Industry Insider Newsletter - July 2019
New Rules for Quad Trailers

Logging truckers will be interested to note that the NB Department of Transportation and Infrastructure (NBDTI) will be implementing a new regulation effecting quad axle configurations with self steering axles. The regulation, effective end of 2021, will see quad axle trailers with dual wheel self steering axles subject to a 2000kg weight decrease. This move is intended to incent owner/operators to move to a super single (445mm) tire which FNB understands is believed to reduce asphalte damage and harmonize with other provincial regulations. The reported regulatory change was certainly news to industry representatives who were not aware of the coming regulation change. Dual wheel configurations will still be permitted but will subject to the 2000kg load reduction. DTI is consulting with Industry to explore an acceptable phase in period to allow contractors to depreciate their current trailers and eventually transition into new kits suitable for the super single tires.
Motion 31 Examines Industrial Tax Rates
A motion to review taxation of heavy manufacturing has been sent to the legislative Law Amendments Committee for review. The purpose of Motion 31 is to provide the Committee with the mandate to consult with experts and stakeholders and report back to the Legislature with recommendations on whether to reduce or eliminate any property assessment or property taxation exemptions or benefits that apply to heavy industry. 
  Included in current tax assessment legislation is exclusion of equipment as real property as assessable for tax purposes. FNB is scheduled to appear before the committee on September 4 th , 2019 at 2 pm.
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Herbicide and conservation goals: an unlikely pairing that works
Herbicide is a hot topic nowadays but what do they actually do in forest management?

In Canada, herbicides are usually used in forest vegetation where conifer crops are to be regenerated.   They are effective at controlling competition from undesired broadleaf vegetation (Canada blue-joint grass, raspberry, trembling aspen) that is adjacent to young conifers.

They help manage forest in a denser fashion. An area today produces more wood than 30 years ago which frees up other areas for conservation. 

When stands are managed at the right density the forest sector doesn't have to use as much area to meet the demand of wood.

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