       • Updated Information Regarding Mosquito Repellents —May 7, 2008
       • Nebraska Forest Industry Spotlight — Kabes Mill
  • September 2008
       • Geometry Of A Saw Cut
       • The Green Scene
       • Study: Some Sunscreens Overpromise Protection
       • Nebraska Forest Industry Spotlight — Sandhills Industries
  • November 2008
       • New Nebraska Secondary Wood Processors Directory
       • Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) Update
       • SFI Recognizes Tree Farm Certification
       • Tips on Buying Timber
       • Nebraska Forest Industry Spotlight — Storm Forestry, Inc.
       • New Online Training Information Exchange System
       • 2008 Tax Tips for Forest Landowners

2007 Archive

  • February 2007
       • Sawmill Survey
       • Woody Biomass in Minnesota Impacts on Forestry
       • Emerald Ash Borer: Coming to an Ash Near You
       • Nebraska Forest Industry Spotlight — Pope & Talbot, Inc.
       • Private Forests
  • June 2007
       • Buying a Portable Sawmill
       • Biomass
       • From Sawdust to Bricks
       • Nebraska Forest Industry Spotlight — Ten Acre Woods
       • Washington: Proposed Bill Seeks to Curb Trade in Illegal Timber
       • Safety Alert: Hard Hat Protects Logger from Falling Limb
  • September 2007
       • Firewood Pests?
       • Will Lumber Stain in the Winter Months?
       • Nebraska Forest Industry Spotlight — Bartels Post & Bow
  • November 2007
       • 2007 Tax Tips for Forest Landowners
       • What If…Chinese State-owned Companies Started Buying U.S. Forest Products Companies, or U.S. Timber Lands? It Might Not Be Too Far-fetched
       • Moisture Meters – the “Whys” and “Hows” of Establishing The True Moisture Content of Wood
       • You Know You Are Living in 2007 When...

2006 Archive

  • February 2006
       • Certified Forest Products
       • Environmental Benefits of Forestry
       • Nebraska Forest Industry Spotlight — Werternberger Custom Milling
       • Measuring Distance
  • June 2006
       • Sawmill Survey
       • Small-Scale Drying
       • Nebraska Forest Industry Spotlight — Hidden Valley Sawmill
  • September 2006
       • Forestry Field Day 2006
       • Water, Water, Everywhere
       • Accurately Measuring Moisture
       • 2X4s?
       • Nebraska Forest Industry Spotlight — Sand Creek Post & Beam
       • Six Simple Marketing Steps to Improve Profitability
  • November 2006
       • 2006 Central Regional Woodland Stewardship Conference
       • Researchers Hope to Tap Silver Maple Potential
       • Private Forests
       • Grading Rules for Eastern Redcedar
       • Nebraska Forest Industry Spotlight — Sizer Mill
       • How Observant are You?