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Daily Archives: July 11, 2013

Business & Politics

Lumber Rises to 7-Week High on Sawmill Slowdowns, Housing Demand

Bloomberg
July 10, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

Lumber futures rallied to a seven-week high on speculation that North American mills are slowing output as demand increases from home builders in the U.S. and China. Some sawmills announced plans in June and July to reduce output, while exports from the U.S. jumped 7 percent in May from April, including a 34 percent increase to China, according to Hakan Ekstrom, the president of industry researcher Wood Resources International. U.S. builders started work on new homes at a 914,000 annual rate in May, up 29 percent from a year earlier, government data show.

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Canadian lumber producers upgraded to strong buy

Financial Post
July 11, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Even conservative forecasts for U.S. housing activity in 2014 point to higher lumber prices, says Raymond James analyst Daryl Swetlishoff, who upgraded several Canadian lumber producers on Thursday. Canfor Corp., International Forest Products Ltd. and West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd. were all raised to strong buy from outperform in anticipation of strong returns in the next six to 12 months. “We expect Canfor, Interfor, and West Fraser to beat consensus earnings forecasts when they report 2Q13 earnings – largely a function of lagging pricing on Asian shipments and continued strong U.S. South margins,” Mr. Swetlishoff said in a research note.

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Western Forest Products Appoints Shannon Janzen as Chief Forester

Marketwired
July 10, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Don Demens, President and CEO of Western Forest Products Inc. is pleased to announce the promotion of Shannon Janzen to Chief Forester, effective immediately. Previously Manager, Strategic Planning, Ms. Janzen is a Registered Professional Forester and clearly demonstrates the leadership qualities required for the role of Chief Forester. She brings over 10 years’ experience in developing and implementing land use policies and practices. Ms. Janzen also has a proven track record of building strategic relationships and partnerships with First Nations, Environmental groups and various levels of Government on the coast of British Columbia.

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Association looking for best Aboriginal forestry leaders

Northern Ontario Business
July 10, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Forestry is ingrained in the collective DNA of Canada’s Aboriginal people. “It’s just innate in our communities,” said J.P. Gladu, president-CEO of the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business. “We know how to live in the forest and utilize the forestry. “We used to do prescribed burning and we have incredible traditional knowledge on the landscape so we’ve always been a part of it. Now we’re becoming more engaged on the business end of it.”

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Quebec firm to convert RockTenn mill into biofuel plant

Will invest estimated $20-million to convert shuttered mill in Matane, Que.
Canadian Manufacturing
July 8, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

QUEBEC—Renewable energy firm Innoventé Inc. plans to convert a containerboard mill in southeastern Quebec into a biofuel plant after signing a 25-year power supply deal with the province’s utility provider. According to Innoventé, it will invest an estimated $20-million to convert the shuttered RockTenn mill in Matane, Que., some 400 kilometres northeast of Quebec City along the southern shore of the St. Lawrence River, into a biofuel plant that will feed into Quebec’s grid.

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Lawsuits rev up, keeping sawmills silent

The Missoulian
July 10, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Nothing is quite as loud as the silence of a sawmill not running. Unfortunately, the sound of the closure of 28 sawmills in Montana since 1990, and the loss of more than 3,200 direct, good-paying, mill manufacturing jobs has been deafening. These closures and job losses are the direct result of the increase in federal timber harvest litigation during that same time. The last mill closure was the Smurfit-Stone pulp and paper mill in Frenchtown. It was incredible that a mill, sitting right smack in the middle of western Montana’s wood basket, could not get enough residual wood supply to keep the doors open.

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Improved log prices boosting county timber revenue

The Wahkiakum County Eagle News
July 11, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Wahkiakum County officials got some good financial news Tuesday. Treasurer Tammy Peterson reported that the Department of Natural Resources has estimated the county will receive an extra $763,000 this year in revenue from the harvest of timber off state managed county trust timberland. The timber market has gone up significantly in the past year, she said; log buyers are paying much more for logs. The DNR has revised estimated revenue for 2013 from $1.26 million to $2.024 million, Peterson said. 

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Kenya: Panpaper Can Overcome Challenges – Experts

The Star
July 10, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

PAN PAPER company should employ the locals and use new technology to enhance its production, professionals in the paper industry have said. Speaking on Monday during the 5th International German Alumni Forestry Network symposium at University of Eldoret, they said adopting modern technology and involving the key players will revive the company. The symposium dubbed “sustainable forestry in South-Southeast Asia and Sub-saharan Africa” attracted participants from the world. 

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

SFI Asks for Explanation for Being Excluded from LEED v4

Hardwood Floors Magazine
July 10, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

Jason Metnick, vice president of customer affairs with Sustainable Forestry Initiative, posted on the organization’s Good for Forests blog questioning the U.S. Green Buildings Council’s continued exclusion of SFI from its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design rating system. The newest version of LEED was approved by its membership earlier this month. While 86 percent of USGBC members voted in favor of LEED version 4, SFI voted “negative with comments” because the system’s rating tools, which award credits for the use of Forest Stewardship Council-certified wood products, do not award credits for SFI- or American Tree Farm System-certified products, according to Metnick.

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LP Building Products Launches New LP® SolidGuard™ LSL

Treated Laminated Strand Lumber Helps to Eliminate Shrinkage in Tall Wood-Framed Construction
Fort Mill Times
July 10, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – LP Building Products has announced the launch of its new LP® SolidGuard™ LSL, adding protection against termite damage and fungal decay to its LSL product. As the industry embraces wood framing in taller multifamily structures, this new product provides a treated sill plate solution to help eliminate shrinkage. “Shrinkage is an important concern for lumber in multistory structures as it can affect shear wall performance and structural capability.

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1901 S. Charles is first wood-framed residential building in Baltimore to score LEED Gold

Baltimore Business Journal
July 10, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

The $32 million apartment project at 1901 S. Charles St. has scored a LEED Gold designation, a first for a wood-framed multifamily building in Baltimore. The nearly 200-unit apartment building opened last year in Federal Hill. Josh E. Fidler, a principal for developer Chesapeake Realty Partners, said the LEED Gold designation “is a very high bar.” “Credit also goes to Clark Construction, JDavis Architects and our trade contractors,” he said.

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American Hardwood Export Council’s ‘Endless Stair’ Project Experiments with Hardwood CLT

Hardwood Floors Magazine
July 10, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

In June the American Hardwood Export Council met with the architects and engineers working on the “Endless Stair,” a public installation being made from cross-laminated American tulipwood for the London Design Festival. The project is the first structure being built from hardwood cross-laminated timber. The panels are being built and tested in Italy to confirm that the structure can support more than 100 people at any one time, allowing unlimited public access.

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Forestry

Tree planting is an essential part of sustenance and survival

Tree species across the world are dying, yet we are only just learning how crucial they are to life on Earth, whether they are in the city or in the country
The Guardian
July 10, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, United States, International

Several years ago a few trees in my 6 hectares of pine forest in Montana turned from green to a rusty brown, killed by swarms of bark beetles. Four years later virtually all of my centuries-old forest was dead. It was not just the beetles that did in my trees, but much warmer winters here in the Rocky Mountains that no longer killed the bugs, allowing them to expand exponentially. Since then, as a science journalist, I have written many stories about the dying of the trees — and the news is not good.

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Learning about opportunities in forestry

Whitecourt Star
July 10, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Kyle Waterman, 21, and Patrick Pickard, 20, are the 2013 Green Dream summer internship winners awarded by Millar Western. The internship contest was held by the Forest Products Association of Canada. The contest’s innovative application process went beyond a simple resume, cover letter and interview. The application process required students to make a video pitch and post it online for viewers to vote on their favourite videos. “Most of the jobs you apply to, you send a resume, a cover letter or a statement of interest…it was unique, I’ve never experienced anything like that before,” Pickard said.

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Community forest on pace to hit target

Manager urges more FireSmart thinning; carbon credit plans advancing
Pique News Magazine
July 11, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Cheakamus Community Forest (CCF) is on target to make annual allowable cut (AAC) this year for the first time in the four years since Whistler and First Nations were given tenure over 30,000 hectares of forests surrounding the Resort Municipality of Whistler. CCF manager Peter Ackhurst said the early start to spring helped, as have discussions with stakeholders such as environmental groups and tour operators over the last few years to determine what can be logged.

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Martin Mars called out for Powell River fire, as plane’s future still in doubt

HQ Comox Valley
July 10, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

They’re in mop-up phase now after a 2 hectare wildfire late yesterday near Powell River and anxious residents watching crews battle the blaze may also have been witnessing some history. The Coastal Fire Centre called in the Martin Mars – the giant water bomber based on Sproat Lake near Port Alberni. Coulson Aviation operates the vintage aircraft and the province of BC has been saying it likely won’t renew the contract after this fire season.

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Crews douse forest fires in St. John’s

CBC News
July 10, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Fire crews were able to knock down a number of small forest fires in St. John’s Wednesday before they got out of control. The fires broke out around the same time, in the same area, shortly before 3 p.m. They were confined to woods between Old Pennywell Road and Kenmount Road. Firefighters on the ground were aided by a helicopter and water bomber. The fires were burning about 100 yards from homes in the area, with smoke and flames visible across the city.

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Eastern larch beetle kills northern trees

Researcher says climate change may be to blame for length and severity of outbreak
CBC News
July 10, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Tamarack trees in northwestern Ontario are slowly falling under threat from the eastern larch beetle — a bug native to the region. A professor of forest entomology at the University of Minnesota said the beetles — which feast on tamaracks throughout northern Minnesota and Ontario — usually eat trees from the inside out, after other bugs have munched their way through a forest.

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Fire rangers battle numerous forest fires across Northwestern Ontario

Kenora Daily Miner and News
July 10, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Currently, there are more than 45 active fires in northwestern Ontario and the number is changing daily. There are 28 fires being monitored, five fires listed as Under Control, four fires as Being Held and eight fires designated as Not Under Control. While extensive, the forest fires are not threatening any communities at this time. …There are 20 fire ranger crews from the Northeast Region now on deployment in the Northwest Region. There are also 23 Type 2 Sustain Action crews on hire in the Northwest Region.

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Firefighters battle to contain forest fire raging near Las Vegas

Reuters
July 10, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A lightning-sparked blaze raged through a national forest recreation area in the mountains northwest of Las Vegas as more than 1,000 firefighters battled to regain lost ground on Wednesday. The landscape burned by the fire has grown by 5,000 acres since Tuesday alone, while the containment around the fire zone slipped from 15 percent to 10 percent, said Suzanne Shelp, a spokeswoman for the incident management team. The blaze has pumped smoke into the air over the greater Las Vegas metropolitan area, and charred more than 25,000 acres of pinyon-juniper woodlands since it was sparked by lightning on July 1, officials said.

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Blaze that killed 19 firefighters now 100 per cent contained

Associated Press
July 11, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

PRESCOTT, Ariz. – An Arizona wildfire that killed 19 firefighters in the country’s highest such toll in decades is now fully contained. The U.S. Forest Service fire centre said late Wednesday night that the Yarnell Hill fire is 100 per cent contained after burning about 13 square miles. The fire started late last month on in the mountains north of Phoenix. Nineteen members of the elite crew Granite Mountain Hotshots died June 30 when the out-of-control blaze overran them as they tried to protect the town of Yarnell.

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Maisch Hoodwinks Congress About the Tongass

Letter from Larry Edwards, Greenpeace
SitNews
July 10, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Alaska’s chief forester, Chris Maisch, should be fired and be held in contempt of Congress. Falsehoods were plentiful in his June 25 testimony to the Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee, representing the state on Tongass National Forest issues. He called these falsehoods “grim realities.” They mislead Congress, and their negativity harms the morale and economic reputation of Southeast Alaska. Maisch introduced the Tongass as “the largest national forest …17 million acres of land.” Correct. But in noting merely that “not all of this” can be logged, he avoided informing senators that this land area is two-thirds glaciers, ice caps, rocky peaks, muskegs and scrubby trees.

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Fire west of Alberton moves into 2005 burn area

The Missoulian
July 10, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Black Bear fire west of Alberton has moved into territory that previously burned in 2005, allowing crews to reach 60 percent containment Wednesday. The lightning-caused fire has burned 80 acres and hasn’t grown much since Tuesday, according to Lolo National Forest spokesman Boyd Hartwig. “They’re reinforcing some of the hand line today,” Hartwig said Wednesday afternoon. “They’re not getting inside the perimeter much because there’s a big snag hazard there.”

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50,000-year-old forest of fresh trees found in Gulf

Houston Chronicle
July 10, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

It took the perfect storm to bring history to life. Scuba divers in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Alabama have uncovered a primeval underwater forest buried under ocean sediments, according to an article in Live Science. The Bald Cypress forest, protected in an oxygen-free environment for more than 50,000 years, was likely uncovered by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, said Ben Raines, executive director of the nonprofit Weeks Bay Foundation and one of the first divers to explore the site. The forest contains Cypress trees so well-preserved that when they are cut, they still smell like fresh Cypress sap, Raines said.

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NC Forest Service Nursery Program seedling sales begin

NC Dept. of Agriculture and Consumer Services
July 10, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

The annual window of opportunity for ordering seedlings from the N.C. Forest Service Nursery Program is open. “The Forest Service produces about 20 million quality seedlings for 54 species of both conifer and hardwoods each year at its nurseries, using solid nursery research and experience,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “The genetically superior Loblolly pine seedlings, for instance, are grown from seeds produced by orchard trees that are proven to give landowners increased growth and are more disease-resistant.”

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15 Massachusetts wildland firefighters to battle Quebec forest fires

The Republican
July 10, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

BOSTON — The state Department of Conservation and Recreation is sending 15 state and municipal trained wildland firefighters, along with six others from Maine, to fight forest fires raging across the Canadian province of Quebec, Commissioner John P. Murray said Wednesday. The 21-firefighter crew will join with Canadian crews battling numerous fires that have burned over one million acres of the province. Canadian officials requested the additional firefighters under the Northeast Forest Fire Protection Commission, a 64-year-old mutual aid agreement between the six New England states, New York, and the four eastern-most Canadian provinces.

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State of ramorum disease in larch trees in England

UK Forestry Commission
July 11, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Forestry Commission has given information about the incidence of new cases of ramorum disease of larch trees detected in England this year. The disease is caused by the Phytophthora ramorum pathogen. Aerial surveying of high-risk areas of England has detected up to 525 hectares of larch woodland as possibly infected, representing an increase in known infected area of up to 26 per cent….Mr Smith added that Forestry Commission England would continue with its current approach to controlling the disease.

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Bigger fines urged to save NSW koalas

The Sydney Mornng Herald
July 11, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Penalties for illegal logging in NSW forests should be 10 times higher to ensure koala habitats are preserved, the state opposition says. Forestry Corporation of NSW was fined a total of $900 last week after being found guilty of illegal logging of koala habitats in the Royal Camp State Forest near Casino on three separate occasions last year. Opposition environment spokesman Luke Foley says the “paltry” fine would not deter future illegal logging. “As a state we should be doing everything we can to protect our dwindling population of koalas,” Mr Foley said.

“Farcical” fines for koala home destruction from The ABC News, Australia<

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Baucus sends Obama letter with Montana-centric ideas on climate change

The Missoulian
July 9, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

In response to President Barack Obama’s June 25 push for new action on climate change, U.S. Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., has offered his own list of 15 ideas he wants enacted. …On timber harvest, Baucus singled out the legally challenged Colt-Summit project in the Seeley-Swan drainage as “the poster child for out-of-control forest litigation.” He asked Obama to support congressional efforts to reduce litigation, and to restore $116 million in hazardous fuels reduction programs that provide timber to lumber mills.

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Wildfires May Have Greater Impact on Global Warming: The Effect of Carbon

Science World Report
July 10, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

When wildfires sweep across an area, they release a slew of carbon-containing particles, releasing them into the Earth’s atmosphere. These fine, carbonaceous particles can degrade air quality. Now, scientists have discovered that the particles emitted by fires are having far more of an effect on climate change than we first thought. In 2011, a fire took place near Los Alamos National Laboratory. Dubbed the Las Conchas fire, it was the largest of its kind in New Mexico at the time. It burned 245 square miles, sweeping across dried vegetation and spewing smoke.

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Trees using water more efficiently as atmospheric carbon dioxide rises

Phys Org
July 10, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

A study by scientists with the U.S. Forest Service, Harvard University and partners suggests that trees are responding to higher atmospheric carbon dioxide levels by becoming more efficient at using water. The study, “Increase in forest water-use efficiency as atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations rise,” was published on-line today in the journal Nature. Dave Hollinger, a plant physiologist with the U.S. Forest Service’s Northern Research Station, is a co-author with lead author Trevor Keenan of Harvard University and colleagues from The Ohio State University, Indiana University, and the Institute of Meteorology and Climate in Germany.

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Woody biomass industry emerging in S.C.

GSA Business
July 10, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

Trees could be the new power source for facilities throughout the Palmetto State. As companies look to cut down on carbon emissions, the use of wood waste as a power generation source is a budding industry in South Carolina. The use of woody biomass is emerging, not booming, in the state, according to industry leaders. Experts see the industry taking shape in two ways: more wood pellet manufacturers could open facilities in the state to produce pellets and either sell or export them, or more woody biomass facilities could move into the state to buy pellets, convert them into electricity and sell them to S.C. utility providers.

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Carbon capture ‘could reverse global warming’

Scotsman.com
July 11, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

BURNING trees and other plants, combined with artifical methods of carbon capture and storage, could help reverse ­global warming in the future, experts will say today. Scientists in Sweden have ­predicted that greater use of trees in biomass could help push down temperatures. Trees naturally take in carbon dioxide while they grow, and when they are burned, they do not release any more cabon ­dioxide than they absorbed. The researchers believe ­greater use of biomass, requiring more trees, combined with ­carbon capture initiatives, would reduce the emissions which trigger global warming.

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Indonesia’s Recurring Forest Fires Threaten Environment

IPS
July 10, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

UNITED NATIONS – Indonesia’s forest fires, a predictable annual ritual, will continue to have serious implications for health and the environment in Southeast Asia unless the government strengthens forest protection, warn environmental groups.The government claims it is doing its best, including implementation of existing protection measures against recurring forest fires. But environmental groups say Indonesia’s best is not good enough.

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Green economy would highlight full value of forests

Thompson Reuters Foundation
July 11, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

As more developing countries plan to make the transition to a green economy—defined as “low carbon, resource efficient and socially inclusive”—the spotlight is turning on the “true” value of forests. And it’s clear that they’re worth a lot more than the price of timber. “A green economy is about being more efficient in how you use your resources,” said Grace Wong, a scientist at the Center for International Forestry Research who is also a member of a UN Environment Programme working group on REDD+ in a green economy.

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