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Business & Politics

Speculation on rising Chinese demand pushes lumber to top of commodity futures

Vancouver Sun
February 29, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Lumber futures that surged more than any other commodity in February may extend a rally to a 10-month high as China boosts imports and the U.S. housing recovers, researcher Wood Resources International LLC said. Prices have gained 12 per cent since the end of January, the most among 35 raw materials tracked by the Rogers International Commodity Index.

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Union files $11.7-million lawsuit against Fraser Papers directors over pensions

Canadian Press
February 29, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

OTTAWA – The Communications Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada said Wednesday it has filed an $11.7-million lawsuit against directors of now-defunct pulp and paper company Fraser Papers. The union said in a release it filed its suit in Quebec superior court on Tuesday, and that futher legal actions on behalf of its New Brunswick members will be announced in the coming weeks.

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Fight for Fibrek drags on

Financial Post
March 1, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

It’s time to stop the nonsense. The matter has dragged on too long, there have been too many shenanigans by too many conflicted parties and too much activity around what should be the central part of the story, the price the independent shareholders at Fibrek Inc. will be allowed to receive in a takeover battle involving hostile bidder Abitibi and white knight Mercer International. Accordingly, it’s time for regulators to step in to try to ensure two key objectives: the integrity of the capital markets and the interests of investors. After all, it is their capital markets and raising the bar is never a bad thing. “The minority shareholders will lose about $40-million if Abitibi’s bid succeeds,” noted one Fibrek shareholder.

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Canfor to gain direct ownership in Canfor Pulp

Prince George Citizen
February 29, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The ownership structure underpinning Canfor Pulp Products Inc. (CPPI) is about to be simplified.  Canadian Forest Products Ltd. (CFP) gave notice last week it will exercise its right to exchange its 50.2 per cent interest in Canfor Pulp Limited Partnership for a 50.2 per cent direct interest in CPPI. The arrangement’s roots date back to 2006 when CFP spun out its three Prince George pulp mills into the Canfor Pulp Income Trust retaining a 50.2-per-cent interest in the trust while giving 49.8 per cent to its shareholders.

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Have Alberta’s sawmills gone from depending on the American market to depending on the Chinese market?

Alberta Venture
March 1, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Western Canada is exporting more lumber to China than ever before. The total value of spruce, pine and fir exports from Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba to China rose from $932 million in 2004 to $8.2 billion in 2010. This shift is mostly due to large-scale suppliers who, unlike smaller lumber manufacturers with limited capital, have shifted an unprecedented share of their product base towards Asian markets. Brady Whittaker, chief executive officer of the Alberta Forest Products Association, says these exports have served as a much-needed lifeline for the industry. But he cautions against an over-dependence on overseas trade, pointing to the fact that certain sawmills have already started selling their entire product base to Asian buyers.

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Company baffled over reports that log yards are full

Burns Lake Lakes District News
February 29, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Christine Kennedy, Canfor’s director of public affairs and corporate communications said reports that the company’s log yards are full, which will lead to an early break up this year are baffling and simply not true. She said the company is still hauling logs to all locations, including to its sawmills in Houston and Vanderhoof. “We are not anticipating an early break up … I really don’t know where these reports have come from,” she said.

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Hampton hoping to start the planer

Burns Lake Lakes District News
February 29, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Steve Zika, Hampton Affiliates chief economic officer is still optimistic that the Babine Forest Products sawmill will be rebuilt. Zika said the investigation is continuing into the cause of the Jan. 20, 2012 explosion and fire, but said no more news has come to the company from WorkSafe B.C. Zika said Hampton Affiliates hope to have the planer up and running in either March or April 2012 to process the remaining log inventory at the sawmill.

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Domtar 2011 earnings down from 2010 but up from 2009

Wausau Daily Herald
February 29, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

MONTREAL — Domtar Corp. earned nearly 40 percent less in 2011 than it did the year before but almost 18 percent more than in 2009, according to documents the Canadian papermaker filed this week. The company, which employs 450 people in Nekoosa and another 400 in Rothschild, earned $365 million last year, compared to $605 million in 2010, according to its annual report, filed Monday with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. 

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Ex-Fraser Papers workers seek pension help

Provincial government secured $38M in preferred shares after bankruptcy
CBC News
February 29, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Retired Fraser Papers workers are hoping an old loan from the provincial government could help them salvage some of their retirement benefits. The New Brunswick government loaned Fraser Papers more than $35 million in June 2008 to save mills in Edmundston, Plaster Rock and Juniper, but a year later, the company was bankrupt.

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Domtar told not to demolish any more buildings without telling NCC, Lemay says

Ottawa Citizen
February 29, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

OTTAWA — The National Capital Commission has warned paper-and-pulp giant Domtar not to raze any more of its buildings on federal land on the Chaudière islands, unless the company has cleared it with the federal agency. The warning follows the demolition last week of the century-old Groundwood Pulp Mill, which the Montreal-based company said was collapsing and needed to be torn down.

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Lumber Tops Commodity Futures in February as Demand From China May Climb

Bloomberg
February 29, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Lumber futures that surged more than any other commodity in February may extend a rally to a 10-month high as China boosts imports and the U.S. housing recovers, researcher Wood Resources International LLC said. Prices have gained 12 percent since the end of January, the most among 35 raw materials tracked by the Rogers International Commodity Index. Lumber may reach $300 per 1,000 board feet by July on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, up 8.3 percent from yesterday’s close of $277.10 and the highest since April 6, Wood Resources said.

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Paperworkers address Congress about jobs, environment

International Falls Daily Journal
February 29, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Hourly pulp and paper mill workers from around the nation, including from Boise Inc. in International Falls, addressed Congress this month about environmental regulations that they say risk their jobs and the forest products industry. Tim Wegner of Boise Inc. was one of the paperworkers to take the trip to Washington about two weeks ago with other members of the Pulp & Paperworkers’ Resource Council, a coalition made up of hourly employees who work in the forest products industry. About 60 PPRC members nationwide participated in the annual visit to the Capitol.

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New contamination found at Bonner lumber mill site

Billings Gazette
February 29, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

BONNER — High levels of toxic chemicals have been discovered a new at a lumber mill site near Missoula that is attracting new tenants after undergoing a cleanup last year, Montana regulators said. The soil around the former Stimson Lumber Mill on the banks of the Blackfoot River in Bonner contains high concentrations of polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, a toxic mixture of chemicals that has been linked to cancer, the state Department of Environmental Quality said Tuesday… The DEQ said the contamination does not appear to be threatening the Blackfoot River.

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Lumber May Extend Rally as China, U.S. Demand Gain, Ekstrom Says

Bloomberg
February 29, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Lumber futures that surged more than any other commodity in February may extend a rally to a 10-month high as China boosts imports and the U.S. housing recovers, researcher Wood Resources International LLC said. Prices have gained 11 percent since the end of January, the most among 35 raw materials tracked by the Rogers International Commodity Index. Lumber may reach $300 per 1,000 board feet by July on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, up 9 percent from today’s close of $275.20 and the highest since April 6, Wood Resources said.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Guidelines help govern seismic retrofits in British Columbia

Journal of Commerce
March 5, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of BC (APEGBC) is in the process of training engineers on its new guidelines governing the seismic retrofit of B.C. schools. …For instance, wood frames typically don’t collapse in extreme events because there are so many vertical elements supporting the floors and roof.  In a moderate event, however, wood framed structures tend to sustain a great deal of damage that can be costly to repair.

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Six-storey wood-frame apartment gets OK

The Record (New Westminster)
February 29, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Demolition of two aging apartment buildings is underway to pave the way for the first six-storey wood-frame building in New Westminster. Since the province amended the B.C. Building Code in 2008 to allow for six-storey wood-frame buildings, a handful of buildings have gotten underway in B.C. The building at 414 to 422 Royal Ave., which is across the street from New Westminster city hall, will contain 118 units.

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Wood Panel Consumption to Reach 336 Million Cubic Meters by 2017

Woodworking Network
February 29, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

San Jose, Calif. – Wood Panels, during the past few years, has gained mileage as a preferred material for decorative purposes in claddings, floorings, roof sheathing, internal linings, ceilings, and construction purposes. Wood Panels find extensive application in the construction sector, which represents the largest end use segment, accounting for over 60% of consumption. Globally, the demand for Oriented Strand Board (OSB) is on an upward inclining growth curve, owing to its acceptance in various industries as an effective substitute for plywood. Product developments, along with the technological advancements, have played a major role in increasing the popularity of Medium Density Fiberboard (MDF). Engineered wood products are widely in demand in the market owing to its easy installation and low cost.

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Looking for forest, furniture and wood industry’s top performers

Voxy
March 1, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building, Forestry
Region: International

Now is the time to nominate the best trainees and companies in the forest, furniture and wood manufacturing industry for the annual FITEC National Training Awards. The Awards are a major annual event for the industry – where people and businesses are recognised for their commitment to learning and the achievement of professional qualifications. Nominations are now open and forest, furniture and wood manufacturing companies have until 31 May to put forward their most outstanding candidates for awards including Modern Apprentice of the Year, Trainee of the Year and Training Company of the Year.

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China Wood Furniture Dumping, Biggest Ever, Lists Foliot

Woodworking Network
February 29, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

WASHINGTON, DC – Foliot is among a group of 198 Chinese firms have been listed in a complaint among firms suspected of dumping wooden bedroom furniture in 2011 – believed to be the largest such complaint ever. The move comes just as as federal agencies announced plans to pursue more aggressive enforcement programs to combat dumping and restrictive tariffs under a new Executive Order issued yesterday. The complaint published in the Federal Register today lists 198 wood furniture companies in China who will now be investigated by the U.S. Department of Commerce. The period of the complaint covers furniture exported to the U.S. from January 1 through December 31, 2011. Firms listed can submit responses.

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Forestry

Wildfire potential needs attention

100 Mile House Free Press
February 29, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

An investigation into the state of fire management planning has found fire management plans have been prepared in all forest districts in the province, says Forests Practices Board chair Al Gorley. …”The plans prepared to date identify values at risk, such as dwellings, infrastructure, wildlife habitat and timber. “However, the initial plans are narrow and need to be improved to include local priorities for protecting values, as well as areas where fire may be allowed to burn under certain conditions. It will be important to involve First Nations, local governments and the public in setting these priorities.”

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Injured loggers rescued

The Province
February 29, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Two injured loggers waited more than five hours on a cold, snowy slope before they could be rescued and taken to hospital Monday. The two men in their 50s were hit and knocked unconscious by a log they were moving at about 11:30 a.m. at a Timber-West site southwest of Ladysmith near Holland Lake. A B.C. air ambulance was quickly on scene and paramedics dropped down to treat and stabilize the workers, but the steep embankment prevented the helicopter from landing.

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Silviculture Magazine celebrates 35 years of publishing

(author unknown)
February 29, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Silviculture Magazine originated 35 years ago in 1977 with the formation of the Pacific Reforestation Workers’ Association and its PRWA Newsletter. In 1982 the silviculture industry divided for a time into workers and contractors and published the PRWA Newsletter and the Western Silviculture Contractors’ Association’s WSCA Newsletter, (some PRWA co-op members pressured active contractors out of the PRWA). In the late 1980’s the PRWA Newsletter briefly became ‘Screef’ and then in the 1990’s through the inspired Canadian Reforestation & Environmental Workers Society acronym, the CREWS Newsletter, but it did not survive.

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Injured Ladysmith loggers taken by helicopter to Nanaimo hospital

Investigations continue after men struck by log that was hooked up to yarder
Nanaimo Daily News
February 29, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Two cable-loggers, struck by an errant log southwest of Ladysmith on Monday, were just too close to the action, their company has said. Both men were airlifted to Nanaimo Regional General Hospital after a log they had hooked up to a yarder swung their way and laid them out Monday morning. The experienced hook tender and rigger slinger are now OK, according to Nanaimo Lakes Logging, which has completed its preliminary investigation into the accident.

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CRD hands off Forest Capital designation to province

100 Mile House Free Press
February 29, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

On Feb. 22, the Cariboo Regional District (CRD) handed off the Forest Capital of Canada designation to the province of British Columbia to celebrate the centenary of the BC Forest Service in 2012. For the past two years, the CRD has proudly served as Canada’s Forest Capital, hosting a celebration of the region’s forest resources. A ceremony took place at the Association of BC Forest Professionals Convention in Victoria with Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister Steve Thomson accepting the Forest Capital plaque from CRD chair Al Richmond and Director John Massier.

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New cut level set for Okanagan timber supply area

BC Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations and Office of the Chief Forester
Press Release
February 29, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – Effective immediately, the new allowable annual cut for the Okanagan timber supply area will decrease from 3.375 million cubic metres to 3.1 million cubic metres, chief forester Jim Snetsinger announced today. The allowable annual cut was increased in January 2006 to salvage mountain pine beetle-attacked timber. Since then the predicted level of pine mortality has decreased from 72 per cent to 37 per cent.

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Ash borer discussion

The Kingston Whig-Standard
February 29, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Frontenac Stewardship Council will host an event on Wolfe Island Tuesday to discuss the emergence of the emerald ash borer in eastern Ontario. A number of speakers will talk about the tree-killing pest’s life cycle, how to plan for its spread, a tree-planting program and the assisted migration project, designed to assist with the northward migration of native tree species ahead of climate change. There will be no charge to attend the event, which will begin at 6:45 p.m. at the United Church Hall in Marysville.
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Boise Cascade Holdings Reports Fourth Quarter 2011 Financial Results

by Boise Cascade Holdings
MarketWatch (press release)
March 1, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

BOISE, Idaho – Boise Cascade Holdings, L.L.C. (BC Holdings or Company) announced a $13.8 million net loss for the quarter ended December 31, 2011, and a $46.4 million full year 2011 net loss. The Company’s wholly owned operating subsidiary, Boise Cascade, L.L.C. (Boise Cascade), reported fourth quarter 2011 earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization (EBITDA) of $0.5 million, compared with negative EBITDA of $2.6 million in fourth quarter 2010.

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Wyoming joins Black Hills National Forest management plan lawsuit

Casper Star-Tribune Online
February 29, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The mountain pine beetle epidemic led Wyoming to file a motion to intervene in a lawsuit to defend an amendment to the Black Hills National Forest managment plan, Gov. Matt Mead’s office announced Wednesday. The forest is divided into four ranger districts, with one based in Sundance. Black Hills revised its management plan in 1997, forest Environmental Coordinator Ed Fischer said. …In October, the Biodiversity Conservation Alliance, Native Ecosystems Council, Prairie Hills Audubon Society and Western Watersheds Project filed a petition in Wyoming District Court saying the amendment didn’t address the flaws from the original plan and still didn’t adequately protect various plant and animal species, said John Persell, attorney for the petitioners.

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County, Forest Service work together on thinning

White Mountain Independent
March 1, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

ST JOHNS — The first ever contract between the Forest Service and a county was signed on Feb. 21 at the Board of Supervisors meeting in St. Johns. The Apache County Stewardship contract was forged as a result of the county’s actions to speed up forest restoration projects after the Wallow Fire last summer. The contract will be funded by the Forest Service at about $500 an acre for about 82 acres on the west side of Greer.

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Bitterroot National Forest sells 4.5 million-board-foot timber sale

The Missoulian
February 29, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

WEST FORK – Bitterroot National Forest Service officials breathed a sigh of relief Tuesday when the agency sold a major timber sale in the southern reaches of the valley. Pyramid Mountain Lumber Co. of Seeley Lake purchased the 4.5 million-board-foot Lower West Fork Timber Sale after outbidding Tricon of St. Regis. The timber sale is designed to reduce hazardous fuels in the wildland/urban interface, but was thought to be outside the range of western Montana’s remaining sawmills just a couple of years ago.

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Ancient forest had giant vines, towering trees

msnbc.com
February 29, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

One of the earliest forests in the world was home to towering palmlike trees and woody plants that crept along the ground like vines, a new fossil find reveals. The forest, which stood in what is now Gilboa, N.Y., was first unearthed in a quarry in the 1920s. But now, a new construction project has revealed for the first time the forest floor as it stood 380 million years ago in the Devonian period.

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Tasmanian Aborigines seek control of IGA forest conservation areas

ABC News, Australia
March 1, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Tasmania’s Indigenous community is making a bid to take ownership of forest reserves created under the forestry Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA). It has emerged that the Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre has been in behind-the-scenes talks with government-owned Forestry Tasmania, mapping out a deal that would see the Aboriginal Land Council of Tasmania take on ownership and management of hundreds of thousands of hectares of new conservation areas.

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Forest fire in Nagarahole range under control

The Hindu
March 1, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The devastating forest fire that broke out in the Nagarahole range of the Nagarahole National Park on February 26 is now said to be under control, according to information received here on Wednesday. Deputy Conservator of Forests (Wildlife), Hunsur, Vijayranjan Singh, who was perambulating the affected areas in the range, told The Hindu that compartment no. 4 of the range was the worst hit. Miscreants had set the dried bamboo clumps afire. “There is no record of any forest fire in the compartment area devastated since Sunday,” Mr. Vijayranjan Singh said.

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1000 year old forest call for help

Viet Nam News
March 1, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

HA NOI – A thousand year-old lim (iron wood) forest in Son Tay Township on the suburbs of Ha Noi is in the throes of being consumed by parasites, local authorities claim. Embracing 242 trees over an area of 17ha, the forest surrounds Va Temple and has long been the relic’s unique feature, said Phung Van Cuong, head of the relic management board. Built between the 7th-8th century to worship Tan Vien God – who represents people’s desire to conquer nature and overcome natural disasters – Va Temple and the surrounding forest has been recognised as a national cultural and historical relic since 1964.

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Looking for forest, furniture and wood industry’s top performers

Voxy
March 1, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building, Forestry
Region: International

Now is the time to nominate the best trainees and companies in the forest, furniture and wood manufacturing industry for the annual FITEC National Training Awards. The Awards are a major annual event for the industry – where people and businesses are recognised for their commitment to learning and the achievement of professional qualifications. Nominations are now open and forest, furniture and wood manufacturing companies have until 31 May to put forward their most outstanding candidates for awards including Modern Apprentice of the Year, Trainee of the Year and Training Company of the Year.

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APP Pulping Protected Indonesian Rainforest Trees: Greenpeace Investigation

Jakarta Globe
March 1, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Results of potentially explosive research by Greenpeace allege that controversial paper giant Asian Pulp and Paper has been engaged in the pulping of protected Indonesian rainforest trees. Greenpeace, in a news release, said multiple visits to APP’s Indah Kiat Perawang mill, Indonesia’s largest pulp mill, had caught the company “systematically violating Indonesia’s laws protecting ramin, an internationally protected tree species.” “Greenpeace has caught Asia Pulp and Paper red-handed — this investigation shows its main pulp mill is regularly riddled with illegal ramin,” said Bustar Maitar, head of the forests campaign for Greenpeace Indonesia.

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Forestry starter farms in demand

The Scottish Farmer
March 1, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

THE EAGERNESS of Scottish farming’s new entrants to get a foothold in the industry has been forcibly demonstrated by the strong response to Forestry Commission Scotland’s offer of ‘starter farm’ units for lease. The FC launched its pilot initiative at the end of January – and to date, over 50 application packs for each offered site have been issued to interested parties.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Canada’s carbon lesson: Just put a price on it

Los Angeles Times
February 29, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada

California’s implementation of AB 32, the Global Warming Solutions Act, is meeting stiff resistance from greenhouse gas emitters and other opponents of climate change regulation. …Five years ago this month, the Canadian province of British Columbia launched a quest to slash its carbon emissions that impressed even then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. …How’s it worked out? Perhaps not as well as the plan’s most ambitious cheerleaders hoped, but some real changes are occurring. …The province other Canadians sometimes call “British California” for its progressive impulses in 2007 moved against carbon emissions on several fronts.  

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Biomass harvesting guidelines for Southeast U.S. released

Biomass Power and Thermal
February 29, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

The Forest Guild has released its report, “Forest Biomass Retention and Harvesting Guidelines for the Southeast,” identifying how expanding markets for forest bioenergy can enhance forests, while meeting the social and economic needs of society. The guidelines are also meant to fill the gap between state-level biomass guidelines and existing best management practices.

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So, you’ve rebuilt your renewable energy power station. Are you eligible for more RECs?

Renovating a renewable energy power station didn’t alter change the power station’s eligibility to create renewable energy certificates.
Clayton Utz
March 1, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Don’t assume you can clear out a generating baseline for renewable energy certificates (RECs), and create more RECs, just because you have redeveloped your power station…The Maryvale Mill, in Victoria’s LaTrobe Valley, produces wood pulp for paper milling. A by-product of the pulping process, called “black liquor”, is refined at the Mill and then burnt in an adjacent power station to generate electricity. Given the essentially organic nature of the black liquor, it is considered a biomass renewable energy source, and so the Maryvale Mill Power Station (MMPS) was accredited in 2002 as an “eligible power station” for the purpose of creating RECs.

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General

How Green Are Today’s Modular Homes?

Living Green Magazine
February 29, 2012
Category: Uncategorised

For more than a hundred years, modular has been touted as the next big thing in home building. But neither companies as practical as Sears Roebuck, which offered a house in a box in 1908, nor architects as visionary as Frank Lloyd Wright, who introduced a line of prefabricated houses three year later, have been able to make a promising idea an everyday American reality. The gathering green revolution may change that. “There has been a very positive change in the last 15 years in using less wood in homes generally,” said Sami Yassa, director of the National Resources Defense Council’s forest initiative and the author of the 1998 book Efficient Wood Use in Residential Construction. “And modular construction has contributed to that change.”

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