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Daily Archives: May 1, 2013

Froggy Foibles

Squirrel pulls off mission impossible after her baby is left dangling from branch 25ft above ground

Daily Mail
April 30, 2013
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: US East, United States

This caring mother carries out the ultimate rescue mission after her little baby gets itself stuck in a precarious position hanging from a tree. The tiny squirrel, thought to be about eight weeks old, had fallen 20ft from a woodpecker’s nest it had been sleeping in. Dangling on a thin branch, still a further 25ft from the ground below, it looked as though it could fall at any moment. But thankfully help was not far away as its mother was perching on a neighbouring tree when the accident happened.

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Business & Politics

Slimmed down Resolute Forest Products poised for turnaround

Montreal Gazette
April 30, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

MONTREAL — Richard Garneau, who has piloted Resolute Forest Products Inc. through a massive two-year downsizing to counter the five-year slide in North American newsprint demand, sees rising offshore exports and strong lumber markets saving the bottom line this year. The former AbitibiBowater Inc. giant has fought doubters to retain its place as North America’s leading forest products group and a low-cost producer of newsprint, commercial printing papers, pulp and lumber.

Resolute Forest completes reorganization of paper mills from The Canadian Press

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Lumber Mills Expand as Prices Rise Most Since 1993: Commodities

Bloomberg Businessweek
April 30, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

North American mills are sawing lumber at the fastest pace in six years after a recovering U.S. housing market, a beetle infestation in Canada and increasing Chinese demand drove the biggest price surge in two decades. About 55.5 billion of the industry’s standard board feet will be made this year, 6.7 percent more than in 2012, CIBC World Markets estimates. Futures will average $371 per 1,000 board feet on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange in the fourth quarter, according to the mean of nine analyst estimates compiled by Bloomberg.

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Mill worker says thanks

Prince George Citizen
April 30, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

My name is Bruce Germyn, I was an employee at Lakeland Mills. I was working in the Lakeland sawmill on April 23, 2012 when a horrific and tragic incident happened at roughly 9:35 p.m. The sawmill exploded and burnt to the ground killing two union brothers and injuring numerous others. I would like to take this time to say a few thank yous for help and ongoing support during and after this event unfolded. The outpouring of support from citizens of Prince George and outlying areas is truly overwhelming from the instant this horrific event took place through to today.

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Dix Says Skills Training Comes First

250 News
May 1, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

… Speaking to a media scrum in Prince George, Dix says his priority is ensuring that there is sufficient skills training in the north. He added people trained in the north are more likely to remain here. Dix says he has been to the old Rustad mill site a couple of times. the site has been promoted by City council as a new Skills training center. Dix says he will consider all opportunities for skills training including the Rustad site, although he said, his preference is for expansion at CNC first.

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Fortress Paper Completes Sale of the Dresden Mill

Marketwired
April 30, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Fortress Paper Ltd. is pleased to announce that it has successfully completed the sale of the Dresden Mill to Glatfelter Gernsbach GmbH & Co. KG, a subsidiary of P.H. Glatfelter Co., previously announced on March 13, 2013. The purchase price for the sale was EUR160 million (approximately CDN$212 million), subject to a post-closing working capital adjustment. With the sale of the Dresden Mill, Fortress Paper no longer operates in the specialty papers (wallpaper base) industry.

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Sack Manufacturers to Benefit from Increased Strength for Kraft Paper

Tolko
April 29, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Tolko’s strong drive for innovation and the market demand for stronger paper has led the company’s paper mill in The Pas, Manitoba to concentrate on further enhancements to its Kraft papers. Known internationally for its SPK and SPX brands in the sack manufacturing markets, Tolko’s Manitoba Kraft Paper Division is focusing on increasing the cross direction and machine direction strength of all its paper grades, providing the advantage of a higher balanced tensile energy absorption to customers worldwide. 

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Resolute mill in Quebec to reopen

Number of workers down to 130
Canadian Press
April 30, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Resolute Forest Products says it has completed the major realignment of its paper mill network with today’s restart of its facility in Gatineau, Que. The mill is reopening as a lower-cost operation due to a new labour agreement, the use of a single-paper machine and a co-generation power plant set to begin operation in June.

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Why The Supreme Court Decision In Abitibibowater Won’t Work

Mondaq News Alerts
April 30, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

We have written several times about the Supreme Court of Canada’s decision in AbitibiBowater v. Newfoundland, in which insolvency law trumped environmental orders. Today, we want to tell you more about the rule the court laid down, and why it is likely to have perverse consequences. In short, the Supreme Court ruled that environmental orders can jump the insolvency queue, and take priority over other creditors, but only when the province is NOT likely to pay for the work itself.

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Abitibi expropriation costs balloon again

Kathy Dunderdale says ‘bargain-basement rates’ paid for seized assets
CBC News
May 1, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The cost of Newfoundland and Labrador’s expropriation of AbitibiBowater’s timber and water rights in central Newfoundland has grown by another $72 million. The former government of Danny Williams rushed legislation through in 2008 to seize timber and water rights associated with a mill that Abitibi was closing, as well as hydroelectric resources owned by Fortis Inc. On Tuesday, Natural Resources Minister Tom Marshall told the house of assembly that the government had reached a deal with Fortis Inc. and a consortium of lenders.

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U.S. sets more duties on hardwood plywood from China

XE.com
April 30, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

The U.S. Commerce Department on Tuesday set preliminary anti-dumping duties ranging up to 63.96 percent on hundreds of millions of dollars worth of plywood from China that it said were being sold at unfairly low prices. However, it also said it did not find enough evidence of dumping to warrant duties on two companies named in the case, Linyi San Fortune Wood Co Ltd and Jiangyang Group. The Coalition for Fair Trade of Hardwood Plywood, …, has accused Chinese manufacturers and exporters of dumping hardwood and
decorative plywood in the United States at prices 298 percent to 322
percent below fair market value.

Hardwood Plywood Importers: Federal Government Duties Unfair from the Woodworking Network

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Weyerhaeuser’s got game again — a new game

The Seattle Times (blog)
April 30, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

… But Weyerhauser is back, after a fashion. Last week, it reported robust first-quarter earnings that beat Wall Street’s expectations. Earlier this month, it increased its dividend. The news attracted the attention of Financial Times’ influential Lex column, which proclaimed on Monday, “Now streamlined around its forest-based segments, the company can capitalize on America’s reinvigorated home-buying.” Behind the strong earnings was the best performance by its wood products unit since 2005, during the prime of the housing boom.

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West to benefit most from housing rebound, Weyerhaeuser chief says

Capital Press
April 30, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

The Weyerhaeuser Co. reports that timberlands in the West are in a better position to benefit from the housing recovery than those in the South. Log demand has rebounded more in the West because the region was able to capitalize on healthy exports to the Pacific Rim even before domestic usage improved, said Dan Fulton, the firm’s CEO. “The contrast between Western and Southern markets is dramatic,” said Fulton during a conference call with analysts.

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Permits intended for small businesses are being used by industrial loggers in Africa

Edmonton Journal
April 30, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Logging permits designed to promote small businesses are being allocated by the hundreds to industrial logging companies in West and Central Africa in a hidden pattern of abuse, according to a report published Tuesday by environmental watchdog group, Global Witness. The use of these “shadow permits” are undermining efforts to curb corruption in the timber sector and is increasing the likelihood that illegal wood is being exported to Europe and elsewhere, according to the report.

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China Forestry Purchase Wrong

By New Zealand First Party
Scoop Independent News
May 1, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

New Zealand First says the Overseas Investment Office (OIO) approval of the sale of the New Zealand Super Fund’s forestry assets to the Chinese Government is an appalling example of everything that is wrong with National’s approach to growing the economy. Primary Industries spokesman Richard Prosser says the sale would not create one single job in New Zealand, and would perpetuate the unsustainable practice of this country being an exporter of unprocessed bulk commodities.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Quebec moves to boost use of wood in construction sector

National Post
April 30, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

Quebec is taking significant steps to promote the use of wood in construction, joining B.C. in pushing for a fundamental rethink of the steel and concrete standard that has dominated Canada since the industrial revolution. The province on Tuesday adopted a wood charter to champion the use of wood in construction and value-added products. Among its concrete effects: It eases the building code to increase the maximum height for wood-frame construction to six stores from the current four. 

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Lignin precursor for carbon fiber closer to reality?

High Performance Composites
April 30, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

Canadian wood products firm Domtar Corp. announced on March 12 that it has installed a commercial-scale lignin separation plant at its Plymouth, N.C., mill, the first U.S.-based facility of its type in more than 25 years. Production of the company’s trademarked BioChoice lignin began in February, with a targeted rate of 75 metric tonnes (about 165,345 lb) per day. The plant’s product is destined for a wide range of industrial applications in the form of bio-based alternatives to petroleum-based fuels, and thermoset and thermoplastic resins.

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Forestry

Researchers warn of uprising if first nations not involved in resource development

Vancouver Sun
May 1, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

OTTAWA – Canada faces a “catastrophic” aboriginal uprising unless first nations approve of, and have full participation in, major natural resource developments, according to two research papers made public Wednesday by a prominent think-tank. The stark warning of future violence comes from former Canadian senior military officer Douglas Bland, now professor emeritus at Queen’s University in Kingston.

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Trees Cry For Help When They’re Thirsty

CBC
April 30, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, International

So, If a tree gets parched in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound? Apparently, the answer is yes. Scientists in France say they’ve discovered that trees make sounds when they’re thirsty or starved for water. The physicists created a sensitive microphone that they attached to trees and found that the thirstier trees become, the louder the sounds.

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Only stand-alone act can protect B.C. species at risk from disappearing

by Mara Kerry, Director of science and policy at the David Suzuki Foundation.
Vancouver Sun
April 29, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Little has been said during this B.C. election campaign about our wildlife. That’s a shame because it’s one area where the provincial government can make a big difference, to people and species at risk, by introducing a separate act to protect and restore wildlife.  B.C. is blessed with a bounty of nature and the highest level of species diversity in Canada.  …Of the more than 3,000 animal and plant species that call B.C. home, 43 per cent – more than 1,900 – are at risk of disappearing forever.

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Province of Manitoba moves to protect heritage trees

MetroNews Canada
April 30, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Province of Manitoba is branching out with first of its kind in Canada legislation to protect and recognize heritage trees. The legislation, introduced to the legislature Monday, would create a provincial heritage tree program in partnership with the Manitoba Forestry Association (MFA) that recognizes and protects trees with environmental, cultural, social and historic importance in Manitoba, according to Conservation and Water Stewardship Minister Gord Mackintosh.

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Forest policy has been a disaster

Comox Valley Echo
April 30, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

… That being said, one particularly bad policy that was introduced by our current Liberal government soon after they came to power in 2003, which has proved particularly disastrous for us here in the Comox Valley – and especially to our local environment – should be on the top of our agenda as voters. This was the Private Managed Forest Act Lands Act that essentially, as one old, retired Crown Forest logger phrased it, left “the foxes in charge of the chicken house”.

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Student lands Weyerhaueser internship

Alberta Daily Herald Tribune
April 30, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Dana Aljanaby had her ‘Green Dream’ come true this month. The UBC student from North Delta, B.C., will be heading to Grande Prairie next week for a full-paid summer internship with Weyerhaeuser. In addition to the full-time summer job, Aljanaby, in her third year of a Bachelor of Science in Forest Resources Management, landed $5,000 and an iPad so she can blog about her experience. The opportunity came through the Green Dream internship social media contest run by the Forest Products Association of Canada in which seven students landed summer gigs in the forest industry in Alberta, Quebec and B.C.

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New “war in the woods” shaping up between forestry company and eco-tourism operators (with video)

Global BC News
April 30, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Another war in the woods is shaping up between a major forest company in B.C. and more than a hundred eco-tourism companies. The front line is a series of islands that lie between northern Vancouver Island and the Mainland. It’s an area that’s extremely important to tourism, from kayak excursions to passing cruise ships. Tourism operators say clear-cut logging is scarring the landscape and poses a serious risk to their business. …However, operators are concerned plans to start logging the area could put the $45 million industry at risk and operators stand to lose it all.

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N.S. forest protection lauded

Province could lead the way if plans for endangered areas reach fruition
The Chronicle Herald
April 30, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Nova Scotia could soon be among the top protectors of critically endangered forest lands in Canada if government follows through on its plans to safeguard several areas, a published report by a watchdog group said Tuesday. Wednesday is the deadline for the public to comment on a number of parcels of Acadian forest the province is eyeing for protection. If all goes according to plan, the province will have added 124,000 hectares of intact wilderness to its list.

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Don’t mess with the Forest Service

High Country News
April 30, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

Earl Butz, Richard Nixon’s controversial secretary of Agriculture, was a profane man known for his hair-trigger temper and rough handling of subordinates. So when the chief of the Forest Service stood him up for a meeting, Butz unloaded in response: “There are four branches of government,” he reportedly snarled, “the executive, legislative, judicial and the Gawd-damn U.S. Forest Service.” Although current Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack might have worded it differently, he probably appreciates the sentiment now: He recently discovered how ornery the powerful Forest Service can be.

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Rising From The Ashes: How Plants Benefit From Forest Fires

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

Forest fires are a major cause of plant death and destruction, but they can also be a source of life as some dormant seeds begin to germinate in the aftermath of a raging inferno. Previous research has shown chemicals in the smoke of burning trees called karrikins?are responsible for this phoenix-like rebirth. Now, a new study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences has described new details on the mechanism behind karrakin-mediated seed activation.

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US Forest Service, Military Prepare For MAFFS Training

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

The U.S. Forest Service will conduct its annual training for military MAFFS C-130 air tankers the week of May 6 over southern Wyoming and northern Colorado. Last year, the entire MAFFS fleet was activated to help fight deadly wildfires, including the Waldo Canyon Fire. It was the first time in four years the planes were called into service. During similar training in Colorado Springs last year, Lynn Ballard, military liaison with the U.S. Forest Service explained yearly training on the special C-130’s is necessary to keep crews ready the moment they’re needed.

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Federal, state agencies prepare for 2013 wildfires in Alaska

Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
April 30, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – Federal and state land managers enjoyed a quiet wildfire season in 2012 but say they are fully equipped if conditions change this year. National Park Service and U.S. Forest Service officials said Tuesday that automatic cuts in the federal budget should not directly affect Alaska wildfire suppression. “We are training our folks. We do have the fire staff that we’ve had in past years,” said Dan Warthin, regional fire management officer for the National Park Service.

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Workshops to focus on spraying for mountain pine beetles

Tri-State Neighbor
April 30, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

PIERRE, S.D. – Three mountain pine beetle spraying workshops will be held in the Black Hills during May. The workshops, hosted by the South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) and the U.S. Forest Service, will focus on the benefits and methods of treating trees to protect them from mountain pine beetles. All landowners, whether they intend to do the work themselves or hire a company, are welcome.

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Local Senator pushes for logger-safety reforms

KONP.COM 1450
April 30, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

In the waning hours of the legislative session, a bill passed aimed at reducing the frequency and severity of injuries to manual loggers. As Ian Cope reports, a local lawmaker pushed for the reforms. While the logging industry has become primarily mechanized, there is still a small group of loggers who rely on manual methods to fall trees. The increased danger in that field means the workers compensation rates have doubled, rising to the point where the rates are higher than wages.

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Bipartisan approach to forest management

Flathead Publishing Group
April 30, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The state legislature gaveled to a close last week, a couple days shy of the 90 days maximum set by law. Even though there were numerous media articles regarding the hot button topics of taxes and tax reform, pay bands and pensions, Medicaid expansion and so forth, legislation pertaining to forestry and forest management never made the press. Nonetheless, several bills passed with overwhelming bipartisan support having immediate and long-range positive impacts for Montana’s forest products industry.

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Goodsize fire tearing through Lewiston forest

Lewiston Auburn
April 30, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

A Maine Forest Service helicopter made “half a dozen water drops” onto a fire burning in a wooded area off College Road, but fire officials expect crews will be at the scene for hours fighting the two-alarm blaze. The fire is about a mile into the woods along power lines, both factors which make the blaze particularly difficult to battle, Kent Nelson, fire prevention specialist at the Maine Forest Service, said at 2:30 p.m.

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Ginkgo: The Life Story of The Oldest Tree on Earth

Yale Environment 360
May 1, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Millions of urban dwellers know the ginkgo primarily as a street tree, with elegant, fan-shaped leaves, foul-smelling fruits, and nuts prized for their reputed medicinal properties. But botanist Peter Crane sees the ginkgo as much more — an oddity in nature because it is a single species with no known living relatives; a living fossil that has been essentially unchanged for more than 200 million years; and an inspiring example of how humans can help a species survive.

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N.C. State finds buyer for 80,000-acre Hofmann Forest

Indy Week
May 1, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

When Barny Bernard joined the Hofmann Forest board in 1999, a fellow forester warned him: “The college has wanted to get control of this forest for a long time. But just like Doc Hofmann said, ‘Don’t ever let the university get control of it.'” Bernard is one in a long line of foresters who have managed the 80,000-acre woods or have served on its board of directors, the N.C. Forestry Foundation. The general forester consensus is that N.C. State, which owns Hofmann, should never sell it, and that its primary purpose is research and experimentation.

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Clear-Cut Area Along Rt. 58 Set For ‘Forest Regeneration Project’

Patch.com
April 30, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Driving on Black Rock Turnpike, heading toward the Easton town line, it’s difficult not to notice the stretch of wooded area that seems to have been clear-cut, nearly devoid of its white pine trees in some places. But the woods will not look barren forever – this stretch bordering Rt. 58 is part of what’s known as the Forest Regeneration Project. The wooded area in question borders Hemlock Reservoir, one of Aquarion Water Company’s reservoirs, and is part of the Centennial Watershed State Forest (CWSF).

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Forest activists battle on as Greens splinter

ABC News, Australia
May 1, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A former Tasmanian Greens leader has conceded the forestry peace deal has split the green movement. Peg Putt says state Greens MPs should not have voted for the peace deal bill and had ignored advice from party elders, including the Australian Greens leader Christine Milne. After three years of negotiations by the signatories, legislation to enact the peace deal passed parliament by two votes last night.

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NSW Environment minister: No to more red gum logging

ABC News, Australia
May 1, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Environment Minister Robyn Parker has rejected calls to open more River Red Gum national parks in the Riverina Murray region to firewood collection. A Riverina Livestock Health and Pest Authority ranger ranger says the sites where firewood can be collected are few and far between and that has led to the illegal felling of up to 300 trees on travelling stock routes in the last year.

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Tasmanian forest wars are over

The Sydney Morning Herald
April 30, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Tasmania’s generation-long forest wars have been declared over, with agreement on a final package that saw environmentalists give ground in the hope of building lasting peace. Years of bitter tree-by-tree conflict over native forests has been followed by a package hoped to revive the state’s collapsed timber industry, and yield big tracts of protected forests

Prime Minister urges calm in forests from the ABC News, Australia
Loggers, conservations must seize deal: PM from The Sydney Morning Herald

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Possibility of Nakusp biomass project discussed

Arrow Lakes News
April 29, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

Wood Waste 2 Rural Heat project coordinator David Dubois met in Nakusp with Peter Welkerling, from the Nakusp and Area Chamber of Commerce, Hugh Watt and Beth McLeod from True North and NACFOR’s Tom Zeleznik to talk about the possibility of turning wood waste into heat in the community. Wood Waste 2 Rural Heat (WWRH) is a project that aims to supply 15 per cent of B.C.’s commercial, institutional and residential energy via biomass thermal (waste wood-generated heat).

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