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Monthly Archives: December 2013

Froggy Foibles

Emily Carr’s indelible mark on Canadian art landscape explored

The Globe and Mail
December 20, 2013
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: Canada

“In the forest think of the forest, not of this tree and that but the singing movement of the whole,” Emily Carr wrote in her journal in 1935. Emily Carr: Deep Forest, now at the Vancouver Art Gallery, features more than 40 of the extraordinary forest paintings she created mostly in the 1930s, a crucial period in her artistic process… “There’s nothing else like this in her work,” says Ian Thom, the gallery’s senior curator, historical, who curated the exhibition. He says these paintings were the culmination of Carr’s practice; it was the forests of British Columbia that allowed her to express her vision.

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Meet Bill Kobayashi, the father of Canada’s tabletop hockey game

Vancouver Sun
December 24, 2013
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: Canada, Canada West

The person largely responsible for [the] development and evolution [of table hockey] in those first decades was a Vancouver-born man …named Bill Kobayashi [who] was 15 years old in December 1941, when Japan attacked Pearl Harbor, and helpless to do anything in the face of the escalating anti-Asian racism in Canada that resulted. One of his brothers, Phil, who ran a Vancouver trucking company that worked largely with lumber interests, helped the family avoid internment when he, along with a lumber broker and the owner of Terminal Lumber & Shingle Co., proposed building a mill in B.C.’s interior, in Blind Bay on Shuswap Lake. Ten Japanese families, including Kobayashi’s, were permitted by the government to move to Blind Bay to build and run the mill.

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Forestry

City of Trail eyes potential timber revenue

Trail Daily News
December 19, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Trail may have another resource to tap into after council advanced a proposal for ATCO Wood Products to begin logging city-owned forest in the Violin Lake Watershed by June 2014. Discussions with ATCO were initiated earlier this year to determine if the producer of softwood veneer would have opportunity to expand into the 45-hectare area, which would add $640,000 to the city’s revenue. “The last time we did business with them in 2002 it was very well executed and they lived up to all their commitments,” explained David Perehudoff, Trail’s chief administrative officer (CAO) during the governance committee meeting Monday.

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First Nations the answer to BC forestry labour shortage

The revitalization of forestry aligns with the growing interest of First Nations to create jobs for their people.
Troy Media
December 20, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The prevailing story in recent years about the B.C. forestry section has been about its steady decline as an economic driver in the province. But that may be about to change. A renewed and expanded global market demand for B.C.’s quality forest products, in fact, points to both the resuscitation of the sector itself as well as the need for a larger and newly-skilled workforce to fill the estimated 10,000 to over 30,000 more forestry jobs the Forest Products Sector Council estimates will be needed by the end of the decade in remote regions of B.C. Where might the bodies to fill those positions come from?

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Board membership changes announced

Tim Ryan assumes role of chair of the Forest Practices Board
BC Forest Practices Board
December 20, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – Al Gorley, chair of the Forest Practices Board, has issued the following statement upon the announcement of Cabinet appointments by Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister Steve Thomson
today: “On behalf of board members and staff at the Forest Practices Board,
we are pleased to welcome new board chair Timothy Ryan to our
organization. Tim brings a wealth of forestry experience to the table,
and staff and board members look forward to continuing to encourage
sound management of B.C.’s forests under his leadership.

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Grassy not pleased with logging plan

Kenora Online
December 23, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Grassy Narrows members are not happy with the approval of Ontario’s logging plan. They say the ten year plan allows for more clear cutting in the Whiskey Jack Forest, including in Grassy Narrows traditional territory. Chief Simon Fobister says they’re now calling on the province to repeal their plan for logging in the area. “Premier Wynne, it is within your power to ensure that the mistakes of the past are not repeated at the expense of another generation of Grassy Narrows children,” he said.

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Slippery bark protects trees from pine beetle attack, according to CU-Boulder study

Science Codex
December 23, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Trees with smoother bark are better at repelling attacks by mountain pine beetles, which have difficulty gripping the slippery surface, according to a new study by the University of Colorado Boulder. The findings, published online in the journal Functional Ecology, may help land managers make decisions about which trees to cull and which to keep in order to best protect forested properties against pine beetle infestation. The current mountain pine beetle epidemic has spread across 3.4 million acres in Colorado since the outbreak was first detected in 1996.

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Beetle kill forests’ uncertain future after the epidemic

Coloradoan.com
December 21, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Professor Skip Smith wandered on Friday through a lodgepole pine forest just west of Red Feather Lakes, and he couldn’t find a single living mountain pine beetle. But the evidence that the bark beetle had been there was clear. Dead lodgepole pines — red, brown and gray trees — patchworked the forest. Beneath their bark, Smith found evidence of the beetles that killed them — winding paths in the wood where the insects burrowed and their larvae grew. Nearby, a stand of bone-white beetle kill lodgepole stood out… But for the first time since the mountain pine beetle outbreak hit the American West more than a decade ago, the number of attacking beetles seems to be decreasing, scientists say.

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Rim Country Lands Key 4fri Project

1,000 acres close to Christopher Creek in first phase of landmark restoration
Payson Roundup
December 20, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Good Earth Power has started a nearly 1,000-acre thinning project in Rim Country, one of the first projects in the eagerly awaited Four Forest Restoration Initiative (4FRI). The Christopher/Hunter-Mercer Task Order will help provide a buffer zone to protect Christopher Creek and other communities from wildfires. The Campbell Group will manage the thinning project — one of the few in Rim Country included in the first batch of 4FRI contracts. The Forest Service is still working on a massive environmental impact statement on some 300,000 acres, which Good Earth will thin in the next decade.

4FRI Contractors to open offices in Flagstaff from AZ Daily Sun
Campbell Group Introduced as 4FRI Contract Manager from The Arizona Journal

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Arizona contests citations in firefighter deaths

Associated Press
December 19, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Arizona’s Forestry Division on Thursday contested citations and fines issued by the state’s workplace safety agency for the June deaths of 19 firefighters who were killed battling a wildfire northwest of Phoenix. The appeal with the Arizona Division of Occupational Safety and Health asks for a hearing to contest the citations and nearly $560,000 fine. The letter sent by the Arizona Attorney General on behalf of Forestry said the violations found by the agency and the subsequent citations and fines “are not supported by substantial evidence.”

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U.S. begins killing barred owls to help spotted owl

Owl vs. owl shooting policy approved in B.C. earlier in 2013
Associated Press
December 21, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

An experiment to see if killing invasive barred owls will help the threatened northern spotted owl reverse its decline toward extinction is underway in the forests of Northern California. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Friday that specially trained biologists have shot 26 barred owls in a study area on the Hoopa Valley Indian Reservation northeast of Arcata, Calif. They plan to remove as many as 118 barred owls from the area, keeping the 55 known barred owl nesting sites open over the next five years to see if spotted owls increase, said Fish and Wildlife Service biologist Robin Bown.

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Oregon may lose federal money for watersheds

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

Oregon is set to lose about $4 million per year in federal grant money used for stream restoration and other local watershed projects because its coastal nonpoint pollution control program has continually fallen short of federal requirements. The National Atmospheric and Oceanic Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency have opened a 90-day public comment period. So-called “nonpoint” sources of water pollution come from logging, agriculture and urban areas, instead of factory pipes.

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Invasive Insects Strike Landmark Pa. Forest

NBC 10 Philadelphia
December 21, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

The U.S. Forest Service reported this week that the hemlock wooly adelgid has been discovered in the Tionesta forest near the New York border. Experts said the insect is often deadly to hemlocks, and the loss of those trees can lead to a cascade of environmental changes for some wildlife, fish, and plants that need the cool, deep shade that the old growth trees provide. Hille and other scientists say they can’t conclusively link the adelgid problem to just climate change, but it is a concern.

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Is forest certification working?

Eco-business.com
December 23, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Forest certification is considered a promising tool to improve forest management, but there needs to be a robust evaluation of a complex web of factors to establish its true value for various stakeholders, according to a new analysis. Certification is a market-based scheme under which companies or communities managing forests voluntarily submit to audits by independent inspectors. If they meet responsible forest management criteria, their timber products can then carry a recognized branding such as that of the leading certification scheme, the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC).

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Fighting to protect the Amazon, 25 years after its most famous defender’s killing

The Globe and Mail
December 21, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Three days’ journey by boat away from his home in the rain forest, Herculano de Oliveira sits in a cramped office and works painstakingly to protect his trees. A local environmental institute has taught him – the son of illiterate parents, with just a few years of education himself – to translate his intimate knowledge of the forest into GPS points and maps… Logging, agricultural and mining are banned in these areas, and consequently the pace of deforestation has slowed from the ferocious rate of the 1980 and 90s. But the Amazon basin – home to 10 per cent of the world’s plant, animal and insect species – remains the site of some of the fastest forest degradation in the world, as Mr. De Oliveira’s painstakingly plotted maps make clear. 

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Tasmania forest heritage listing comes under threat from Coalition

The Guardian
December 23, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The federal government has decided to push ahead with a plan to remove world heritage listing from a swath of Tasmanian forest, potentially reopening bitter divisions over the state’s timber industry. Richard Colbeck, parliamentary secretary for agriculture, said the government would write to Unesco’s world heritage committee to ask it to peel away about 170,000 hectares of forest from the protected region. Colbeck told the Australian the protected listing was a “sham” because it locked up areas of plantation timber, as well as pristine old-growth forest.

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In Imperiled Forests of Borneo, A Rich Tropical Eden Endures

Yale Environment 360
December 19, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International


After three decades of studying the world’s great rainforests, including the Amazon and Congo Basin, I thought I’d seen the best nature has to offer. But that was before I visited a small pocket of forest in northern Borneo known as the Danum Valley. There, I found a dedicated band of international and Malaysian scientists fighting to save a true biological Eden. In just three days at Danum, I saw a stunning assortment of creatures. Dense rainforests are notoriously difficult places to spot wildlife, but not at Danum — animals are practically dripping from the trees.

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Ecologists uncover ‘hyperdominant’ tree species in the Amazon

YottaFire.com
December 21, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Academics from the University of Leeds have joined researchers from around the world to generate the first basin-wide estimates of the abundance and distribution of trees in the Amazon rainforest. The research, which was published in Science, suggests that half of the estimated 390 billion trees in Greater Amazonia, which spans nine countries, belong to only a tiny fraction of the different species found there. The findings could aid conservation efforts and climate change research the future. Professor Oliver Phillips, Royal Society Wolfson Researcher in the School of Geography at the University of Leeds and study co-author, said: “For the first time, plant ecologists have managed to work out which species dominate Greater Amazonia.

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Company & Business News

Increased Production of Lumber in the US, Lower Prices and Higher Importation From Overseas in 2013

By Wood Resources International LLC: 
Fort Mill Times
December 23, 2013
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada, United States

SEATTLE — Higher lumber consumption in the US has resulted in both increased domestic production and a rise in importation of lumber in 2013, reports the Wood Resource Quarterly. Total production in North America was up almost seven percent from January through July this year compared to 2012, and imports from Canada and overseas jumped 18% during the same period. North American lumber production was up 6.7% during the first seven months of 2013 as compared to the same period in 2012, with all regions on the continent showing higher production this year, according to the latest WWPA data.

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Forestry stocks overbought

The Globe and Mail
December 20, 2013
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada

Plodding but profitable stocks like Fortis Inc and Empire Co. rarely make appearances in the oversold list, but that’s the situation we have this week. The trees continue to rocket higher – the forestry sector now dominates the top of the overbought list by Relative Strength Index… Canfor Corp is now the most overbought TSX stock according to RSI at 84.5 (the RSI sell signal is 70), and is our focus chart for the week. West Fraser Timber is close behind at 77.9.

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Union accepts Canfor contract

Prince George Citizen
December 24, 2013
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada, Canada West

Members of United Steelworkers Local 1-424 have narrowly voted to accept a new contract from Canfor in Prince George. With 51 per cent of those casting ballots voting in favour of the five-year deal, the Prince George workers followed in the footsteps of the pattern set last week by union members in the southern interior… With the deal between the union and Canfor now in place, Everitt said in January discussions will shift to other employers like West Fraser and Conifer, the association representing independent forestry employers.

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Catalyst forwards funds to city

Barge terminal subdivision awaits completion
Peak Online
December 23, 2013
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada, Canada West

City of Powell River has received funds from Catalyst Paper Corporation in lieu of payments it is supposed to receive once provisions in an agreement in principle are completed. Catalyst gave the city a $42,827 cheque in September, representing the rent received under the JRK Holdings Ltd. lease from June 1, 2012 to June 2013… The city was to receive $5,000 a month, plus taxes, but the subdivision hasn’t happened, Formosa said. “Based on good faith and the fact that we’re supposed to be getting some revenue, I started whining, where’s our money?” he said. Based on that, Formosa said, Catalyst agreed.

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Canfor Corporation PT Raised to C$32.00

Zolmax
December 24, 2013
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada, Canada West

Canfor Corporation had its target price lifted by Raymond James from C$27.00 to C$32.00 in a research note released on Monday morning, Stock Ratings Network.com reports. They currently have an outperform rating on the stock. Several other analysts have also recently commented on the stock. Analysts at RBC Capital downgraded shares of Canfor Corporation from an outperform rating to a sector perform rating in a research note to investors on Friday, November 15th. They now have a C$24.00 price target on the stock.

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Fire levels Fort St. James sawmill

The Prince George Citizen
December 20, 2013
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada, Canada West

A fire destroyed a small Fort St. James sawmill Thursday morning. Northern Forest Products Ltd., a cant mill in the 3000 block Tachie Road, across from the community’s ski hill, was engulfed by the time firefighters were on the scene, Fort St. James fire department chief Mike Navratil said. In all, 16 firefighters responded, he said, when a resident living on the other side of Stuart Lake called 911 at about 6 a.m. to report a fire ball. Firefighters were at the location for about four hours where they kept the blaze from spreading to a nearby fuel tank.

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B.C. lumber-industry recovers, but it’s a shadow of past glory

by Derrick Penner
Vancouver Sun
December 20, 2013
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada, Canada West

Trade figures and production reports paint a brightening picture of a British Columbia forest industry that is recovering, returning to profitability and regaining a sliver of the ground it lost during the U.S. housing crash that bottomed out in 2009. However, this recovery, two years in the making, is running headlong into the aftermath of the mountain pine beetle infestation that decimated 18 million hectares of B.C. forests and poses a serious limit to the timber supply available to mills and communities in the very near future… “Everybody has always known that, when you’re going to move from a (total allowable timber harvest) of 65 million to 45 million, there’s going to be some impacts that have to happen,” said James Gorman, CEO of the Council of Forest Industries.

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Project may get tax break

Vernon Morning Star
December 22, 2013
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada, Canada West

Tolko could be getting a break from the taxman with its proposed pellet plant. The 7.1 acres directly north of the Lavington mill may be added to Coldstream’s tax revitalization exemption bylaw, if ALC approval is granted to the pellet plant project. The bylaw was created in 2012 in four areas of the community to encourage construction of new buildings and improvements of existing buildings to create economic activity for the community. 

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Domtar Inc. Ordered to Pay $75,000 for Violations of Fisheries Act

Government of Canada
December 20, 2013
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada East, Canada

Espanola, Ont. – Domtar Inc. was sentenced on December 17, 2013, in Ontario Provincial Court for violating the Fisheries Act and was ordered to pay $75,000, of which $67,500 will be directed to the Environmental Damages Fund. Domtar Inc. pleaded guilty to one count pursuant to subsection 36(3) of the Fisheries Act for offences occurring at its mill in Espanola, Ontario, between December 14 and 16 of 2010. Domtar Inc. failed to adhere to the regulatory limits for biochemical oxygen demand (BOD) and thereby deposited effluent that was deleterious to fish, contrary to the Fisheries Act.

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Job growth: Logging, mining lead the field

Health care also has experienced double-digit growth during the past four years in the Rogue Valley
Oregon Mail Tribune
December 24, 2013
Category: Company & Business News
Region: United States, US West

The job sector with the greatest percentage gain over the past four years may surprise some people: mining and logging, growing 27.3 percent. “We’re still pulling trees from private lands, despite what has gone on in federal lands,” said Guy Tauer, a regional economist with the Oregon Employment Department. Logging provides raw materials for mills, here and in surrounding counties, and reforestation efforts contribute to job creation as well, he said. Tauer said 28 percent of local manufacturing involves wood products, producing a third of the job growth in the sector.

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Timber mill likely coming to Petersburg

Petersburg Pilot
December 19, 2013
Category: Company & Business News
Region: United States, US West

John Glenn, owner of Stikine River Forest Products, announced Monday evening his plans to build a mill in Petersburg. “I have contacted several property owners and we are in the process of sending offers or accepting offers of sale,” Glenn said during his announcement to the borough assembly on Monday. Glenn said he has located a piece of property near the airport that exists within industrial zoning and has power and water connections. He said the construction of the mill would be done in two phases. Phase one would consist of a full breakdown large mill capable of manufacturing 100,000 board feet per shift.

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MEDC: Weyerhaeuser will receive $40,000 to train new employees

Mgnolia Reporter
December 24, 2013
Category: Company & Business News
Region: US East, United States

Job training for employees at Weyerhaeuser Company’s Emerson plant received a boost on Monday. The Magnolia Economic Development Corporation authorized spending up to $40,000 to provide Weyerhaeuser employees with training on new computerized equipment at the company’s Emerson plywood mill. The grant is being made with a “claw back” provision, which means that the company is liable to reimburse the MEDC if Weyerhaeuser does not create at least 50 new jobs within three years.

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Mercer International VP Unloads $99,200 in Stock

WKRB
December 24, 2013
Category: Company & Business News
Region: International

Mercer International VP Wolfram Ridder sold 10,000 shares of the company’s stock on the open market in a transaction dated Friday, December 20th. The stock was sold at an average price of $9.92, for a total value of $99,200.00… Mercer International opened at 9.99 on Tuesday. Mercer International has a 52 week low of $5.87 and a 52 week high of $10.55.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

The forest that weathers climate change

Genomics is behind an innovative new method for breeding trees that can adapt to our changing world
UBC
December 23, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

As global temperatures rise, some scientists believe that the key to helping plants and animals survive is locked in their genetic code. Genes determine everything from how an organism looks to how it responds to heat and cold. Studying the function and relationships of genes – an area of research called genomics – may reveal which individuals in a species are best able to cope with a changing environment.

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Paying for climate change — The mayors weigh in

By Peter McMartin
The Province
December 20, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

Last month, I emailed all the mayors in Metro Vancouver, asking their views on climate change… Did they think a tax — or carbon-pricing — should be levied against the producers of greenhouse-gas-emitting products like oil and coal, to fund local mitigation efforts that would protect Metro Vancouver against the effects of that climate change, such as rising seas?.. Coquitlam Mayor Richard Stewart also replied that climate change was caused by human activity. As for carbon pricing: “I believe the extraction of these resources should trigger sufficient royalties to government to account for all externalities. Same applies to forestry, mining, etc., though it would be a different range of externalities.”

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UM, MSU part of effort to turn forest debris into fuel

The Missoulian
December 23, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

If 1 ton of woody debris can produce 50 gallons of fuel, how many gallons of fuel could 42 million acres of dead and dying forests produce? Funded by a $10 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, a consortium of five universities, joined by research labs across the Northern Rockies, is looking for ways to turn that mass of dead timber into a carbon-neutral fuel source. Known as the Bioenergy Alliance Network of the Rockies, the upstart group includes researchers at Montana’s two flagship universities, and those at Wyoming, Idaho and Colorado State.

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Biomass plant has extensive wood network

San Francisco Gate
December 22, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

Florida — …As concerns swirl about the potential negative economic impact from a power plant that has forced an increase in electric rates that are already among the highest in the state, forest industry members who supply the plant see a potential boon through a new marketplace for previously unsellable wood. “It’s created a new viable market for a product instead of leaving it in piles to rot or be burned in an open field,” said Richard Schwab, manager of procurement and new-business development at M.A. Rigoni. “It is the lowest common denominator. It is the bottom rung of the wood fiber industry.”

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Grow Money With Living Trees

The Huffington Post
December 23, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Growing money over trees is now possible. Pakistan just made it to the list of countries who will earn money from the World Bank’s Readiness Fund for preserving their forests. After a tough competition at Geneva, Switzerland, Pakistan successfully defended its case of Readiness Preparation Proposal (R-PP) and secured $3.8 million from the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) of the World Bank to combat climate change. Pakistan is among eight countries, out of 27 in race, who has been added to get the REDD+ (Reducing Emission from Deforestation and Forest Degradation) funds.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Canadian Wood Council Stands by Integrity of Building Codes

Canadian Wood Council
December 18, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada

The Canadian Wood Council (CWC) is disappointed that a recent fire in Kingston on a 4-storey wood building under construction was inappropriately seized as an opportunity for competing materials to perpetrate anti-wood messaging.  CWC is thankful that there was no loss of life during the construction site fire, and acknowledges the heroic efforts of the emergency responders who managed to contain the fire. “The Kingston construction site fire that occurred on December 17th, although devastating, should not take away from the safety of completed wood-frame buildings,” stated Michael Giroux, President of the CWC.

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Hardwood Checkoff Program Rule Announced

The Federal Register is soliciting public comments on the creation of a hardwood checkoff program.
Pallet Central
December 24, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

Checkoff is an industry-funded generic marketing and research program designed to increase demand for U.S. agricultural commodities. …Green sawmill producers and kiln operating facilities with annual sales in excess of $2 million will be subject to checkoff. The checkoff fee applies to all hardwood lumber, cants and railroad ties produced from American hardwood logs. …Timing suggests that it is possible to see the checkoff program operational by late 2014 or early 2015. NWPCA is reviewing the Federal Register notice and welcomes all comments and input from members.

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Eco-certification builds up to fight

Journal Gazette
December 21, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

PORTLAND, Ore. – An eco-friendly building rating system that has powered a green arms race across the nation now faces a challenge from policymakers and an upstart rival. LEED, the longstanding king of green construction and renovation projects, has become a de facto brand in cities such as Portland, Ore., where sustainable growth has been the rage for years. But that could change as legislation and executive orders in several states have all but banned Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design from public contracts, and a new system known as Green Globes has emerged and marketed itself as a simpler, less expensive alternative.

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General

Walnut-tree disease leads to Ohio quarantine

Idaho Statesman
December 24, 2013
Category: Uncategorised
Region: United States, US West

COLUMBUS, OHIO — State agriculture officials are trying to keep a deadly walnut-tree disease from spreading from a southwestern Ohio county. Officials say Butler County, north of Cincinnati, will be subject to a first-ever quarantine to keep thousand cankers disease from spreading. The quarantine, which goes into effect on Thursday, prohibits moving live walnut trees, lumber and wood out of the county… State forestry officials estimate the value of black walnut at about $1.2 billion. That ranks the state No.?3 in the nation for overall black walnut inventory.

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