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Daily Archives: March 30, 2012

Froggy Foibles

Earth Hour social-media campaign emits plenty of CO2

The Province
March 30, 2012
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: Canada

Green groups around the world are turning to social net-working to drive their campaign for Earth Hour on Saturday, when lights are turned off for an hour to signal concern about global warming. But here’s the irony. With every email, every tweet, every appeal watched on You-Tube or “liked” on Facebook, environmentalists are stoking the very problem they want to resolve. Each time we network, we emit carbon dioxide through the fossil fuels that are burned to power our computers and the servers and databanks that store or relay our message.

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A record player that plays slices of wood.

We had a version of this story back in January, we are including it again because this one has some great images.
Traubeck
March 30, 2012
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: United States

A tree’s year rings are analysed for their strength, thickness and rate of growth. This data serves as basis for a generative process that outputs piano music. It is mapped to a scale which is again defined by the overall appearance of the wood (ranging from dark to light and from strong texture to light texture). The foundation for the music is certainly found in the defined ruleset of programming and hardware setup, but the data acquired from every tree interprets this ruleset very differently.

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Business & Politics

We Are Canfor

By World of Wood, CEO Don Kayne’s Blog
Canfor
March 30, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Canfor has launched a new corporate video. Take a look and let us know what you think at CEOblog@canfor.com

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Sino-Forest analyst departing Dundee

National Post
March 29, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

The man who famously called Muddy Waters Research a “pile of crap” is leaving Dundee Capital Markets.  Richard Kelertas was one of the only people on Bay Street who dared to come to the defence of Sino-Forest Corp. last summer, after Muddy Waters founder Carson Block accused it of fraud. Mr. Kelertas made headlines with his spirited attack on the short-selling firm (particularly the “pile of crap” comment) but he suspended coverage of the stock a couple of weeks later.

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Forest Industry Sees Opportunity in Austerity Budget

by FPAC
Canada News Wire press release
March 29, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

OTTAWA – The Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) is pleased that the Government of Canada has decided to maintain spending on programs aimed at transforming the forest sector even while tough measures are being taken to tackle the deficit. The “Jobs and Growth” budget from Minister of Finance, Jim Flaherty, includes $105 million over two years for forestry innovation and market development. “This kind of support has been helping to secure employment and shore up communities that rely on the forest products industry,” says Avrim Lazar, the President and CEO of FPAC.

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S&P revises Millar Western outlook to negative

Reuters
March 29, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services revised its outlook on  Calgary, Alta.-based Millar Western Forest Products Ltd. to negative from stable. Standard & Poor’s also affirmed its ‘B-‘ long-term corporate credit rating on the company, as well its ‘B-‘ issue-level rating on Millar Western’s senior unsecured notes due 2021. The ‘4’ recovery rating on the debt is unchanged. The outlook revision reflects our concerns about the company’s deteriorating profitability stemming from lower bleached chemi-thermomechanical pulp (BCTMP) prices and negative cash flow generation.

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Exports to China off to a Strong Start

HQ Prince George
March 29, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

British Columbia’s Minister of Jobs is celebrating a spike in lumber exports year over year in January. Pat Bell says lumber exports totalled 387 million board feet, representing a 57 per cent increase. “We also have mineral exports up 145 percent. Machinery and equipment also we’ve been able to grow although only at $24 million. That’s up 285 per cent over 2011.”

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St. Marys sale approved

Northern Ontario Business
March 29, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The sale of shuttered St. Marys Paper in Sault Ste. Marie has been approved by an Ontario court.  On March 26, authorization was given for the sale to numbered company 2319839 Ontario Inc., which has been described by manager and receiver Ernst & Young as “a consortium of companies including an auctioneer, a real estate development company, a metals recycling company and a forest products company.” …The mill’s assets are being sold on an “as is, where is” basis and include the inventory, machinery, equipment and furniture; the real property, including improvements and fixtures; and the mill’s rights to wood supply. It does not include the mill yard wood.

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Gilson Wash district initiates re-opening of Tribe’s sawmill

Arizona Silver Belt
March 28, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

San Carlos – During a recent meeting, members of the San Carlos Apache Tribal Council took action at the request of Tao Etpison, Gilson Wash District Council, that it would be beneficial to the Gilson Wash District if the Tribe’s Sawmill was assigned to Gilson Wash and re-opened to provide economic opportunities and employment to the members of the Gilson Wash District. “The sawmill is owned by the Tribe and it was subcontracted for five years to a private business.

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Voices of the mill: Mike Ingrum, 44, of Marysville

Through Sunday, we’re telling the stories of what the Kimberly-Clark mill closure means for workers and for Everett, which has been defined by mills for more than a century.
HeraldNet
March 29, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Mike Ingrum used to run the No. 10 boiler at the Kimberly-Clark pulp and paper mill. Now his boiler has been shut down for good, and he’s spending his final work days at an eerily silent mill. “It’s hard,” he said. “It’s like a bad dream to this day.” Kimberly-Clark’s mill in Everett is set to close in mid-April. The company said it plans to demolish the site and sell the land. Hundreds of people have already lost their jobs. Everett, the City of Smokestacks, has lost its last one.

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Ronald Baker, 70 of Marysville

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Sawmills Could Deliver Glut of Hardwoods

Woodworking Network
March 29, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

In the hardwood industry, concerns are growing about the potential for overproduction.  The pace of production has indeed picked up across all eastern regions. In the Northern U.S., the mud season has been short, and log inventories at sawmills are in much better shape after a few weeks of warmer weather.As log decks have grown, mills have increased production schedules accordingly, including some reports of 50-hour weeks and double shifts.

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Recycled pulp mill in the pipeline

Ninemsn
March 30, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Australia’s primary producer of office paper is considering building a recycled pulp mill in Victoria to reduce its reliance on native forests, in a proposal green groups say is long overdue. Australian Paper, producer of Reflex, has announced a feasibility study into building a recycling plant at its Maryvale mill in the Latrobe Valley. The multi-million-dollar plant is part of a company strategy to increase from two thirds to three quarters the proportion of recycled waste and plantation timber used in production.

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Metsä Fibre to increase NBSK prices in Europe

Lesprom Network
March 29, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Metsä Fibre, formerly Metsä Botnia, to raise price of Botnia Nordic Pine in Europe to $870 per ton. The new price will be effective on April 1, as the company said in a press release received by Lesprom Network. Metsä Fibre is a world-leading producer of softwood pulp for high-quality paper, board and tissue producers in Europe and Far East.
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Forestry export demand weaker

Voxy
March 30, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

A developing oversupply of logs in China and continuing currency pressure has resulted in a small fall in New Zealand forestry export earnings for the latest quarter. The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry has this week released forestry production and trade figures for the December 2011 quarter. The total value of New Zealand forestry exports for the quarter to 31 December 2011 was down $56.1 million on the previous December quarter, at NZ$1.1 billion.

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New Zealand Government release

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Gunns seeks up front court costs

ABC News, Australia
March 30, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The timber company Gunns has applied for the Tasmanian Conservation Trust to pay legal costs up front in its court challenge to the Tamar Valley pulp mill. The trust is challenging the validity of Gunns’ permits for the pulp mill, arguing they lapsed before substantial work had commenced. That case is yet to be heard, but Gunns has applied to the Supreme Court for security of costs.

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Cousins admits warning off Chandler Corp

ABC News, Australia
March 30, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

It has been revealed high-profile pulp mill opponent Geoffrey Cousins advised the Chandler Corporation against investing in Gunns’ pulp mill project. Mr Cousins warned about the possibility of protests bigger than the Franklin Dam campaign if Chandler invested in the project as it stands. The Sydney businessman says he was asked by Gunns to speak to the Singapore-based group during the due diligence process. Last month, the corporation withdrew from plans to invest $150 million in the Tasmanian timber company.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Are libraries on the shelf? Bookcase makers still optimistic

Victoria Times Colonist
March 24, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

…With the rush to embrace digital storage in one form or another, one would think that the days of the traditional bookcase would be numbered. …But some people have begun to shy away from furniture made with compressed wood products held together with adhesives that contain urea-formaldehyde resins. Most of these products are made of particleboard sheets with a veneer skin or painted medium-density fibreboard. …Fortunately there are still about 20 local businesses – from furniture-makers to millworkers – that produce bookcases made from real wood. “First, there is the beauty of using real wood,” Squires Ferguson says. “On top of that, people can even select the piece of wood they wish to use.”

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Japan’s Feb. housing starts log 1st rise in 6 months

Mainichi Daily News
March 30, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

TOKYO (Kyodo) — Japan’s housing starts in February rose 7.5 percent from a year earlier to 66,928 units, marking the first increase in six months, the government said Friday. The rise was backed by strong starts in condominiums for sale… Housing starts for condos for sale jumped 19.5 percent, the first rise in three months, the ministry said.

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Energy efficient Larch and Lime House in Ebbw Vale take first tenants

BBC News
March 30, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Larch House and Lime House in Ebbw Vale, Blaenau Gwent, are prototypes in eco-friendly social housing. …Both properties were developed by Blaenau Gwent council and United Welsh Housing Association, based in Caerphilly. …Three-bedroom Larch House House …was the UK’s first zero carbon “passivhaus”, the German phrase for passive house, meaning a property that requires little energy for heating or cooling. … its construction from close-fitting wooden panels which cut draughts to almost nil, it has won a number of awards for its energy efficiency. It takes its name from the Welsh larch timber cladding.

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Forestry

The federal budget’s declaration of war on environmentalists

Vancouver Sun (blog)
March 29, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

My Postmedia colleagues Andrew Coyne and Michael den Tandt are saying the Harper government failed to deliver a truly conservative, transformative budget. Certainly in some ways they’re correct, but mostly from an Ottawa-centric perspective — the bureaucracy and federal spending were trimmed only modestly, and the obscene number of grands and contributions will continue to flow out to fund various interest groups. But I beg to differ on the broader point. I think the government’s commitment to simultaneously put out the regulatory red carpet to resource development, while using bureaucrats at the Canada Revenue Agency to go after the environmental movement, is a pretty massive step in Canadian politics.

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Federal 2012 Budget Reinvests in FPInnovations and Forestry Innovation

by FPInnovations
Canada News Wire press release
March 29, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

OTTAWA – FPInnovations, a unique industry/government forestry innovation partnership, today commended the Canadian government and Finance Minister Jim Flaherty’s recommitment to Canadian forest sector transformation and innovation in the 2012 federal budget. The budget, released today in the House of Commons, confirms the federal investment of $105 million over 2 years for market development and forestry innovation, including FPInnovations.

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Budget targets environmental critics

The Province
March 29, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

OTTAWA — Finance Minister Jim Flaherty’s budget takes aim at the federal government’s environmental critics, while reducing its own internal resources for promoting sustainable development. The budget tabled Thursday proposes a few environmental protection measures. In contrast, it contains an $8-million plan to crack down on conservation groups, while maintaining the status quo on substantial tax incentives for the oil and gas sector.

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New concept of community forests underway in West Boundary

Boundary Sentinel
March 29, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

West Boundary residents are learning about what it will be like to own a community forest through a consultation process underway in the area. Recent public meetings were held in both Greenwood and Midway to give locals a chance to hear about the proposed community forest and voice concerns. The session in Greenwood was attended by nearly 20 people, said mayor Nipper Kettle. “There were a few citizens from the Jewel lake area who were concerned about the viewscape and how much logging would take place as well as truck traffic on the road,” said Kettle.

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Ecosystem restoration burns planned for South Okanagan

by BC Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
Press Release
March 30, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

SUMMERLAND – Prescribed burning is planned for the Bald Range area between April 2 and May 11, 2012, weather conditions permitting. This controlled burning will assist with ecosystem restoration and will occur in several phases during this period. …Historically, grasslands and open forests in the Okanagan have been renewed through frequent, low-intensity ground fires. Such fires limit tree encroachment, rejuvenate understory plants (trees and shrubs that grow beneath the forest canopy but above ground-cover plants) and maintain open grassland and open forests that contain large trees.

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LETTER: Forests under threat

Letter by Wendy Webb
The Nelson Daily
March 29, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

When the movie Avatar made its debut, it caught the hearts of people everywhere as they empathized with the Navi, a people whose world and way of life was threatened by the intrusion of a huge profit-focused corporation. What most fail to realize is the very same thing is happening right now – here in the real world, in our own country – in the West Chilcotin of interior British Columbia. When the provincial government decreased the number of forest districts by increasing the area covered by each, it left the door open for the major forestry corporations – West Fraser, Tolko and government-owned BCTS – to extend their operations into areas previously out of their reach.

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Premier can save her party or create her legacy

Globe and Mail
March 29, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Premier Christy Clark, faced with her first full-frontal leadership attack, this week laid out her primary objective for the next 14 months: “I’m focused on one thing, and that is holding our free enterprise coalition together, to win the next election.” …At the same time, while the mountain pine beetle has been devastating millions of hectares of land earmarked for timber harvest, the government’s grasp on what is left of the forest resource is slipping. Without a proper inventory, B.C. is blithely approaching a time when its interior mills start to run out of logs without even knowing when the end will come.

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Log exports protested in Alberni

Alberni Valley News
March 30, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Raw logs were being loaded and exported out of Port Alberni this week and the Steelworkers Local 185 had something to say about it. Approximately 50 protesters carried placards and voiced their disapproval at Panamanian ship Santa Serena being loaded with raw logs at the Port Alberni Port Authority’s dock on Harbour Road. At the public dock, Canadian logs should equal Canadian jobs, said Steelworkers Loc. 185 president Dave Steinhauer.

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Pending cutback of MNR offices worries northern mayors

Having a local presence is important for resource management, northern mayors say
CBC.ca
March 29, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Some municipal leaders in the northwest are concerned about plans to cut the number of Ministry of Natural Resources field offices. Richard Harvey, the mayor of Nipigon, said an MNR district office in his community is a must. “When we’re dealing with issues that are taking place in this area — to have people who are local, to have people who are here … means we can more efficiently plan [and] work our forest.”

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Bruce Northrup unveils new forestry plan

CBC News
March 30, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Natural Resources Minister Bruce Northrup is holding the line on the annual allowable cut for softwood lumber in the provincial government’s new forestry policy. Northrup made the long-awaited announcement today in Fredericton.  The annual allowable cut for softwood, such as spruce, fir and jack pine, is 3.27 million cubic metres, which is the same annual allowable cut as in the 2007-2012 management plan.

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Government of New Brunswick press release

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US Forest Service and Partners Provide Employment Opportunities Nationwide

Summer positions for thousands anticipated
USDA Forest Service Press Release
March 29, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

WASHINGTON —Thousands of temporary seasonal jobs with the Forest Service and its partners are available this summer and officials say now is the time to begin the application process. “Due to the nature of much of our work, such as wildfire fighting and seasonal recreation programs, we anticipate hiring many temporary workers,” said U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell. “These jobs will provide economic relief for many unemployed Americans and help stimulate local rural communities.”

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SD forest fire burns 515 acres; no injuries

Associated Press
March 29, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A forest fire in the Black Hills National Forest in southwest South Dakota has burned 515 acres and has been partially contained. Forest Service spokeswoman Bonnie Jones says about 15 percent of the Apple Fire was contained by early Thursday afternoon. She says the blaze is in an uninhabited area and no buildings or power lines are threatened. There have been no reports of injuries.

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House stalls county timber aid bill

Without the federal funds, Lane officials fear massive cuts to public safety and other service budgets
The Register-Guard
March 30, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Any chance for a timely renewal of federal timber payments to counties including Lane appears to have evaporated after federal lawmakers voted Thursday to delay consideration of a new national transportation bill. Members of the House instead voted, mostly along party lines, to pass a temporary extension of the existing transportation bill, which includes the timber payments for only three more months. T

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Firefighters race to contain Colorado wildfire

Authorities in Colorado say they’re investigating problems with an emergency notification system because some residents who had signed up to get wildfire warnings never got one.
The Seattle Times
March 30, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

CONIFER, Colo. — Authorities in Colorado say they’re investigating problems with an emergency notification system because some residents who had signed up to get wildfire warnings never got one. About 12 percent of people failed to get a warning about a wildfire on Monday. Jefferson County sheriff’s spokesman Mark Techmeyer said Friday that some of those people likely hung up because of the pause that precedes the automated message or their phone may have been busy. He says there was no attempt to reach an unknown number of other people registered to get them.

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Opinions divide on balancing conservation and timber (Broadcast)

ABC News, Australia
March 30, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Can conservation and the timber industry be reconciled? Studies are underway to form the spine of an agreement over that for Tasmania’s native forests.

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MP calls for West report inquiry

ABC News, Australia
March 30, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A Tasmanian Upper House MP is calling for a parliamentary inquiry into a forestry report prepared by Professor Jonathan West. Independent MLC Jim Wilkinson says the report into the conservation value of 572,000 hectares of native forest raises more questions than it answers. In his executive summary, Prof. West says Forestry Tasmania has been harvesting native forests at double the sustainable yield.

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Forestry Commission fears loss of traditional skills

BBC News
March 30, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Lu Mason, 22, from north Herefordshire, is one of 13 people to have completed a three-week course in forestry skills such as coppicing and logging on the Duchy of Cornwall’s Herefordshire estate in Madley. “I heard about it after being handed a leaflet from the job centre, I hadn’t done anything like it before and thought I’d give it a go. “I’ve loved it and want to carry on doing – I’m hoping to get an apprenticeship now.”

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Degraded lands hold promise in feeding 9 billion, while preserving forests

Mongabay.com
March 29, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Making productive use of degraded lands and boosting productivity of small-holder farmers are key to meeting surging global consumption of agricultural products while preserving critical wildlife habitats, said an agricultural expert on the sidelines of the Skoll World Forum for Social Entrepreneurship in Oxford. Speaking ahead of a panel on “Transforming Markets to Save Forests”, Jason Clay, Senior Vice President of Market Transformation at WWF, told mongabay.com that there are an estimated 800 million to 1.6 billion hectares of degraded land worldwide that could be suitable for agricultural production.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Upstate New York army facility set for biomass renovation

Biomass Power and Thermal Magazine
March 29, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

ReEnergy Holdings LLC has purchased an idled 60 MW coal-fired power facility at Fort Drum, a U.S. Army installation near Watertown, N.Y. The company will convert the plant to operate on forest residue. ReEnergy plans to renovate the facility with $34 million in upgrades, helping the U.S. Department of Defense meet its renewable energy initiatives. The facility, renamed ReEnergy Black River and set to begin operation in 2013, will be the tenth biomass facility owned or operated by the New York-based company.

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General

NDP labels Liberal forest policy a failure

Prince George Citizen
March 30, 2012
Category: Uncategorised
Region: Canada, Canada West

The B.C. New Democrats have come out swinging against Liberal forest policy in advance of a visit to Prince George by the NDP’s forestry critic, Norm Macdonald. After 11 years of Liberal rule, more than 5,700 natural resource and manufacturing jobs have been lost in the region, representing a 30-per-cent drop in the sector, the NDP said in a press release. “Prince George is sitting literally in the middle of B.C.’s forests,” said New Democrat forest critic Norm Macdonald in the same statement. “Even with other economic drivers in place, a region surrounded by natural renewable resources should be maximizing the use of that resource.

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golany architects: two-tree house

Story has great pictures
Design Boom
March 30, 2012
Category: Uncategorised

two-tree house was designed by tel-aviv based practice golany architects. the house is constructed among mature jerusalem pine trees.  two of the trees have grown in the exact place where the house was to be located. the site was tight, and this led to the decision to integrate the two trees within the perimeter of the house. preserving and rendering the mature trees as part of the house required attention and care. it was a daring decision that resulted in a house with a special ambiance. the house, which now appears to have grown there, actually began as a recycled shipping container. 

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