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Daily Archives: May 21, 2013

Business & Politics

Tembec announces closing of the sale of its NBSK pulp mill in Skookumchuck, BC

Stockhouse
May 17, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Tembec Inc. announced today the closing of the sale of its NBSK pulp mill and related assets located in Skookumchuck, British Columbia to Paper Excellence Canada Holdings Corporation. Total consideration for the transaction is $94.6 million, including $25.5 million in working capital. The purchase price remains subject to closing working capital adjustments. Tembec will use the cash proceeds to pay down revolving operating debt and for general corporate purposes.

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Hightech plant rises from ashes of old sawmill in Fox Creek Alberta

Edmonton Journal
May 18, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

FOX CREEK — It was late in the shift when the blaze erupted, touched off by an electrical arc in the main breaker panel. It took only four hours for Millar Western’s newly acquired sawmill to be destroyed on that August evening in 2008. By the time the fire insurance payment came through in early 2009, the once profitable lumber market was in ruins. Nobody was building mills then, because everywhere, mills were laying off workers and cutting back as much as possible.

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Canfor Racks Up $80 million in investment

Kootenay Business
May 20, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Canfor Corporation is a company on the move in the East Kootenay. In addition to the estimated $40 million currently being invested in the Elko sawmill, Canfor just completed last fall the re-opening and top-to-bottom renovation and expansion of their long-shuttered Radium Hot Springs mill. The Radium investment was billed at an estimated $38.5 million bringing Canfor`s total investment in the East Kootenay close to the $80 million mark.

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Patience urged for former Bowater plant renewal

Plant renamed the Innovacorp Demonstration Centre for Bioresources and the Bioeconomy
CBC News
May 21, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The chair of the government agency spearheading a new business plan for the former Bowater-Mersey paper mill in Nova Scotia’s Queens County is warning not to expect immediate results. …Innovacorp, a government agency that funds and supports business ideas in their early stages, received $500,000 to develop a plan to turn the former Bowater-Mersey mill into a demonstration centre for companies scaling up energy or new forest products.

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Idaho Timber To Reopen Sawmill, Investing $3.5 Million

woodworkingnetwork.com
May 19, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

COUSHATTA, LA – Idaho Timber has acquired and will reopen Hood Industries’ shuttered sawmill in Coushatta, LA. The sawmill will begin producing by the third quarter, milling dimension lumber and other timber products from southern yellow pine. Idaho Timber CEO Ted Ellis said he expects the sawmill in Coushatta to open later this year, creating 90 new jobs. The site closed in 2008 as a result of the recession, and Idaho Timber LLC recently purchased the facility from Hood Industries, which acquired it in the 1980’s.

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Rough & Ready Lumber, Josephine County’s last sawmill, a casualty of southwest Oregon’s enduring timber wars

The Oregonian
May 20, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

CAVE JUNCTION – Here lies Rough & Ready Lumber. The last sawmill in Josephine County closes next week, a grim milestone in the persistent stalemate over logging that’s peculiar to this unique corner of Oregon. In much of western Oregon, the 1990s timber wars have given way to a shaky détente, with a focus on thinning and light-touch restoration in federal forests. In southwest Oregon, the battle still runs hot.

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Vecoplan Wins Massive US Wood Pellet Plant Order

woodworkingnetwork.com
May 20, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

URANIA, LA – German Pellets says it will begin construction on a new pellet production facility. The output of 1 million tons of wood pellets per year is double that of German Pellet’s just completed Woodville, TX plant. Historically, Urania was an important location for the wood panel industry, home to a Georgia Pacific particleboard plant. That made the location appealing, says Peter Leibold, manager of the German Pellets Group, since supply infrastructure, railway sidings, etc. are already in place. The new plant will employ 500.

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Universal Forest Products: 25,7% increase of net income in the first quarter

Universal Forest Products Inc.
May 20, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Universal Forest Products Inc. reported one of the finest first quarter results. The company rode high on the back of strong sales performance in its five market segments with a net income surging 25.7% over the year-ago earnings. Net sales in the first quarter were $554.5 million, up 21.3% year over year as Universal Forest benefitted from healthy growth in the lumber market that went up 42.9% year over year. Revenue results in all the end-markets were strong.

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Parr Lumber Company appoints James Boyer as new president

Lincoln City News Guard
May 20, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

HILLSBORO – The Parr Lumber Company Board of Directors has appointed James (Jim) D. Boyer President of the company and its subsidiaries. “I am honored and grateful for the opportunity to lead this remarkable organization during a rapidly evolving and exciting time in our industry,” said Boyer. “The Parr Company, the customers and partners have been such an important part of my life; I am looking forward to the new role and additional opportunities to serve this company and the customers.”

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Logging national parks won’t save timber industry

The Sydney Morning Herald
May 20, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

It should be hardly surprising that a NSW Parliament upper house committee dominated by Shooters and Fishers, National and Liberal MPs would propose logging national parks. The Shooters & Fishers have used their upper house position to turn the state’s protected areas into a game range to live out their pith-helmeted and khaki-clad childhood fantasies. And now they are coming for the forests. What makes less sense is the short-sighted and self-destructive way parts of the forestry industry have jumped on the bandwagon

Timber industry and greenies likely to be at loggerheads from the Northern Rivers Echo

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Condo builders push merits of concrete

Globe and Mail
May 17, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

The current vogue for using high-tech wood products as a green building material has spawned a flurry of proposals for “timber towers.” But some new concrete low-rise projects in the Vancouver area seem to be going against the grain. Developers, like the I4 Property Group in North Vancouver whose 700 Marine project is scheduled for completion in July, and Cressey, whose new four-storey Arbutus Ridge project has sold over 50 per cent of its 49 units since it went to market in early May, are opting for concrete, as opposed to wood-frame, construction.

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Is the world ready for wooden skyscrapers?

Toronto Star
May 19, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

In 1885, the Home Insurance Building in Chicago opened its doors. At 10 storeys, it was the world’s first skyscraper, and the first building to use a steel frame in its construction. Since then, the use of steel and concrete has proliferated, allowing North American architects to build taller and evermore impressive multi-storey structures. While these two materials dominate modern high-rise construction, both come with serious environmental concerns.

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Georgia-Pacific, Calculated Structured Designs Announce New Design and Placement Software for Engineered Lumber

BuildingOnline
May 20, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

ATLANTA — Georgia-Pacific Wood Products, one of the largest wood products manufacturers in North America, and software developer Calculated Structured Designs, Inc. (CSD), recently announced a dynamic new engineered lumber software to design roof and floor systems for residential and commercial construction. Using CSD’s iStruct™ platform, Georgia-Pacific’s updated FASTSuite® software consists of FASTPlan® design layout software, FASTBeam® beam sizing software, and FASTOpt® material optimization software.

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Forestry

Forest fighters

Celebrated partnerships like the Boreal Forest Agreement are crumbling. Can corporations and NGOs really work together to save the environment?
Macleans.ca
May 17, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

Rachel Plotkin is well-acquainted with the Valhalla Inn in Thunder Bay, Ont. A science-project manager for the David Suzuki Foundation, Plotkin has spent more days than she cares to count holed up in one of the hotel’s meeting rooms with representatives from local logging companies and fellow environmental groups. They are trying to hammer out a conservation plan for a four-million-hectare section of boreal forest in northwestern Ontario, and the thousands of woodland caribou that call it home.

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Boreal forest conservation talks collapse

Globe and Mail
May 21, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

Resolute Forest Products Inc. says talks between the forestry industry and environmental groups aimed at protecting a huge swath of Canadian boreal forest have broken down. Montreal-based Resolute expressed its frustration Tuesday that no agreement on a workable conservation plan has been reached after three years of effort within the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement (CBFA). Resolute spokesman Seth Kursman said in an interview that the talks broke down when it became apparent that key economic and social – as well as environmental – concerns weren’t being considered.

Boreal Forest Agreement negotiations end in failure after three years from the Canadian Press

Click here for a press release from Resolute Forest Products
Click here for a press release from Forest Ethics

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A new path for B.C.’s last great ancient stands

by Ken Wu, Director Ancient Forest Alliance
Victoria Times Colonist
May 18, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

New maps of the remaining old-growth forests on Vancouver Island and the southwest mainland highlight the large-scale ecological crisis underway in B.C.’s woods. In the 1990s, conservationists fought for whole valleys. Those are now gone, except in Clayoquot Sound. Today, almost all of our ancient forests are tattered and fragmented. At least 74 per cent of the original, productive old-growth forests on our southern coast have been logged, underscoring the need for a science-based provincial plan to protect our remaining old-growth forests and for a sustainable, value-added, second-growth forest industry.

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Voracious mountain pine beetles on hold in forests northwest of Edmonton

Edmonton Journal
May 17, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Eyeing a stack of rough lumber, Stefan Demharter spots the telltale blue stain fungus spread by the Mountain Pine Beetle. “It’s here, and there, and there … there is quite of bit of it, but this is a good news story. It means we are cutting the trees before they’re dead,” said Demharter, Millar Western’s vice-president of wood products. Fox Creek and its Millar Western sawmill is in the middle of Alberta’s largest lodgepole pine forests, and also in the centre of the province’s holding zone in the desperate war to stop the spread of the voracious beetles that will have eaten through 75 per cent of British Columbia’s pine forests by the time the infestation peters out in a few more years.

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Some wildfires started by would-be firefighters, investigator says

CBC.ca
May 17, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Would-be firefighters looking for employment are believed to have caused some of the wildfires in Saskatchewan, an arson expert says. “There’s a saying, ‘The blacker the forest, the greener the wallet,’ said Ken Ness, a senior fire investigator with the Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment, which was leading a national training course in Prince Albert this week.

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Sen. Udall urges USFS to override Neptune Aviation’s air tanker protest

Associated Press
May 17, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Sen. Mark Udall of Colorado called on the U.S. Forest Service on Friday to make certain that a contract dispute doesn’t ground large air tankers used to fight wildfires as warmer, drier weather boosts the risk of destructive blazes. The move came after Neptune Aviation formally protested national firefighting contracts awarded May 6 by the Forest Service. Missoula, Mont.-based Neptune was passed over for one of the contracts allowing as many as seven large, next-generation tankers to be operated by five other companies to fight blazes.

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Students participate wildfire management training

KLTV
May 18, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

HUDSON, TX – Saturday morning students participating in firefighter training got some hands on experience in wild land firefighting. “They learn exactly who they respond to, who their boss is, what to do and the way the system works,” said Jan Amen, Texas A&M Forest Service, PIO. 28 students were led through wooded areas by Texas A&M Forest service officials digging line, a skill used to fight fires.

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US Forest Service trains group on how to protect historic buildings from wildfire

The Missoulian
May 19, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

WEST FORK – On the outside of the old cookhouse at the West Fork Ranger Station, a group wearing hard hats is gathered around the southernmost window. Two from that group are carefully tacking what looks like a large piece of heavy tinfoil over the window’s frame. Bitterroot National Forest historian Mary Williams is keeping them under her eagle eye. “Make sure those tacks don’t go into the window frame,” Williams said.

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Smokey, spare that lookout — Washington lawmakers to Forest Service

Seattle Post Intelligencer
May 20, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Green Mountain Lookout should be let stand in its present perch, atop a popular Snohomish County hiking trail, and not be moved or removed, according to a tough-worded letter sent to the U.S. Forest Service by Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., and U.S. Reps. Rick Larsen and Suzan DelBene, D-Wash. “We strongly oppose the removal of the Green Mountain Lookout from its historic home,” lawmakers told the federal agency.

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Ore. Timber Country Ponders Future With Fewer Logs

Associated Press
May 18, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

… The region’s troubles have reached a tipping point since the expiration last year of federal subsidies that were sent to rural counties across America for 11 years to offset revenue losses caused by reduced logging on federal lands to protect endangered and threatened species. Oregon, with far more federal timberlands than other states, got nearly a third of that money — $105 million in 2012 alone. The loss of the subsidies has forced timber counties to cut budgets to the bone. Sheriff’s offices have laid off deputies, cut patrols and released some inmates, only to see them arrested for new crimes.

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Native house posts installed at new Forest Service lab in Alaska

Associated Press
May 20, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

JUNEAU, Alaska — Two house posts installed at a new federal laboratory in Juneau are a “powerful symbol” for bringing traditional knowledge and modern science together, a U.S. Forest Service official said. Robert Mangold is acting director of the Forest Service’s Pacific Northwest Research Station. He was on hand for Saturday’s dedication of the agency’s Juneau Forestry Sciences Laboratory. The two, 10-foot tall posts were carved from a yellow cedar tree harvested from the Tongass National Forest on Chichagof Island, the Juneau Empire reported.

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Trail of tree killers trek to new parts of northern Michigan

UpNorthLive.com
May 17, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

The invasive ash borer has done most of its damage in southern Michigan, but is spreading across the northern Lower Peninsula and has reached a few spots in the U.P. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is stepping up its fight against two invasive forest pests. Michigan state forest land is currently battling two invasive forest pests that have the potential to significantly change the forest composition and further reduce the diversity of tree species that have historically made up the state forest system.

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Trees May Need Special Attention After Wet Spring

Kansas City infoZine
May 18, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Imagine how difficult rainy weather would be for you if you breathed through your feet. If you are tired of wet feet, you have lots of company. Many trees are suffering, too. The Missouri Department of Conservation has advice for helping trees cope with wet weather. looding along the Mississippi and Missouri rivers and high water on many other streams has left many trees stressed, because they breathe through their roots. “Almost all trees rely on circulation of water between roots and leaves,” says Community Forestry Coordinator Nick Kuhn.

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Combating invasive species in Rochester, NY during Climate Change

Examiner.com
May 18, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

While we continue to battle the Emerald Ash Borer that is devastating our ash trees, we should ponder the issue of invasive species as our Rochester, NY region warms. This is alarming because ash trees are almost 8% of all trees in NY State. Back in 2008 the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation put out a public comment on trying to stop this bug that was making its way north, but by 2011 we had our first sighting. We have since enacted laws prohibiting the transporting of firewood and many learned how to save some favorite ash trees (a chemical inoculation), but this is a battle we are going to lose.

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Man killed in SW Wash. logging accident

Fort Mills Times
May 20, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

COUGAR, Wash. —  The Cowlitz County sheriff’s office says a Rochester man has been killed in a southwest Washington logging accident. Spokesman Charlie Rosenzweig said 28-year-old Kyle Schlesser was killed instantly Monday when he was struck by a tree felled by his logging partner, Owen Fickett. The sheriff’s office says that a tree cut down by Fickett hit a second tree that in turn fell and struck Schlesser.

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Firefighters grow knowledge of wildfire prevention

The Rockmart Journal
May 17, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

A multi-agency National Fire Prevention and Education Team has brought a message of education and wildfire prevention to Polk and Haralson counties during the past week. The group, comprised of professionals from the Georgia Forestry Commission, US Fish and Wildlife Service, US Forest Service and the Alabama Forestry Commission, met in Cedartown Tuesday, May 7. Mark Wiles and Eric Mosley, Wildfire Mitigation Specialist for GFC, led team members in discussion on strategies to protect property and lives.

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Region 9 forestry students take 13 trophies in state meet

Oxford Hills Sun Journal
May 20, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

MEXICO — Teddy McLaughlin thought his first forestry competition was pretty neat. “We got to meet new people from different schools and it was a challenge going against the competition,” the sophomore student from Mountain Valley High School in Rumford said. He won first place operating a loader.  Eight forestry students from Dave Mason and Mark Beaudoin’s classes at the Region 9 School of Applied Technology competed against nearly 50 other forestry students from four regional vocational schools in Houlton earlier in the month.

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UK tree expert issues ‘unknown’ pest threat warning

BBC News
May 17, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A tree expert has said the biggest threat facing UK trees is likely to come from a disease currently unknown to science. The warning came as a leading UK citizen science programme launched a tree health monitoring project. Tree officers suggest urban trees, already under stress from city living, are among the most susceptible. Last year’s arrival of ash dieback threatens to change the nation’s treescape forever, ecologists say. “Firstly, it is important to say that is very difficult to prioritise what are the main threats,” explained David Slawson, head of plant health public engagement at the Food and Environment Research Agency.

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Disease threatens 1m trees on Cannock Chase

May 21, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

One million trees of Cannock Chase’s forest could be wiped out by a deadly infection sweeping the British Isles, it emerged today. The Chase’s stock of towering Corsican pines, which cover 10 million square metres of the sprawling woodland, is under attack from the airborne disease Dothistroma, known as red band needle blight. The bug has a devastating effect, starving the trees to death by stripping them of their needles, preventing photosynthesis.

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Film about London elm trees wins award from GLA and Forestry Commission

Fitzrovia News
May 19, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Forty years ago Dutch elm disease swept through Britain killing millions of trees. Now a conservation charity which helped bring elm trees back to the streets of Fitzrovia has won an award for its short film about London elms. The Conservation Foundation has won the 2013 Creative Award for its short film The A to Z of London Elms in the annual RE:LEAF Awards, organised by the GLA and the Forestry Commission.

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Protection for trees from pests and disease held back by ‘skills gap’

The Guardian
May 20, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Efforts to protect Britain’s trees from diseases and pests such as ash dieback and caterpillars that strip oaks of leaves are being hampered by a “skills gap”, a government-appointed taskforce has warned. The taskforce, set up in the wake of a fungus that kills ash trees being found across England last year, also called for plant health to be put on a par with animal health, and for the creation of a chief plant health officer akin to the government’s chief vet.

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Forest Research looks for ash dieback resistant trees

BBC News
May 20, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Several strains of Ash tree are being planted at 20 different sites across East Anglia in a bid to find varieties resistant to the Ash Dieback fungus. Forest Research, part of the Forestry Commission, is leading the project to plant 250,000 trees on land donated by farmers, charities or councils. Most of the trees are in areas of known infection by the fungus Chalara fraxinea that causes ash dieback.

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Greens question north coast logging

ABC News, Australia
May 21, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Greens say native forest logging in the region cost taxpayers more than $1.6 million last year. New South Wales MP David Shoebridge says similar operations across the state incurred losses totalling almost $8 million. He says in contrast plantation forestry made a profit of $32 million. Mr Shoebridge says the government can no longer justify supporting native-forest logging.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

New report hopes to bring clarity to biomass debate

Carbon Brief (blog)
May 17, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, International

Burning biomass – often from wood – is a key pillar of the government’s renewable energy strategy, but there are questions over whether more biomass means higher emissions. A joint government and industry initiative launched yesterday sets out to clarify biomass’s role in the UK’s drive to meet its energy needs while cutting carbon.

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Viewpoints: Should California cap and trade use forestry offsets? Yes

Sacramento Bee
May 19, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

We love our forests in California. After a century of rapidly losing them to farming and logging, we finally succeeded in virtually ending deforestation in California. We were driven by our interest in the natural beauty, the wildlife, the sustainable timber supplies and the water-purifying functions of old-growth redwoods along the coast, the blue oaks growing across the Central Valley and the mixed pine forests of the Sierra.

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Financing Woody Biomass Clusters: Barriers, Opportunities and Potential Models for the Western U.S.

Dovetail Partners Inc.
May 21, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

Globally, wood and charcoal are the main energy sources for more than two billion people.[1] Production of energy using a renewable material such as wood can have positive impacts on the environment and the economy. It can also contribute to the nation’s energy security in a significant way by reducing dependence on imported fossil fuels. …To better understand how biomass energy could be more widely adopted in the U.S., this project focused on identification of factors contributing to success or failure of biomass energy projects.

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Some Trees More Adaptable To Climate Change, Research Shows

Indiana Public Media
May 20, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

Indiana University researchers have found some tree species can handle the rising temperatures linked to climate change better than others, and that could affect the composition of Indiana’s forests… While there is still much work to be done such as rechecking measurements and models and testing trees in different weather conditions, what the researchers have already found could have a big impact on what the forest will look like in 50 years.

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