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Business & Politics

Increase in B.C. raw log exports to China raw deal for forestry workers

By Ethan Baron
The Province
February 20, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Great news for B.C.’s forests industry, according to the provincial government: softwood lumber exports to China last year were up 60 per cent. Bad news for B.C.’s forestry workers: the provincial government’s gushing press release fails to mention that raw log exports to China were up 160 per cent. More than 70 B.C. mills have closed since 2000. Some 10,000 permanent forests industry jobs have vanished since 1996.

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Canfor Pulp Products Inc. Receives Notice of Canadian Forest Products Ltd. Election to Exchange Interest in Partnership

Press Release
Digital Journal
February 20, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER – Canfor Pulp Products Inc. announced that today it has received notice from Canadian Forest Products Ltd., that CFP has elected to exercise its right to exchange its 50.2% interest in Canfor Pulp Limited Partnership for a 50.2% direct interest in CPPI. The exchange is expected to be completed on or about March 2, 2012.

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Mill Near Babine Sawmill Tragedy to Reopen

Woodworking Network
February 20, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

BURNS LAKE, BC – Sheraton Holdings Ltd. said it will reopen its sawmill next month in the same remote community that experienced a devastating mill explosion and fire last month that killed two workers and severely injured several others. Sheraton’s sawmill closed in December 2010 due to the sluggish construction market. It produces specialty wood products for domestic consumption and export. The facility, owned by Comfor Management Services, will create up to nine jobs, according to Vanderhoof Omineca Express.

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NDP MLAs hit the road to fight raw log exports

By Chris Bush
Nanaimo News Bulletin
February 20, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

A New Democrat forestry committee is touring the province to tackle raw log exports. Committee members… started touring Vancouver Island and the Sunshine Coast Thursday to meet with industry, labour, local government representatives and other forest industry stakeholders. Over the next four months, the committee will also visit the Lower Mainland, the southern and central Interior, the Kootenays and northern B.C. to develop strategies to curtail raw log exports.

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Interfor’s Q4 Results Decline on Lower Volumes and Market Prices

NASDAQ
February 20, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

International Forest Products Ltd., commonly known as Interfor, reported a net loss of $6.5 million or $0.12 per share in the fourth quarter of 2011. Included in the company’s accounts in the quarter was the effect of unrecognized tax assets of $3.9 million or $0.07 per share.

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Fire destroys saw mill in Volney

Your News Now
February 20, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

OSWEGO COUNTY, N.Y. –- “Ball of fire, I tell you. A lot of it.” That’s how Dennis Gantley describes his last glimpse of Black Creek Lumber — the saw mill he’s owned since 1978. Fire officials say two employees were working with a cutting torch inside when flames broke out. “Tried to extinguish it themselves, thought they had it out, were outside the building and realized that it wasn’t, and it progressed from there,” said Donald Forbes, Oswego County Fire Coordinator. The fire was fully involved when crews got there. 

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Wood fiber costs for pulp manufacturers declined in the 4Q/11

Woodworking Network
February 20, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Seattle – Global pulp prices fell by about 20 percent from July to December last year. Weakening demand for pulp and lower product prices squeezed pulp company profit margins, so many companies tried to reduce their costs for wood fiber, which represents the largest cost component when manufacturing pulp. There has been a long-term trend in the pulp industry of wood costs increasing as a percentage of the total production costs. 

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WRI: Global Timber and Wood Products Market Update

IHB The Timber Network
February 20, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Wood fiber costs for pulp manufacturers declined in the 4Q/11 as pulp prices fell – with Global Wood Fiber Price Indices dropping 3.5%, reports the Wood Resource Quarterly. Global demand for pulp has declined and pulp prices fell during the second half of 2011. As a consequence, prices for wood fiber, the highest cost component when producing pulp, were down throughout the world, as reported by the Wood Resource Quarterly. The Global Wood Fiber Indices for softwood and hardwood fiber declined 3.5% from the 3Q/11.

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Singapore talks to reaffirm support for Gunns pulp mill

ABC News, Australia
February 21, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The Tasmanian Greens leader says a meeting between the Deputy Premier and new Gunns investor, the Richard Chandler Corporation, does not threaten his party’s support for the State Government. Bryan Green will today meet representatives from the company in Singapore on the first day of his Asian trade mission. Mr Green says he will outline why Labor wants a pulp mill built in Tasmania. The Greens have threatened to withdraw support for Labor if the government moves to materially assist the progress of Gunns’ Tamar Valley pulp mill.

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UK paper mills outperform Europe

letsrecycle.com
February 20, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The UK paper industry has bucked the European trend of a downturn in production with figures for 2011 actually up on 2010 levels. The Europe-wide economic downturn hit Europe’s paper industry hard in 2011 with production of paper and pulp down 2% on 2010, according to provisional Europe-wide figures released today by the European Confederation of Paper Industries (CEPI). Data from the Brussels-based organisation shows that production of paper slumped in 2011 after a small revival in 2010. The one bright spot was in the tissue sector, known as ‘hygienic paper’, where there was a rise in output of up to 2% compared to 2010.

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Confor business plan identifies action list

Timber Trades Journal
February 21, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Confor has identified an ambitious 27-point action list in its newly-published business plan.
The top five “challenge” areas flagged up in the business plan are wood supply in the short and longer term; promoting and supporting a fit-for-purpose Forestry Commission; growing awareness of the sector; developing a wood energy strategy which complements existing businesses; and recruitment to the industry and training. “The 27 actions identified for 2012 are ambitious and substantial, especially given the time-consuming and difficult nature of those actions that rely on effective lobbying,” said chief executive Stuart Goodall.

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No threat to Labor-Green alliance over pulp mill talks

ABC News Australia
February 21, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The Tasmanian Greens leader says a meeting between the Deputy Premier and new Gunns investor, the Richard Chandler Corporation, does not threaten his party’s support for the State Government. Bryan Green will today meet representatives from the company in Singapore on the first day of his Asian trade mission. Mr Green says he will outline why Labor wants a pulp mill built in Tasmania. The Greens have threatened to withdraw support for Labor if the government moves to materially assist the progress of Gunns’ Tamar Valley pulp mill. But the Greens leader, Nick McKim, says today’s meeting will not trigger the move.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Ohio Hardwood Furniture Market connects builders and buyers

New Philadelphia Times Reporter
February 20, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

Holmes County will again be the site of the Ohio Hardwood Furniture Market, as nearly 100 exhibitors are expected, including furniture builders from Ohio, Indiana, Pennsylvania and Michigan. …The market, with more than 1,100 buyers attending from throughout the United States and Canada, has become a mainstay for Midwest furniture retailers and is one of the largest U.S. furniture shows exclusively featuring domestically manufactured hardwood furniture, according to the Holmes County Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Bureau.

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Sawkill lumber gives vintage wood new life

WABC-TV New York News
February 20, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

EW YORK (WABC) — There’s a local company that’s re-purposing that vintage wood and giving it new life. Alan Solomon and Klass Armster are looking for treasure amidst the ruins. They’re after pieces of wood that were used in New York City buildings in the 1800’s and early 1900’s because old wood that has great value. “The finest antique lumber is probably better than anything freshly cut,” said Alan Solomon, of Sawkill, “The lumber has less knows the grain is tighter, the hue and color of the wood is a little better and it’s often harder.”

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First Int’l Green Building Summit begins

Today’s Zaman
February 21, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

First International Green Building Summit, which aims to create awareness in Turkey about the environmental impacts of buildings and to raise the level of know-how, kicked off in ?stanbul on Monday. The two-day summit is organized by the Turkish Green Building Council (TGBC) –-part of the World Green Building Council (WGBC) network — with the support from the Ministry of Environment and Urbanism. Chairman of TGBC Haluk Sur and Chairman of WGBC Rick Fedrizzi as well as Environment and Urbanism Minister Erdo?an Bayraktar, Chairman of Capital Markets Board of Turkey Vedat Akgiray and President of Housing Development Administration (TOK?) Ahmet Haluk Karabel spoke at the opening ceremony.

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Chen Yu’s WPC Plate Forming Machines Set for Mass Production

The Taiwan Economic News
February 21, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Taipe — Foreseeing WPC (wood plastic composite) to become one of the world’s trend-setting green building materials, Chen Yu Plastic Machine Co., Ltd., a supplier of plastic product making machines, is poised for mass production of WPC plate forming machines to ride on the trend.  In light of international wood prices spiraling upward along with growing demand for eco-friendly building materials, the company has been devoted to developing WPC plate making machines for a while, and recently confirmed that its models are readily set for mass production. 

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Finland’s biggest wood construction project to start in Espoo

Invest in EU
February 20, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Espoo will become a showcase for wood construction and know-how, utilising the latest research from Aalto University. Finland’s Ministry of Employment and the Economy, Aalto University and the City of Espoo have signed a cooperation agreement that will provide a major boost to wood construction and the whole wood products sector in the country. According to the agreement, the parties will develop modern Finnish wood construction and the diverse know-how associated with the sector by bringing together wood architecture, high quality design, resource and energy efficiency, demand and user based innovation activities, and effective commercialization and marketing.

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Forestry

Dispatch from Alberta’s War in the Woods

They call us ‘obstructors’ for trying to save the forest they named a ‘Special Place.’
The Tyee
February 21, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

It was St. Valentine’s Day, but the concrete square at Premier Redford’s Calgary office offered cold comfort to 150 people, there to rally against clear-cut logging in Alberta’s Castle Mountains. It was my turn to speak and I began with a question: “Do you realize that it’s against the law for me to stand on this publicly owned land and talk to you today?” The crowd seemed confused by this gambit, though most of them were aware that some citizens, mostly grey-headed types like myself, had been trying to block logger access to the sublime mountain forests of southwest Alberta. It is a priceless watershed and an area famed for wildlife and rare plants, designated by the government as the Castle Special Place protected area.

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Logging the Last Spotted Owl to Extinction

Press release by The Wilderness Committee
Pacific Free Press
February 21, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Wilderness Committee is joining local residents to sound the alarm about cutting permits which could be issued any day for logging near Chilliwack Lake Provincial Park, in a Wildlife Habitat Area (WHA) that is supposed to be set aside for the critically endangered spotted owl. “I’m horrified that the provincial government is considering allowing logging to proceed in the habitat of a critically endangered species,” said Gwen Barlee, Policy Director with the Wilderness Committee. “We join with concerned local residents in saying that this logging must not proceed – there must be no cutting in this spotted owl habitat.” 

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Forestry news

by MLA, Donna Barnett
Williams Lake Tribune
February 21, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

As the province continues to work hard on the B.C. Jobs plan, and in light of the great economic news we’ve discovered this week, I think it would be an appropriate time to highlight some news from one of our region’s top industries: forestry. Last week we found out exports to the Pacific Rim are at record highs, outstripping exports to the U.S. for the very first time. Lumber exports to China rose by 60 per cent in 2011, surpassing the $1 billion dollar mark.

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Foresters say funding cuts leave timber inventories out of date

By Gordon Hamilton
Vancouver Sun
February 20, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

B.C. forest inventories are so far out of date that the foresters’ professional association is questioning whether provincial forestlands can still be managed sustainably. A report by the Association of B.C. Forest Professionals released Monday says that at a time when wildfire and insect pests such as the mountain pine beetle are on the rise, funding for inventory work has been cut almost in half. The beetle has created “the need for inventory updates on an unprecedented scale,” yet the budget for inventory work has been cut from a long-term average of $15 million a year to $8.4 million in the current fiscal year. The foresters are calling on the government to restore funding to $15 million.

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Communities help pay for ecosystem services provided by forests

High Country News
February 20, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Strontia Springs Reservoir, 30 miles south of Denver, Colo., looks like water you’d want to scoop up in your dipper. Sunshine and pine reflect off its aqua-blue surface. But 16 years ago, it looked more like a latte clogged with cinnamon bark. In 1996 and 2002, major forest fires scorched the Upper South Platte River watershed. In the aftermath, heavy rains washed debris, burned logs and more than 750,000 cubic yards of sediment into the reservoir, which supplies over 7,000 acre-feet of drinking water annually to Denver. Denver Water — the utility that supplies 1.3 million people in the metro area — spent more than $26 million dredging Strontia Springs, treating the water and reseeding the watershed’s forests. 

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A promising O&C forest plan

Wherever you live in Western Oregon, you have a stake in the proposal to protect old trees while spurring logging and funding public services 
The Oregonian
February 20, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

An estimated 2.5 million Oregonians live within 10 miles of Oregon and California Railroad Grant Lands, known as O&C lands. Chances are, you’re among them. So don’t turn away from the coming debate over the proposal by three Oregon congressmen to put almost 1.5 million of the 2.7 million acres of O&C lands into a public trust managed primarily for timber production. 

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Take a Hike: Court Rules US Forest Service Can’t Charge People to Just Visit National Forests

LAist
February 20, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A ruling released earlier this month by the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals found in favor of four hikers who objected to having to pay a fee to visit a National Forest, and this could find visitors relieved of having to pay daily or annual fees to simply visit the land. According to the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, the “court reversed a district court ruling, saying the federal authorities violated the 2004 Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act by requiring users pay a fee. The specific location where the case’s plaintiffs had visited was the Coronado National Forest in Arizona, but the ruling might bring an end to the national Adventure Pass program.

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Study: Beetle-killed pines burn 3 times faster than live trees

The Missoulian
February 13, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A recently study should put to rest the notion that green lodgepole pine needles burn as fast as red ones. But more than that, Matt Jolly said, the study could help open firefighters’ eyes to the dangers lurking in mountain pine beetle-infested forests where the trees still look to be alive and doing well. Jolly is a research ecologist with the U.S. Forest Service’s Rocky Mountain Research Station and co-author of a recent study that set out to document the flammability of lodgepole pine needles during different stages of pine-beetle attack.

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Court Halts Timber Sale Near Rio Grande Headwaters

Environment News Service
February 20, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

DENVER, Colorado, February 20, 2012 (ENS) – After three years of legal battles, conservation groups have won a lawsuit challenging a logging project near the headwaters of the Rio Grande on the Rio Grande National Forest in southern Colorado. While the Forest Service claimed that logging on Handkerchief Mesa would reduce current or potential impacts from insects and disease, Rocky Mountain Wild and WildEarth Guardians argued that logging and roads would further degrade forest health and watersheds.

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Time right to update Forest Service management system

Modesto Bee
February 20, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Anyone who has spent time in California’s national forests knows that these treasures are in trouble. Too many have meadows that are degraded or vast stands of conifers that are diseased and dying. Many of the communities in and around these forests also are less than healthy. Lumber operations have closed, tourist businesses have waned with the economy, and the specter of wildfires returns nearly every summer. For decades, the competing demands of wildlife protectors and the logging industry have defined how these forests are managed. 

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As Bear Population Grows, More States Look At Hunts

NPR – National Public Radio
February 21, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Wildlife officials don’t usually base hunting policies on how the public feels about an animal. But the black bear seems to be different. The revered king of the forest has bounced back from near-extinction to being a nuisance in some areas. Some states are trying to figure out if residents can live at peace with bears, or if they’d rather have hunters keep numbers in check. In places like the Smoky Mountains, black bears have always been part of the landscape.

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Forest suffers as sand mining takes toll

Daily Monitor
February 21, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Environmentalists have raised the red flag on the continuous sand mining at Kyewaga central forest reserve near Kitinda Resort Beach located 10 kilometres off Entebbe Road in Wakiso District. The environmentalists warn that if nothing is done, the about 2009-hectare forest reserve may go extinct in a few years to come if nobody intervenes to halt the sand mining taking place in the area.

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I won’t be silenced on forestry

Tasmania Mercury
February 21, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

It is the international timber markets, not environmental groups, that are hurting the Tasmanian forestry industry, writes Greens Leader NICK McKIM. MANY of the architects of the current crisis facing the Tasmanian forest industry were prominent in the media last week. And no, I don’t mean conservation groups or the Greens. I mean the Liberal Party, many of our Legislative Councillors and the Forest Industry Association of Tasmania, all of whom seized on the announcement by Ta Ann that up to 40 jobs would be lost and tried desperately to blame someone, anyone, for their own failures.

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Alternative plan to forests peace deal being hatched to end conflict

The Australian
February 18, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A SECRET alternative Tasmanian forest plan is being hatched as the Gillard government’s $276 million peace deal faces collapse. The alternative comes ahead of expected findings that the peace deal cannot deliver promised conservation gains. “Plan B” is being drawn up by Bob Gordon, managing director of the state-owned Forestry Tasmania, and has been discussed with state and federal ministers. It would deliver almost the same size of reserve area sought by green groups as their minimum ask – 430,000ha – but is more fragmented and includes some different forest areas.

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Patrick Moore’s environmental beliefs | Kiwiblog

David Farrar
Kiwiblog
February 21, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

I blogged yesterday on Patrick Moore’s views on what has happened to Greenpeace. From the same source, I want to today blog on his modern environmental beliefs, and encourage debate of which ones people agree with. They are: • We should be growing more trees and using more wood, not cutting fewer trees and using less wood as Greenpeace and its allies contend. Wood is the most important renewable material and energy resource. • Those countries that have reserves of potential hydroelectric energy should build the dams required to deliver that energy. There is nothing wrong with creating more lakes in this world.

[The comments at the end of this piece are also interesting reading]

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298 million-year-old forest found preserved by volcanic ash in China

The forest was burned to ash in days when a volcano erupted. But just like in Pompeii the remains of the forest were preserved in the ash
Mirror News
February 21, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Ancient trees have been found fossilised by ash from a volcanic eruption 298 million years ago. The forest was burned to ash in days when a volcano erupted. But just like in Pompeii the remains of the forest were preserved in the ash. The find near Wuda, China, has given scientists a unique glimpse into how the planet looked 300million years ago when the climate was similar to today. The plants were preserved as they fell, in many cases in the exact locations where they grew.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

As Climate Change Increases Forest Fires, Smoke Forecasting Could Help Protect Public Health

Net News Publisher
February 20, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada

Satellite images, air quality measurements and smoke forecasting models are useful tools to help individuals and public health professionals prepare for smoke episodes in areas at risk from forest fire smoke, according to University of British Columbia researcher Michael Brauer. Brauer shared his insight into the health impacts of smoke exposure and suggests effective strategies to mitigate them at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Annual Meeting in Vancouver, Canada.

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Where is the pollution coming from?

Richmond Review
February 20, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

My brain is hurting and Black Press columnist Tom Fletcher is not helping. It is hurting trying to figure out where all the pollution is coming from. It can’t be from “clean coal” nor “ethical oil” nor “green biomass” nor “waste-to-energy facilities” nor “carbon sequestered wood smoke.” It must be coming from from… well perhaps Tom Fletcher can educate us? After all, as a paid journalist he has the time to do the research and provide a balanced opinion.

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Forest Carbon Partners Funding Scheme Wins Support of FRA

SBWire (press release)
February 20, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

Seattle, WA — News of the new Forest Carbon Partners forestry investment scheme from New Forests Inc. has won the support of Forestry Research Associates (FRA), which analyses various forms of forestry investment project. Forest Carbon Partners is an investment vehicle that offers funding for carbon offsetting projects in California. The fund helps to manage these projects and deliver revenue to landowners. Among the first projects it is involved with is a scheme to develop forestry carbon offsets over 11,000 acres in the West of the US. The scheme sees it partner with a Native American tribe and a family who own the forest in the area.

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Cellulosic ethanol may play role in local biofuel production

Iowa State Daily
February 20, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

For the past decade, corn ethanol has predominated Midwest biofuel production. But with increased technology and interest, an additional ethanol — cellulosic ethanol — may also shape local farming. The Renewable Fuels Standard, a program created by the U.S. Energy Policy Act of 2005, has mandated 36 billion gallons of renewable fuel be created annually by 2022, with 16 billion gallons coming from cellulosic ethanol.

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New study highlights need for REDD+ to look beyond carbon

Forests Blog, Center for International Forestry Research
February 21, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

BOGOR, Indonesia – A new study on rubber plantations highlights the need for the REDD+ climate change scheme to further consider biodiversity and rural livelihoods. Agricultural policies worldwide have traditionally favoured the conversion of rotating crops to homogenous, permanent rubber plantations because they are often perceived to be more beneficial for local development and better sequesters of carbon. However, this needs to be reconsidered – especially if REDD+ is to be mainstreamed, says the study involving the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR).

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General

The wood-frame conundrum

Firefighting in Canada
February 20, 2012
Category: Uncategorised
Region: Canada, Canada West

The report, Sprinkler Systems and Fire Outcomes in Multi-Level Residential Buildings, was released in early January by the University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) school of criminology and criminal justice’s Centre for Public Safety and Criminal Justice Research in Abbotsford, B.C. It was authored by Len Garis, fire chief for the City of Surrey, B.C., UFV adjunct professor and president of the Fire Chiefs’ Association of B.C., along with Dr. Joseph Clare, Strategic Planning Analyst for the Surrey Fire Service.  The intent of the study, which evaluated the historical fire-protection performance of sprinkler systems in multi-level residential buildings in B.C., was to anticipate how these fire safety systems would perform in six-storey wood-frame buildings.

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New biomass plant will use aspen waste from northern Alberta sawmills to generate power

Biomass plant will produce 41.5 megawatts of renewable energy
(author unknown)
February 20, 2012
Category: Uncategorised

Calgary-based Mustus Energy has selected Lockheed Martin to oversee the construction of its first biomass-fired power plant, which will be located near La Crete, AB, 710 kms north of Edmonton. The project will be located approximately adjacent to the Precision Lumber Saw Mill, 11 kilometers from the town. As feedstock, Mustus plans to use the tops of aspen trees that would otherwise be discarded as waste after the trunks are processed into lumber and other products at local mills. The company’s web site says the waste is normally stockpiled or burned in a poorly controlled manner, creating increased greenhouse gas emissions. By using the wood as fuel in a clean combustion process, Mustus says it will be reducing harmful emissions while producing electrical energy.

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