Korea Forest Research Institute scientists attend Lumber Grading School in Alberta
By Chuck Dentelbeck, President CLSAB
During the week of April 25th Dr. Shim and Dr. Kim from the Korea Forest Research Institute (KFRI) attended the Alberta Forest Products Association (AFPA) lumber grading school in Grande Prairie, Alberta. Both scientists are very involved in development and implementation of new requirements for wood products in Korea. Dr. Shim and Dr. Kim enjoyed their week and were successful in their exam, obtaining a “B” NLGA grading ticket.
CLSAB, Canada Wood, NLGA, NRCan and Global Affairs Canada have been working with KFRI for two years to secure continued seamless access for Canadian lumber into Korea. This after Korea proposed new import requirements for sawn lumber in 2014. At the first meeting between KFRI and Canadian delegates in 2014, an invitation was extended to Korean officials to attend a lumber grading school in Canada. When the opportunity presented itself Norm Dupuis of AFPA made it happen. In addition, Dr. Shim and Dr. Kim, with CLSAB auditors in attendance, observed an AFPA grade inspection at the Weyerhaeuser facility in Grande Prairie.
Attendance at the training school and participation in an agency grade inspection improves the understanding of the Canadian grading system by key representatives of the Government of Korea. We believe that this will assist in advancing modifications to the proposed import requirements to maintain continued access for Canadian lumber into Korea.