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Froggy Foibles

Smokey the Bear statue unveiled in Kittery, Maine

Boston.com
August 10, 2012
Category: Froggy Foibles

Kittery can boast something that no other New England community has: a life-sized Smokey the Bear. A statue of the mascot of the US Forest Service was unveiled Thursday at the Kittery Visitors Center as Smokey the Bear celebrates his 68th birthday as a reminder to the public to help prevent forest fires. 

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Modern Skyscraper a Testament to Adaptation

DesignBuild Source
August 9, 2012
Category: Froggy Foibles

…HWKN Architects’ concept for the Skygrove high-rise places a dual focus on both environmentalism and resilience, with each complementing the other. Designed to function as a commercial building that includes vertical parkland space, the high-rise is actually planned for water positioning, preferably in a coastal location. Following principles of biomimicry, the building’s architectural structure is akin to that of a mangrove tree and is expected to function in the same way. The building’s frame has been designed to feature root-like structures that will dig deep into the foundations at a series of points, giving the building greater stability.

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Business & Politics

PRT Growing Services Ltd. reports 2Q EBITDA of $3.4 million

Lesprom
August 10, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

PRT Growing Services Ltd. released its financial results for the six- and three-months ended June 30, 2012. Forest seedlings generally take from six months to a year or more to grow, with most being grown and harvested within the calendar year. PRT’s quarterly results generally reflect only a portion of the revenue that accrues over the full crop cycle, and, accordingly, the results are best considered in an annual context, as the company said in the press release received by Lesprom Network.

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WFP mill returns to action following blaze

No workers were injured; investigation ongoing into exact cause of fire at facility in Duke Point
Nanaimo Daily News
August 9, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Employees at Western Forest Products’ Duke Point sawmill returned to work Wednesday after a fire broke out on Tuesday afternoon in a planer shavings pile, which is outside of the facility’s planer building. Nanaimo’s emergency services reported that they were confronted with a large conveyor belt and wood chip fire when they arrived at the scene shortly after 5 p.m., but fire crews had the fire under control within 45 minutes.

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Will This Forest Products Company Keep Falling?

Seeking Alpha
August 10, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Richard Evans, a Board member at $1.2 billion market cap paper products company Resolute Forest Products has filed with the SEC to disclose that he directly purchased 10,000 shares of the company on August 3rd at an average price of $11.48. This acquisition more than doubled Evans’s position in the stock… As of this writing the stock is at $12.50, so Evans at least has a substantial paper profit. This was to be expected as insider purchases tend to be bullish signals, but perhaps this purchase signals a turnaround in the stock price of the company.

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Conservation project to slash Norpac mill’s energy needs

Longview Daily News
August 10, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Weyerhaeuser Co., Cowlitz PUD and federal power officials Thursday unveiled details of a $60 million energy conservation project they said will save enough electricity at the Norpac paper mill to power 8,000 homes, make the mill more competitive and serve as a model for other large-scale industrial conservation projects across the region…  Norpac, jointly owned by Weyerhaeuser and Nippon Paper Industries of Japan, makes newsprint and paper for books. It employes 415 people and is the largest paper mill in the nation, according to Weyerhaeuser.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

All-Wood Bluetooth Speaker Proves It’s Hip To Be Square

EarthTechling
August 8, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

The 1Q is an all-wood Bluetooth sound system that can fit in the palm of your hand. Now you can enjoy high quality, high volume sound from your favorite mobile device without a tangle of wires to trip you up. According to the company, the 1Q has a 30-foot range, and a rechargeable battery that lasts over 10 hours. The all-wood speaker also has a built-in auto switching capability to convert from mono to stereo when two units are linked to create a micro stereo.

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New homes burn faster, but states resist sprinklers

Reuters
August 10, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

 In Scottsdale, Arizona, any new home must come equipped with fire sprinklers, a decades-old rule lauded by fire safety advocates nationwide. But 12 miles away in Phoenix, city officials are not even allowed to discuss adopting a requirement like Scottsdale’s, because of a state law passed last year. …But both real-life and test fires have shown that structures with lightweight construction burn much faster and collapse sooner than traditional solid-wood frame construction. That, firefighters say, makes fires harder to fight and shortens the time occupants have to escape a blaze.

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Recently released statistics indicates that a ‘soft landing’ is being achieved in China’s construction industry

August 10, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

The August issue of WOOD MARKETS’ China Bulletin for August, released today, shows a number of positive statistical trends about what is going on in parts of China’s economy as well as in the log and lumber markets in China. In fact, the bulk of the data suggests that China’s wood product sector is expanding after hitting bottom in the first quarter of 2012. This comes after a wave of doom and gloom predictions by many arm chair and hobby economists suggesting that China was heading for a hard landing. As WOOD MARKETS has been stating for the last six to nine months, we have expected a soft landing and the latest data tends to support this assertion.

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Indonesia’s pulp and paper targets incompatible with green growth goals

Mongabay.com
August 10, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Indonesia’s ambitious targets for boosting pulp and paper production to make it the world’s lowest-cost producer are at odds with its push for green economic growth should expansion proceed on its current business-as-usual path, said a forestry expert presenting at the annual meeting of the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation (ATBC) in Bonito, Brazil.

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Recently released statistics indicates that a ‘soft landing’ is being achieved in China’s construction industry

August 10, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

The August issue of WOOD MARKETS’ China Bulletin for August, released today, shows a number of positive statistical trends about what is going on in parts of China’s economy as well as in the log and lumber markets in China. In fact, the bulk of the data suggests that China’s wood product sector is expanding after hitting bottom in the first quarter of 2012. This comes after a wave of doom and gloom predictions by many arm chair and hobby economists suggesting that China was heading for a hard landing. As WOOD MARKETS has been stating for the last six to nine months, we have expected a soft landing and the latest data tends to support this assertion.

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Forestry

Patrick Moore on how to stop worrying and love Mother Earth

Washington Times
August 10, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, United States

FLORIDA — Over the last several years, environmental politics have become a serious priority for untold millions. While it is good to see that Mother Nature is getting the attention she deserves, might this come with some unexpected drawbacks? Patrick Moore, one of the original co-founders of Greenpeace, has more than a bit to say about the subject in this second part of our discussion. He also explains why he left Greenpeace after being elected the president of its foundation, holding this office for nearly ten years.

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Another reason for lack of moose

Letter by Rick Robinson
Prince George Citizen
August 9, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

In response to the articles and other letters with regard to the decline in the areas moose population, I would like to add some insight to some otherwise ridiculous suggestions. First of all – Where do our tax dollars actually go, to pay the wages and costs of our regions so called biologists? Logging a factor in the decline? Does anyone realize that until logging operations in this area started, there was a no-moose population for the entire region? Logging creates feed for ungulate’s and any true outdoorsman would know this, as old logging blocks are the best places to find moose

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Crews battling forest fire east of Creston on Mount Thompson

Creston Valley Advance
August 9, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Four helicopters and 34 fire suppression personnel will be working a forest fire on the west face of Mount Thompson today. An early morning lightening strike started the fire east of Creston on Aug. 8, and it has since grown to 25 hectares (61 acres). The fire is burning on steep, difficult terrain, and although it is very visible, “no communities or structures are threatened,” said Karlie Shaughnessy, fire information officer with the Southeast Fire Centre.

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Too little, too late?, Group worries city’s extra emerald ash borer funding won’t be used in time

EMC Ottawa East
August 9, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

A local group is urging the city – and fellow residents – to act now before it’s too late to protect ash trees from insect devastation. The city recently pledged an additional $1 million to combat the emerald ash borer, a type of beetle that is killing trees across the city. But that $1 million is going to go to waste if the city doesn’t act soon, according to the Greenspace Alliance. The advocacy group is pushing the city to earmark at least 75 per cent of the new funding towards TreeAzin injections that can protect ash trees from the effects of the EAB for about two years.

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State grant combats forest fires

Republican & Herald
August 10, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Three Schuylkill County fire companies will receive $4,550 in grants from the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources to protect communities from fires in forests and other undeveloped areas. “A total of 141 volunteer fire companies across the state, all serving rural areas and communities where forest and brush fires are common, will benefit from these funds,” Richard J. Allan, DCNR secretary, said in a press release Monday. “One only has to look to the West earlier this summer to the horrific fires in Colorado to appreciate the value of having well-equipped and highly trained wildfire fighters.”

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Idaho lands agency reports record timber harvest

Associated Press
August 9, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — State officials say logging companies harvested a record amount of timber on Idaho’s endowment lands in the past year. According to the Idaho Department of Lands, 330 million board feet of timber worth about $50 million was harvested during the fiscal year that ended June 30. The agency said Wednesday the harvest from state lands represented more than a third of the total timber cut in Idaho.

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Portland tree canopy spreading, study finds

The Oregonian
August 9, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Portland is a city of trees, and the canopy is growing. An aerial imagery study released by the Portland Bureau of Parks and Recreation shows that the city’s tree canopy has grown by 2.6 percent over the past 10 years, and now covers nearly 30 percent of the city. “When you’re landing at the airport, you think, look at all those trees,” said Mark Ross, Parks Bureau spokesman. “You know you are definitely in Portland.”

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Firefighters confront blazes in Idaho forests

Associated Press
August 9, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

BOISE — A series of wildfires in the mountain forests across southern Idaho were being fought Wednesday by more than 1,000 firefighters, dozens of planes and helicopters. It’s safe to say that wildfire season has arrived in Idaho. “It’s probably going to be like this for a while,” said Ed Delgado, Predictive Services Program Manager of the National Interagency Fire Center. “August is the big transition month for us, when we get out of the fires burning grass and rangelands and migrating into timber and the higher mountains.”

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Campground evacuated in S. Ore. wildfire

Associated Press
August 9, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A Forest Service campground has been closed, and residents of two homes were warned about increased danger as a forest fire grew in southern Lake County near the Nevada border. The word went out late Wednesday to evacuate the Dog Lake Campground, where there are an estimated 20 campsites. Residents of two privately owned residences within the Fremont-Winema National Forest were warned of potential dangers.

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Spotted owls need more forest cover, not less

Letter by Roy Keene
The Oregonian
August 10, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

In an Aug. 3 retort to a scientific report proposing to heavily thin federal forests to save spotted owls, “Benefit of thinning for owls is not so clear-cut,” the authors offer another timber-thinning plan as an alternative, one that recommends a 44 percent increase in federal logging. … We aren’t losing an indicator species like the spotted owl because the federal forests aren’t being logged enough. We are losing the owl — along with other vital publicly owned forest resources such as cold, clean water and salmon — because the vast intermingled corporate forest is being logged too much and too heavily.

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Quarantine Takes Effect Thursday To Slow Spread Of Emerald Ash Borer

Hartford Courant
August 8, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

PROSPECT — — A quarantine on the movement of ash trees, firewood containing ashwood and ashwood products will take effect Thursday throughout New Haven County, with the goal of slowing the spread of a tree-killing insect discovered last month in four towns, state officials said at a hearing Wednesday night.

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Christmas tree shortage possible due to drought

kwwl.com
August 8, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East

The summer is drawing to an end and the holidays might be the last things on the mind. But this year’s drought could already have some negative impact on the Christmas season, mainly the iconic Christmas tree.   Bob Moulds owns Wapsie Pines Tree Farm and loves his job. But this year has been especially tough due to the drought. …Moulds says the most popular Christmas tree, the fir tree, has been hit the hardest by the heat and drought. Crop losses have been significant.

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Tasmanian protesters braving rain and snow (broadcast)

ABC News, Australia
August 10, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A Tasmanian pro-forestry farmer who instigated a protest against an environmental activist by camping under the tree in which she’s been sitting for almost eight months is taking his action one step further. Michael Hirst has embarked on a 110 km walk from the forest, through the rain, to the State Parliament in Hobart.

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Coal mining DESTROYING 1.1 mn hectares of forests!

Rediff
August 10, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A geographic information system analysis released by Greenpeace India — How Coal Mining is Trashing Tigerland — determines that coal mining threatens over 1.1 million hectares of forest in just 13 coalfields in Central India. Unbelievable, but that’s almost twice the area of India’s top five metros combined that stands to be destroyed if India continues to rely heavily on coal to supply its energy.

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Illegal logging cases decline after ban

BusinessWorld Online Edition
August 10, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

ILLEGAL LOGGING cases have declined as the intensified campaign resulted in more confiscations of illegally cut timber more than a year after a moratorium on the cutting of trees in natural forests. “The intensified anti-illegal logging campaign confiscated 14.2 billion board feet of illegally cut and transported products,” from 2011 to the first semester of this year, Environment Secretary Ramon Jesus P. Paje said during a midyear budget review at the Senate finance committee yesterday.

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Governments intervene in the forest peace talks

ABC News, Australia
August 10, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A last ditch attempt for a forest peace deal in Tasmania has begun. The Federal Environment Minister, Tony Burke, flew into Hobart this evening to begin talks, while Tasmania will be represented by the Deputy Premier, Bryan Green. The timber industry and environment groups called for government help earlier this week, after two years of talks failed to finalise an agreement on new native forest reserves. The talks could continue all weekend.

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Burke in for last-ditch forestry talks from Weekly Times Now

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Firefighting helicopter crashes in southwestern Turkey, 5 crew members killed

Associated Press
August 9, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

ANKARA, Turkey – A firefighting helicopter crashed while battling a wildfire in southwestern Turkey on Thursday, killing all five of its crew members, state-run TRT television and authorities said. The chopper went down in a deep valley while trying to put out the fire in Mugla province, the Forestry and Water Ministry said.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Report explores role of wood pellets, biomass cofiring in Canada

Biomass Magazine
August 9, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada

There is significant opportunity for the Canadian wood pellet industry to participate from the ground floor if Canada’s power industry evolves away from coal, but there are some hurdles to overcome, according to a new report released by the Wood Pellet Association of Canada. Those hurdles include the fact that the Canadian power market is closely integrated with that of the U.S. “This means that the transformation of the power industry in Canada cannot occur in isolation,” the report says.

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Pulp Mill testing cogeneration

paNOW.com
August 8, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Prince Albert Pulp Mill is in the midst of testing its ability to provide reliable power for sale back to the grid. Currently, the mill needs to prove it can generate power for 48 hours straight at 90 per cent reliability in order to pass tests to sell power. Initial testing began on Friday, but according to general manager Dale Patterson, there were some delays. The mill’s second test began on Tuesday. Patterson said the plant would not only be able to sell power back to grid for income, but it would also be used to heat the plant and power future retrofitting, once they pass testing.

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Does cutting down tropical forest emit less carbon?

environmentalresearchweb
August 10, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

“Our results serve as a better benchmark for monitoring global progress on reducing emissions,” Nancy Harris of Winrock International told environmentalresearchweb. “Satellite data has allowed us to sharpen the overall picture of tropical deforestation and pinpoint locations where carbon emissions are highest. For the first time using consistent methods, we were able to give each country an emissions number, with a statistical uncertainty range, that can be refined through time.”

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Southern Oregon University explores possibility of biomass system

Biomass Magazine
August 8, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

A $250,000 grant from the USDA to Southern Oregon University could lead to a 1.2 megawatt woody biomass co-generation system on the university campus. If built, the power plant could generate 100 percent of the current campus electrical need and 70 percent of SOU’s heat. “This is a very exciting opportunity for SOU,” says University President Mary Cullinan. “SOU is strongly committed to environmental sustainability. Our plan is to make the campus climate neutral by 2050, so biomass may be one option for us.”

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