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Daily Archives: April 2, 2012

Froggy Foibles

Diaper drive a hit at Weyerhaeuser

Alberta Daily Herald Tribune
April 2, 2012
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: Canada, Canada West

Anyone who has had to look after a baby knows how expensive diapers can be, and a local company is doing what it can to help out. In a two-week period, the staff at Weyerhaeuser in Grande Prairie has collected more than 13,000 diapers – or 20 per employee. Company-wide, including five different mills in the U.S., the company has collected more than 150,000 diapers. “The people in Grande Prairie just ran with it,” said public affairs manager Wayne Roznowski. 

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Business & Politics

Environmental groups cry foul

Montreal Gazette
March 30, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

The Harper government’s budget tossed roses to Western Canada’s natural resource-based economy on Thursday and lobbed a political grenade at the environmental movement. Finance Minister Jim Flaherty announced a long-promised blueprint to streamline the environmental review process, but a starkly different message was sent to environmental groups that are waging an intense battle against the oilsands sector.

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Sino-Forest filing for bankruptcy protection

Globe and Mail
March 31, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

It was once Canada’s largest publicly traded forestry firm, but less than a year after Sino-Forest Corp. was first rocked by fraud allegations, the company is insolvent and has been forced to seek bankruptcy protection from creditors and put itself up for sale.

The Canadian Press’ version of the story
Reuter’s version in the Montreal Gazette
Associated Press in the Seattle Times
Peter Koven in the National Post joins in with
The CBC disucsses it
More from Reuters

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Alexandria Moulding Announces Acquisition of Royal Woodworking Co. Ltd.

By Alexandria Moulding
CNW Press Release
March 31, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

ALEXANDRIA, ON  – Alexandria Moulding, a leading manufacturer and distributor of mouldings and related millwork products, today announced that they have acquired Royal Woodworking Co. Ltd. of Bradford Ontario (www.royalwoodworking.com), a family owned company founded in 1976 by the Rowe and Gerrits families specialized in manufacturing Hardwood solid and custom mouldings, boards and stair components.

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GDP edges higher in January

Victoria Times Colonist
March 30, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

OTTAWA — The manufacturing and utilities sectors were bright spots in an otherwise weak Canadian economy in January, Statistics Canada reported Friday.  The country’s gross domestic product edged up a bare 0.1 per cent in January, in line with economists’ forecasts, after rising 0.5 per cent in December — upwardly revised from 0.4 per cent. …Other sectors that contracted in January included agriculture, forestry and fishing, construction, and public administration. Gains came in the finance and insurance sector, wholesale trade and some tourism-related industries.

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Northern Pulp tops competition for safest mill in Canada

The News
March 30, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

ABERCROMBIE POINT – Northern Pulp was the safest operation in its class for 2011, according to Pulp & Paper Canada magazine. The Magazine’s Safest Mill in Canada competition, announced this month, showed Northern Pulp had the lowest total recordable incident rate in Canada, compared to other mills in its category. The annual competition sees 45 to 50 mills in Canada compete for top safety honours in categories determined by the number of hours worked in the calendar year. Northern Pulp falls into the under 600,000 hours worked, along with 25 other mills. 

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NDP Attacks Harmonization of Environmental Approval Process

Opinion 250 News
March 31, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George, B.C.- One of the highlights of the Federal budget delivered yesterday, was the promise to harmonize the provincial and federal environmental assessment process to create a single process for projects involving natural resources and capping the time limit for the review at 24 months. B.C.’s Miinister of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation, Pat Bell, says this is a postive move “It’s something we have been calling for, for some time.”  

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NL: Province needs to build economy to survive and thrive

Daily Business Buzz
March 30, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

CORNER BROOK — Newfoundland and Labrador always was largely dependent on its natural resources and economist Wade Locke says that is not going to change. …To no one’s surprise, the numbers show that the more traditional resources like fishing and forestry have dramatically declined in terms of their contribution to the province’s gross domestic product and overall revenues. Expectedly, the contributions being made by offshore oil and mining have increased dramatically.

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LUMBER PRICES SAY THIS IS A TOP FOR HOUSING STOCKS

McClellan Financial
April 2, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

…Now the commentary I hear on the business TV channels seems largely bullish toward housing stocks. They cite the growing economy, falling unemployment, rising rental prices, and other factors that should benefit the housing sector. In response, I just cite the message from lumber prices, which peaked a year ago and fell throughout the rest of 2011. Because lumber’s price movements tend to get echoed a year later in the HGX Index and other housing related sector indices, the implication is that we are at a top for housing stocks. Perhaps lumber knows something that the economists don’t.

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Voices of the mill: Cecil Baldwin, 92, of Everett

HeraldNet
March 30, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Cecil Baldwin started work for the Scott Paper Co. as a chemist. In the early 1950s, he came to Everett to help the company merge with the Soundview Pulp Mill. It was a new business strategy for the combined company: control every step of the process. Scott Paper owned its own timberlands where it logged trees. Those were turned into pulp that was sold in bundles or turned into the paper that became paper towels and toilet tissue. “It worked terrifically,” Baldwin said.

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Mike Hazen, 57 of Marysville

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Southern Yellow Pine Lumber Prices

Woodworking Network
March 30, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Charlotte, N.C. – Southern Yellow Pine lumber prices increased in March. The following figure shows composite lumber prices from January 2010 to year to date 2012 from Forest2Market’s weekly lumber market report, Mill2Market. A comparison of March results to 2010 and 2011 follows

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Port fire causes $5m damage

Myanmar Times
March 31, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

A MASSIVE blaze at the Myanmar International Terminal Thilawa last week caused US$5 million damage, destroying teak and hardwood logs that were at the port ready for export….The department said in a statement that the logs, which were owned by a Chinese company called CIFG, were ignited after a passerby dropped a cigarette that caught fire on a nearby bush before spreading to the logs and a nearby supply of coal. Approximately 3000 tonnes of teak and 4000 tonnes of hardwood valued at $5 million were destroyed from a stockpile of about 30,000 tonnes, the department said.

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Beech sawmills push through minor increases in prices

EUWID Wood Products and Panels
April 1, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The slightly growing demand for beech lumber since the beginning of the year has spread to other assortments and sales markets in the course of the last few weeks. An increasing number of sawmills has been using this as an argument for price increases. After a sluggish start to the year, beech sawmills have been able to step up their business activity with lumber assortments to German timber merchants in recent weeks.

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Gunns federal aid ruled out

THe Mercury Australia
April 2, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

THE Federal Government has shied away from claims it was planning to provide funding for the Gunns pulp mill. However, it did not deny that a secret Cabinet document outlining a potential funding arrangement by a government body existed. The claims were made on Saturday by Independent federal MP Andrew Wilkie who cited an “impeccable source” as having seen the document linking potential funding to the Government’s Export Finance and Insurance Commission.

More coverage from ABC News Australia
Shares in the Tasmanian timber company Gunns will remain in a trading halt, as the company finalises the details of its capital-raising plan.

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Sawmills in China Industry: Rapid Urbanization is Driving Double-Digit Growth

PR Newswire press release
March 31, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Los Angeles, CA – China’s urbanization rate increased from 45.7% in 2008 to an estimated 50.0% in 2011. The rapid development of the real estate market created huge demand for construction wood, wood for decoration, and wood furniture, which resulted in growing demand for products from the Sawmills industry. Fast growth in the transportation sector also boosted demand for special timbers and sleepers provided by sawmills. As a result, IBISWorld estimates that the Sawmill industry in China will generate $9.1 billion in 2012, reflecting 24.8% annualized growth over the past five years.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Showing their metal

Aylmer couple opts for new steel technology in building their green home
Ottawa Citizen
March 31, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada

… But one Aylmer couple has taken a chance on a new sustainable steel technology that reduces residential construction waste and increases their home’s durability, all while keeping their budget intact. …But building with steel? …local green builders The Healthiest Home (thehealthiesthome.com)… suggested they try a steel-panel technology new to Canada called K-tect . They plan on manufacturing the panels in Ottawa by fall or early winter. They are sold on it because it creates little to no waste and increases productivity. “The building goes up much much quicker with the vapour barrier already built in and ready for windows. The house in Aylmer, we had the thing up in nine days,” says Serafini, who estimates it would have taken six weeks to build the wood frame.

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Canada’s wood firms cluster for survival – and growth

Globe and Mail
March 31, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East

Three hours northwest of Toronto, a group of Ontario manufacturers is throwing the traditional rules of business out the window. Business owners visit each other’s factories. They share secrets. They plan long-term hiring strategies, collaborate on research and development, and ponder productivity enhancements. They help solve each other’s problems on a shared website. ..Several have boosted output and sped up their manufacturing processes.
Others’ operations have become more green by reducing waste. And they
are now jointly exploring the feasibility of exporting to new markets,
such as Turkey and the United Arab Emirates.

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Uphill task for timber producers

Malaysia Star
March 31, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

KUCHING: Malaysia and other timber producing countries have found it extremely difficult to meet the different measures and requirements imposed by consumer nations to ensure that illegal timber products do not enter their markets… “These measures have also increased costs significantly for the producing countries to meet the requirements. But the consumer countries have not reciprocated accordingly in term of pricing (offering higher prices for timber products),” he said at the association’s AGM here yesterday.

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Forestry

CSRreport with Lorraine Smith interview with Avrim Lazar President and CEO at Forest Products Association of Canada

3BL Media
March 31, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

CSRreport with Lorraine Smith: interview with Avrim Lazar, President and CEO at Forest Products Association of Canada [a 7+ minute video interview with Avrim about their work in the Boreal Forests of Canada].


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Forestry Critics Visit Region

Opinion250 News
March 30, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

Prince George, B.C.- Forestry was on the agenda for three members of the NDP caucus visiting Prince George today. Forestry critic MLA Norm Macdonald along with MLAs Claire Trevena and Harry Lali have been talking with forestry companies and employees as they prepare their forestry platform for next spring’s election. “What Adrian’s ( Adrian Dix provincial NDP leader) asked us to do is, to go into forestry communities, test the ideas that we have, make sure that we have detail around them to make sure we can be effective immediately given the opportunity” says Macdonald.

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John Ivison: Forestry shows path for peace between environmentalists and oil-sands industry

National Post
March 30, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

A central plank of this week’s federal budget was the pledge to bring forward legislation to streamline the regulatory process faced by large resource projects such as the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline. …A decade ago, the forestry industry was public enemy number one, accused of clearing boreal forest with scant regard for caribou and other wildlife. Avrim Lazar, who retired as chief executive of the Forest Products Association on Friday, said at the time the industry was performing relatively well, thanks to a low dollar, and the environmental movement was viewed as little more than an irritant that was sapping the Canadian forestry brand.

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Telus ordered to pay $2.1 million for forest fire caused by fallen tree

Vancouver Sun
March 30, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Telus must pay the provincial government more than $2.1 million for lost timber and the cost of fighting a large forest fire after a dead tree felled one of its lines and caused the blaze during a major wind storm. In a judgment rendered Thursday, B.C. Supreme Court Justice Loryl Russell dismissed Telus’ appeal of a Forest Appeals Board ruling that found the telecommunications company failed to remove dangerous vegetation from its right-of-way on the Chuwels Mountain Forest Service Road near Kamloops.  

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Logging on hold pending appeal of Grassy ruling

Daily Miner and News
March 31, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

There will be no logging of the Whiskey Jack Forest north of the English River pending an appeal of an Ontario Superior Court ruling in favour of Grassy Narrows First Nation. Following more than 70 days of hearings in Toronto in the spring of 2011, the court released a decision in August stating the province cannot authorize clear cut and logging operations conflicting with promises made in a federal treaty to uphold the community’s hunting rights. The provincial Ministry of Natural Resources took steps toward appealing the decision in September.

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New Brunswick to boost protected areas and reduce hardwood cuts in forestry plan

Cape Breton Post
March 30, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

FREDERICTON (CP) — New Brunswick has announced a 10-year forestry management plan that doubles the amount of forested Crown land that can be designated a protected natural area. The provincial government announced today that eight per cent of forested Crown land can be granted the designation, which affords it biological diversity protection.

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Atlantic Farm Focus

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Biomass heating unit will help PEI forest industry

Atlantic Farm Focus
March 30, 2012
Category: Forestry, Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada East, Canada

Prince Edward Island’s forestry industry got a shot in the arm this week when a new biomass heating unit was installed at Community Hospital in O’Leary. Community Hospital is the first of three government-owned facilities being equipped with the new wood-chip boiler systems provided by Wood4Heating.  Bluefield and Three Oaks high schools will also be equipped with new boilers in the coming months. Under a different contract, another company will provide new units at M.E. Callaghan and Hernewood Schools.

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Schiff Criticizes Forest Service for Delaying Night Flight Decision

Patch.com
March 31, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Pasadena, released a statement Thursday criticizing the U.S. Forest Service for continuing to delay a decision on whether to allow night flights for fire crews during a brush fire emergency. The Forest Service’s rules on night flying prevented federal aircraft from being used at night to help battle the 2009 Station Fire, the largest wildfire in L.A. County’s history.

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Economics set limit on tree-thinning plan

Salvaging millions of fire-killed trees will likely overwhelm limited capacity of mills and power plants
Payson Roundup
March 30, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The debate about salvaging millions of board feet of lumber left behind by the state’s largest wildfire has illuminated the challenging economics of the plan to use a revived timber industry to protect Rim Country from catastrophic wildfires. “We’ve flooded the market already,” said Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests timber manager Ray Rugg of the demand for wood from burned trees cut down along nearly 200 miles of roads in the area burned by the Wallow Fire last summer.

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State Forest Releases Prescribed Burn Plan

CBS4News
March 30, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4)- The Colorado State Forest released the plan it filed in advance of its ill-fated prescribed burn the resulted in the Lower North Fork Fire. 4 On Your Side Investigator Rick Sallinger obtained the permit under the Colorado Opens Records Act. He examined 80 pages of material. Included in the filing were questions not completed that would have allowed the planned burn on Denver Water property to be called off in extremely dry conditions.

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Juneau fisherman takes his case to Washington

Anchorage Daily News
March 31, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Forest Service is the primary management agency for the Tongass National Forest, a 17-million-acre rain forest that covers most of Southeast Alaska. According to Shelton, the Forest Service announced in May 2010 that it would transition away from old-growth logging and focus more on second-growth management, salmon watershed restoration, tourism, fishing and other industries. Shelton was encouraged by the announcement but said the federal agency’s budget for the Tongass has yet to reflect its stated goals. Citing the Forest Service’s budget figures, Shelton said the agency spends $25 million per year on logging and roads compared with the $1.5 million on restoring watersheds.

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Why I won’t be spraying my trees for pine beetles

Denver Post
April 1, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Beetle kill is real. My fear of losing majestic pine trees around our neighborhood and in our yard is palpable. Witnessing the loss of seven big trees on a tiny lot upon which our mountain cabin stood in Idyllwild, Calif., in 2004, left me with something akin to post trauma stress. Watching tree removal workers, who happened to be prisoners trained and supervised by the California state prison system, scale, section and drop to the ground 75-year-old trees surrounding our cabin remains etched in my memory as a nightmare does.

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Forest planning biggest timber sale in many years

Baker City Herald
March 30, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Wallowa-Whitman National Forest has released detailed plans for Snow Basin, a multi-year endeavor in eastern Baker County that forest officials say would improve forest health and also produce more timber than any project on the forest in the past decade. The Wallowa-Whitman’s goal in Snow Basin, which encompasses about 28,500 acres north of Richland and west of Halfway, is to return to historic conditions with “open, park-like stands dominated by single-storied forests of large ponderosa pines surrounded by small patches of mixed conifers,” said Monica Schwalbach, forest supervisor.  

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Wagon Road pilot timber sold

Coos Bay World
March 30, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

COOS BAY — The Wagon Road Pilot Timber Sale was sold Friday at an oral auction, the Bureau of Land Management announced Friday. Scott Timber Company of Dillard purchased the 6.1 million board feet of timber for $561,990.80 ($105.80/per thousand board feet of Douglas fir), slightly higher than the appraised price of $551,082.00. Three qualified bidders submitted bids: Swanson Group Manufacturing, Scott Timber Company, and Webber Logging.

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State sets out detectors for tree-killing critters

Atlanta Journal Constitution
March 30, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

The Georgia Forestry Commission this weekend is launching a two-pronged offensive against invasive insects that threaten the region’s magnificent stands of trees; the evidence is hundreds of small boxes being hung on trees around the state. The threats are the emerald ash borer, a tiny green beetle about a quarter-inch long that in as little as two years can kill an ash tree by boring channels under its bark; and the gypsy moth, whose larvae can strip entire hardwood forests of their leaves. Oak trees are particularly vulnerable.

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Senate kills Red Cedar bill

Shawnee News Star
March 31, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

SHAWNEE, Okla. — The Oklahoma State Senate has killed what was known by supporters in the community and around the Capitol as “the cedar bill”.  Six members of the Agriculture and Rural Development Committee were unwilling to work with Vice Chair and Senate author Ron Justice to make changes in a Conference Committee and simply killed the bill without offering options.  

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Big jobs target from forestry funding

ABC Online
March 31, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Federal Government has delivered $8 million of funding from Tasmania’s forest peace deal to help diversify the state economy and create hundreds of jobs. The second round of grant money from the deal has been delivered to 26 businesses. The Innovation and Investment Fund was set up under the $276 million deal to end most native forest logging and aims to generate jobs for displaced forest workers.

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Forest peace acheivable

Tasmania Mercury
March 31, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

WHEN I tell friends I’m hopeful an end might finally be in sight for the “forest wars”, most conclude I’m naive. Many tell me so, in no uncertain terms. And it’s true, the 35-year conflict over our forests does seem to be never-ending, resurfacing every few years and every election. Many Tasmanians have grown up with a forest war. They assume there’s always been a forest war, and always will be. So how could it end? One thing’s for sure: the war won’t end with “victory” for either side.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Biomass heating unit will help PEI forest industry

Atlantic Farm Focus
March 30, 2012
Category: Forestry, Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada East, Canada

Prince Edward Island’s forestry industry got a shot in the arm this week when a new biomass heating unit was installed at Community Hospital in O’Leary. Community Hospital is the first of three government-owned facilities being equipped with the new wood-chip boiler systems provided by Wood4Heating.  Bluefield and Three Oaks high schools will also be equipped with new boilers in the coming months. Under a different contract, another company will provide new units at M.E. Callaghan and Hernewood Schools.

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Port Townsend Paper praises biomass project court decision

Peninsula Daily
April 1, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

PORT TOWNSEND — In the wake of an oral court ruling that upheld his company’s permit for a $55 million biomass energy project, Port Townsend Paper Corp. mill President Roger Loney said the expansion will reduce fuel oil consumption by 1.8 million gallons per year, cut particulate emissions by 70 percent and create 30 full-time jobs. “We believe that the benefits of the project are pretty clear,” said Loney in a rare interview with the media. …Thurston County Superior Court Judge Thomas McPhee on Thursday upheld the “notice of construction” permit that was issued by the state Department of Ecology in October 2010 and later upheld by the state Pollution Control Hearings Board.

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Sen. Susan Collins leads on boiler rules that affect Maine’s paper mills

Bangor Daily News
March 30, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

Recent hyperbolic claims on the op-ed pages of the Bangor Daily News by critics of Sen. Susan Collins’ Boiler MACT legislation assert their own facts on this issue. Those who purport to want the regulations are precisely the ones who have drawn out the process and had the previous rules vacated by the courts. Put simply, Collins has shown true leadership in working to allow for rules to be actually implemented. The Environmental Protection Agency has not been clear in defining biomass — often wood waste that is a byproduct of the papermaking process — as fuel rather than waste. If biomass is considered waste, the boilers that burn it are regulated differently than if it is considered fuel. If mills are unable to burn the biomass, it must be landfilled.

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General

Forestry officials anticipate dangerous wildfires

Janesville Gazette (blog)
March 31, 2012
Category: Uncategorised
Region: US East, United States

SUPERIOR, Wis. (AP) — Forestry and emergency response teams are anticipating one of the most dangerous wildfire seasons in northwestern Wisconsin in many years. Relatively little snow this past winter has left dry, tall grass. Add a quarter million acres of downed timber in six counties from a severe windstorm last July and you’ve got prime conditions for forest fires.

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Morgan Sindall installs new roof at St Mary’s University College in UK

World Interior Design Network
March 31, 2012
Category: Uncategorised

US-based construction company Morgan Sindall has used Metsä Wood Kerto to create an undulating roof for the sports facility at the St Mary’s University College in Twickenham, UK. …[it has] an undulating roof, made using Kerto engineered timber. The roof has a gentle curve, which softens the rectilinear sports hall behind it, and provided a generous covered entrance area. The Metsä Wood Kerto has been developed by Metsä Wood, a UK-based supplier of wood-based products, systems and services. The product is a laminated veneer lumber (LVL), as stated by The Construction Index. Kerto has superior strength to weight ratio and adds a beauty quotient to the building. It has a long life, which was required for the relatively small cross sectional area. Additionally, it offered faster installation.

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