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Monthly Archives: July 2013

Forestry

BCTS urged to spare old-growth forest

Coast Reporter
July 26, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Two Sunshine Coast environmental groups want B.C. Timber Sales (BCTS) to scrap plans to auction 68 hectares of old-growth forest in Dakota Bowl on Mount Elphinstone. Both Elphinstone Logging Focus (ELF) and the Sunshine Coast Conservation Association (SCCA) are opposing the planned logging of five cutblocks on Elphinstone’s upper slopes and last week requested the Sunshine Coast Regional District (SCRD) call on BCTS to cancel the timber sale.

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B.C.’s “firestorms” a decade ago serve as warning of what could still happen today

The Canadian Press
July 30, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER – Lou Wilde’s 17 years as a firefighter did not prepare him for the “firestorm” that ravaged Kelowna a decade ago this summer. “You can find pictures on the Internet of huge walls of fire coming down the valley, but that’s not what burned neighbourhoods down,” said Kelowna’s Deputy Chief, recalling how just a few embers from those walls were enough to engulf a home. More than 2,400 wildfires ravaged B.C. in the summer of 2003. As many as 45,000 thousand people were forced to flee as flames licked at doorsteps, eventually burning through almost 250,000 hectares and leaving hundreds homeless.

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BC wildfire management could be better

HQ Prince George
July 30, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A UBC Forestry professor says BC is getting better at wildfire management but still has a long way to go. Associate Professor Lori Daniels says over the years wildfire risk has been as high as it is now because of overly aggressive fire fighting. By suppressing fires not endangering habitated areas, the province let the amount of natural fuel to build up beyond natural levels. “When those fires burned at short intervals, you kept your fuel loads low.

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Cougar den may have been lost to logging, Port Alberni man says

by Judith Lavoie
Victoria Times Colonist
July 30, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

An avid, amateur cougar enthusiast in Port Alberni fears that logging on the Alberni Hump has destroyed a cougar den used by generations of the big cats. “Island Timberlands has built a road right up to it, and there’s flagging tape right at the entrance,” said Ray McLellan, who has tracked and watched cougars at the small cave since he was growing up in Port Alberni in the 1970s. “Now the last little section on top of the hump has been logged. They could have left a nice buffer around it,” said McLellan, whose father was a cougar hunter.

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Perry Ridge wildfire a provincial priority

Nelson Star
July 30, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A Type I Command Team has taken over the Perry Ridge forest fire as the blaze becomes a priority location in the province. As of early Tuesday afternoon the wildfire west of Winlaw was estimated at 97 hectares in size. It was first spotted last Wednesday. “Crews report that the fire was fairly quiet overnight,” Southeast Fire Centre spokeswoman Karlie Shaughnessy told the Star. “The crews have made progress and have established approximately 1,860 metres of handguard on the southern portion of the west and east flanks.”

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Feds have until 3 p.m. today to buy Quadra Island park land with community-raised funds

Victoria Times Colonist
July 30, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Years of planning and fundraising for a new Quadra Island provincial park could be lost Thursday if the B.C. government fails to hit a deadline to purchase the private land. The government has until 3 p.m. to submit a bid to buy 395 hectares of waterfront property for sale by forest company Merrill & Ring, based in Washington state. Quadra Island’s roughly 3,000 full-time residents have led a charge to raise more than $200,000, to try to push the province into action to save the property from logging or development.

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Mars bomber back on fire duty

Alberni Valley Times
July 29, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Hawaii Mars water bomber went back on duty Monday afternoon after experiencing engine troubles on Saturday. The Hawaii Mars was in the Castlegar region doing drops on a wildfire burning on the Perry Ridge, which is west of Winlaw, when one of the aircraft’s motors started having troubles in the afternoon. Coulson Group of Companies CEO Wayne Coulson said the company decided to fly the Hawaii Mars back to its Sproat Lake base. “We decided to switch the motor,” he said. The company keeps spare engines for the aircraft at the base. Coulson explained it was the third time in the last seven years that the Hawaii Mars motor was switched.

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Hot, dry weather drives up forest fire risk across B.C.

CTV News
July 29, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Vancouver is poised to see a completely rain-free July, as dry weather drives up the risk of forest fires across B.C. Monday marks the city’s 32nd consecutive day without rain; by Tuesday, the dry spell will be one of the 10 longest ever recorded in Vancouver. No rain is expected until Friday, or possibly even later. Almost the entire southern half of B.C. currently has a high or extreme fire danger rating, according to the Wildfire Management Branch, as dry weather contributes to fires across the region.

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How wildfires can do more good than harm

UBC News
July 29, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Lori Daniels is an associate professor in the Dept. of Forest Science in the Faculty of Forestry. She uses tree rings to reconstruct the history of forests and better understand the effects of fire, pest outbreaks and climate change. Every year Canadians fight wildfires that ravage forests and nearby communities. How does fire affect the forest?

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Study shows boreal forests burning at historic rate

Daily News-Miner
July 28, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

FAIRBANKS — A new study of the Yukon Flats region has revealed that the world’s boreal forests are burning at an historically unprecedented rate. Not only that, but the authors concluded fire rates likely will continue to grow in coming decades. Both fire frequency and the amount of total biomass burned are higher now than they have ever been in the past 10,000 years, according to the study, which was published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of the Sciences.

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Our trees are biological monuments

Letter from Rob Keen, CEO, Trees Ontario
The Toronto Star
July 29, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Fascinating history is embedded in many of our city’s trees. One such example is the 150-year-old silver maple on Laing St. that recently fell victim to a severe thunderstorm. As a relatively young nation, Canada relies on its heritage trees to preserve and share the landscape’s history. For this reason, trees that have existed for more than a century — like the Maple Leaf Forever tree, which inspired our nation’s song — are biological monuments and living relics. To recognize and document the significance of such trees, a Heritage Tree Program was developed by Trees Ontario with assistance from the Ontario Urban Forest Council.

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Summit County firefighters: Black Forest burn area looked like home

Summitt Daily
July 30, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Presenting a slideshow in front of the Summit Board of County Commissioners, firefighters Keith McMillan and Tim Caldwell flip to a picture of a single-family home surrounded by a neatly kept yard, few trees and featuring a stone wall on one side. It’s nearly obscured in a haze of smoke, but it’s still standing. The 4,000-square-foot home next to it burned to the ground in the Black Forest fire that destroyed nearly 500 houses in June.

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Letter: Why kill one owl to benefit another?

The Oregonian
July 30, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

I was first pleased and then appalled with The Oregonian’s editorial coverage of the region’s owl controversy (“When killing means saving,” Editorial, July 28). I was pleased that The Oregonian recognized the importance of the issue and then appalled that the editorial board’s position is to kill some barred owls in favor of the spotted owl. The apparent justification for a planned killing of barred owls is that by doing so we may discover new insight and understanding that will provide “tools” for protecting the spotted owl from extinction. Recent coverage leads directly to two basic questions: What more must we know and at what price?

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Oregon Department Of Forestry Shifts Resources To Meet Major Wildfire Threat?

Albany Tribune
July 30, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

With more than 35,000 acres burning on lands under its protection, primarily in southwestern Oregon, and fire danger persistently high or extreme across most of the state, the Oregon Department of Forestry is in the midst of its largest wildfire response in more than a decade. In addition to employees regularly devoted to firefighting, staff from all parts of the agency are away from their regular jobs to serve on fire lines, in fire camps or in other fire-related roles.

Northwest named wildfire priority as crews brace for thunderstorms from The Oregonian
Gov. declares state of emergency in southwest Oregon from The Herald and News

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Crews take advantage of weather to conduct ‘burnout’ on fire near Arlee

The Missoulian
July 30, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

ARLEE – “We’re going to create a very large fire here,” Tony Bacon said as a team of Chief Mountain Hotshots readied their drip torches. A very large fire – the Firestone Flats wildfire east of Arlee – had already burned 1,750 acres at the foot of the Mission Mountains above the Jocko River. On Tuesday afternoon, Bacon planned to burn a few more in hopes of cutting off the dragon’s head. The division supervisor with the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation was overseeing a “burnout” maneuver at the leading edge of the fire. The plan: to take advantage of Tuesday’s high humidity and calm air to use flame as a tactical weapon.

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Ore. fires prompt evacuations; 2 percent contained

Associated Press
July 29, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

…Lightning late last week touched off dozens of fires in southwest Oregon near Glendale. Most of the small ones were contained, and some merged into larger fires that make up the Douglas Complex. Those fires have burned 21,000 acres, or nearly 33 square miles, and were just 2 percent contained as of Monday afternoon. More than 100 houses have been evacuated and others are on evacuation alert. Cheyne Rossbach, a fire spokesman, said a total of 400 homes are threatened, but none has burned. More than 1,000 firefighters and support staff have been assigned to fires that have scorched one outbuilding and two railroad trestles.

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Once Resilient, Trees In The West Now More Vulnerable To Fires

MPR News
July 29, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

On any given day, there’s a wildfire burning somewhere in the U.S. — and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Many western forests have evolved with fire, and actually benefit from the occasional wildfire. A nice little ground fire every few decades cleans house in the forest. It burns the grass and brush, and maybe some smaller trees — the “ladder fuels” that might carry a fire up into the tree canopy. Those canopy fires are the worst kind — they kill forests.

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Timber Industry Suffering From Recent Moisture (& video)

WTVY.com
July 29, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

The summer’s moisture has put a damper on Alabama’s $21 billion timber industry. Summer is usually a busy time for the timber industry. “Normally we’ve been in drought conditions, it hasn’t been a lot of moisture in the summertime especially. We get some winter rains, but nothing like we’ve had in the last four, five weeks,” S.E. Forest Industries Chief Executive Officer, Toby Warr said. But recent moisture has bogged down more than the ground, it’s bogging down business.

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Suspicious fire destroys VT logging company office

Associated Press
July 29, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

HARDWICK, Vermont — Vermont State Police say a fire that destroyed a logging company’s office is suspicious. Authorities were called to Hardwick around 1 a.m. Monday and found the building completely engulfed in flames. The structure was a complete loss. Hardwick Police and state police are investigating. The cause of the fire remains undetermined but police believe it is suspicious.

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Greens leader talks tough on forest protests

ABC News, Australia
July 29, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The long-term success of Tasmania’s forest peace deal is looking increasingly unlikely, despite calls from the Greens leader to halt protests. Greens Leader Nick McKim has toughened his language on anti-logging protesters but has stopped short of condemning them. When protesters targeted the veneer producer Ta Ann earlier this month, Mr McKim labelled it “counterproductive”. The wording put him at odds with other senior ministers and the Premier Lara Giddings and was criticised by the State Opposition as being too weak.

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Federal Opposition under pressure to reveal National Park logging plans

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

The Federal Coalition is being pressured to come clean on whether it will allow logging in National Parks if it wins the Election. The North East Forestry Alliance has issued the challenge following recent comments by Nationals candidate for Page, Kevin Hogan, and Nationals senate candidate, Barnaby Joyce, supporting the idea. Spokesman, Dailan Pugh, said there has already been over-logging in State Forests and now the timber industry wants access to National Parks.

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No jobs for forestry graduates

Cyprus Mail
July 30, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

THE FINAL seven graduates from the forestry college have been told that they will not be employed by the forestry department, despite 60 years of tradition, which saw graduates inducted into the department’s ranks. Following a decision by the finance ministry, the graduates will have to look for employment elsewhere. … The college is due to close following last Sunday’s graduation ceremony despite playing an important role in training forestry officials for more than half a century.

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Company & Business News

China’s imports of logs and lumber increases in H1/2013

International Wood Markets Group (Press Release)
July 25, 2013
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada, International

New Zealand now China’s largest log supplier (over Russia); Russia regains its position as China’s largest lumber supplier (over Canada). The next issue of WOOD MARKETS’
China Bulletin will highlight China’s rebounding growth in log and lumber imports during the first half of 2013, continuing the trend of a steady recovery since the slowdown that occurred in the first half of 2012.

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The ILMA’s ‘timber grab’

Nelson Star
July 31, 2013
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada, Canada West

The ILMA and its member timber companies are campaigning to increase log flows to Kootenay mills, arguing that too much forest has been put off limits to protect endangered species and old growth forests. But they don’t say it that way. They say: “Sustainable economic development from the forest industry…is at risk.” …Except that when you look at their numbers, it’s not. ILMA members have been cutting less than they are allowed to, due to a soft market. …. So they have mounted a lobby to maximize logging activity so mills can run at full capacity. This is not sustainability. It’s a timber grab.

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Catalyst Paper reports $28M Q2 loss

The Canadian Press
July 29, 2013
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada, Canada West

RICHMOND, B.C. – Catalyst Paper said Monday less demand for paper products, particularly newsprint and directories, contributed to the company experiencing a steep loss in the second quarter. The B.C.-based pulp and paper producer reported a net loss of $28 million or $1.93 per share, more than double the $11.7 million, or three cents per share, loss in the same period a year earlier. “Markets for all the company’s paper products remain challenging and demand trended down overall compared to the same period of the prior year,” the company said in a statement.

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Critic rebuffs Kootenay sawmills’ plea for wood

Nelson Star
July 30, 2013
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada, Canada West

A forest industry critic isn’t impressed with calls to free up more timber in the Kootenays for local sawmills. “We can’t just keep levelling forests and pretending it’s all going to grow back,” said Craig Pettit, a director with the Valhalla Wilderness Society, who thinks the annual harvest should actually be reduced. “We’re cutting it down faster than it’s growing now. We have to look at our biological and ecological needs.” This month the Interior Lumber Manufacturers Association, which has 10 member companies in the Kootenays, asked the Regional District of Central Kootenay for help arranging a meeting with the premier and forests minister.

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Domtar buildings need heritage protection, architect says

Ottawa Citizen
July 29, 2013
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada East, Canada

OTTAWA — Historic buildings in the Chaudière Islands dating back to the days of lumber baron J.R. Booth risk “demolition by neglect” because they have never received the heritage protection they deserve, says Barry Padolsky, an Ottawa architect and vice-chairman of the City of Ottawa’s built heritage subcommittee. Padolsky was commissioned by the National Capital Commission in the 1980s to produce a major report on the J.R. Booth Board Mill, one of the significant buildings on the Domtar site on Chaudière Island.

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Miramichi mill CFO disavows criticism of J.D. Irving

Hal Raper says he never meant to imply forestry companies taking mill’s Crown allocations
CBC News
July 29, 2013
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada East, Canada

An official with Miramichi Lumber Products Inc. has disavowed comments he made last week about two large forestry companies operating in New Brunswick, J.D. Irving Ltd. and Fornebu. Hal Raper, the company’s chief financial officer, sent a fax to CBC News last Friday afternoon saying he never meant to imply that Irving was taking some of Miramichi Lumber’s allocation of trees from Crown lands. “I acknowledge J.D. Irving Ltd. is not taking any of Miramichi Lumber Products’ Crown allocations,” he wrote in the statement.

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Panel takes up Tester, Baucus forest bills

Associated Press
July 30, 2013
Category: Company & Business News
Region: United States, US West

HELENA, Mont. — U.S. Sens. Max Baucus and Jon Tester told their colleagues Tuesday that it is time to pass their bills expanding forest protections. Both Democrats testified in Washington, D.C., to the U.S. Senate Public Lands, Forests, and Mining Subcommittee on measures that failed to clear the last Congress. Tester’s plan to both mandate more logging and expand wilderness area was first introduced in 2009 and is billed as a compromise between timber mills and environmentalists.

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Judge rejects Calif. lawsuit over forest fire

Associated Press
July 30, 2013
Category: Company & Business News
Region: United States, US West

SACRAMENTO, Calif.—A Plumas County Superior Court judge has dismissed a state lawsuit against California’s largest timber company for a 2007 wildfire that destroyed more than 100 square miles of forest in Northern California. State and federal officials have blamed Sierra Pacific Industries for the Moonlight Fire, which they said was caused by two unsupervised employees who operated bulldozers on a red-flag warning day with high fire danger.

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Weyerhaeuser seeking tax break to make upgrades

Cottage Grove Sentinel
July 30, 2013
Category: Company & Business News
Region: United States, US West

Weyerhaeuser NR Company cleared one hurdle on the way to a proposed $3 million technology upgrade at its Cottage Grove sawmill last week with a resolution from the Cottage Grove City Council that will waive a requirement for a possible tax abatement. Municipalities such as cities and counties often create enterprise zones as areas where policies are put in place to encourage economic growth and development. Currently, the state of Oregon has 60 such enterprise zones, with 50 in rural areas and 13 in urban settings.

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New CEO for Forestry Tasmania

AAP
July 30, 2013
Category: Company & Business News
Region: International

Forestry Tasmania’s Steve Whiteley has been made chief executive of the embattled government logging business. Mr Whiteley, who was previously FT’s chief operating officer, has been acting CEO since Bob Gordon departed in May. Chairman Bob Annells said Mr Whiteley had beaten interstate candidates for the top job. “Mr Whiteley’s combination of experience and personal qualities made him the best candidate to lead FT through the extremely challenging times ahead,” he said.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Spend Carbon Trust Surplus On Schools, Say NDP

250 News
July 30, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George, BC – The BC New Democrats say cash-strapped schools and hospitals should be the beneficiaries of the current $30-million dollar surplus in the Pacific Carbon Trust, not carbon offset projects put forth by the private sector. NDP Environment critic, Chandra Herbert, says the public institutes are forced to pay into the Trust and it’s racking up a hefty profit each year. “The least we should expect is that those contributions will come back to our public institutions to help reduce their carbon footprint and reduce energy costs in the future.”

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Harmac’s $45-million electrical generation plant expected to soon connect to hydro grid

by Robert Barron
Nanaimo Daily News
July 29, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

After approximately six months of construction, Harmac pulp mill’s new $45-million electrical generation plant is completed and is in its final testing stages. The generation plant is expected to be connected to B.C. Hydro’s provincial power grid within the next two weeks. Nanaimo Forest Products, which owns the mill, and B.C. Hydro signed a 15-year agreement last year that will see Harmac sell approximately 15 megawatts from the 25-megawatt plant to the Crown corporation, while using the rest to help meet the mill’s power demands.

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New Liskeard pellets Euro-bound

Northern Ontario Business
July 29, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada East, Canada

While Ken Doupe felt the effects of the decline in the forest industry five years ago on his logging company, he wasn’t quite ready to throw in the towel. “I always liked working in the bush and wanted something else to do with forestry,” said the president of KD Quality Pellets. Two years and a great deal of research later, he decided that a pellet plant would be a feasible endeavour. The pellet producer, located north of New Liskeard in Harley Twp., is ready to make the transition from idea to a producing plant. It was expected to become operational by the end of July.

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Wood Pellet Manufacturing is Risky Business and it Just Got Even Riskier

Dogwood Alliance
July 29, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

In just the last two years or so, the wood pellet export industry in the US has exploded to meet spiking demand in Europe, where utility companies are phasing out coal and phasing in wood as a primary fuel source for electricity. Almost overnight, a multitude of new companies no one has ever heard of have incorporated and set up manufacturing facilities that are turning trees from America’s forests into wood pellets to supply this new global market.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Energy-efficiency certification comes to multi-family homes

Calgary Herald
July 30, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Built Green Canada has branched out with a new plan for energy efficiency in multi-family development. Since 2003, the third party national certification program has offered builders a rating based on the construction methods and materials used in single-family homes. In June, Built Green Canada launched its High-Density Program, which certifies energy efficiency in wood-frame construction of residential structures three-and-a-half storeys and taller. “The same principles we built our single-family program on were applied to HD,” says Built Green Canada executive director Jenifer Christenson.

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Undergraduate programs are next step: engineers

Prince George Citizen
July 29, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

UNBC still has more engineering work to do. Those in the engineering field were not talking about new structures, they were referring to education programs that still should be added. When university, government and private sector officials met at UNBC on Friday to announce two new wood-focused masters programs at the school, the name spoken most often as an advocate for the engineering expansion was Albert Koehler. An engineer and industrial product inventor himself, he has been lobbying for years, according to Prince George MLA Shirley Bond, the minister responsible for jobs and skills training.

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Ad angers pro-wood construction community

Journal of Commerce
August 1, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

A recent ad that took a shot at wood construction, which appeared in the Toronto Star newspaper, has left some members of the pro-wood community looking for answers from the Canadian Concrete Masonry Producers Association (CCMPA). …“It’s primarily an issue of bad marketing,” said Marshall Leslie, a member of the RESCON (Residential Construction Council of Central Ontario) Technical Council, and the person who sent out an e-mail, in the form of an open letter, that addressed the ad.

Click here to see the CCMPA ad

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Low-tech materials used more in green building, report says

Denver Business Journal
July 29, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

Old-school, low-tech building materials — such as wood, straw, and bamboo — are new again when it comes to green buildings, according to a new report from Boulder-based Navigant Research. Green construction, and the certification process for attesting to the use of sustainable building materials and practices, is driving new demand for building materials that have a smaller environmental impacts, due to their manufacture and use, according to the report, “Materials in Green Buildings,” issued Monday.

Building Green Increases Demand for Traditional Materials from Forbes

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