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Daily Archives: October 21, 2013

Froggy Foibles

Snouted Tree Frog

The stunning results of a survey of one of the world’s least-touched places.
The Daily Green
October 20, 2013
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: International

This snouted tree frog (Scinax sp.), one of six potentially new frog species discovered during a recent expedition to Suriname, represents the newest member of a diverse genus of very agile, fast-moving frogs with over 100 species… It was one 1,378 species identified–as many as 60 of them new species–in the rainforest-clad mountains of Southeastern Suriname, South America, during a first-ever survey by international biologists of an area Conservation International described as “a wilderness area virtually without any human influence and among the most remote and unexplored tracts of rainforest left on Earth.”

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Business & Politics

Compromises on both sides led to ‘excellent deal’ on European trade, Stephen Harper says

Postmedia News
October 18, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

BRUSSELS, Belgium – Canada and the European Union say both had to make “compromises” to get agreement on a sweeping free-trade deal that will give Canadian businesses preferential access to an EU market of 500 million people and save consumers money… Forest and value-added wood products: Canada is the world’s leading exporter of softwood lumber, newsprint and wood pulp. The agreement, once it takes effect, will eliminate existing tariffs on all forest products, which range from seven to 10 per cent on plywood.

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Forest Products Industry Welcomes the EU Free Trade Agreement

Marketwired
October 18, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

The Canada Wood Group, representing key Forest Industry Trade Associations across Canada, today welcomed the government’s action to reach a framework agreement with the European Union on establishing a comprehensive free trade zone encompassing the primary sectors of the economy. The EU market for forest products, although small at 3% of export volume to world markets, continues to represent some of the higher grade forest products resulting in the EU representing 6% of the value of exports.

Atlantic premiers praise trade deal between Canada and EU from CBC News

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Japanese market for B.C. wood products set to grow

Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
BC Government
October 18, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

TOKYO – Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister Steve Thomson and delegates on the 2013 Forestry Asia Trade Mission had an action-packed first day in Japan. Mission delegates toured the Unsourire Nursing Home, a 4,700-square-metre wood building under construction near Tokyo. When completed next year, the nursing home will be the third-largest platform frame building of its kind in Japan. The project is expected to use about 940 cubic metres of dimensional lumber, equivalent to the amount used in 45 single-family homes.

Post-tsunami project announce in Japan press release from BC government

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Area mills get behind tax lobby

Representative to make pitch directly to council
The Kamloops Daily News
October 20, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Regional suppliers of heavy industry in Kamloops are telling the City that a fairer and more competitive industrial tax is critical to the future of their operations. The companies – suppliers to Domtar’s operations – have made written submissions in support of a heavy-industry lobby to reduce their tax load. Tolko, Domtar, Lafarge and Arclin representatives are expected to appear before council at Tuesday’s regular meeting to lobby for a further reduction in taxes. Gilbert Smith Forest Products in Barriere, Interfor’s Adams Lake sawmill and River City Fibre, located on Mission Flats, wrote to council, backing the request.

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Return of industry threatens renewal of Howe Sound’s marine ecosystem

Globe and Mail
October 21, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Not every marine ecosystem gets a second chance. Fewer still get ruined twice.  But Howe Sound, where an environmental rebirth has been unfolding for the past eight years, may soon start to slide back toward environmental sterility. ..Across the sound at Port Mellon, a pulp mill that started up in 1909 had drained so much sulphate into the waters that by the 1980s, the crab fishery was closed. …The first glimmer of hope came in 1988 when Howe Sound Pulp and Paper began a $1.3-billion renewal process at Port Mellon. The project would turn what was openly recognized as an environmental disaster into one of the most modern, cleanest pulp mills in the world.

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Idle mills frustrate leaders

Chronicle Journal
October 18, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

This was supposed to be the year that saw lumber mills in Longlac, Nakina and Dubreuilville go back into production.  But the plants seem no closer to reopening their doors today than they were a year ago, and municipal officials watching on the sidelines say the delay and uncertainty is nothing short of mind-boggling “It’s a puzzle, and it’s hard for me to make sense of it,” Greenstone Mayor Ron Beaulieu said Thursday.

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Local timber mill falls behind with shutdown-based logging ban

KVAL
October 17, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

EUGENE, Ore. — The recent government shutdown caused some northwest timber firms that work through federal lands to fall behind on this year’s schedule. …Mitchell said the logging ban would have a ripple effect, with smaller operations and private contractors feeling the biggest pinch. Groves said October is one of the last month’s that timber companies have to operate. “We have to put in enough log inventory in summer and fall to carry us through the winter operations… the wet season,” Groves said.

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China lifts ban on hardwood logs from Virginia

Smith Mountain Eagle
October 18, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

RICHMOND-A Chinese ban on hardwood logs exported from Virginia was lifted earlier this fall. “This is good news, because it reopens an important market for companies that export hardwood logs to China via the Port of Virginia,” said Rodney W. Oliver, interim executive director of the Virginia Port Authority. “A lot of work went into this effort on both the federal and state levels; we believe it will reenergize this piece of export business.”

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Loggers forced to look for work in other places with mill closing

Times Daily
October 20, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Eva logger Bobby Collins spoke with uncertainty as he described the options he will be forced to pursue when the Courtland mill closes. In addition to the 1,096 International Paper employees who will be displaced when the mill closes by late March, the closure will also affect an estimated 5,404 loggers and foresters in Alabama, Mississippi and Tennessee, according to the Alabama Forestry Commission. “It’s a bad situation,” said Collins, who has contracted with IP for 18 years. “We’re going to have to make cuts. The next thing we’ll do is look for other markets.”

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Huge blow to Rotorua sawmill workers

Scoop Independent News
October 19, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Huge blow to Rotorua sawmill workers as firm goes into receivership.News that a major Rotorua employer has been placed into receivership will be a huge blow to the workforce, the  wood sector union said today. Tachikawa Forest Products has been placed into receivership, which is being handled by Kordamentha. This closure will have a huge impact on Maori, said Rawiri Daniels, Wood Sector Secretary, FIRST Union.

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Fresh assessment takes Forestry Tasmania losses higher

ABC News, Australia
October 21, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

A new accounting method has revealed Forestry Tasmania’s financial losses over the last three years were far higher than first reported. Government businesses have overhauled the way they report their annual results, in line with changes imposed on the private sector by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission. It means state-owned companies are now required to include non-operating costs, like asset revaluations and superannuation liabilities when reporting their final results.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Concrete and steel associations speak out against “wood first” policies

The Journal of Commerce
October 16, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada

Members of Canadian concrete and steel construction associations are angry and upset about a campaign by the wood industry to persuade provincial and federal governments to give wood preferential treatment over other building materials. “We are not complaining anymore, we are going to war,” said Ed Whalen, president of the Canadian Institute of Steel Construction. “Governments that decide to implement Wood First or treat one material over another, they will see us at the table. The wood industry has awoken the sleeping giant.

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Keith David Touts Wood For Haiti

ABC Fox Montana
October 17, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

MISSOULA – A Missoula based non-profit will construct a home in the parking lot of Southgate Mall Friday. .The group is called Wood for Haiti and its mission is to solve two major problems half a world apart. President Gary Funk said the idea came to him on a drive from Missoula to Helena. “I saw the forests that were standing there that were red and gray and the idea just came forward: there’s enough wood here to rebuild the entire country of Haiti,” Funk said. He wants to harvest lumber killed by the mountain pine beetle epidemic and use that wood to construct homes for the thousands of people still living in tent cities in Haiti.

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LEED is a bad deal for our forests

by Lynetta Usher Griner, elected as president of FFA in 2012
The Tallahassee
October 18, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

Most people intuitively recognize that woodlands fill a vast array of needs, from jobs and products to wildlife habitats and water recharge areas. They do not, however, understand the importance of active, competitive markets in keeping lands forested and operational. Perhaps the most flagrant example of this principle being overlooked is the criteria that the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has developed for its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards.

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Research reduces earthquake strengthening costs for schools

Scoop Independent News
October 20, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

…ground-breaking research … has found timber-framed classrooms are extremely resilient to earthquakes. …The group commissioned destructive testing on a typical timber-framed classroom block, literally attempting to pull it apart using two huge trucks and cables. …there was no real damage until forces four or five times greater than the building would have been predicted to withstand were applied. At that point some windows broke. Even then, the building continued on to withstand much higher levels of loading without showing any signs of imminent collapse.

 
Additional coverage in TVNZ

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Forestry

Are big-five forest firms about to get a windfall?

By Ben Parfitt
The Province
October 20, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Shortly before the May election, the provincial government withdrew legislation that could have handed de facto control of publicly owned forestlands to a handful of forest companies. The contentious sections of the bill were dropped amid a swelling chorus of questions about why such a gift would be bestowed without any debate about what it meant for our shared lands and resources. It took little time, however, for the government to reverse direction again. During a campaign stop in Burns Lake, Premier Christy Clark said that if re-elected, her government would reintroduce the bill because that is what “the people” wanted… Between them, Canadian Forest Products, West Fraser Timber, International Forest Products, Tolko Industries and Western Forest Products control the bulk of what is logged each year in British Columbia. They would control even more under the proposed legislative changes.

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B.C. wants public input on Mackenzie timber

Prince George Citizen
October 20, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada West

The amount of wood allowed to be cut in the forests of Mackenzie are under public review. The provincial government released a report Thursday, profiling the Mackenzie Timber Supply Area (TSA) and now the public is being asked for input. The feedback from the public will be included in the considerations by B.C.’s chief forester before setting the annual allowable cut in that region. “The current allowable annual cut is 3,050,000 cubic metres,” said a written statement issued Thursday…

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Teck purchases East Kootenay land for conservation

Business in Vancouver
October 18, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Teck Resources has purchased a large parcel of land in the East Kootenays, which the company intends to use for conservation purposes. The mining company, which has coal mining operations in the Elk Valley, bought the land from Tembec for $19 million. The land is made up of three blocks, all near Sparwood: Flathead Townsite, Alexander Creek and Grave Prairie. In a statement, Teck said it would work with stakeholders to determine how the lands will be managed.

Tembec passes the baton to Teck from The Daily Townsman

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Seattle’s Urban Forest Stewardship Plan: 3 Action Items Worth Noting

Deeproot
October 18, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

In August, Seattle released their Urban Forest Stewardship Plan, the first comprehensive update to the previous Urban Forest Management Plan (2007) that set the goal of increasing Seattle’s tree canopy cover to 30 percent by 2037. The 2013 Plan is broken up in six sections: guiding principles and integrated approach, the importance of Seattle’s urban forest, the current condition of Seattle’s urban forest, current stewardship and management efforts, goals and actions for moving forward, and future research and assessment needs.

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Western fires sap forestry budgets

USA Today
October 20, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

An era of catastrophic wildfires in the West is taking a giant bite out of the U.S. Forest Service’s budget, shortchanging its programs for recreation and land management. About 6,700 fires that burned 1.3 million acres of federal land since January led to another costly “fire transfer” of hundreds of millions of dollars this summer as the fiscal year closed in September, Forest Service records show. Since 2002, more than $3 billion has been diverted from recreation and management budgets to squelch fires that demand expensive hand crews, smokejumpers, airtankers and hundreds of firefighters, according to a review of the transfers.

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Bass Creek thinning project nearly complete

The Missoulian
October 20, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

STEVENSVILLE – Since the middle of June, more than 1,000 logging trucks have come and gone from the Bitterroot National Forest’s Bass Creek Recreation Area. The last load of logs left Thursday morning at about 10 a.m. on its way to Pyramid Mountain Lumber in Seeley Lake. In a couple of weeks, plans call for swinging open the gate and letting the public return to the second-most popular recreation area on the Bitterroot Forest, northwest of Stevensville. Stevensville District Ranger Dan Ritter is looking forward to hearing what people have to say about the large-scale thinning project. “So far, I haven’t had one negative comment on the work that we have happening here,” Ritter said recently on short tour of the site.

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Wildfire rehab effort races against time after shutdown

Associated Press
October 21, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

TWIN FALLS — The partial government shutdown has left federal agencies scrambling to reseed areas burned in wildfires this summer, federal managers say. Workers for the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management returned to work Thursday after a 16-day layoff and still needed several days to get agencies back up and running. But federal fire managers say the goal now is to battle the calendar and cooler weather to finish projects delayed by the stoppage. “We can’t get that time back,” Chris Simonsen, fire management officer with the Bureau of Land Management, told the (Twin Falls) Times-News in a story published Friday. “We missed a critical three weeks of excellent field time.”

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Earth First! co-founder on the stump for environment

The Mail Tribune
October 21, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

When Dave Foreman looks back on Earth First!, the self-proclaimed radical environmental group he helped create in 1980, he figures he made a difference.  “There are a few things we would have done differently, but Earth First!, as it was in the 1980s, accomplished things that needed to be done,” said Foreman, who turned 67 on Friday, in a telephone interview from his home in Albuquerque, N.M. “Earth First! was a major part of the effort to protect old-growth forests,” he added. “We had a victory on Bald Mountain. The Sierra Club and others had given up because it was too tough, but Earth First! took it on. As a result, quite a bit of country was saved.”

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Federal Judge Orders Logging Resume Immediately

The Roseburg News Review
October 19, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Oregon loggers can resume work on federal lands after a judge ruled against two agencies that suspended timber harvests during the partial government shutdown. U.S. District Judge Owen M. Planner in Medford signed an order Thursday, lifting the logging ban imposed by the Bureau of Land Management. According to court records, the BLM and Forest Service asked that the timber industry’s motion be dismissed because the government reopened Thursday. The timber industry, however, pressed ahead with its lawsuit, which was filed Monday, because companies didn’t want to wait for notices to proceed.

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Support Daines’ forest bill

Letter from Jody Loomis
Helena Independent Record
October 20, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

As a Montanan, I not only love our forests and mountains, but also think our state’s natural resources and landscape are things that deserve protection. That’s why we need proper management and care for our forests so that wildfires do not continue to decimate our lands, homes, and communities. This protection and management is at the heart of Congressman Daines’s effort to pass the “Restoring Healthy Forests for Healthy Communities Act.”

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BLM Seeks Tips To Catch Illegal Wood-Cutter

Roseburg News Review
October 19, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Bureau of Land Management is offering a $1,000 award for tips leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons cutting and leaving trees on BLM and private lands in Lane and Douglas counties. The timber has been cut southeast of Cottage Grove near London Road, according to the BLM. “Over 21 locations within a large area have been located where trees have been cut and left, usually blocking roadways” BLM Special Agent Chip Mican said in a statement. “The majority of the timber has been cut at these locations over the past nine months.”

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Battle simmers in northern Wis. national forest

News Daily
October 19, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

LAONA, Wis. — A century after lumber barons cut down 1.5 million acres of timberlands now protected within the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest to help build Milwaukee and Chicago, industry managers say the riches within the regrown forest are being squandered at taxpayers’ expense. A long-brewing battle pits cash-strapped loggers and mill owners against environmentalists and a growing woodland-recreation industry, Gannett Wisconsin Media reported Saturday. Residents of Laona, a town of 1,200 people about 100 miles northwest of Green Bay, say the industry’s struggles have contributed to skyrocketing tax bills, empty classrooms and shuttered shops and restaurants. Meanwhile, loggers who remain in the business often travel hours each day to saw down private timber stands while the national forest remains off-limits to them.

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Statesman Journal: Debt Deal Has $636 Million In Wildfire Funds

Statesman Journal
October 18, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

WASHINGTON – Legislation that President Barack Obama signed into law early Thursday didn’t just end the 16-day-old partial government shutdown and keep the country from potentially defaulting on its $17 trillion debt. It also repaid $636 million to the U.S. Forest Service and the Interior Department — the combined amount they transferred from other accounts in their budgets to battle wildfires in the 2012-13 season.

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Western fires singe budget for Wisconsin forest cutting

Money spent on firefighting costs state thousands of logging jobs, critic says
Daily Tribune Media
October 19, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Catastrophic wild fires in the West have scorched homes, ruined livelihoods and taken a giant bite out of the government’s ability to effectively manage the timber harvest in northern Wisconsin and other states. The 7.2 million acres that burned in seven Western states and killed 23 firefighters in 2002 put in motion a decade-long budget “transfer” cycle that hasn’t been kind to the logging interests in Wisconsin. As an unintended consequence, federal money is diverted from recreation and management activities to strictly fire suppression.

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Rotorua to host International Forest Safety Summit

Scoop Independent News
October 21, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Rotorua-based national forestry groups have organised an international conference to launch the work to find innovative solutions to harvest growing volumes of trees from the slopes, most of which are steeper than ever before. Two burning issues in the forestry industry at the moment are how to improve safety … and how to safely and productively harvest the forests on steeper slopes, which are becoming a higher percentage of the overall harvest. ForestTECH 2013 will be addressing both issues and is a first for the New Zealand and Australian forestry industries. It includes two major forestry events – over two days – at one location, the Distinction Hotel in Rotorua.

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British forests under new threat from pests

BBC News
October 20, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A year after the first case of ash dieback in wild trees in Britain, the disease has now spread across much of England, Wales and Scotland. The public is being asked to be the “eyes and ears” of the countryside amid concern about new global threats that could spell disaster for forests. In a London park, forester Simon Levey is checking a moth trap strung high in the canopy of an oak tree. He is searching for signs of the oak processionary moth, which is present in parts of the capital and Berkshire. When the moth’s caterpillars emerge from their nests, they can strip oak trees bare and harm human health.

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New president for the International Boreal Forest Research Association

NBforest.info
October 21, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Rasmus Astrup at Forest and Landscape has been elected president of the international forest research organization International Boreal Forest Research Association (IBFRA) . Astrup currently heads the work of the Department of Forest Resources at Forest and Landscape, where Climate Center and National Forest Inventory is important sections. The purpose of the organization is to develop research collaboration and knowledge sharing between countries , institutions and researchers in the areas covered by the northern, boreal forest belt which make up 25 percent of the world’s forest cover and contains 45 percent of the world’s standing forest biomass..

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

To Fix Climate Change, Scientists Turn To Hacking The Earth

Minnesota Public Radio
October 20, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

In the summer of 2012, a small group of the Haida people, a native community in Canada, had a problem. The salmon they rely on were disappearing. So the Haida took matters into their own hands. They partnered with an American businessman, drew up plans and then took a boat full of iron dust into the waters off their home island and put the dust in the ocean. When they spread the iron dust, it created a big algae bloom. They hoped the algae would soak up carbon dioxide and bring back the fish. The reaction to the experiment was immediate and negative, and described by some media as the “world’s first rogue geoengineering project.”… One technique is to suck the carbon dioxide out from the atmosphere and put it somewhere else. “You might do that by planting lots of trees or setting up machines that draw down CO2 and store it somewhere, or generating ocean fertilization where you add iron to the ocean and that generates phytoplankton.

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Gov. Inslee to attend private Nippon Paper biomass plant ribbon-cutting

Peninsula Daily News
October 20, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

PORT ANGELES — Gov. Jay Inslee will attend a private ribbon-cutting ceremony Nov. 1 to herald the later-in-November startup of Nippon Paper Industries USA’s expanded biomass cogeneration plant. The ceremony for the upgraded boiler, which will burn forest slash and other woody debris, is tentatively scheduled for 2 p.m. Nov. 1 at the paper-making plant at the base off Ediz Hook. “It’s a private function,” company Manager Harold Norlund said last week, adding that local elected officials are on the guest list.

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Carbon-negative energy, a reality at last — and cheap, too

CNET News
October 19, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US West

All Power Labs makes machines that use an ancient process called gasification to turn out not only carbon-neutral energy, but also a carbon-rich charcoal by-product that just happens to be a fertilizer so efficient that Tom Price, the company’s director of strategic initiatives, calls it “plant crack.” …All Power Labs has taken gasification and combined it with two of the Bay Area’s most valuable commodities — a rich maker culture and cutting-edge programming skills — to produce what are called PowerPallets.

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One year later, $3.7 million biomass boiler exceeds Oakland-based school district’s expectations

Wood chip-burning boiler saved district $135,539
Kennebec Journal
October 18, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

OAKLAND — When Regional School Unit 18 voters approved a multimillion dollar wood chip-burning boiler in 2011, it was with the promise that the project would reduce energy costs at three area schools. Early numbers show the first year of savings has slightly exceeded the minimum savings guarantee from the contractor. The $3.7 million biomass boiler was completed in May 2012. Over the first 12 months, it saved the district $135,539, just slightly more than the $132,683 that was guaranteed by contractor Honeywell.

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General

Market Recap: RISI Crow’s Construction Materials Cost Index

Home Channel News
October 21, 2013
Category: Uncategorised

Lumber: SPF market activity picked up Thursday, prompting producers to firm prices and even raise them in some instances. Week-long gains in the November futures contract, particularly the strong opening to Thursday’s board, brought buyers into the market. The Southern Pine lumber market was sloppier, as mills did what was needed to keep growing floor stocks moving.

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Tolko Plywood Mills to Join APA

Tolko
October 17, 2013
Category: Uncategorised

VERNON, British Columbia – The Tolko Industries Ltd. plywood mills in Heffley Creek and Armstrong, British Columbia are joining APA – The Engineered Wood Association, effective October 19, 2013, the company and APA announced this week. Tolko’s OSB mills in High Prairie and Slave Lake, Alberta and Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan are already members of APA. The Tolko mills produce plywood for flooring, underlayment, sheathing, and specialty industrial applications. Tolko has been manufacturing plywood and veneer products for more than 50 years.

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