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Business & Politics

Interfor continues upgrades, lost-time accident free since 2011

Grand Forks Gazette
March 7, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

International Forest Products Limited (Interfor) in Grand Forks is happy to note that the mill is one-year lost-time accident free since Jan. 13, 2011. Interfor was also ranked 14th out of 50 sawmills in British Columbia and has a medical incident rate (MIR) of 1.9. This rank places Grand Forks’ sawmill second best in all of Interfor’s productions in B.C..

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Forest products production drops 6.6%

Edmonton Journal
March 7, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

EDMONTON — Lumber, panelboard, pulp and paper manufactured by Alberta Forest Products Association member companies was worth about $2.2 billion in 2011, a drop of $152 million — or 6.6 per cent — from 2010. In the fourth quarter of 2011, production values declined to $484 million compared with $579 million for the same period of 2010. “While we had hoped for a year-to-year increase, there is reason to believe that 2012 will be a better year than 2011,” said AFPA chief executive Brady Whittaker. “Lumber prices in the last couple of months have been noticeably stronger. While the pulp and paper market has continued to soften, prices remain above historical averages.

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Millar Western Files Registration Statement for Offer to Exchange Outstanding Senior Notes

Canada NewsWire (press release)
March 7, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

EDMONTON – Millar Western Forest Products Ltd. today announced that it has filed a registration statement on Form F-4 with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in connection with a proposed offer to exchange US$210 million aggregate principal amount of 8.5% Senior Notes due 2021 that have been registered under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended, for all of its outstanding 8.5% Senior Notes due 2021, which were issued on a private placement basis in transactions exempt from the registration requirements of the Securities Act. Millar Western is conducting the exchange offer to satisfy its obligations under a registration rights agreement entered into in connection with the private placement of the outstanding notes.

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Harmac won’t bow out of Nanaimo water talks

Snuneymuxw band plans court action
Nanaimo Daily News
March 8, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Harmac pulp mill will not bow out of water-sharing discussions with the City of Nanaimo, despite threats of an impending lawsuit. …Harmac president Levi Sampson said the uproar over the letter and resulting court action will not deter discussions about a water agreement. He also remains confident the company is “on strong footing” with its water licences. “We are still willing to enter into negotiations if this is something that makes sense for the region and will help take care of future water needs,” he said. “Right now we are still in the testing stages to see if this is feasible.”

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AFPA members produce $2.2 billion in 2011

Values decrease 6.6% from 2010 
Alberta Forest Products press release
March 7, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Edmonton, March 7, 2012 – Values of lumber, panelboard, pulp and paper manufactured by Alberta Forest Products Association-member companies totaled approximately $2.2 billion for 2011….  “While we had hoped for a year-to-year increase, there is reason to believe that 2012 will be a better year than 2011,” said AFPA President and CEO Brady Whittaker. “Lumber prices in the last couple of months have been noticeably stronger. While the pulp and paper market has continued to soften, prices remain above historical averages. We are hopeful that a turnaround in the global economy will spur higher pulp and paper prices in the future.”

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Wednesday Sector Laggards: Auto Dealerships, Paper & Forest Products

Forbes
March 7, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States
In trading on Wednesday, auto dealerships shares were relative laggards, down on the day by about 0.8%… Also lagging the market Wednesday are paper & forest products shares, down on the day by about 0.7% as a group, led down by Louisiana Pacific (LPX), trading lower by about 2.2% and Kapstone Paper and Pack (KS), trading lower by about 1.9%.

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Domtar CEO on the Paper Business (Video)

CNBC
March 7, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Fresh from the opening bell, john williams is the president and ceo of domtar corporation. over the five-year period, the stock is down about 10%. if you look at a three-year chart, shares of the company up more than — it says 1,000%. is that possible? about that. nicely done. we talked off-camera about paper business, north america heavily exposed, top line’s been difficult. yeah. we think there’s about a 3% to 4% decline in the paper business every year. so we can manage that. 

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Port sends out first log shipment since 2002

Shipment is first of kind since 2002 and helps keep jobs here
HeraldNet
March 8, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

EVERETT — A cargo ship should be sailing for China today with a hold stuffed with timber culled from local land — including Snohomish County back yards. Although those logs will be milled overseas, the shipment is keeping a web of people employed in the local timber industry during a time when demand for their skills is nearly nil. That’s important, given the recent closure of regional mills, including Northwest Hardwoods in Arlington.

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Audit Reveals Bigger Loss for LP in 2011

woodworkingnetwork.com
March 7, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

NASHVILLE, TN – Louisiana-Pacific Corporation (LP) (NYSE: LPX) lumped an additional $10.6 million to its previously stated loss for 2011 after learning that an audit of its GreenFiber joint venture. LP issued a press release on Feb.7 that it had posted an end of year loss of $170.7 million. However, on Feb. 24, LP was notified that the valuation of its 50-50 joint venture with Casella Waste Systems Inc. “had decreased significantly.” After adjustment, LPs said its 2011 net loss was $181.3 million.

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Countdown to ethical timber sourcing legislation

Green Building Press
March 8, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Procurement Managers should check for responsible purchasing policy, say the Timber Trade Federation (TTF), an organisation representing the timber and wood products supply chain. The group has issued a warning to all traders and buyers to prepare now for the European Timber Regulation (EUTR) or face a possible criminal charge. The Regulation does not come into force until March 2013, but with long lead times on certain products, the Federation has warned all companies to ensure they have systems in place to guarantee compliance. John White, Chief Executive of the TTF said: “The EUTR is a great, positive step forward for the industry. But, with one year to go there is still a lot of confusion and ignorance about the Regulation and its implications.” “We are reminding all companies involved in the trade that even products purchased BEFORE March 2013 will be caught by the Regulation if they are sold AFTER that date. 

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Pine log prices in Brazil close to all-time highs

IHB
March 8, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Eucalyptus log prices in Brazil reached a peak in the 3Q last year, but fell back almost eight percent in the 4Q/11 in US dollar terms because of the strengthening dollar. Current price levels are still among the highest since the Wood Resource Quarterly (www.woodprices.com) started tracking Brazilian wood prices in 1990. Prices for Eucalyptus pulpwood traded in the open market are high not only from a historical perspective, but also as compared to many other regions around the world. Only pulp mills in Europe and Australia had higher hardwood fiber costs than Brazil in late 2011, while North America, Chile, Russia and Indonesia all had lower hardwood log prices than the world’s largest market pulp exporter.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Timber buildings can go up to 30 storeys, says report

Timber Trades Journal
March 8, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada

“The Case for Tall Wood Buildings”, a new 240-page report, examines the possibilities for multi-storey engineered wood structures in buildings up to 30 storeys. Commissioned by the Canadian Wood Council, the report looks at the possibilities of using cross-laminated timber (CLT) and other engineered wood in buildings ranging from 10-30 storeys high. It introduces a new construction model for tall buildings using mass timber panels – called Finding the Forest Through the Trees (FFTT).

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Release of the ‘Case for Tall Wood Buildings’

By Canadian Wood Council
Canada NewsWire
March 7, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada

VANCOUVER – Guests at the Wood WORKS! BC Wood Design Awards last night were not only witness to an inspirational evening of innovative wood design, but also the first to hear an announcement made by Michael Giroux, President of the Canadian Wood Council (CWC), regarding the release of the highly-anticipated feasibility study, The Case for Tall Wood Buildings. Revolutionizing the way the building community designs and implements structures, the more than 200 page document delves into society’s shifting thought process, recognizing that issues such as climate change and increased housing demands as part of urban intensification are no longer notions but, represent new realities that need to be addressed. The study encourages architects, engineers and designers to push the envelope of conventional thinking about wood construction and inspires them to expand this discussion so that wood is positioned as the driving force behind a systematic change for the building industry – one with environmental, economic and common sense benefits.

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CR school building wins ‘green’ award

COURIER-ISLANDER
March 7, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Vancouver Island construction projects swept the annual Wood Works B.C. wood design awards on Monday showcasing residential to institutional developments. The green building award went to Craig Duffield of Vancouver’s McFarland Marceau Architects for his work on the Ecole Mer et Montagne Elementary School in Campbell River.

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Nanaimo firm takes home design award

Nanaimo Daily News
March 7, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Nanaimo’s Checkwitch Poiron Architects were among the big winners Monday night at the eighth annual Wood Works B.C. wood design awards Monday in Vancouver. The firm, which has offices in Nanaimo, Vancouver and Saltspring Island, received the award for commercial wood design for its design of the Nanaimo cruise ship terminal building.

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SFI opposes new draft of LEED standards

Home Channel News
March 7, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

.SFI Inc., the non-profit organization that oversees the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) program, has issued a statement criticizing the third and latest draft of LEED 2012 for only issuing LEED points or credits for certified wood that is “FSC or better.”  SFI maintains that the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), which administers the LEED program, continues to put up artificial barriers, shutting out 75% of North America’s forests that are certified by programs other than the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). …In response, Ashley Katz, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Green Building Council, said that the LEED rating system is designed “to choose materials that have verified green credentials. LEED references today’s best certifications and labels for all materials, including wood but retains the flexibility to allow recognition for new, emerging and substantially improved certifications that may appear between versions. 

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Really Fab Greenfab Prefab Certified LEED Platinum

By Lloyd Alter
Lloyd Alter
March 7, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

People often complain about LEED, wondering what is the point of spending all of that money on a plaque. But the real deal with LEED is that it is a third party certification to a tough and evolving standard. That’s why, in a week when the Ideabox IKEA prefab is getting all the media exposure, it is appropriate to get beyond home show hype and look at a real house on a real piece of land. Like this 1300 series from Greenfab, the first to be certified LEED Platinum in the State of Washington. Inside, it is a lovely mix of simple clean design with lots of exposed wood; I particularly like the basic plywood handrail on the stair.

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International Interest Grows in Green-Building Certification

New York Times
March 7, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

AUSTIN, TEXAS — Last month, the new U.S. Embassy compound in Madagascar, which includes high-efficiency windows and low-flow toilets, received certification as a green building. Taipei 101, one of the world’s tallest skyscrapers, also earned a green stamp of approval recently, as did the Seoul Finance Center in South Korea. As companies and governments look to burnish their environmental credentials around the world, many are devoting extra time and money to certifying their buildings as green. The buildings in Madagascar, Taipei and Seoul are among those that have turned to a U.S.-based process called LEED, short for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, which offers third-party verification. Other green-building standards, like the British-based BREEAM and DGNB in Germany, are also spreading outside their home countries.

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Forestry

Timber supply chopped for Shuswap

Sicamous Eagle Valley News
March 7, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Less timber will be harvested in the Okanagan-Shuswap. 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. “The Okanagan timber supply area has many diverse ecosystems, and the increase in areas managed for biodiversity and backcountry road networks means I needed to decrease the allowable annual cut to ensure long-term sustainability,” said Jim Snetsinger, B.C.’s chief forester. 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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Winnipeg’s urban forest getting more attention

 Group that says Winnipeg lost 40 per cent of elm population over last 30 years wants more funding to protect remaining 143,000 elms
MetroNews Canada
March 8, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A group fighting to stop the loss of the elm canopy in Winnipeg neighbourhoods is glad their message is getting through to city councillors. Trees Action Group (TAG) spoke to the city’s public works committee Monday over worries Winnipeg is on the verge of losing a majority of its mature elm population to Dutch elm disease. “(Tuesday) the public works committee moved forward our report to the forestry branch with directions to bring forward a strategic plan based on our report within 180 days,” TAG spokesperson Wendy Land said. “We are very pleased that they are paying serious attention to the current crisis.” Committee member Coun. Devi Sharma says city administrators have been asked to have the report back within the next 180 days.

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Logging Industry Needs Skilled Workers

Opinion 250 News
March 7, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George, B.C.- The logging industry in and around Prince George is very busy. “We are really seeing a ramping up of the industry” says MaryAnne Arcand of the Central Interior Logging Association. She says the predictions are for the activity to increase over the next few years, the problem is finding the people to do the work.”We have a tremendous worker shortage, I could used 500 trucks today” says Arcand, who says when spring break up is upon us, loggers will end up leaving wood on the ground because there aren’t enough equipment operators or drivers to make sure the logs get out of the bush.

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Legislation to limit liability on resource roads

by BC Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
Press Release
March 7, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – Amendments updating a number of resource-related acts were introduced today, including changes to the Occupiers Liability Act that will reduce liability concerns arising from the public use of resource roads.

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Northern roads, trails breaking down in warmer weather

Community leaders looking for different options for thoroughfares as winter warms up
CBC News
March 8, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Ontario’s Environmental Commissioner tabled a report yesterday suggesting ways the province can get ready for climate change. In northeastern Ontario, many are already adjusting to warmer winter weather. …Elsewhere in the north, where ice and snow is vital to keeping people’s houses warm and food on the table, the warmer weather is having an impact. The season for the James Bay winter road — and the time frame in which people can transport fuel and supplies to northern communities — is getting shorter and shorter.

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Why SFI is Better: Logger Training

Good for Forests (SFI) Blog
March 8, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

The U.S. Green Building Council is inviting comments on the draft language for its LEED rating system. SFI Inc. has invited views on the treatment of third-party forest certification, which must be “FSC or better” according to the latest USGBC credit language. In this post, Dr. Richard W. (Dick) Brinker, Dean Emeritus, School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences, Auburn University, and a member of the social chamber of the SFI Board of Directors, looks at how SFI supports logger training. One way to make sure forests are managed well is to make sure the people on the ground – loggers and landowners – are trained well. Training has been my passion for more than 25 years, and it has been a firm principle of the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®) since the start. I’ve conducted and coordinated extension education activities for professional loggers, foresters, and landowners since 1988. 

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Obama proposes $29M in Montana land conservation projects

by Rob Chaney
The Missoulian
March 8, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Montana acreage ranks high on President Barack Obama’s wish list for 2013 landscape conservation initiatives, including possible additions to Glacier National Park, conservation easements in the Blackfoot Valley and the Rocky Mountain Front, and completion of the Montana Legacy Project. “The fact this has risen to this level, with a White House conference last week, is really important,” said Greg Neudecker, a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service staff member and vice chairman of the Blackfoot Challenge. “The president and secretary of Interior were very complimentary of what folks in the Crown of the Continent have been doing here. It’s great to see them latching on to community conservation.”

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Support for federal timber bill dims

Portland Tribune
March 7, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Columbia County Commissioner Tony Hyde returned from Capitol Hill Tuesday morning after a several-day meeting with lobbyists and legislators on county-based legislative priorities. The main push of Hyde’s visit, which tied in with the National Association of Counties’ annual legislative conference, had been advocating for a House bill that would restore logging revenue in rural counties and set aside sensitive lands for conservancy. Hyde left Tuesday with a sense the bill, in its current form, would be unlikely to survive congressional review.

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China gambles on Cambodia’s shrinking forests

Reuters
March 7, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

BOTUM SAKOR, Cambodia – It was once the unspoiled jungle home for tigers, elephants, bears and gibbons. But today Botum Sakor National Park in southwest Cambodia is fast disappearing to accommodate a much less endangered species: the Chinese gambler. “This was all forest once,” says Chut Wutty, director of the Natural Resource Protection Group, an environmental watchdog based in the capital, Phnom Penh, gesturing across a near-treeless landscape. “But then the government sold the land to rich men.” He means Tianjin Union Development Group, a real-estate company from northern China, which is transforming 340 sq km (130 sq miles) of Botum Sakor into a city-sized gambling resort for “extravagant feasting and revelry,” its website says. A 64-km (40-mile) highway, now almost complete, will cut a four-lane swathe through mostly virgin forest.

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After illegal logging allegations, certifier lodges complaint against paper giant APP

Mongabay
March 7, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Less than a week after Greenpeace released evidence that protected tree species were being illegally logged and pulped at an Asia Pulp and Paper (APP) mill in Sumatra, a major certifier, the Program for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC), has lodged a complaint and asked for an investigation. In addition to PEFC’s move, the National Geographic Society, which was found to be sourcing from APP recently, has publicly broken ties with the company, and Greenpeace has handed over its evidence to Indonesian police who told the group there would be an investigation.

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Illegal logging destroying indigenous habitat

Newsroom Panama
March 7, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Another group of indigenous people is raising its voice in protest over abuses to the environment, because of illegal logging. After a meeting lasting over two hours with Lucia Chandeck the general manager of the National Environmental Authority (ANAM) a group of Wounnan decided to continue their day of protest, in an attempt to control the illegal logging of timber species in the province of Darien. Leonidas Quiros, legal adviser to the National People’s Congress Wounnan, said the Wounnan have also scheduled a vigil at either the premises of Anam or the National Authority of Land Management.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Special Report – Ready for Change? An assessment of Ontario’s climate change adaptation strategy

Press release
Environmental Commissioner of Ontario
March 7, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada

The Ontario government needs to climate proof the province. We are now experiencing the climate alterations caused by the cumulative release of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. Higher temperatures, along with an increase in the frequency and severity of intense weather events such as ice storms, heavy rains, heat waves, droughts and wind storms, are all projected for Ontario… From emergency services to water management to forest fire fighting, how will Ontario handle the growing heat and increasingly unpredictable weather patterns? Let me give you some specific examples…How will northern communities maintain winter ice roads, and respond to losses of permafrost, changing surface hydrology, and stresses to the boreal forest and wetlands?

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Vermont pellet/CHP project awaits pending RPS

Biomass Power and Thermal
March 7, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

Plans for Beaver Wood Energy’s 34 MW combined-heat-and-power facility co-located with a pellet plant in Fair Haven, Vt., are still moving along. But Tom Emero, managing director of development and operations, says the construction date of the facility largely depends on the outcome of the state’s pending renewable portfolio standard.

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Ameresco biomass cogeneration facility complete, in operation

The Augusta Chronicle
March 7, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

Operations have begun for the U.S. Department of Energy and Ameresco Inc. biomass facility at Savannah River Site. Ameresco, an energy efficiency and renewable energy company, has a 20-year, $795 million contract to build and operate the plant. The project, begun in 2009, represented a $150 million investment by Amer­esco and employed as many as 800 workers. The plant will create about 25 permanent jobs, not including private haulers who bring wood chips to it.

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LePage says Millinocket leaders broke word on landfill deal, withholds $216K

Bangor Daily News
March 7, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

MILLINOCKET, Maine — The state will withhold about $216,000 in aid from Millinocket because town officials broke an agreement to share Dolby landfill operating costs, Gov. Paul LePage’s spokeswoman said Wednesday. The spokeswoman, Adrienne Bennett, announced that East Millinocket and Millinocket will each get about $504,000 in Sudden and Severe Impact funds for the significant loss of taxable value the towns suffered with the sale of the two Katahdin region paper mills to the new Great Northern Paper Co. last year.

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The beauty of biomass

Green and virtuous, biomass offers some handling challenges, as Felicity Landon finds out
Port Strategy
March 8, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

As power generators look to biomass as a vital ‘green’ ingredient, for co-firing with coal or firing on its own, many ports see potential big business on the horizon… “Biomass is a material that requires particularly careful attention. There are numerous examples out there of people not treating biomass, and especially wood pellets, with the necessary safety precautions in mind – and they can find themselves facing explosion or fire. And even if you have the most far advanced handling system on the quay, it is still important to check the material coming in. We have heard stories of ships coming in with the biomass already smouldering.” Too many people mistakenly assume that biomass is ‘just another bulk’ and that somehow it will seamlessly follow coal from quay to power station, says Mr Tilley.

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Deadline looming for carbon credits

New Zealand
Waikato Times
March 8, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Owners of marginal pastoral land are being encouraged to consider forestry conversion to cash in on carbon credits. The Waikato Regional Council has made the suggestion as it writes to hundreds of forest owners reminding them to register their forests by March 31 if they want to qualify for and claim emissions trading scheme New Zealand units under the first five-year sequestration period of the Kyoto Protocol. While the carbon price was depressed at the moment, the outlook was good, council spokesman John Simmons said.

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Chile’s LAN Airlines Flies First S American Commercial Flight With Biofuel

Fox Business
March 7, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

CONCEPCION, CHILE – LAN Airlines SA passed a milestone Wednesday by flying the first-ever South American commercial flight using biofuel, as part of a project started with fuel and forestry conglomerate Copec SA. As LAN expands its operations through South America, with the acquisition of Colombia’s Aires and the merger with Brazil’s TAM Airlines, the firm is looking for alternatives to reduce pollution and improve efficiencies.

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Fortum to invest 20 mln euros in bio-oil plant

Reuters
March 7, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

HELSINKI – Finnish utility Fortum Oyj will invest 20 million euros ($26.2 mln) in the construction of a bio-oil production plant in southeast Finland amid growing demand for renewable fuels. The new facility will be integrated into its existing Joensuu power plant, the company said on Wednesday.

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General

Groups Urging US Forest Service to Protect Fish Habitats in Alaska

World Fishing Network (blog)
March 7, 2012
Category: Uncategorized
Region: United States, US West

A group of Alaska commercial fishermen, anglers, guides, naturalists and tour operators are in Washington, D.C., this week to advocate for more conservation and restoration of fish habitat in the Tongass National Forest in Southeast Alaska. The group, together with Trout Unlimited, Alaska Program, and Sitka Conservation Society, is meeting with key lawmakers and agency leaders to seek critical changes in the management of America’s largest national forest, a top producer of wild salmon. They want conservation of critical salmon habitat and watershed restoration to become higher priorities for the U.S. Forest Service in Southeast Alaska. 

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POLY-WOOD, Inc. Lumber Division Introduces New Product Line to Broaden Offering of Sustainable Lumber

press release
Poly-Wood Inc.
March 7, 2012
Category: Uncategorized

Syracuse, IN — POLY-WOOD, Inc. Lumber Division, a leading provider of recycled plastic lumber for the outdoor furnishings and accessories industries, announces the introduction a line of durable and sustainable utility grade plastic lumber… “With the popularity of our premium grade plastic lumber, we were inundated with requests for a product with similar durability; however, not requiring the U.V. stabilizing and esthetic features such as surface smoothing and color choices,” said Tim Pletcher, sales, POLY-WOOD Lumber Division. 

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Optimism for Oregon timber

Oregon Natural Resources Report
March 7, 2012
Category: Uncategorized

All indicators are moving in a positive direction this month, including the seemingly negative unsold inventory. The four-year trends of lumber, logs, housing, and mortgage statistics are shown below. …Every statistic shows reason for optimism this month, even unsold inventory. The best news centers on Housing starts and Building permits. While we have been waiting for housing starts to break 700 in the current month, the Census Bureau revised its statistics, and broke 700 for us, for the month of November 2011. 

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