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Business & Politics

Catalyst enters into Restructuring and Support Agreement

Canada News Wire press release
March 12, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

RICHMOND, BC – Catalyst Paper Corporation announced today that the company has entered into an agreement with certain holders of its 11% senior secured notes due 2016 and 7 3/8% senior notes due 2014 with respect to a plan of arrangement under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act. The company filed for protection under the CCAA on January 31, 2012. Catalyst Paper and its Board of Directors believe that entering into the Agreement and the restructuring transactions set out in the Agreement that will form the basis of Catalyst’s plan of arrangement are the best alternative available to the company and its noteholders, shareholders and other stakeholders. 

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Tight Timeframe To Nail Down Answers For Babine Re-Build

Opinion 250 News
March 11, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George, BC – The MLA for Nechako Lakes says stakeholders are “working to a very tight clock” to determine whether a re-build of the Babine Forest Products sawmill is feasible. In the aftermath of January’s deadly explosion and fire that completely razed the mill, the provincial government appointed former ‘Beetle Boss’, Bob Clark, and deputy minister, Ray Schultz, to lead the charge in determining whether there’s enough fiber supply to convince Portland-based, Hampton Affiliates to commit to rebuilding the sawmill. “This isn’t about reallocating fiber from somebody else, this is going to be about how to grow the pie, to make the fiber basket larger in order to be able to meet the midterm fiber supply needs to justify a $100-million dollar replacement mill,” says John Rustad.

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Conifex and It’s Employees Contribute to Burns Lake Fund

Opinion 250 News (blog)
March 9, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George, B.C.- Conifex and its employees have donated $32,625.24 to the Burns Lake disaster fund. Conifex matched penny for penny the amount its 474 employees contributed to the cause. The payroll deduction plan was something spear headed by the Steelworkers Union Local 1-424, an idea that has gained plenty of support throughout the labour sector. Steelworkers Local 1-424 President Frank Everett says so far, the union lead effort has contributed more than $100 thousand dollars to the Burns Lake Disaster Fund. 

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Maritime Paper workers go on strike

CBC News
March 9, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

About a dozen unionized employees at Maritime Paper Products Ltd. picketed outside the Dartmouth plant on Friday morning. Local 1520 of the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union, which represents more than 100 employees at the plant, began their strike at about 7:30 a.m. One of the workers told CBC News that at 6:00 a.m., a unionized employee who was still in the plant was asked to leave for security reasons.

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Quebec court overturns warrant cease trade order for Fibrek warrants

CanadianBusiness.com
March 9, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

MONTREAL – The takeover fight for Fibrek Inc. took a turn Friday after the company said a Quebec court has overturned a decision to halt the trading of 32.3 million special warrants issued to Mercer International making a hostile bid more difficult. Vancouver-based Mercer has signed a friendly deal to buy Fibrek, however rival bidder Resolute Forest Products had sought the cease trade order for the special warrants. “We are pleased that the Court of Québec has preserved the fundamental right of all Fibrek shareholders to benefit from the best available offer for their investment in Fibrek,” Fibrek chairman Hubert Lacroix said in a statement… Fibrek repeated a call to shareholders to accept the Mercer offer.

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Ownership tangle hinders development

March 12, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The demolition of a century-old vacant mill on Chaudière Island by paper manufacturer Domtar has resurrected debate on the future of the archipelago that was once the engine of Ottawa’s economy. In doing so, it has also exposed the complicated property ownership and land titles – some dating back to the 1800s – that make the islands difficult to delineate, and perhaps develop. It is typical of the Ottawa jurisdictional tangle that has long stymied progress on major development projects like LeBreton Flats and Sparks Street rejuvenation…. Domtar, however, is king of the river. It owns most of Chaudière – about six hectares – as well as more than nine hectares on the Gatineau shoreline, where its Quebec paper mill was located.

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Maroun beefs up holdings in timber, energy

The Chronicle Herald
March 12, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Sydney-born entrepreneur Louis Maroun was in a buying mood during the week ending Thursday, according to the System for Electronic Disclosure by Insiders, Canada’s electronic method for filing and publicly disseminating insider trading reports. The former executive chairman of ING Real Estate Canada, one of Canada’s leading real estate investment managers, acquired 13,400 common shares in Acadian Timber Corp. at $11.19 each. That left him holding 29,900 shares in the company, which is the second-largest timberland operator in New Brunswick and Maine.

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A lifeline for counties

But Congress must address the longer-term needs
The Register-Guard
March 11, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Oregon’s economically distressed timber counties got a much-needed dose of good news Thursday when the U.S. Senate voted to approve a one-year extension of the federal timber payments program. But the counties, some of which are in very real danger of economic collapse, need more help to survive a crisis that’s not going away any time soon. Even if the measure, which extends payments at a reduced level, is approved by the House, the counties still would be forced to make major cuts in services ranging from public safety to road repair. 

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Sawmill specializes in locally sourced, sustainable products

Statesman Journal
March 11, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

.. Much of the wood Deumling cuts at his sawmill comes from forestry operations bearing the Forest Stewardship Council certification, including logs taken from his family’s 1,300-acre forest. There’s no clear-cutting on the family’s land… That appeals to the same type of consumers who shop at farmers markets and prefer buying local. The FSC certification, like certification for organically grown foods, gives consumers assurances that the product was produced in a sustainable manner. Consumers, however, must be willing to pay a bit more for products bearing the FSC certification.

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Future looks rosy for Cloquet mill

Construction is expected to start in April on a conversion at the Sappi mill in Cloquet that Project Director Mike Schultz said will add at least 20 years to the life of the mill.
Pine Journal
March 10, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

In approximately 14 months, Sappi Fine Paper in Cloquet will be selling its product to an entirely new market, to be turned into clothing and baby wipes in countries like China, India and Indonesia. Between then and now, there will be myriad changes at the Cloquet mill as Sappi Limited invests $170 million to convert the existing kraft pulp mill to production of chemical cellulose and upgrade machines used in the coated paper facility.

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Green Ash Prices Rise as Sawmills Slow

Woodworking network
March 9, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

During the past four months, low mill production has pushed green Ash prices up much faster than kiln-dried. In the Appalachian region, for example, the Weekly Hardwood Review green 4/4 FAS price climbed $65 compared to $35 for KD. Looking ahead, concentration yards may have difficulty passing along these higher costs to their customers, as domestic markets aren’t strong enough to support increases and price fatigue appears to be spreading among overseas buyers.

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Gunns Tasmanian mill hit by pullout of investor

The Australian
March 10, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

OPPONENTS of Gunns’ $2.3 billion Tasmanian pulp mill have declared the project dead, amid concern for the future of the company itself, after the sudden withdrawal of a cornerstone investor. Singapore-based Richard Chandler Corporation yesterday stunned Gunns by withdrawing its interest in taking a 39 per cent stake in the company for $150 million. Combined with a $130m rights issue and further asset sales, Gunns had been banking on the deal to clear its $600m debt and win a joint-venture partner for the Tamar Valley mill.

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Wood costs in Brazil reach their highest levels in 20 years

Pulp and Paper News
March 9, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Wood costs for pulp mills and sawmills in Brazil have gone up over the past few years, reaching their highest levels in over 20 years in 2011, according to the Wood Resource Quarterly. However, towards the end of the year, Eucalyptus and pine log prices fell, mainly because of the strengthening US dollar. 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. 

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A look at the global forest industry in the 4Q/2011

By Hakan Ekstrom
Troy Media
March 10, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

SEATTLE, WA – The Global Sawlog Price Index declined for the second straight quarter to $87.28/m3 in the 4Q… Production of market pulp on a worldwide basis was up 4 per cent from October to November, and operating rates reached 91 per cent for the 20 of the world’s largest producing countries in the world. Softwood lumber production and trade were down in many of the major markets worldwide during the fall of 2011. In the U.S. and Canada, production fell sharply in November by 9 and 6 per cent, respectively, from the previous month… Pellet exports from the U.S. South showed steady shipments for three consecutive quarters in late 2010 and early 2011 before a significant increase occurred in the second and third quarter of 2011.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Tall Wood: Architect Gives Away Technology To Build Wood Buildings Thirty Storeys High

Their work may well change the nature of construction in much of the United States and Canada
Tree Hugger
March 9, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, United States

Now a new Canadian study demonstrates a hybrid system that has been engineered for buildings up to thirty stories… The system differs from pure CLT plays in that it also uses Laminated Strand Lumber (LSL, trade name Parallam) and Laminated Veneer Lumber (LVL)… Sustainably harvested wood is the resource that lasts forever, employs local trades and minimizes shipping. Thanks to the Mountain Pine Beetle, we have more of it than we could possibly use. Architect Michael Green and Engineer J. Eric Karsh have produced a remarkable 240 page document. Furthermore, they could have patented or licenced it but are giving away all of their research under a Creative Commons licence.

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City of Jefferson plans construction of new city hall

Daily Journal of Commerce
March 9, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

The city of Jefferson is building a long-awaited and much-needed city hall… In order to keep the building’s material costs down, the building will employ the use of eight-inch block and metal siding. Ward said wood siding would have been cheaper but that it would have cost more in the long run because it requires regular maintenance.

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Ayers Saint Gross wins WoodWorks award

The Daily Record
March 9, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

A Maryland firm was among nine award winners nationally honored with a WoodWorks Wood Design Award, presented by WoodWorks, a cooperative venture of major wood associations and organizations throughout North America. Ayers Saint Gross of Baltimore, an architectural, planning and landscape architecture firm, won in the Commercial Wood Design category for the Thomas Jefferson Visitor Center and Smith Education Center in Charlottesville, Va. The award was for the use of wood as the primary building material to complement the brick architecture of Monticello, Thomas Jefferson’s house, and reflect the surrounding natural scenery, while keeping costs down and taking advantage of renewable material.

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Demand for hardwood lumber from USA picking up

EUWID Wood Products and Panels
March 12, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

After the slow fourth quarter of last year, agents and importers say demand for US hardwood lumber assortments has recovered again at the beginning of 2012 as expected. At the same time, however, some importers only registered a brief upswing in January followed by a slower rate of enquiries again in February. For March, the general assumption is that receipts of orders are going to match or exceed the level of a year ago. After the trade had mainly added to its stocks on a smaller scale at the end of last year, enquiries are currently being received for major volumes again.

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New Scotland-only architect awards

Scotsman
March 11, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

THE shortlist ranges from a £30 million council headquarters to a small wooden bird hide that cost just £34,000. Both are competing to be named as one of the country’s best buildings in the first national awards to be held by the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS)… The RIAS has also established a new award sponsored by Wood for Good and the Forestry Commission Scotland for the project which best demonstrates the use of timber. “Timber design is now a crucially important aspect of Scottish architecture. We’re seeing innovative, interesting, attractive, contemporary and clever ways of using it a lot now,” said Baxter.

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Prefab, Glue Laminated Timber Ribs Form This Inspiring

By Kimberley Mok
Tree Hugger
March 10, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

It’s been said that architecture is a cultural repository of sorts; the structure, materiality and aesthetics chosen for a building can express a lot about a society’s values and intentions — or at least the client’s or architect’s… Located on the main square of Vennesla, Norway, the new building links an existing community and learning center together. The concept extends the urban space with a transparent facade that acts as an “urban loggia,” revealing a glowing interior that is populated with a series of 27 prefabricated, glue-laminated timber ribs and CNC-cut plywood boards.

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Forestry

Tides Canada Managers Testify Before the Canadian Senate

Tides Canada
March 8, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

A pair of Tides Canada senior managers testified before Parliament today, presenting the opportunities that the transition to a clean-energy future will provide for Canada. Merran Smith, of the Tides Canada Energy Initiative Vice president Sarah Goodman began by noting that Tides Canada supports, convenes or funds hundreds of initiatives that seek to strengthen our ecosystems and communities, and give voice to often under-represented or marginalized members of Canadian society.

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Banks man arrested after Jack in the Box employee struck with sandwich

News-Times
March 9, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, United States

Forest Grove Police say a 48-year-old Banks man was so angry after employees of the Forest Grove Jack in the Box bungled his order of curly fries, that he hit an employee with a breakfast sandwich.

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Transforming forest management in BC

Vancouver Sun
March 11, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The recent auditor-general’s report on government mismanagement of our forests should serve as a wake-up call to the people of British Columbia to demand transformation of forest governance and management. Healthy forests provide us with clean water and clean air. They store three-quarters of the world’s above-ground carbon and are biodiversity hot spots. They are critical natural sinks for greenhouse gases, yet can become major sources for decades upon harvest… Keeping our forests healthy is critical for our survival. History has repeatedly shown that societies that steward their forests thrive, whereas societies that exploit their forests to the point of collapse soon follow suit. In B.C. we are on the latter path, and these fears have been verified in recent reports.

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More burning in West Kelowna

Castanet
March 11, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Despite a wet, soggy day with more rain in the forecast, the Regional District of Central Okanagan is again conducting a controlled burn Sunday. A controlled burn is being conducted in Rose Valley Regional Park on Sunday… The work in Rose Valley is designed to eliminate piles of pine beetle infested and other fire hazard wood debris which has built up in the park.

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Is there any hope for the spotted owl, BC’s most endangered bird?

The Georgia Straight
March 9, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

An unprecedented number of people have visited Boundary Bay over the last three months, with one purpose in mind: to look at owls… Meanwhile, further up the Fraser Valley, in the shadow of the snowy peaks, another species of owl is fighting for survival. One of B.C.’s last remaining northern spotted owls, that elusive inhabitant of dark, old-growth forests, faces an uncertain future. Despite discovery of a nest site and radio tracking of the owl by government biologists, nearby forest continues to be cut. Chilliwack residents and conservationists across B.C., many of whom believed that the Post Creek and Ford Mountain forest was a protected area, are asking how logging can be permitted in the habitat of such a critically endangered bird.

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DeFazio touts idea to help counties

OregonLive.com
March 12, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio said his bipartisan proposal to designate some federal land for logging and a preliminary Senate vote to extend forest payments may provide breathing room for Oregon timber counties on the edge of insolvency.  DeFazio, a Democrat who represents the 4th District in southwest Oregon, has joined fellow Oregon Reps. Kurt Schrader, a Democrat, and Greg Walden, a Republican, to increase logging on what’s called the Oregon & California Railroad land. 

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Post Interview on Planning Rule « A New Century of Forest Planning

New national forest rule to focus on restoration of damaged ecosystems
The Denver Post
March 9, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

Obama administration officials are emphasizing restoration of degraded ecosystems as they roll out a final new rule for managing the nation’s 193 million acres of forests and grasslands. Thirty years in the making, the rule to be officially issued this month will direct regional foresters to use science and more monitoring to improve conditions, Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell said in an interview Thursday. “If we don’t restore our forests and grasslands, we’re going to continue to see more loss of the benefits,” Tidwell said. “More loss of the clean water that is produced on healthy forests. More loss of wildlife habitat. More soil erosion.”

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Guest opinion: Proposed Palisades timber sale offers many benefits

Billings Gazette
March 10, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

When we look at the forest along the mountain front west of Red Lodge we see green, but that won’t last — one way or another. The green stands of mature lodgepole pine will be “harvested” in some way, whether from beetle kill, a stand-destroying fire, or from mechanical harvest with economic benefit to the county and neighboring communities. The Department of Natural Resources and Conservation has proposed a timber sale west of Red Lodge offering the opportunity to create positive benefit while still respecting natural processes. Here’s why this timber sale is a good idea… Better paying jobs… Reduced wildfire risk… Revenues for our schools.

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See Frightening Pictures Of A Minivan Impaled By A Log

Jalopnik
March 11, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

If you weren’t already nervous when traveling behind a logging truck on the highway we’re afraid these pictures might inspire some anxiety next time you spot one on the open road. Joseph Gale and his wife were driving in Fulton, Mississippi on Thursday when a logging truck flipped over on the opposite side of the highway. Before they knew it one of every driver’s worst nightmares came true when one of the logs the truck had been carrying flew across the median and through the front windshield of their minivan. Amazingly Gale escaped with only a broken arm while his wife received 29 stitches on her head. 

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Recovery from Bastrop fires faces many obstacles

Associated Press
March 10, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

BASTROP, TX — Greg Creacy stops his Texas Parks and Wildlife pickup on the side of Park Road 1A and points to a gully clogged with black mud and ash. A nearly 5-inch January rain at Bastrop State Park had filled every low spot in sight with the thick muck. …What used to be here, before September’s fires swept through Bastrop County and blackened Bastrop State Park, is a mature forest of pines and hardwoods thick with deer and songbirds and the whoosh of breezes through treetops. …. Creacy and the 20-odd other members of the Lost Pines Recovery Team — a hastily assembled group of county, state and federal employees that includes foresters, biologists and conservationists — recently finished writing a five-year plan for controlling erosion, reseeding native grasses and planting millions of loblolly pines inside a fire scar that covers more than 50 square miles.

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Fighting for the forest

Tampa Bay Times
March 11, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

This new pest is called the red bay ambrosia beetle and, as the name suggests, it attacks red bay trees. These are common in suburban yards and even more common in the state’s hardwood hammocks, a fact that doesn’t become fully apparent until the beetles descend and kill every single decent-sized specimen. It happened last year in Fort Cooper State Park in Citrus County. And judging from the beetle’s usual rate of spread, said Vince Morris, an ecologist with the Florida Forest Service, “I wouldn’t be surprised if red bays in (Hernando County) are wiped out by the end of the year.”

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Trees for Tomorrow trip teaches lessons

By Tammy Koenig, science teacher, D.C. Everest Middle School
Wausau Daily Herald
March 8, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

EAGLE RIVER — Scholarships provided by the Domtar Paper Co. allowed 25 students from D.C. Everest Middle School to experience the best of the Northwoods at the Trees For Tomorrow Learning Center in Eagle River… Trees For Tomorrow is the state’s only fully accredited natural resource specialty school. In addition to education, outdoor skills, life skills and stewardship are taught. “I have learned so much. Trees For Tomorrow takes what I had learned at the school forest and raised the bar higher,” Allison Cotton said.

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VicForests ventures deep into woods

Sydney Morning Herald
March 12, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

VICFORESTS has appointed a new chief executive as it reassesses its role as the seller of timber from Victoria’s native forests. The process will affect those who use the hardwood timber – builders, architects, designers and furniture makers – in residential and commercial construction. The new chief, Robert Green, previously VicForests’ director of sales and contracts, said the state government was reviewing the legislation that governed VicForests. ”I think we will see some significant changes to the way timber is allocated. Some of the underpinnings will remain. We are still required to be financially prudent,” he told BusinessDay.

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Ancient oaks need more protection, say campaigners

Calls to do more to protect oak trees which could have survived for hundreds of years have been made.
BBC News
March 10, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Woodland Trust and the Ancient Tree Forum say trees growing in Wrexham and Chirk could be among some of the oldest in Wales. They are calling for the planned merger of three environmental bodies in Wales to take responsibility for tree preservation powers.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Biomass: future fuels from forest to flame

Center for Alternative Technology
March 10, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

Recently we took a group of students studying for their MSc in Renewable Energy for the Built Environment to see several local wood-based heating installations as part of their biomass 30 credit module. After doing some research into novel biological energy sources and products, we set out to help the students to gather information to inform their own work, a design feasibility report for a biomass heating system for the Plas in Machynlleth, a large listed building home to community groups and local businesses. First off, we visited a local timber and wood fuel producer. 

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An old fuel may be in Norwich’s future

The Guidon
March 9, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

Norwich University is going back to the future, researching modern use of an ancient heat source as it considers a proposal to build a biomass wood chip plant to heat the campus.
David Magida, chief administrative officer at Norwich, is leading a team looking at the proposed project, its cost and efficiency before it is presented to the board of trustees for possible approval or further research. Bizhan Yahyazadeh, the Norwich director of facility operations, says burning wood for heat is an ancient concept that has been revolutionized by modern technology to make the process more efficient.

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Biomass Won’t Solve Climate Change Either

March 12, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

This time it’s the Greens themselves telling us that biomass energy isn’t the solution to climate change… All of which I find rather interesting. Because we’re being painted into something of a corner here. We can’t keep using fossil fuels because of climate change (OK, OK, we’re told we can’t) and we certainly can’t use nuclear power because we’ll all grow two heads and anyway, what about Fukushima and Three Mile Island? We can’t use biofuels because they displace food growing, we’re not allowed to use biomass now because the woodland fairies would be deprived of habitat. 

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Durban climate change framework lacks citizens’ support — UN

Reuters
March 10, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

LONDON – Ordinary people are not putting enough pressure on governments to deliver a legally binding deal on cutting greenhouse gas emissions, the UN’s climate chief said. “There is not enough well up from the bottom up. I don’t see millions of citizens demanding climate action,” Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change, said at a lecture on Friday… After years of talks on a new deal to cut greenhouse gas emissions, countries from around the globe agreed last December in Durban to forge a new deal by 2015 forcing all the biggest polluters for the first time to limit pollution.

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General

145 acres of trees charred by Pagami fire salvaged for mill

By John Myers
Duluth News Tribune
March 10, 2012
Category: Uncategorized
Region: US East, United States

They may look charred on the outside, but thousands of trees scorched by last autumn’s Pagami Creek fire are being salvaged for a lumber mill in Grand Marias. A survey last year by U.S. Forest Service officials found about 145 acres of standing, dead trees that were good enough to use for lumber. That’s just a tiny fraction of the 93,000 acres that burned, but officials say it is worth the effort.

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Ownership tangle hinders development

March 12, 2012
Category: Uncategorized

The demolition of a century-old vacant mill on Chaudière Island by paper manufacturer Domtar has resurrected debate on the future of the archipelago that was once the engine of Ottawa’s economy. In doing so, it has also exposed the complicated property ownership and land titles – some dating back to the 1800s – that make the islands difficult to delineate, and perhaps develop. It is typical of the Ottawa jurisdictional tangle that has long stymied progress on major development projects like LeBreton Flats and Sparks Street rejuvenation…. Domtar, however, is king of the river. It owns most of Chaudière – about six hectares – as well as more than nine hectares on the Gatineau shoreline, where its Quebec paper mill was located.

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