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Daily Archives: August 22, 2013

Wood, Paper & Green Building

Innovation at the Speed of the Mayflower

By Jeff Howe, Ph.D.
Dovetails Partners Inc.
August 22, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

One of the challenges facing forestry and forest products is the increased competition from new materials, new products and new designs. In addition to making broad and sometimes misleading environmental claims, many of these products claim to perform better in use; and in many situations (and for some customers) this higher performance is also true. Although the wood industry as a whole has focused primarily on addressing the validity of competing environmental claims, to truly address the performance issues this age old and oft times very traditional industry is going to have to innovate.

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Matali Crasset Creates Living Pods for Modern Artists in the Forests of France

Inhabitat
August 21, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Parisian designer Matali Crasset has landed a series of low impact living pods where modern artists can spend a summer residency while working within nature. Dubbed ‘Les Maisons Sylvestres’ the four curious buildings in the collection are located at Fresnes-au-Mont, in the forests of France. Made out of local materials like acacia wood, douglas pine and galvanized steel, with its flipped-square shape the artists’ pods has been designed to exist, or even float, in the forest without causing harm to the environment.

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PEFC at the Heart of One of the UK’s Most Sustainable Holiday Destinations

PEFC
August 22, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Center Parcs’ new £250m forest village Woburn Forest will include a Subtropical Swimming Paradise with a roof structure comprising of solid timber glulam beams drawn from PEFC-certified Austrian larch. The new swimming pool complex is being built using £1m worth of timber comprising 46 glulam beams, with the longest being 70m – a record length for a UK scheme. Manufactured at a factory just outside Vienna, the beams made the journey from Austria and have taken construction workers 12 weeks to assemble and secure the beams in place to create a ‘clam-shape structure’. It took 195 man hours to erect each of the largest main beams and 50 workers in total to construct all of the frame.

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Woodcube: Carbon-Neutral Five-Story Wooden Apartment Building Opens in Hamburg

Inhabitat
August 21, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Hamburg has seen more green building construction than probably any other European city in recent years, and the latest addition to the German city’s crop of green apartment buildings is the Woodcube, a five-story apartment building made from untreated wood. The carbon-neutral building is made from all natural materials, and no chemical waste was produced during the construction period. The building’s residents will also benefit from the lack of chemicals that were used to build the Woodcube, which should result in a healthier living environment.

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Forestry

Old Growth Rainforest—What Still Stands is More Valuable Than Ever

National Geographic
August 21, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, United States

…When it comes to logging old growth, we need to keep the big picture in mind. The amount of carbon dioxide in the air has increased more than 40 percent since the industrial revolution began, and it could even double well before the end of the next century. As a result, sea levels could rise by as much as three feet by 2100. While more than 40 percent of the world’s oxygen is produced by rainforests, less than one hundredth of one percent of coastal redwood ecosystems—the most efficient rainforest—remains in the world. All of the other rainforests are also imperiled.

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WFP serves up Carihi forestry program support

North Island Midweek
August 21, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada West

WOSS—Carihi Secondary School’s Forestry Program in Campbell River was presented a $1,000 donation from Western Forest Products, following a tour of WFP’s Logging Fundamentals Training Program at the Englewood Forest Operation in Woss. John Mann, VP of Timberlands for WFP, presented the cheque to Carihi’s Forestry Program teacher, Jason Kerluck, at a dinner capping off the recent tour. …The Logging Fundamentals Training tour was hosted by WFP in response to growing interest within the forest industry community. 

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B.C. wildfire personnel being deployed to Idaho

BC Min of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
August 21, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada West
KAMLOOPS – British Columbia’s Wildfire Management Branch is sending 41 firefighting 
personnel to Idaho to assist with fire suppression efforts there. One agency representative and 40 unit crew personnel from the Northwest, Prince George and  Coastal fire centres will depart from Merritt on Thursday, Aug. 22 for Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. One  airtanker group, consisting of two airtankers and a birddog aircraft, was deployed earlier this week to Boise, Idaho. 

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Forests minister, MLA need to watch their step when promoting work site safety

By Michael Smyth
The Province
August 21, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada West

When Forests Minister Steve Thomson and Liberal MLA Jackie Tegart visited a Merritt sawmill recently, they made sure to don hard hats and orange safety vests. Safety first! But take a look at what they’re wearing on their feet and you might wonder if they know what safety really means. …The photo was published in The Merritt Herald newspaper and triggered quite a response from readers, a few of whom contacted me. …What is one of the most effective ways to prevent workplace injuries? According to the government’s own website, it starts at the top.

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U.S. Forest Service Failed to Justify Purchases of Air Tankers

No statistics about what works and what doesn’t have been reported to justify any purchases.
The Gazette
August 21, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

In failing to analyze the performance and effectiveness of its firefighting aircraft, the U.S. Forest Service could not build a solid case for expanding its drastically depleted and aging fleet, according to a Government Accountability Office report released Tuesday… Since 2002, the fleet has dropped from 44 large airtankers to eight this year, as many of the older aircraft were retired or broke down. In the meantime, the forest service has a few strategies for dealing with the shortage — in the short term it relies on Canadian and military aircraft, and has contracted for some next-generation air tankers for the next few years.

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Feds running out of wildfire money

Helena Independent Record
August 21, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

Running out of money to fight wildfires at the peak of the season, the U.S. Forest Service is diverting $600 million from timber, recreation and other areas to fill the gap. The nation’s top wildfire-fighting agency was down to $50 million after spending $967 million so far this year, Forest Service spokesman Larry Chambers said Wednesday in an email. Chambers says the $50 million the Forest Service has left is typically enough to pay for just a few days of fighting fires when the nation is at its top wildfire preparedness level, which went into effect Tuesday.

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Forest Fast Breaks Highlight Forest Ecology, Sustainable Management Practices and Related Benefits

Dovetail Partners
August 20, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

(Mpls, MN) – Forestinfo.org, an environmental education website geared towards teachers, students, forestry professionals, and those with a general interest in protecting, managing, and enhancing the natural environment, is pleased to announce the release of its newest resource – Forest Fast Breaks. Forest Fast Breaks are concise, engaging animated shorts that simplify complex forestry topics… As students head back to school this fall, students, teachers and parents can make use of the Forest Fast Breaks and other environmental education resources available on Forestinfo.org. 

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Wildfire burns out of control near Yosemite

U.S. Forest Service says it is running out of money to fight blazes this year, will have to divert money from recreation, timber
Mail Tribune
August 21, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

FRESNO, Calif. — An out-of-control forest fire threatening about 2,500 structures near Yosemite National Park was one of more than 50 active, large wildfires dotting the western U.S. on Wednesday. The remote blaze in Stanislaus National Forest west of Yosemite grew to more than 25 square miles and was only 5 percent contained, threatening homes, hotels and camp buildings. The fire has led to the voluntary evacuation of the private gated summer community of Pine Mountain Lake, which has a population of 2,800… Two residences and seven outbuildings have been destroyed.

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Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon spikes sharply after new infrastructure projects, forestry law

The Raw Story
August 21, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon is on the rise sharply, sparking alarm over the future of the world’s biggest rainforest. …The surge in deforestation coincides with major infrastructure projects and a new forestry law. The law, which curbs the use of land for farming and mandates that up to 80 percent of privately-owned acreage in the Amazon remain intact, took effect last October. It was passed by Congress where a pro-agribusiness bloc holds considerable sway. “One of the reasons for the rising deforestation was the forestry code,” said Justiniano Nett, of the Green Towns conservation group in the northern state of Para.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Water + Sunshine = Fuel as Lab in California Chases Dream: Cars

Bloomberg Businessweek
August 22, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US West

It sounds like magic, far-out fiction, a California dream. Yet earnest scientists are hard at work on a new alchemy: brewing fuel for cars — synthetic gasoline — from little more than water and sunshine. Mimicking the way plants turn sunlight and carbon dioxide in the air into energy and oxygen, the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis at the California Institute of Technology is in a race to trump nature and slow global warming. Nate Lewis, a Caltech professor and solar energy research star, has a plan to remake fuel as we know it.

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Government to withdraw subsidies for unsustainable biomass

UK Department of Energy and Climate Change unveil new criteria to ensure biofuels curb emissions by at least 70 per cent
BusinessGreen
August 22, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Biomass electricity generators could risk losing government subsidies if they fail to prove their fuel has come from sources that have been officially certified as “sustainable”, under new plans announced today. Climate Change Minister Greg Barker today unveiled new sustainability criteria for wood-fuel, which aim to ensure any fuel used delivers lifecycle carbon emissions savings of more than 70 per cent compared to coal and oil. The criteria are due to come into effect from 2014 for the vast majority of the UK’s biomass plants, and will require generators to take account of emissions associated with harvesting, biodiversity protection, and land use rights for local people where the crops are grown.

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General

Forest Peace Deal Money Guaranteed Regardless Of Upper House Decision On Forest Protection

Yahoo News 7
August 22, 2013
Category: Uncategorised

Tasmania will still get $100 million to diversify its ailing economy, even if the Upper House kills off the state’s forest peace deal. The Federal Government is planning to sever the link between the cash, and crucial enabling legislation held up in the Legislative Council. The move hinges on Labor being re-elected next month. Labor’s Member for Franklin, Julie Collins, says it is vital more than 30 projects are still funded. “This $100 million for jobs in Tasmania will flow regardless of the outcome of the peace deal,” Ms Collins said.

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