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Daily Archives: December 12, 2013

Froggy Foibles

Forest rangers make shock discovery

The Guardian
December 16, 2013
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: International

Is this definitive proof that a large wildcat is living in Epping Forest? A panther-like creature was spotted relaxing in a tree near Fairmead Road by stunned forest keeper Phil Murfin on Monday. There have been numerous sightings of the so-called Beast of Ongar, but no reports of a large wild cat in that part of the forest. After approaching with extreme caution, the rangers made another shock discovery. The beast was in fact a stuffed toy, strategically placed by a mischievous fly-tipper.

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Business & Politics

Property will be reutilized to ship lumber on rail cars

Avalanche.com
December 11, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

An international firm will breath new life into property that has been underutilized for over two decades in the Grayling Industrial Park, making the community a regional hub for shipping wood products by railway. Stella-Jones, which is based in Pittsburgh, Pa., has entered into a lease with the Straits Wood Treating, Inc., to repurpose industrial property located at 2549 Industrial Drive for the shipment of hardwoods by rail. Stella-Jones is a leading North American manufacturer of pressure treated wood products.

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Kruger Products L.P. Wins the 2013 Pulp and Paper International Business Strategy of the Year Award

Canada News Wire
December 11, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Kruger Products L.P., Canada’s leading manufacturer of quality tissue products has earned one of the pulp and paper industry’s most prestigious awards – the Business Strategy of the Year Award from Pulp and Paper International. “Being recognized for our sustainable growth among such notable peers is truly an honour,” says Mario Gosselin, CEO, Kruger Products. “This award is shared by the 2,300 Kruger Products employees because together we have defined our corporate strategies, enhanced our customer relationships and expanded our market reach to ensure a future of sustainable growth.”

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Steady Demand but Rising Output Delays the Peak of the Lumber “Super-Cycle”

Five-year forecast calls for continued volatility as North American lumber market recovers but still calls for record prices to occur
Int’l Wood Markets Group
December 10, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

North American and global softwood lumber markets are forecast to continue expanding in 2014, but at a slower rate than was previously forecast, according to the report WOOD MARKETS 2014 – The Solid Wood Products Outlook: 2014 to 2018 that was released last week by International WOOD MARKETS Group. The rapid expansion of North American lumber demand and an imbalanced supply chain that occurred in the second half of 2012 and first quarter of 2013 became more balanced (but still somewhat volatile) for the remainder of 2013, allowing supply to catch up and prices to moderate (but still at favourable levels).

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Canfor & Union Continue Negotiations (VIDEO)

CKPG TV Prince George
December 12, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada West

Turning to some good news on the labour front, after members of the United Steelworkers Union voted 89% to reject an offer from Canfor, more negotiations got underway yesterday. A new contract offer will now be presented to the membership, which impacts mills in several northern BC communities. The Union says two sticking points have been removed from the previous offer.

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Forest Corp posts loss

Magnet
December 12, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The softwood division of Forestry Corporation of NSW continues to prop up the loss making hardwood division according to the company’s annual report, the first since it was corporatized on January 1. Overall the corporation reported an $8million drop in revenue to $310.3million with a total before tax profit of $19million. Chief executive officer Nick Roberts attributed the drop to a strong Australian dollar reducing both prices and demand from international customers and an expected housing boom that never materialised.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Whose Families Come First?

BC Ready-Mixed Concrete Association
December 12, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada

…Concrete is a part of our homes, schools, hospitals, and care facilities. It’s a material like so many others made and sourced in B.C. that goes into making our buildings strong and safe. It’s a good material. It’s made by British Columbians. …in demanding the use of wood first, Mr. Campbell’s legislation undermined the experienced approach of the B.C. Code. His policy requires government agencies and municipalities to use wood instead of the best and most appropriate building material. …For two years, our anger and our families’ dismay at this B.C. government dismissal has been simmering. …The time of renewal in politics offers the hope that oversights will be acknowledged, wrongs righted, and mistakes fixed. If, in addressing the impacts of her predecessor’s Wood-First policy and restoring order, safety, confidence and opportunity in the construction of B.C.’s community buildings, Premier Clark will have delivered on all three.

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Concrete, steel sectors fight B.C.’s wood-first rules

Forest industry and provincial government do not have scientific studies to prove arguments about safety of wood in large structures, opponents argue
Vancouver Sun
December 11, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

The image shows a huge logging clear-cut with what looks like a superimposed squirrel sitting in the corner. The caption in the full-page ad in The Vancouver Sun says: Wood First? Think about it. The ad questions wood’s safety and environmental record, noting that National Geographic and  ForestEthics have warned of threats of deforestation.
In an earlier ad, the Canadian Concrete Masonry Producers Association ran a picture of the devastation from an Oklahoma tornado with the tag line: Wood First? First to go.

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Battles Over LEED in the Military Are Still a Distraction

BuildingGreen.com
December 12, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

It started with a press release from the Green Building Initiative, developer of the online Green Globes tool—“Department of Defense Recognizes Green Globes for Assessing Building Sustainability”—and it spread from there to many of our favorite blogs and green building news sites. …There are two things wrong with this. First of all, it isn’t news. …DoD has always kept a loose rein on building certification systems. The Army and Navy have pursued LEED aggressively, whereas the Veterans Administration tends to prefer Green Globes. “We didn’t want to lock ourselves into one particular green rating system,” Lt. Col. Keith Welch told us back in March. …Second of all, DoD did not “follow the lead” of GSA in regard to green building rating systems: it is on the ad hoc committee convened by GSA to determine which systems are suitable for federal government use, and hence it was instrumental in the decision to recommend Green Globes along with LEED. 

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LEED standards should recognize all types of sustainable wood

Seminole Chronicle
December 11, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

A growing number of workers in the agriculture, forestry and wood products industries embrace sustainable practices. Regulations for these sectors should encourage this market-driven trend, not stifle it. One process that promotes conservation on land and throughout supply chains is forest certification. Programs like the Sustainable Forestry Initiative, Forest Stewardship Council and American Tree Farm System formally recognize or “certify” tree farmers or businesses that meet their standards of responsible land management.

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U.S. pavilion at Taipei Building Show features green materials

Focus Taiwan News
December 12, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

American companies are displaying an array of green building materials and eco-friendly products at the Taipei Building Show …the U.S. pavilion at the four-day trade show was built from wood, said the American Institute in Taiwan …Some builders in Europe and North America have begun designing and constructing wood frame structures of more than 20 stories, and the new trend has spurred discussions within the industry in Taiwan, Marut said. The AIT and its Agricultural Trade Office will continue to work closely with local businesses to promote the sustainable material and strengthen the partnership between American and Taiwanese wood industries, Marut said.

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Forestry

Ndazkhot’en Forest Management passes audit

Lesprom Network
December 12, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

An audit of Ndazkhot’en Forest Management’s forestry activities on forest licences A65926 and A81934, near the Village of Nazko west of Quesnel, found compliance with B.C.’s forestry legislation, as the Forest Practices Board said in the press release received by Lesprom Network. “The majority of harvesting was salvage of beetle-killed pine trees,” said Al Gorley, board chair. “We are pleased to see that the licensee carried out good practices and met the requirements of the Forest and Range Practices Act and the Wildfire Act.”

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Mountain Pine Beetle Nearly Eliminated In Southern Alberta

Highriver Online
December 11, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

With the recent cold snap the province is looking at the issue of the pine beetle once again. But not with as much fear as they had in previous years. Duncan MacDonnell with Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development says although it’s been brutally cold at times we haven’t had the sustained -40 temperatures long enough to kill the beetles. But he adds that may not be necessary to kill off the beetles, as the temperature fluctuations we see here could do the trick. “The weather is fooling them when it warms up into thinking they can convert into energy, when that happens the beetles aren’t as winter hardy as they would be and not as able to withstand the colder temperatures.

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Woodlot licence north of Chetwynd up for bids

Energetic City
December 12, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The provincial government is now accepting bids on a new woodlot licence near Chetwynd that includes a mixture of trees affected by the Mountain Pine Beetle infestation. It includes a 1,178 hectare piece of Crown land 68 kilometres from Chetwynd near Meikle Creek and has an annual allowable cut of 1,640 cubic metres. Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Steve Thomson argues this and other woodlot licences will create new job opportunities in the forest sector.

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SFI & AFF Announce Innovative Project to Promote Longleaf Pine Conservation

Sustainable Forestry Initiative Release
December 12, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

The future of Southern U.S. forests depends in large part on decisions made today by family forest owners, who account for 62 percent of privately owned forestland in the region. To help promote responsible forestry among this crucial group, the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® has awarded a grant to the American Forest Foundation (AFF) to conduct highly targeted outreach to promote sustainable forestry among family forestland owners in North Carolina. 

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Forest Industry Conference In The US Pacific Northwest January 23, 2014

ForestIndustry.com
December 12, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US West, Canada West

We are proud to announce that Wood Resources International and the Western Forestry and Conservation Association are organizing a conference on January 23, 2014 titled: “Mapping the Course – Timberlands, Forest Products Processing and Energy Issues for 2014” The conference will be held at the Heathman Lodge in Vancouver, WA, located close to Portland, Oregons’s airport.

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East Coast pine beetles thriving due to global warming

News Review
December 12, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East

The East Coast’s southern pine beetle is taking a page from the book of the West Coast’s mountain pine beetle in its voracious attacks on pine forests, helped along by global warming. …In the past, the small bugs were kept in check by freezing winters that killed them off, but winters are no longer cold enough to do so; temperatures of approximately 8 degrees below zero are needed to kill most beetles, a low not experienced in the area since 1996.

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Wood Factories in Burma to Beat 2014 Log Export Ban

The Irrawaddy
December 10, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

With a ban on log exports set for next year, foreign buyers of Burmese teak and other rare woods are looking to open timber processing facilities inside Burma. A new law coming into force on April 1 will prohibit the export of all raw tree logs, but it will not stop firms from processing timber in the country and then exporting it.It’s a lucrative business for Burmese traders… Legal exporters earned about US$600 million in the 2010-2011 financial year, according to government figures. However, cross-border illegal sales of raw felled timber to China, India and Thailand are believed to be much higher, say international environment NGOs.

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Can’t see the forest …

The Phnompenh Post
December 12, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Cambodia — The percentage of Cambodia covered in forest has fallen from about 72 per cent in 1973 to only about 46 per cent in 2013, satellite image data released yesterday shows. A series of animated maps that Open Development Cambodia (ODC) produced from NASA satellite images detail the drastic depletion of the Kingdom’s forest areas, a process that has rapidly accelerated in the past five years… In 1973, ODC’s data shows, about 42 per cent of the country was covered by dense forest, a figure that has plummeted to less than 11 per cent in 2013.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Biomass Power in China, Market Outlook to 2025, 2013 Update

PR Carbon
December 11, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Reportstack has announced a new market report on Biomass Power in China, Market Outlook to 2025, 2013 Update Capacity, Generation, Levelized Cost of Energy, Investment Trends, Regulations and Company Profiles” which provides in depth analysis on global renewable power market and global biomass power market with forecasts up to 2025. The report analyzes the power market scenario in China (includes thermal conventional, nuclear, large hydro and renewables) and provides future outlook with forecasts up to 2025.

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Wood-fuelled power plant to be built in Tyseley

BBC News
December 12, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

An energy plant which will supply power to 17,000 homes will be built in Birmingham, a power company has said. MWH Treatment said it would be fuelled by 67,000 tonnes of wood every year which would otherwise go to landfill. The plant, in Tyseley, would burn wood through a steam turbine and generator system, creating energy to be sold to the national grid. The building stage is estimated to create 100 jobs, with 19 continuing ones when the plant is up and running. …Canadian company Nexterra is designing and supplying the system, which will include four gasifiers, a high pressure boiler, and a flue gas treatment system.

Nexterra receives order from MWH for biomass gasification system to anchor 10 MW renewable energy power plant in Birmingham, UK
CNW Press Release
Nexterra Systems Corp., a global leader in energy-from-waste gasification systems, announced today that it has signed a contract with MWH to supply a biomass gasification system for the Birmingham Bio Power Ltd. renewable energy power plant in Tyseley, UK. Developed by Carbonarius, the plant will be capable of producing over 10 MW of renewable electricity for sale to the grid. Read more

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Windfarm plan for ‘iconic’ Craigvinean Forest

The Courier
December 11, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

The face of one of Scotland’s finest forest landscapes could be changed by proposals for a giant new windfarm in Perthshire. Craigvinean and the adjacent Hermitage are home to some of the country’s tallest and best-known trees and attract thousands of visitors each year. Thirteen giant steel turbines could be erected in their midst, on Forestry Commission Scotland land to the north west of Dunkeld, under proposals by Edinburgh-based PNE Wind UK.

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General

Global Timber and Wood Products Market Update

Wood pellet exports from North America have steadily increased over the past two years
Woodworking Network
December 11, 2013
Category: Uncategorised

Pellet export volumes from North America to Europe continued to rise during the 2Q/13, representing steady growth for the past seven quarters, according to data compiled by WRI and reported in the North American Wood Fiber Review. In that period of time, volumes exported to Europe have more than doubled, from just over 500,000 tons in the 3Q/11 to over 1.1 million tons in the 2Q/13

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