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Daily Archives: June 13, 2013

Froggy Foibles

Portland to attempt world-record tree hug

KGW.com
June 12, 2013
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: United States, US West

PORTLAND — Portland will attempt to set the Guinness World Record for tree hugging on July 20. Hoyt Arboretum and Treecology organized the event and hope to gather “the most people ever simultaneously hugging trees in one place at one time,” said Mark Ross of Portland Parks and Recreation. The current official world record is 702, set in September 2011 by the Forestry Commission in Delamere Forest, Cheshire, UK.

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Business & Politics

TD forecasts lumber prices will rise 30% by end of 2014

Trading Desk
June 12, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

A new report from TD predicts the recent slump in lumber, which has seen prices drop 25% in the past two months, will reverse course by next year. North American lumber prices reached a nine-and-a-half year high in mid-April, boosted by increasingly more optimistic numbers from U.S. housing. But several factors this year have conspired to wipe away most of the price gains seen in the past 12 months. “While several commodities have been in the spotlight in recent months, lumber has not been one of them,” said Dina Ignjatovic, an economist at TD Economics.

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A New Norm for Canadian Housing Starts and Other Population Gems

Reed Construction Data
June 11, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

New home starts nationally in May rose back to 200,000 units, seasonally adjusted and annualized, after dipping to 175,000 units in April, according to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation. The latest month’s level was the highest since November of last year, but it’s a number we’ve often seen before. Annual home starts exceeded 200,000 units in seven of the last 10 years. The average over the period 2003 to 2012 inclusive was 210,000 units. Housing analysts have long maintained that the “natural” or sustainable volume of new home starts is about 180,000 units per year. It’s time to reconsider that notion.

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Wood supply deal good for 20 years

Timmins Press
June 12, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

COCHRANE – After 11 months of negotiations, a deal has been inked for a Cochrane-based forestry operation to be supplied with wood from a neighbouring First Nation company. Taykwa Tagmou Nation-based forestry company Island Falls Forestry signed a 20-year agreement with True North Hardwood Plywood Inc. on Wednesday. The Woodlands Administration Services Agreement will result in Island Falls Forestry providing harvesting services through True North’s Abitibi River Forest resource licence.

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Wood product prices fall hard

Oregon Natural Resources Report
June 13, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US West

Zillow’s average home value is up $10,000 from its 2011 low. Building permits broke 1 million, finally, and unsold inventories are at a 7-year low. Interest rates may be starting back up, but are still historically VERY low. Seven-year trend of lumber, logs, housing, and mortgage statistics are shown below.

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Lumber Prices as Housing Indicator (Video)

CNBC
June 12, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Video transcript – It has been a rough start for housing stocks, and the mortgage backed rates sending the index of home builders down the best part of 10% as they outperformed so well last year. But this is a buying opportunity according to our next guest. Tom McClellan was prized for his moves in 2011 and 2012, and of course, the editor of McClellan news letter. Hello, Simon. Tom, what you are bringing from your point of view is lumber, and the fact that lumber has fallen so dramatically recently, and so many people are worried about that, and you think that they are misinterpreting the relationship between lumber and housing stocks.

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Global Timber and Wood Products Market Update

Wood Resources International LLC
June 13, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Wood chips are one of the few forest products commodities that have seen a steadily increasing trend in globally traded volumes the past decade. With the exception of 2009, when global production of pulp fell by about ten percent and the demand for wood fiber was down, international trade of wood chips has increased every year from 2000 to 2011, as reported in the Wood Resource Quarterly. From 2009 to 2012, global chip trade increased by 6.5 million tons to just over 31 million tons, valued at over five billion US dollars, slightly below the all-time high reached in 2011.

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Thermogen seeks $30 million loan for torrefied wood machine in Millinocket

Bangor Daily News
June 13, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

MILLINOCKET, Maine — The Finance Authority of Maine has begun reviewing Thermogen Industries One LLC’s application for a $30 million bond to build New England’s first torrefied wood machine at the Katahdin Avenue paper mill site, officials said Wednesday. The application came in on Tuesday afternoon. The review should take two or three months, said Beth Bordowitz, CEO of FAME, the state’s business finance agency.

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EU Parliament Toughens Reporting for Extractive Industry

CFO Insight
June 12, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Today, the European Parliament approved tougher reporting rules for the logging and extractive industries aimed at making payments in those industries more transparent. The new rules included in the Transparency Directive will force oil, gas and minerals extractors as well as loggers of primary forests to provide full details of their payments to federal, national and regional governments on a project-by-project basis for all payments above €100,000.

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Global trade of wood chips:steady increase in the last 10 years

IHB
June 13, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Wood chips are one of the few forest products commodities that have seen a steadily increasing trend in globally traded volumes the past decade… From 2009 to 2012, global chip trade increased by 6.5 million tons to just over 31 million tons, valued at over five billion US dollars, slightly below the all-time high reached in 2011. Much of the increase in chip imports has been because of the expansion of MDF production capacity in Turkey and due to major investments in pulp capacity in China.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

HOW IT’S MADE Oriented Strand Board

June 13, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

The logs are debarked—bark is often reused as fuel for plant operations—and fed into stranders. ….One of the benefits of oriented strand board (OSB) is that it uses small-diameter logs from a fast-growing species chosen for its mill and plant geography, such as Aspen, Southern yellow pine, poplar, or black poplar. …Coming out of the presses (whose exhaust air is often treated by regenerative catalytic oxidizers or regenerative thermal oxidizers before it is released), the OSB boards are cut to size.

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Nominations Now Accepted for WoodWorks’ US Wood Design Awards

Business Wire
June 12, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

WoodWorks, an educational initiative providing free technical support and resources related to the design and construction of non-residential and multi-family wood buildings, is accepting nominations for its 2014 U.S. Wood Design Awards. The awards celebrate excellence and innovation across eight categories. The deadline for nominations is September 30, 2013.

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HOW IT’S MADE Oriented Strand Board

June 13, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

The logs are debarked—bark is often reused as fuel for plant operations—and fed into stranders. ….One of the benefits of oriented strand board (OSB) is that it uses small-diameter logs from a fast-growing species chosen for its mill and plant geography, such as Aspen, Southern yellow pine, poplar, or black poplar. …Coming out of the presses (whose exhaust air is often treated by regenerative catalytic oxidizers or regenerative thermal oxidizers before it is released), the OSB boards are cut to size.

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Compromise LEED bill goes to NC Senate for full vote

Charlotte Business Journal
June 12, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

N.C. Senate members will consider a compromise bill this afternoon that overhauls proposed legislation that threatened to end the use of the widely used LEED program for state projects. The compromise legislation is effectively a new bill with a new title. House Bill 628 has been renamed ‘Protect/Promote Locally Sourced Building Materials’ from ‘Protect/Promote NC Lumber.” And the language of the bill now allows the use of third-party programs such as the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design rating system.

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Forestry

Lumby and Splatsin get green light for community forest

Vernon Morning Star
June 12, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada West

A long anticipated economic project is moving ahead in Lumby. The provincial government has granted a 21,595 cubic metre community forest agreement to the Village of Lumby and the Splatsin First Nation. “The key commitments are to create local employment and contacting opportunities, encourage local timber processing and value-added manufacturing and conserve cultural sites and values,” states a release.

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How much is a tree worth to us?

Letter by Gillian Anderson, Comox Valley
Comox Vallety Record
June 13, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada West

I am writing to urge Courtenay council to consider the inadequacy of current bylaws governing land development and tree retention. …In exchange for the right to build, developers should contribute to the host town’s sustainable planning strategies. Rather than $5 a tree, the City should require developers make a meaningful contribution to a green fund, to which the community could also contribute.

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Community forest funds eclectic list of projects

The Powell River Peak
June 11, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada West

Powell River Community Forest Ltd. (PRCF) representatives presented a large cheque and recommendations for dispersing the funds at the June 6 City of Powell River council meeting. Greg Hemphill, president, announced the 2012 dividends were $539,950, money that is deposited into the community forest reserve fund. Monies from the fund are used for special community projects that benefit the community. Before the money from the fund is allocated, the PRCF board makes recommendations to council.

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Inmates get hands-on firefighting training

The World
June 12, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

COOS BAY — There’s only one thing to do with 10 acres of dead, diseased and dangerously flammable forest. Burn it. Coos Forest Protective Association workers burned piles of white cedar on an acre south of Shore Acres State Park Tuesday morning, with the help of about 30 inmates from Shutter Creek Correctional Institution near North Bend. The Shutter Creek inmates are involved in a week-long firefighting program in which they take classes and then get hands-on experience around controlled burns.

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Military airtankers to join Colorado firefighting efforts

Summit County Citizens Voice
June 12, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

SUMMIT COUNTY —After a sudden start to the Colorado wildfire season, The U.S. Forest Service is activating two giant C-130s to help with aerial firefighting efforts. The planes are equipped with Modular Airborne Firefighting Systems that can drop up to 3,000 gallons of water or retardant on a single run. They can discharge their entire load in under five seconds or make variable drops.

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Homes burned in Colorado could approach 100; sheriff fears deaths among those who didn’t flee

The Associated Press
June 12, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The number of houses destroyed by a wildfire near Colorado Springs could grow to around 100, and authorities fear it’s possible that some people who stayed behind might have died. Authorities initially estimated that between 40 and 60 houses were destroyed in Black Forest, a heavily wooded residential area northeast of Colorado Springs, but they are still surveying the damage. El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa said Wednesday he believes around 80 have been lost and he wouldn’t be surprised if the figure reaches or tops 100.

3 wildfires burn out of control in Colorado from the Idaho Statesman

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Southwest Idaho summer forecast: Smoky

Dry conditions in the Boise National Forest are four to six weeks ahead of normal.
The Idaho Statesman
June 12, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Officials predict fire restrictions are likely to be imposed earlier than usual, possibly as soon as the Fourth of July. Bob Shindelar, fire management officer for the federal forest that covers more than 2 million acres northeast of Boise, predicts smoke from his territory will drift into the Treasure Valley and other areas. “We will have smoke impacts in southwestern Idaho,” Shindelar said Tuesday during a press conference at the Idaho Botanical Gardens in Boise.

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Déjà Vu Fire Season Off To A Roaring Start In Colorado

ThinkProgress
June 12, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

In Colorado, the fire season is starting to look ominously like a repeat of 2012 and a continuation of big fire years in the West. That matches models predicting climate change will usher in an era of massive, destructive wildfires. On Monday, Denver set a new record for the earliest date to ever hit 100 degrees. In addition to the heat wave, high winds and low humidity have stoked a series of wildfires along the state’s heavily populated Front Range.

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Falling tree kills smokejumper in N. Calif. forest

Helena Independent Record
June 13, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US West

The U.S. Forest Service says a smokejumper has been killed while fighting one of dozens of lightning-sparked fires in northeast California. Luke Sheehy, of Susanville, was fatally injured by part of a falling tree in Modoc National Forest. …Gov. Jerry Brown called Sheehy “a young man who devoted his life to protecting his fellow Californians.” The Capitol’s flags will fly at half-staff in his honor. U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell says the agency will review the circumstances surrounding the death.

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Black Forest Fire continues to grow and spread, forcing new evacuations

Denver Post
June 13, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US West

BLACK FOREST — Shifting winds whipped flames through the winding roads and hills of Black Forest on Wednesday, forcing new evacuations and sending a plume of thick smoke across the Front Range. Dozens of residents received the news they had been dreading: The Black Forest fire had destroyed their homes. Others were left with something almost worse: The agony of not knowing. …”The potential for this fire to spread is extreme,” Maketa said. “We’re throwing everything at this we possibly can.”

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Logging expo harvests strong turnout

Tidewater News
June 12, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

FRANKLIN—From chainsaws to toothpicks, lumber to tissue, anything having to do with forestry, logging and trees was represented Friday at the inaugural Southeast Virginia 2013 Logging Expo. The seven-hour event was held in the Regional Workforce Development Center at Paul D. Camp Community College in Franklin. “We had a good turnout,” said Harrell Turner, adding an attendance estimate ranging from 250 to 300 people.

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Woodcliff Lake adopts Community Forestry Plan

NorthJersey.com
June 13, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East

In keeping with its efforts to achieve Sustainable Jersey certification, the Woodcliff Lake Borough Council on June 3 adopted a Community Forestry Management Plan that will aid the borough in creating and sustaining a healthy tree resource for the environmental, aesthetic and economic benefit of the town, according to the plan prepared by ForesTree Consultants of Stockton. 

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Rainforest Connection Tackles Illegal Deforestation With Solar-Powered Smartphones

inhabit
June 13, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

An online system has been developed to inform park rangers protecting rainforests of any illegal deforestation activities. The platform, known as Rainforest Connection, fits discarded smartphones to be solar-powered, and uses a custom app to to generate real-time data on deforestation activity in particular tropical rainforests. By doing so, it is hoped that the system will be able to recycle old smartphones whilst aiding environmentalists in ecologically vulnerable areas combat illegal logging.

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Charcoal trade threatens Jamaica’s protected forests

BBC News
June 12, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

…With a population of 2.7 million people and with over 17% living below the poverty line, growing numbers of people are cutting down trees to make charcoal to earn a living. The effects are so serious that environmentalists say Jamaica could become a new Haiti, an island suffering from severe deforestation and erosion… It is a lucrative trade – a bag sells for around $10 and one kiln can produce 100 bags or more. But it is also highly destructive. Charcoal burners often cut down a wide area of trees to get to the wood that makes the best coal.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Pinnacle pellet terminal on track for operational start later this year

The Northern View
June 11, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada West

Work on Pinnacle Renewable Energy’s pellet export terminal is proceeding according to plan, said company president and chief operating officer Leroy Reitsma. “Everything is progressing well, and we’re still on schedule to start terminal operation in the fourth quarter of this year,” he said following a site visit on June 6. “It’s steady as we go.”

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Biomass Residues Are a Valuable Sustainable Energy Source

The Hill (blog)
June 12, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

A report on greenhouse gas emissions earlier this week by the International Energy Agency will have policymakers once again discussing sustainable energy options. Reasons for this renewed interest range from energy security to protection of our natural resources. Paper and wood products manufacturers have long known the benefits of using biomass residues to produce energy and, in optimizing its use, have reduced greenhouse gas emissions 10.5 percent since 2005, with a goal to reach 15 percent by 2020.

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NC Ports gains state approval for pellet export project

North Carolina State Ports Authority
June 12, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

The North Carolina Council of State approved recently approved a lease agreement that gives the North Carolina State Ports Authority the go-ahead to enter the highly competitive wood pellet industry. The move is part of a continued focus on efforts to expand economic opportunities in the state and enhance the viability of North Carolina’s ports.

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Wood As Fuel, A Euro Favorite, Called Into Doubt

EarthTechling
June 12, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Logging could result in large amounts of carbon being released from deep in forest soils, according to a new study. It’s a timely report given Europe’s growing embrace of wood as a carbon neutral energy source. That Europe is relying on wood to meet its renewable energy goal of 20 percent by 2020 might surprise you, but it’s true. As a recent Economist story detailed, “Even in Germany, home of the Energiewende (energy transformation) which has poured huge subsidies into wind and solar power, 38% of non-fossil fuel consumption comes from the stuff.”

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Julia Gillard and Arnold Schwarzenegger join forces on climate change

Prime Minister Julia Gillard and former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger have written a joint opinion piece to urge global action on climate change.
ABC Online
June 13, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Ms Gillard will meet the Hollywood star in Perth today. The opinion piece, published in News Limited newspapers, stresses that the two regions are not alone in acting on climate change, and says that by the end of the year more than 1 billion people will be living in a state or country where a price on carbon is in place. “California and Australia have a lot in common – climate change threatens our fragile environments and aggravates serious bushfires, droughts and floods, which put our important agricultural industries at risk,” they write.

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Marine Wood Borer’s Cellulose-Degrading Enzyme May Benefit Biofuels Industry

Azom.com
June 13, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Researchers from the United Kingdom, the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and the University of Kentucky have recently published a paper describing a novel cellulose-degrading enzyme from a marine wood borer Limnoria quadripunctata, commonly known as the gribble. Gribbles are biologically intriguing because they exhibit a relatively unique ability to produce their own enzymes instead of using symbiotic microbes to break down the biomass they eat. New biomass-degrading enzymes from novel sources such as the gribble may prove beneficial to the biofuels industry.

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General

Climate: NASA to probe forest and forest fire emissions

Satellites and planes to scour atmosphere from top to bottom
Summit County Citizens Voice
June 13, 2013
Category: Uncategorised

FRISCO — Since clouds and pollution high in the atmosphere are still somewhat of a global warming wild card, scientists have been trying to refine their understanding of how those factors affect the climate. Better data could help refine climate models used to project how much temperatures will increase the next few decades, and a new NASA research project starting in early August could deliver some of that information… The mission is targeting two major regional sources of summertime emissions: Intense smoke from forest fires in the U.S. West and natural emissions of isoprene, a carbon compound, from forests in the Southeast.


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CanWel Expands With North American Wood Preservers Acquisition

Daily Commercial News
June 13, 2013
Category: Uncategorised

CanWel Building Materials Group Ltd. is pleased to announce that it has completed the acquisition of a lumber pressure treating plant and related planer equipment to be known as North American Wood Preservers, from a privately held arm’s length vendor. The North American Wood Preservers Plant is located in Abbotsford, British Columbia. As a result of this acquisition, CanWel’s assets now include five operating treating plants, two planer facilities and 18 distribution centres strategically located across Canada. The purchase price for the Plant has been satisfied fully in cash from the Company’s existing credit facilities.

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