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Daily Archives: October 15, 2012

Business & Politics

CN Rail calls on customers to help prevent new rules

National Post
October 11, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Claude Mongeau, Canadian National Railway Co. chief executive, reached out to his largest customers this week in a letter attempting to enlist their help in the railroad’s ongoing fight to prevent new regulations on the industry. …Richard Garneau, Resolute Forest Products chief executive, said his company was unable to agree to the terms of a service agreement with CN and continues to incur “significant” financial losses as a result. He said that on average about 8% of the rail cars Resolute Forest receives at its mills are damaged, making it impossible to load its products onto them.

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Western forest products to upgrade sawmill

Nanaimo Daily News
October 12, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Work is set to begin on Western Forest Products’ $16-million project to upgrade its Saltair sawmill into largest single-line facility on B.C.’s coast. Spokeswoman Mackenzie Leine said the equipment has been purchased that will see the mill’s edgers, stackers and sorters upgraded and contractors are now being selected to complete the work. She said construction should be completed by next summer. The upgrades at Saltair, which currently employs approximately 140 workers, is part of WFP’s plans to invest $200 million into its sawmills on Vancouver Island over the next three years.

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Interfor Appoints Andrew Mittag and Scott Thomson to its Board of Directors

Marketwire
October 12, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA– INTERNATIONAL FOREST PRODUCTS LIMITED is pleased to announce the appointment of Andrew Mittag and Scott Thomson to its Board of Directors effective October 12, 2012. Mr. Mittag is currently Senior Vice President, Agrium Inc. and President, Agrium Advanced Technologies. …Mr. Thomson is currently Executive Vice-President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer of Talisman Energy Inc., where he is responsible for global finance, mergers and acquisitions, tax, treasury, investor relations, information technology and marketing and is a key advisor on Talisman’s current strategic direction.

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Reward offered to solve fire that destroyed $1M in logs, equipment

Canadian Press
October 12, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

QUESNEL, B.C. — Rewards of up to $20,000 are being offered to help solve a suspicious fire that destroyed about $1 million worth of logs and equipment at a log storage site near Quesnel, B.C., in May. The RCMP say the Nazko First Nation and West Fraser Timber are each offering rewards of $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the fire. The blaze destroyed about 4,000 cubic meters of wood and a piece of heavy equipment.

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Old paper mill a hazard

CBC News
October 14, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

A security guard at the former AbitibiBowater paper mill in Grand Falls-Windsor says it’s time something was done about the old building. Kevin Whiffen says he hasn’t been inside for a long time, but that there is asbestos, mould and a lot of water on the floor in the building. He also says it’s dark and would be very dangerous for anyone to venture inside.

Deteriorating from the GF Advertiser

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Job seekers may get lucky with sawmill work

Recent hiring fair shows more jobs opening up in the forestry sector
CBC News
October 12, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

A hiring fair for a sawmill in Thunder Bay has brought out dozens of job-seekers. Resolute Forest Products plans to add a third shift to its mill on the Fort William First Nation. …A spokesperson for Resolute said with the lumber market turning around, and more employees retiring from pulp and paper mills, the demand for jobs in the forest sector will continue to grow. And that’s good news for people like William Lee, who recently became unemployed after working at a furniture store for 25 years and running his own business. Lee is now looking for a labour job.

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Sen. Udall pushes for lowering cost of timber for sawmills

Denver Post
October 13, 2012
Category: Business & Politics, Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Colorado finally revived a timber mill on the Western Slope. But after one month at the mill, Montrose Wood Products chief Jim Neiman has found he can afford to run it only three days a week. “We have not been able to get enough logs,” Neiman said. Meanwhile, 4.2 million acres of dead and dying beetle-killed pines sit in Colorado and Wyoming forests — some in areas prone to catastrophic wildfires. U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack weighed into this dilemma Friday, calling for greater flexibility in Forest Service contracting to guarantee a consistent timber supply.

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Mill contraction brought forward

Radio New Zealand
October 13, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The Pulp Paper Workers Union says Norske Skog has brought forward plans to close part of the Kawerau pulp and paper mill plant, citing poor market conditions in Asia. The company told its 290 employees last month that it planned to shut one of its newsprint machines in March. It has now brought that date forward to January. The union has about 170 members at the mill and was told on Tuesday. Senior delegate Tane Phillips said he feared the redundancy process would be rushed. He said 120 jobs were cut the last time a machine was shut in 2006. END

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China: log and lumber imports down 19%

IHB
October 15, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The reduction in construction activities in China during 2012 has resulted in reduced demand for lumber, and as a consequence, a sharp decline in the importation of softwood logs and lumber to the country. During the first eight months this year, China imported logs and lumber worth 4.3 billion dollars, or 19 percent less than the same period last year, as reported in the Wood Resource Quarterly (www.woodprices.com). By volume, log imports were down 17 percent and lumber imports down five percent.

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European forest and forest-based sectors commit to strengthen cooperation

Packaging Europe
October 15, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

By signing a Memorandum of Understanding this week, the executive directors of four European associations – namely the Confederation of European Forest Owners (CEPF), the European State Forest Association (EUSTAFOR), the European Confederation of Woodworking Industries (CEI-Bois), and the Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI) – formally committed themselves to strengthen their communication and cooperation in the future. The four organisations, representing the core of the European forest sector, have a long history of regular communication and frequent cooperation.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Lumber set to surge, but wood pallets stay strong

(author unknown)
October 12, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

Lumber prices across North America have been slowly moving upwards for much of the year. But don’t worry, dollar for dollar engineered wood pallets are still half the price of their plastic counterparts. This is good news, because according to a recent CIBC report, lumber prices will soften in the immediate future but surge early in the new year. …Also affecting the price of lumber is the fact that fewer sawmills are in operation now. Many mills closed during the Great Recession. The good news again, though, is that the mills that remain do have room to increase production, so lumber shortages are unlikely.

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Wood Industry Technology: Why Using, and Training for It Matters

Woodworking Network
October 14, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

I recently saw an independent study that said there were 4,900 casework and millwork manufacturers in the United States. 4,900! Talk about competition. The study continued to say that about 85% of the business is done by only 5% of the industry! How crazy is that? This was a private study, conducted by a private firm so I’m not going to name any names. This economy has weeded out a lot of the competition (bittersweet, eh?) but now, in this high tech world that we live in, even a great economy will weed out more and more of the competition. Why?

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Forestry

Environmentalists fear Ottawa’s plan will weaken at-risk species act

Globe and Mail
October 14, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

The law created to protect Canada’s species at risk has failed to live up to its promise, and environmentalists fear the federal Conservative government’s recently announced plans to revise it are aimed at weakening it, not giving it more teeth. Environment Minister Peter Kent said last month that the Species At Risk Act (SARA) is due for an overhaul and he would spend this fall considering how to make it more efficient. Specifically, said the minister, recovery plans for species under threat must consider the whole ecosystem in which they live, not just the species itself.

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Loggers recalled in music and video

Kelowna Daily Courier
October 14, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Axes, wrenches and saws aren’t your typical instruments used in a musical, but then again, Good Timber: Songs and Stories of the Western Logger, isn’t exactly your typical musical theatre production.  Ross Desprez, artistic director of The Other Guys Theatre Company, was the co-creator of Good Timber and despite being a self-confessed tree-hugger, said he believed the story of the loggers is an important one that needed to be told.  “This is a show not so much about logging but about the culture of the people who founded our province,” he said.

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Saskatchewan group wants to save the shelterbelt program

News Talk 980 CJME
October 14, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Shelterbelt trees are all over the place, you’ve seen them, but you probably never given them a second thought, but federal money has dried up, and now the shelterbelt program is in jeopardy. The Agroforestry Development Center near Indian Head has been operating under the shelterbelt program for 111 years. But if the federal government doesn’t reverse its decision and no one steps in to save it, this will be the last harvest.

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Logging to be halted in Castle wilderness area

Calgary Herald
October 12, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Timber harvesting will be halted in the Castle wilderness area once the current logging plan expires — pending further talk over the future of the popular recreation area. The province has approved Cochrane-based Spray Lake Sawmills to axe 50,000 cubic metres of forest in southwestern Alberta in the first of a three-year deal. But the final two rounds of logging have been put on hold. The decision was lauded by anti-loggers who’ve fought against clear-cutting in the ecologically sensitive area that serves as an important watershed for dozens of downstream communities.

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Centenary Grove established to honour forestry history

from Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
BC Government
October 12, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

SQUAMISH – A small urban forest on the outskirts of Squamish, soon to be known as the BC Forest Service Centenary Grove, will commemorate the centennial birthday of the BC Forest Service and the exemplary work of the men and women of the Forest Service family. Establishment of the grove will also recognize the storied history of Squamish and the community’s continuous efforts to ensure B.C.’s forests and trees will be enjoyed by future generations. Reforestation activities in Squamish date back to at least 1939 with the town’s very first Arbor Day celebrat

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Logging old growth a step backward

Letter by By Ed Mankelow
Victoria Times Colonist
October 13, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Even considering logging protected old-growth forests would be a retrograde step, and would be opposed by most environmental organizations and the public in B.C. These areas were set aside after long, hard-fought battles by groups and residents who were seeing our forests “mined” and wildlife habitats threatened. This government proposal is a kneejerk reaction to the beetle kill and accommodating forest companies. We have been overcutting our forests for decades, and it is not a new issue. In the early 1960s, as the result of a pine-beetle kill, the sawmills in the Williams Lake area were given a 50 per cent temporary increase in their annual allowable cut for four years.

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Provincial timber policy lacks relevant data

Letter by By Fred Bunnell
Vancouver Sun
October 13, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Part of the reason the Special Committee on Timber Supply could not reach a clear or intelligent decision was that the Campbell government had largely eliminated the ability to monitor the resource. Relevant data were not available. The Clark government has the same policy – forge on, but ensure that no funds are available to expose what is happening. Doug Routledge of the B.C. Council of Forest Industries says “…(resources) … can be worked on over time.” Apparently while digging the hole deeper. Does no one care about the future?

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Gritty book an eye-opener about our forests

Vancouver Sun
October 13, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Vancouver Sun’s book club is discussing Charlotte Gill’s non-fiction book Eating Dirt, based on Gill’s 20-year career as a tree planter…..Melanie Jackson: In the mid-1990s I worked in the public relations department of a forestry company. It was a big deal to depict how triumphant the reforestation efforts were in every glossy company newsletter. There were beautiful, artistic photos of young, pale green trees covering hillsides. But I didn’t get the impression from Eating Dirt that reforestation can ever replace what’s been hacked down. By the third round of reforestation, as I recall, the effect isn’t that impressive.

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Hook, line and sinker

Letter by Bob Reid
The Province
October 12, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

… I am sickened by the expenditure of public funds on these kinds of studies. Recently, a UBC forestry faculty member was sent to be trained by former U.S. vice-president Al Gore as a presenter of his brand of the science of climate change. It is outrageous UBC is supporting the efforts of people like Gore. Now UBC will be supporting the dissemination of an unproven hypotheses about a science that is controversial. …As a professional forester who graduated in 1959, I say let’s get the forestry faculty back to teaching subjects our graduates can use in the real world.

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Urban Forest Management Plan ready

Guelph Mercury
October 12, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

GUELPH — Rooted in the idea that more forest makes for a better community, the Urban Forest Management Plan is about ready to become official. It will have to clear budgetary chainsaws first. “The Urban Forestry Management Plan means we are actually putting a plan in place for the first time in the history of Guelph related to our green assets, namely our trees,” said Rod Keller, Guelph general manager of public works, and the city official responsible for forestry

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NYC’s stinky gingko trees

myfoxny.com
October 12, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

At this time of year, the fruit from a female gingko tree creates a real stink. But those who love trees say just give them a few weeks. Every fall, around the first frost, these wrinkly gingkoes start to drop from high above, taking New York City smells to a new low. The gooey seed stinks. The Asian tree is thought to have survived the atomic blast in Hiroshima roughly 10 percent of all trees in Manhattan are gingkoes. Gingko trees go back about 2 million years .and are related to fossils that date back more than 270 million years. So they are probably not going anywhere anytime soon.

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Tester seeks support at UM for forest bill

KPAX-TV
October 13, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

MISSOULA- Montana Senator Jon Tester asked University of Montana students and community members on Friday to help him pass a bill that he says will protect the Treasure State’s outdoor heritage. Tester says his Forest, Jobs and Recreation Act will protect the state’s best place to hike, hunt and fish. But most importantly, he says the bill will create jobs and puts Montanans back to work in the woods.

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Feds reject calls to limit logging in Aspen project

Sacramento Bee
October 9, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Standing amid a scattering of stumps last week, an official from the U.S. Forest Service acknowledged the agency made mistakes by logging too many pine trees, including majestic old-growth giants, in an effort to help another Tahoe species: the quaking aspen. But he rejected calls from local residents that the Tahoe National Forest sharply scale back the cutting along Independence Creek north of Truckee. “Are there places where there are some trees that I’ve seen out here – some live trees still standing and some stumps – that I would have preferred be marked for retention? Yes,” said Tom Quinn, supervisor of the Tahoe National Forest.

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They’re lumberjacks and they’re OK! The magical photos that show brave men who felled California redwoods by HAND

Daily Mail
September 5, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Dramatic photos show the measure of a man in contrast to the enormity of nature. A series of photos from the Humboldt State University Library capture lumberjacks working among the redwoods in Humboldt County, California. The photos are part of the Ericson Collection, a series of pictures from northwest California from the 1880s through the 1920s by Swedish photographer A.W. Ericson. Pictures from the 1915-era display the work of loggers in the densely forested northern California area, that accounts for twenty per cent of the state’s total forest production.

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Sen. Udall pushes for lowering cost of timber for sawmills

Denver Post
October 13, 2012
Category: Business & Politics, Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Colorado finally revived a timber mill on the Western Slope. But after one month at the mill, Montrose Wood Products chief Jim Neiman has found he can afford to run it only three days a week. “We have not been able to get enough logs,” Neiman said. Meanwhile, 4.2 million acres of dead and dying beetle-killed pines sit in Colorado and Wyoming forests — some in areas prone to catastrophic wildfires. U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack weighed into this dilemma Friday, calling for greater flexibility in Forest Service contracting to guarantee a consistent timber supply.

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Shuster’s Logging hauls first redwood, Douglas fir from Usal harvest areas

Willits News
October 12, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

On September 11, Shuster’s Logging hauled the first load of logs out of the Usal Redwood Forest since the forest was purchased by the Redwood Forest Foundation in October 2007. Schuster’s delivered 4,000 board feet of redwood logs to the Redwood Empire Mill in Philo. On September 13, the first load of 3,690 board feet of Douglas fir was delivered to the Schmidbauer Lumber, Inc., mill in Eureka. Sp far, the mill has received a total of four loads, or 15,890 board feet of Douglas fir.

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Chestnut trees return to WNC

Restoration project celebrated at weekend summit
Asheville Citizen-Times
October 12, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

ASHEVILLE — From a distance, he might look like a mad scientist — chiseling, boring and injecting poisonous fungus into trees on a remote plot of land overlooking the Great Smoky Mountains. But all of Dr. Paul Sisco’s concocting, cross-breeding, inoculating and experimenting with American chestnut trees over the past 30 years is for the greater good of the Eastern woodland world, as he works to bring back the mighty tree thought to have been wiped off the planet 100 years ago. The American chestnut is back.

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Timber harvest to boost wildlife habitat in NH

Boston.com
October 13, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

ANDOVER, N.H. (AP) — Instead of relying on Mother Nature, New Hampshire officials are creating patches of young forest to provide better homes for all kinds of birds, mammals, reptiles and insects. The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department and the New Hampshire Division of Forest and Lands say 157 acres of the 1,000-acre Kearsarge Wildlife Management Area in Andover will be harvested starting this month.

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Native American Youths in Florida get Behind-the-Scenes Look at Forest Service Careers

USDA Blog
October 12, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Their eyes wide open and their minds prepped to learn, a group of Native American youths from Florida recently glimpsed the skills and knowledge needed for Forest Service careers during a field trip to the Apalachicola National Forest. Forest professionals from civil engineering, landscape architecture, archaeology and recreation escorted teenagers from the Florida Indian Youth Program during their visit. The teens got the stories behind several hiking, biking and fishing day-use areas on the forest.

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Forestry group recognizes tree farmer, top logger

Shreveport Times
October 12, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Shreveport businessman William “Bubba” Rasberry, who operates a 2,700-acre tree farm in Caddo Parish, has been recognized as the 2012 Louisiana Outstanding Tree Farmer by the Louisiana Forestry Association. Additionally, the association tapped Jeffrey Martinez of Zwolle as this year’s Louisiana Outstanding Logger. The men were recognized Oct. 3 at LFA’s annual convention in Marksville. Rasberry owns Qua Paw Tree Farm, named for a creek that runs through the property, which is a diversified operation that embodies forest management, recreation, wildlife habitat and even mineral production.

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Forest Management Plan Keeps Avon-Owned Forests Healthy

By selectively harvesting sick or troublesome trees, the long-term health and vibrancy of Avon’s public forests are assured.
Patch.com
October 15, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

The Town of Avon owns 722 acres of forest land, the management of which is conducted under the Natural Resouces Inventory and Management Plan. The properties covered under the plan range from the largest — the Huckleberry Hill Conservation Area covering 282 acres — to the smallest — Hazen Park at just under 52 acres. The scope of the plan is to use selective cutting of timber for the maximum benefit of the conservation of the trees and wildlife, according to Director of Planning Steven Kushner.

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Australians involved in PNG land scandal

ABC News, Australia
October 14, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

An Australian-led logging company in Papua New Guinea has been involved in arrangements which have seen more than 2 million hectares of land, much of it pristine forest, taken out of customary ownership. Land in PNG is almost sacred but over the past eight years it has been under assault from a land scandal that has seen 11 per cent of the country leased under controversial Special Agricultural and Business Leases. The leases are meant to be for small agricultural developments, not for logging, but they have been rorted by logging interests.

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5000 Mile Project: When is a wood not a wood?

The Independent (blog)
October 15, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

We have all been taught the merits of planting trees. One by one, “The Man Who Planted Trees” popped fat acorns into the bare hill sides of Provence in Jean Giono’s spirtiual tale. Gradually the shepherd created a forest in a beautiful allegory of hope. …Then there are the rigid lines of Monterey and lodgepole pine marching in homogenous ranks. Their canopies create an oppressive black cloak over the forest floor and in stark contrast to the “bustle” of the native woodlands, an eerie silence prevails. 

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Conservationists slam logging of 600 year old trees

ABC News, Australia
October 14, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A conservation group is calling on the West Australian Government to change the criteria for classifying old growth forest after it found karri trees up to 600 years old are being wood-chipped. The Forest Alliance sent two karri samples – one from a stump in a clear-fell area and the other from a woodchip mill – to a laboratory in New Zealand for testing. Alliance spokeswoman Jess Beckerling says the results are astounding.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Innovative bioenergy facility at UBC

Journal of Commerce
October 15, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

The University of British Columbia’s (UBC)Bioenergy Research and Demonstration Facility is one of six Canadian projects that were picked recently as some of the 100 “most innovative and inspiring urban infrastructure projects in the world” in KPMG’s Infrastructure 100: World Cities Edition. The UBC clean energy project is North America’s first commercial-scale biomass-fueled, cogeneration (heat and power) system that, it is hoped, can operate successfully on a small scale that is suitable for communities the size of UBC. …The facility has two operating modes. The commercial mode will use Nexterra gasification technology to convert waste wood into a clean synthesis gas (syngas) that can be used for campus heating.

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OUTRAGEOUS: U.S. Forests Logged, Pelletized, Shipped Overseas in the Name of Renewable Energy

EcoWatch
October 12, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

At a time when scientific evidence is mounting that burning trees for electricity will actually result in increased carbon emissions when compared to coal over the next 30 to 50 years, utilities in Europe are making a mad dash to convert coal burning power plants to wood, all in the name of “renewable energy.” The recent explosion in the use of wood to generate electricity in Europe has resulted in the proliferation of new mills across the southern U.S. that are turning whole trees into wood pellets for export to European utility companies. That’s right. Forests in the southern U.S. are being logged, turned into wood pellets and shipped across the Atlantic Ocean to Europe all in the name of “green energy.”

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Northeastern Minnesota Experiment to Study Effects of Climate Change

Northland’s NewsCenter
October 12, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

Grand Rapids, MN – Researchers are hoping that a first of its kind experiment in Northeastern Minnesota will provide new information on the effects of climate change. Construction is underway on the $50 million project, called SPRUCE (Spruce and Peatland Responses Under Climatic and Environmental Change). The project is located in the Marcell Experimental Forest, north of Grand Rapids.  This is a whole ecosystem experiment,” said Randy Kolka, a soil
research scientist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest
Service..

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