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Monthly Archives: April 2013

Forestry

Weeding Out the Bad Ones

Tumbler Ridge News
April 29, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Peace River Regional District is getting $228,000 to combat invasive plant species. That’s part of $1.7-million that the provincial government earmarked to stop the spread of invasive plants. “Our government is committed to conserving wildlife habitat and protecting the interests of British Columbia’s agriculture and ranching industries. When invasive species threaten those values, we must take decisive action,” says Steve Thomson, minister of forests, lands and natural resource operations. 

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FIRE SMART: The storm is coming

Vernon Morning Star
April 28, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Driving back from the Western Wildfire Conference in Kelowna through a torrential downpour, I was finding it extremely difficult to digest some of the information I was bringing back with me to Vernon. Not that it was confusing but just how I was going to communicate it to those that need it and would they believe me anyway? The problem is that in the North Okanagan we have been saying the same thing since 2003, “The storm is coming and people need to protect themselves from wildfire by Firesmarting their property!”

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Warm weather brings forest fire risk in Quebec

41 so far, including 2 still burning in Oka and Roberval
Montreal Gazette
April 29, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The nice weather is upon us and with it the inevitable risk of forest fires. The Société de protection des forêts contre le feu reports that 41 fires have been noted in Quebec since the beginning of the season. Warmer weather, dry conditions and human error are all factors in these blazes. Two fires, one in Roberval and one in Oka, are still burning as of Monday morning, each blaze covering 2 hectares of land. The Oka fire started with a recreational campfire.

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Scottish woodland specialist speaks on widespread tree extinction

Molly Duerig
April 26, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, International

Eco-friendly Carr Hall was a fitting location for Tuesday’s presentation by Duncan Stone, senior woodland specialist at Scottish Natural Heritage, the Scottish government’s conservation agency. Stone is visiting the U.S. for nine months to conduct a study comparing European and North American experiences of woodland ecology, and exploring the viability of replacing dying tree species with non-native species. He is one of Harvard Forest’s seven Charles Bullard Fellows in Forest Research for the 2012-13 year.

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State House backs stiffer timber-protest penalties

Associated Press
April 30, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

SALEM — The Oregon House has passed two bills targeting protesters who chain themselves to machinery or block roads to interfere with logging operations in state forests. One bill would make it a crime to interfere with logging. A first offense would be a misdemeanor and subsequent offenses would be felonies. The other bill would allow logging companies to sue demonstrators who interfere.

Lawmakers Want to Crack Down on Logging Protests from the Northwest news Network
Citing “environmental terrorism”, Oregon passes bills targeting tree-sitters, environmental activists from The Oregonian

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Logger in intensive care after falling tree strikes his head

Kerby man, 23, was wearing a helmet when cabled log knocked trees down on him
Mail Tribune
April 30, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Aaron O’Grady, 23, of Kerby remained in the intensive care unit of Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center in Medford Monday after a logging accident Friday west of Merlin fractured his skull. Asante spokesman Grant Walker said Monday evening O’Grady was in critical condition. O’Grady’s wife, Brittanie, said her husband is a 2008 graduate of Illinois Valley High School. The couple have two daughters, Aurora, 3, and Alexa, 1.

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Bigger fires and evolving threats force changes in the Northwest Forest Plan

High Country News
April 29, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Northwest Forest Plan –– published just three months earlier –– protected old-growth forest reserves on 24 million acres of federal land in Northern California, Oregon and Washington, while leaving some old growth to be logged. Gaines wholeheartedly believed in it. “When I first started, my view was to draw a line around the habitat, stay the hell out, and it’ll be there forever,” he says. “And then — poof! — it was gone forever in a fire.”

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Regal Redwoods rule the coast

Malibu Times (blog)
April 26, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Imagine the most perfect tree on Earth: one that outdoes all others in magnificence, size, height, productivity, habitat, architecture and ability to draw thousands of gallons of water. Imagine, too, it is marvelously resistant to drought, fire, insects, disease, mudslides, flooding and wind, with exquisite biodiversity in its crown. Then, and only then, as John Muir put it, “you’d know the coastal monarch of their race”—the immortal Sequoia sempervirens, otherwise known as the coastal redwood.

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Federal court tosses agreement over rare-species protections in old-growth forests

Associated Press
April 28, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A federal appeals court has thrown out an agreement between environmentalists and the federal government that restored protections for rare species in old-growth forests. The Thursday ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals was a victory for the timber industry, which was shut out of talks leading to the agreement.

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Firefighters Preparing for Early Fire Season in Southern California

KTLA
April 27, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The summer fire season is still two months away, but Cal Fire is already gearing up for what they fear could be the largest number of fires they’ve seen in years. Fire officials are increasing staffing levels and getting resources in place, by moving air tankers to bases across the state. Meantime, seasonal firefighters will be brought into the Angeles National Forest starting this weekend. Wildfires are already up 45 percent this year, authorities say.

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Toppled Pontfadog Oak in Chirk could be cloned from DNA

A 1,200-year-old oak tree which was toppled by strong winds could be cloned after some of its twigs and buds were taken to try to create a genetic match.
BBC News
April 29, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Samples of the Pontfadog Oak have been sent to organisations, including the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew, which will attempt to extract its DNA. The tree, which was near Chirk, in Wrexham county, was reputed to be one of the UK’s oldest and largest oaks. If the DNA process works, the cloned tree could return to its original plot. The tree had a girth of 42ft 5in (12.9m) with a huge hollow trunk big enough to seat six people at a table.

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Historic forest peace deal set to pass

ABC NewsAustralian
April 29, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Tasmania’s Lower House is set to pass legislation aimed at ending decades of conflict in the state’s forest. Tasmanian Greens leader Nick McKim says his party will approve the bill, which was heavily amended by the Upper House. Mr McKim told Parliament the changes mean that there is a chance that new forest reserves will not be created but peace deal signatories had asked the Lower House to pass the bill unamended.

Appeals from both sides to green forest backers from ABC News Australia
Timber deal splits Greens from the ABC News, Australia

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Tasmanian Parliament backs forest peace deal

ABC News, Australia
April 30, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Tasmania’s Lower House has passed historic legislation designed to end 30 years of conflict over logging in the state’s native forests. The final deal will bring almost $400 million worth of state and federal funds to Tasmania to restructure the industry and create new reserves. But the compromises made along the way have left the Greens to deem the final result almost worthless. Tasmania’s Parliament passed the crucial legislation on Monday evening, 13 votes to 11.

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Amazon anti-logging force fails to save forest

DW
April 29, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A military unit created to protect the Brazilian Amazon from illegal logging appears instead to be providing security for construction of a new hydroelectric project – which locals and indigenous groups are opposing. Directly after passing its overhaul of the forest code in October 2012, the Brazilian government created the National Force for Environmental Security to demonstrate the seriousness of its intention to protect remote regions of the Amazon.

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Forestry peace deal fate to be revealed

Tasmania’s fringe environmental groups have revealed they will not stop protesting if the amended forest peace deal legislation becomes law.
ABC News, Australia
April 29, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

They have labelled it a ‘mutant’ bill and have made a final plea to environmental signatories to reject it. The deal, brokered by green groups and industry bodies, would see half a million hectares of forest protected from logging. Two weeks ago, the Legislative Council backed potentially deal-breaking changes to the forest peace agreement.

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Company & Business News

Wood Industry Sees Spike in Business For Sale Deals

Woodworking Network
April 29, 2013
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada, United States

Small business sales jumped dramatically in the first quarter 2013, up 56 percent compared with the same time the previous year, according to BizBuySell.com’s First Quarter 2013 Insight Report. The study aggregates business-for-sale transactions reported by participating business brokers from around the country. What’s behind the new figures and will it have an impact on wood products related companies?

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Resolute posts $5M Q1 loss on $1B in sales

Canadian Press
April 30, 2013
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada

MONTREAL — Resolute Forest Products Inc.  has reported a first-quarter net loss of $5 million or five cents per share on sales of $1.074 billion. That reverses a net profit of $23 million, or 23 cents per diluted share, on sales of $1.054 billion in the same quarter last year. Excluding $33 million of special items, Resolute says net income for the quarter was $28 million, or 30 cents per share.

Click here for a press release from Resolute

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Norbord Reports Improved First Quarter 2013 Results; Declares Dividend

Canada Newswire press release
April 30, 2013
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada

TORONTO, – Norbord Inc. today reported EBITDA of $111 million in the first quarter of 2013, a $90 million improvement over the first quarter of 2012 and a $41 million improvement over the prior quarter. North American operations generated EBITDA of $106 million in the first quarter of 2013 versus $14 million and $67 million in the first and fourth quarters of 2012, respectively.

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Some pipelines exempted from federal reviews

Pulp mills also left to provincial environmental process
Vancouver Sun
April 29, 2013
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada, Canada West

Building a diamond mine, expanding an oil-sands mine, offshore exploration or an interprovincial bridge could soon require a federal environmental review under proposed additions and subtractions to the Harper government’s new environmental rules. But provincially regulated pipelines, facilities used to process heavy oil from the oilsands, pulp and paper mills as well as some chemical plants are among those being deleted from a list of projects requiring federal environmental investigations before approval.

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Getting the goods on Alberta’s wood goods bound for China

Edmonton Journal
April 29, 2013
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada, Canada West

… Alberta’s $2.3 billion forest products industry, on the other hand, has had far more success cracking the fast-growing Chinese market, even if it hasn’t gotten much credit for it. Between 2007 and 2012, exports of Alberta pulp and lumber to China soared by more than 335 per cent, to nearly $300 million. The big jump in shipments helped Alberta’s forest products sector weather the steep downturn in the U.S., where exports fell more than $300 million during the same period, to less than $1.2 billion in 2012.

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BID Group Expands

250 News
April 29, 2013
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George, B.C. – BID Group has acquired controlling interest of COMACT, a Quebec based sawmill equipment manufacturing company. BID Group CEO Brian Fehr will continue on as CEO of the parent company “BID Group”. The transition will see Pierre Morency assume the role of Chairman of the Board of BID Group, Simon Potvin will take over the role as Senior VP Manufacturing, and Eric Michaud will become the Senior VP Sales and Marketing of BID Group.

Area firm snags Quebec company from the Prince George Citizen

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Brkic Provides District Council with an Update on $35 million CFI Upgrade

Tumbler Ridge News
April 29, 2013
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada, Canada West

Chetwynd Forest Industries is continuing on into the second phase of a West Fraser Mills capital expenditure plan to invest in a $35 million upgrade to the sawmill. Darren Brkic, CFI General Manager, was on hand at the District of Chetwynd regular council meeting April 15 to update mayor and council on what has been going on at the mill as of late. “Basically where we’re at today with the $35 million is we’re going to move our sawmill from a one million [board feet] per day average production to 1.365 million a day,” Brkic explained.

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Rustad Site Needs to Make Sense-Says CNC Pres.

250 News
April 30, 2013
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George, B.C. – The plan would see the old Rustad sawmill site in the BCR industrial area of Prince George, turned into a trades training facility. …College of New Caledonia’s President, John Bowman says it was around that time that he, and others, met with Canfor and BID Group and toured the site. “It was our conclusion at that time, and it’s still the College of New Caledonia’s position that development on that site might make sense in the mid to longer term, but we have other needs.”

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The economic stakes: Key economic sectors and what they bring to BC

April 29, 2013
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada, Canada West

Forestry -The figures:GDP: Forestry, including logging, paper and wood product manufacturing, contributed $5.7 billion to B.C.’s industrial GDP in
2011, or 3 per cent of all industry GDP. Employment: Forestry and logging direct and support jobs 2012: 17,700, wood product manufacturing 26,700, paper manufacturing 12,000.

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Fire at Domtar

Kenora Online
April 29, 2013
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada East, Canada

A fire at the Domtar Mill is being investigated. Dryden fire fighters responded yesterday, a fire was reported on the fourth and fifth floors of the building. Dryden fire chief Ken Kurz says the fire was burning in the equipment on those floors. “It was product burning, combustible materials inside of the equipment of the machinery on the fourth and fifth floors of the seven story building. It was contained to the equipment and extinguished by the mill fire crews,” he said.

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Domtar Corp. earnings up, sales down

Wausau Daily Herald
April 29, 2013
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada East, Canada

Domtar Corp. experienced a 60.8 percent increase in net earnings during the first quarter, the Canadian papermaker recently announced. The company reported net earnings of $45 million, or $1.29 a share, for the quarter, compared to $28 million, or 76 cents a share, during the first quarter of 2012, according to documents the company filed last week with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The quarter included the March 22 sale of the company’s vacant Port Edwards mill to Columbus, Ohio-based DMI Acquisitions.

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Resolute CEO sees future for Thunder Bay mill, but must become more competitive

TbNewsWatch.com
April 25, 2013
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada East, Canada

The president of Resolute Forest Products says he thinks the company’s Thunder Bay mill has a future in the pulp and paper business. But, added Richard Garneau, it won’t come easy. Facing a 10 per cent decline in demand over the first quarter of 2013 compared to a year ago, Garneau said the company had no choice but to temporarily shut down the plant this month, correcting a potential oversupply had the decision not been made.

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This Industry Is Getting Chewed From Both Ends

Motley Fool
April 25, 2013
Category: Company & Business News
Region: United States

Homebuilders are probably breathing a sigh of relief right now, as new housing starts have finally broken to new five-year highs, and many analysts are expressing confidence in a new housing boom. On the other hand, that sound may not be a sigh but a gasp of horror. My colleague Maxx Chatsko recently wrote about the ferocious pine mountain beetle devastating North American forests. Lumber prices have nearly doubled over the past five years, as the beetle has consumed about 12% of the forested land west of the Mississippi, severely cutting into timber supplies.

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Will Plum Creek Timber Keep Growing Like a Weed?

Motley Fool
April 26, 2013
Category: Company & Business News
Region: United States

Next Monday, Plum Creek Timber will release its latest quarterly results. The key to making smart investment decisions on stocks reporting earnings is to anticipate how they’ll do before they announce results, leaving you fully prepared to respond quickly to whatever inevitable surprises arise. That way, you’ll be less likely to make an uninformed knee-jerk reaction to news that turns out to be exactly the wrong move.

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Weyerhaeuser Co Earnings Call Insights: Wood Products Business Rates and Cellulose Guidance

Wall St. Cheat Sheet
April 27, 2013
Category: Company & Business News
Region: United States

Weyerhaeuser Co recently reported its first quarter earnings and discussed the following topics in its earnings conference call: Wood Products Business Rates, Cellulose Guidance. Mark Wilde – Deutsche Bank: I want to thank you for your improved disclosure, I know that a lot of us really appreciate that. I wondered first of all on the Wood Products business can you give us a sense of kind of where your estimated operating rates are in those different businesses? …

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Plum Creek Reports Results for First Quarter 2013

Fort Mills Times
April 29, 2013
Category: Company & Business News
Region: United States, US West

… “The financial performance of each of our business segments improved compared to the first quarter of 2012. We’re on-track to grow our non-real estate adjusted EBITDA by $50 million this year. Our first quarter growth in this area was $12 million,” said Rick Holley, chief executive officer. “Earnings and cash flow from our timber resources and manufacturing segments are rising and we’re expecting good follow-through in these trends for the remainder of the year. We’re excited about the opportunities that we see unfolding longer-term for our businesses and expect 2013 to create a solid base for growth in 2014 and beyond.”

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Final stretch of Coos Bay rail line is in service

A $31 million project restores the freight connection between Coquille and Eugene
The Register-Guard
April 30, 2013
Category: Company & Business News
Region: United States, US West

The shipment of a load of plywood from the Roseburg Forest Products mill in Coquille on Monday marked the full restoration of freight rail service on the Coos Bay Rail Line between Eugene and Coquille. Roseburg had not been able to ship wood products by rail from Coquille since the rail line was abruptly closed in 2007 by a Florida hedge fund that had acquired the rail line’s parent company earlier that year. The hedge fund said it didn’t have the money to repair aging tunnels on the route.

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Rough And Ready No More

Evergreen Magazine
April 25, 2013
Category: Company & Business News
Region: United States, US West

On Friday, April 11, southern Oregon awoke to the sickening news that the Rough and Ready Lumber Company was shutting down its iconic Illinois Valley sawmill -not for repairs or remodeling – but forever. It is a staggering loss for nearby Cave Junction, a small rural community where many of the company’s 85 employees live. Someone in the know calculated that the economic loss is equal to the loss of 10,000 jobs in Portland, Oregon’s largest community. I don’t doubt it. Rough and Ready was the Illinois Valley’s largest employer for more than 50 years.

Healthy Forests, Healthy Economy can coexist from the Evergreen Magazine

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Bemidji mill worker dies when catwalk falls

Minneapolis Star Tribune
April 29, 2013
Category: Company & Business News
Region: US East, United States

A section of catwalk fell at least 40 feet to the floor inside a forestry mill near Bemidji, Minn., sending an employee crashing to his death, authorities and a corporate official said Monday. Mitchell Harthan, 23, of Grand Rapids, Minn., fell to his death Saturday afternoon at the Potlatch Lumber Mill in Farden Township, according to the Hubbard County Sheriff’s Office. The state ranks Potlatch as one of the safest companies operating in Minnesota, and this was the company’s first fatality at the facility since it opened in 1990.

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Milburn wood plant processing picking up

Otago Daily Times
April 29, 2013
Category: Company & Business News
Region: International

The future of City Forests’ mothballed $15 million Milburn wood processing plant appears assured with lessee Winton-based Craigpine Timber steadily increasing log processing, since taking over in July last year. The plant closure was announced a year ago in April, because of an untenable 20% revenue decline for City Forests, with the loss of about 30 jobs and the 6-year-old plant’s mothballing was to have been completed by September.

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The absurd log-export plan

Jakarta Post
April 29, 2013
Category: Company & Business News
Region: International

We were dumbfounded to learn of two completely opposing policy measures the government plans to launch in the forestry sector. On the one hand, the government is considering extending the two-year moratorium on forest clearing, which will end later next month. …. But alas, the forestry ministry also is mulling over a plan to reopen log exports, which have been banned for more than 12 years, arguing that log prices have fallen sharply to as low as US$30 per cubic meter, compared to $80 in other ASEAN countries, due to the weak domestic demand.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Biomass plants’ environmental benefits up for debate

FireEngineering.com
April 28, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

According to the California Biomass Energy Alliance, power plants that burn forest and other wood waste help improve the environment and reduce fire danger in the state’s forests. An alliance fact sheet says biomass plants similar to the seven in Shasta County reduce greenhouse gases, divert waste from landfills, reduce the threat of wildfires and create jobs. “A January 2010 Energy Commission PIER study concluded biomass fuels are one of the most cost-effective ways to produce environmental benefits in the forests, which provide a beneficial use of the forest treatment residues,” according to the alliance.

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Federal effort to boost Maine’s wood pellet industry sees strong returns

Morning Sentinel
April 28, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

As the sun sets on an $11.4 million federal effort to boost Maine’s wood pellet industry, early returns seem to indicate that the investment was a sound one. The money helps drive Maine toward a stronger sustainable forestry economy and reduced dependence on foreign oil, according to one expert. The U.S. Department of Forestry spent the money in the Fuels for Public Buildings grant to help bring 24 biomass conversion projects to fruition in schools, hospitals and public buildings across the state.

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Dying trees in Japanese forest said to be affected by China pollution

The Japan Daily Press
April 26, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

In the forests of Yakushima, a small, mountainous island off the southern Japanese island of Kyushu, the pine trees are dying, and an environmental professor believes that the culprit is China’s pollution and smog being brought in by the winds from continental Asia. Osamu Nagafuchi, a professor of ecosystem studies at the University of Shiga in central Japan, started studying the trend in the late ‘90s at the start of China’s heavy industrialization and believes the pollution is now causing pine trees in Yakusima’s primeval forest – one of the few left in Japan – to die at an accelerated rate.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Michael Green is building North America’s tallest wood building in Prince George, BC

Treehugger (blog)
April 29, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Wood is arguably the greenest building material; it is renewable and sequesters carbon for the life of the building. Vancouver architect Michael Green has been working with wood for a while. He told TreeHugger in an interview last year: “The Earth grows our food; The earth can grow our homes. It’s an ethical change that we have to go through.” Now he gets to demonstrate it with the Wood Innovation Design Centre in Prince George, British Columbia.

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