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Daily Archives: June 6, 2013

Froggy Foibles

Now, ‘Suggest A Tree Spot’ from your smartphone

Indian Express
June 5, 2013
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: International

Smartphones can now help increase the green cover of your city if you just install the application, Suggest A Tree Spot, on your phones and click a photograph of a potential spot where you think a tree can be planted. The application developed by city resident Jaskirat Singh from Webrosoft was launched on Wednesday to mark World Environment Day. The application can be used across world and the suggested spots for planting trees given by residents are compiled on the website www.suggestatree.com by the company, which are further forwarded to the local municipal corporations of the area.

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Business & Politics

Wood Resources International LLC: Importation of Logs and Lumber to China Were up over Ten Percent the First Four Months of 2013

Fort Mills Times
June 5, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

China’s hunger for wood was less acute in 2012 than in the previous year. In particular, importation of softwood logs fell substantially from the record levels of 2011. Importation of lumber was also lower in 2012, but the decline was much less than that of logs. The biggest changes in log and lumber imports between 2011 and 2012 were the sharp decline of Russian log volumes crossing the Chinese border and the reduced lumber shipments from the US to Chinese ports, as reported in the Wood Resource Quarterly.

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Canadian firm acquiring Mobile’s Scotch Gulf Lumber over three years

All Alabama
June 5, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

British Columbia-based Canfor Corp. will incrementally purchase Mobile-based and family-owned Scotch Gulf Lumber, with 450 current employees expected to keep their jobs. The acquisition, which Scotch Gulf officials characterized as a “strategic partnership agreement,” means Canfor’s interest will increase to 50 percent after the first 18 months, reaching 100 percent ownership at the close of the three-year term.

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More wheels, more money for truckers

Changes mean fewer runs, lower costs
CBC.ca
June 5, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The provincial government recently approved new trucking regulations, and people in the lumber industry are excited about the changes. The quad axle — a fourth set of tires on a trailer — has been allowed on roads in other parts of Canada, and is now permitted in Newfoundland and Labrador. Kevin Sexton, with Sexton Lumber in Bloomfield, says the new rule means their trucks will be able to handle five to six extra tonnes per load, trimming the company’s costs by approximately $1 million a year.

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Domtar celebrates mill centennial

KenoraOnline
June 5, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Domtar staff planted about 150 new trees along the Wabigoon River in Dryden earlier today. They were marking the centennial of the mill in the community. The company continues to employ about 500 workers on location and in the woodlands. Earlier in the day, the mill’s general manager Jim Blight said, “2013 marks 100 years of pulp production on this site,” said Jim Blight, General Manager of the Dryden operation.

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Expense, not ecology

The current furor over TBayTel charging $2 for paper mailings is misguided, by Ken Boshcoff – Councillor, City of Thunder Bay
The Chronicle Journal
June 6, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East

We all know there are legitimate expenses in processing and mailing bills and that’s where the debate should be argued, not as some kind of phony environmental action in TBayTel’s defence of the fee. …there is no need to continue the myth that somehow we are being better custodians by stopping the use of paper products. …keep the reasoning for the $2 charge in the cost-saving area, not as an ecological solution. Forestry is in a resurgence in the North because whole communities of interests, from business, government, education and environment, now realize that good forest management is good for the Earth.

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Low-Cost Carbon Credits Driving Europe to Import Coal, Wood and Biomass

Sustainable Plant
June 5, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

The U.S. coal and logging industries are booming thanks to exports to Europe. Alternatives to these two fuels are much more expensive in Europe. At the same time, the carbon credit price has fallen to insignificance. The result is a great incentive for European power plants to burn solid fuels, according to McIlvaine’s “Fossil & Nuclear Power Generation: World Analysis & Forecast.” The impacts on industrial boilers, flue gas desulfurization, DeNOx, precipitator, and fabric filter markets are also being analyzed in McIlvaine reports.

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Greenbuild Sold to Hanley Wood

Meetings Net
June 6, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Event and media company Hanley Wood acquired the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo from the U.S. Green Building Council. As part of the deal, USGBC will continue to produce Greenbuild’s educational programming. “This is an extraordinary opportunity for USGBC and the green building movement,” said Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO, and founding chair of USGBC. Greenbuild, in its 12th year, is one of the largest trade shows in the construction industry with 30,000 attendees and over 9,000 exhibiting companies.

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Mill Cuts Down The Kilowatts

Oregon Public Broadcasting News
June 6, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US West

[A message on a white board promotes a] seemingly routine reminder for workers in the planer to shut off their chipper and sawdust blower when finished. …evidence of a larger change in a culture emphasizing efficiency. It takes a lot of energy to run the saws, belts and edgers that make Kinzua Lumber hum to the tune 50 million board feet per year. The mill formed its own employee-led energy team last year to cut waste and find savings, with help from the Energy Trust’s Strategic Energy Management initiative.

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PrintEco Partners with Domtar to Promote Responsible Paper Usage

PRWEB
June 4, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

PrintEco today announced its partnership with Domtar Corporation, the largest integrated manufacturer and marketer of uncoated freesheet in North America, and the second largest in the world. Domtar is also one of North America’s largest manufacturers of papergrade pulp. A Fortune 500 company, Domtar is committed to sustainability, seeking to meet the highest standards for forest, environmental, and quality management. Further, Domtar has a history of industry-leading collaboration with Environmental Non-Governmental Organizations, including over a decade of work with leading advocates of environmental conservation.

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Details finalised for pre-election cash splash

ABC News
June 5, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The Federal Government is close to finalising details for a pre-election cash splash in Tasmania. It is tied to the forest peace deal and will be spent creating new jobs in hard-hit regional communities. The Prime Minister Julia Gillard has fast-tracked the rollout of $100 million earmarked for regional development. Tasmanians should know by next month where some of that cash will go. Questions were raised in the budget estimates hearing about Jonathan West’s role in determining how Tasmania’s forest peace deal funding will be spent.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Green Globes updates building certification standards

Portland Business Journal
June 5, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

The Green Building Initiative has updated its green building certification program to comply with the U.S. government’s standards for sustainability in federal buildings. Portland-based GBI announced that its Green Globes for New Construction program now is based on the American National Standards Institute’s GBI 01-2020: Green Building Assessment Protocol for Commercial Buildings. Green Globes originated in Canada with support from the timber industry. It came to the U.S. via the Green Building Initiative, a nonprofit formed in the Portland area as a licensee of the Green Globes program.

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North Carolina’s Anti-LEED Bill Taken Off Agenda

Hardwood Floors Magazine
June 5, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

North Carolina’s Protect/Promote NC Lumber bill, which would stop the use of the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program on public buildings, was left off of the Senate’s Committee on Agriculture, Environment and Natural Resources agenda last week, according to the Charlotte Business Journal. LEED gives credit toward green certification for use of FSC-certified lumber. Because few forests in North Carolina are FSC-certified, its opponents say the program discourages the use of local timber.


Greenwashers Seek To Ban LEED Standard In North Carolina
from Earth Techling

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First ever ‘Design Mission Middle East 2013’ in Doha, Qatar gets support from AHEC

Event to host leading decision makers, specifiers, influencers and suppliers involved in major construction projects across the region
Zawya (registration)
June 6, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

The American Hardwood Export Council, has announced its support for the first ever ‘Design Mission Middle East 2013’, which opened June 4 in Doha, Qatar. The event will bring together leading architects, interior designers, design professionals, hoteliers, real estate developers, project managing consultants, engineers, contractors and sustainability experts who will make themselves available for two days to source quality products, network and re-educate themselves to keep abreast of the latest market trends, products and services

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Forestry

SFI® Reaches out to 10,000 Stakeholders to Revise its Forestry Standard

Canada News Wire
June 5, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, United States

Today, the Sustainable Forestry Initiative Inc. launched the process of revising its current standard to develop the SFI 2015-2019 Standard, reaching out to more than 10,000 stakeholders for input. Currently 240 million acres (100 million hectares) are third-party certified to the SFI 2010-2014 Standard on public and private lands. The transparent process of revising the SFI Program is overseen by the SFI Board of Directors and the SFI Resources Committee. 

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Pine beetle attack easing in Central Okanagan

Kelowna Capital News
June 5, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

It would appear that the worst of the Mountain Pine Beetle epidemic in the Central Okanagan is over, although the devastating pests are not completely gone. Blair Stewart, with urban forestry for the City of Kelowna, says he’s hopeful that all the city’s efforts to clean up trees before the first flight of beetles every year has helped to ease the pressure locally from the province-wide epidemic. The province’s forest health technician in this area for the ministry of forest operations, Heather Rice, agrees that generally, the Mountain Pine Beetle has moved through the Central Okanagan and is moving into new stands of pines in the south this year.

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Forest Service Lowers 2014 Harvest Goal to 2.38 Billion Board Feet

Hardwood Floors Magazine
June 5, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

As part of its 2014 budget proposal, the U.S. Forest service lowered its timber harvest goal for the 2014 fiscal year to 2.38 billion board feet from 2013’s goal of 2.8 billion board feet. This comes after the U.S. Department of Agriculture, of which the Forest Service is a part, published its intent to increase annual forest product sales to 3 billion board feet in its “Increasing the Pace of Restoration and Job Creation in Our Natural Forests” plan. The Hardwood Federation argues that the reductions will not only cause a strain on supply, they would also increase the threat of wildfire, insects and disease.

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Wyoming firefighters join strike teams to help with NM wildfires

Billings Gazette
June 5, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

RIO RANCHO, N.M. — Some residents were allowed to return home Wednesday as firefighters shored up lines around one of two wildfires that have raced across thousands of acres of dry forest in northern New Mexico. The Tres Lagunas blaze has charred more than 14 square miles north of Pecos since being sparked last Thursday by a downed power line. Fire officials said the fire is now 15 percent contained and they’re assessing the evacuation area to determine when more evacuees can return.

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Where have all the loggers gone? (Gallery)

Portland Business Journal (blog)
June 6, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US West

Wood products have always been Oregon’s signature industry. But there’s a good chance the state won’t cash in on the recovery in the U.S. housing market thanks to a recession-thinned logging workforce. …Cross & Crown Inc., a contract logging firm, weathered the recession thanks to a steady stream of jobs for its main customer, Stimson Lumber Co. With work on the rise, the Luotos are betting on the future with a $3 million investment in new equipment. Story includes a photo gallery providing a first-hand look at modern-day logging.

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Oregon Board of Forestry votes to embark on new plan for Tillamook, Clatsop, Santiam forests

Grants Pass
OregonLive.com
June 5, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US West

The Oregon Board of Forestry has taken on a tough job: figuring out how to produce more logs as well as better fish and wildlife habitat through logging on state forests. The board voted unanimously Wednesday in Salem to embark on a new management plan for three state forests in the northwest corner of the state — the Tillamook, Clatsop and Santiam.

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U.S. Forest Service chief addresses wildfire challenges

Global warming cited as key factor in increased firefighting costs
Summit Voice
June 5, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

FRISCO — Addressing the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee this week, U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell said his agency faces serious firefighting challenges, including tight budgets and a changing climate that is resulting in larger and more frequent fires. “On average, wildfires burn twice as many acres each year as compared to 40 years ago. Last year, the fires were massive in size, coinciding with increased temperatures and early snow melt in the West,” Tidwell said.

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Conservationists, Linnton neighborhood team up to battle ivy in, around Forest Park

OregonLive.com
June 5, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Five winters ago, Rob Lee tied one end of a rope around a pile of ivy and the other end to the undercarriage of his Subaru. The car fishtailed as the mass of vegetation resisted, but eventually he yanked its forearm-thick roots out of the ground. Foot by foot, he pulled “awful scourge” from the yard of his Linnton home, which abuts Forest Park, and replaced it with native species that won’t harm the forest.

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Forest users urged to look for illegal activity

La Grande Observer
June 6, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US West

The Union/Wallowa County Drug Task Force is advising people who may visit recreation areas in the mountains to be aware of potential marijuana grows in forests. Sgt. Bill Miller said that historically, grow sites have been found in Union and Wallowa counties. In fact, one of the largest grow sites in the state was found here, he said. The drug task force advises that people look out for irrigation pipping in remote areas, rudimentary or primitive camping sites, terraced planting and sections of cleared forest.

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Tenure security and economic interest add up to REDD+ effectiveness – study

Reuters AlertNet (blog)
June 5, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Local communities must have secure tenure rights if they are to manage forests to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation — but they also need an interest in doing so, a study in Indonesia has found. “Tenure security is a necessary condition for REDD+, but it’s not sufficient by itself,” said Daju Resosudarmo, scientist at the Center for International Forestry Research and lead author of the paper Does tenure security lead to REDD+ effectiveness? Reflections from Five Emerging Sites in Indonesia recently published in World Development.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Supply of Raw Materials May Not Sustain Rapidly Expanding Pellet Industry

Hardwood Floors Magazine
June 5, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

A report from the Hardwood Review Express indicates that there may be too little forestland to supply the rapidly expanding wood pellet industry currently growing in the southern U.S., especially as the construction industry recovers. According to Biomass Magazine in May 2013, the 121 operational U.S. pellet plants produce a combined 8.3 million metric tons of pellets per year. Another 16 pellet plants, with a combined output of 6.45 million metric tons, have been proposed.

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