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Daily Archives: December 20, 2013

Business & Politics

Forestry products buck downward trend in November: Scotiabank commodity index

The Canadian Press
December 19, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

TORONTO – The Scotiabank commodity price index dropped in November, leaving it 5.8 per cent below October and 10.4 per cent lower than the same month last year. The only subindex to show a month-over-month gain was forestry products, up 2.2 per cent, while the biggest decline was in the oil and gas subindex, which fell 12.9 per cent from October. For 2013 as a whole, forestry products have also outpaced the other three commodity subindexes — up 5.6 per cent year over year. 

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Kruger TMP mill will add cellulose filament demonstration plant

The Daily News
December 19, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Kruger Inc. and FPInnovations have announced a joint project to develop a five ton/day cellulose filament demonstration plant at Kruger’s Trois-Rivières paper mill. Cellulose filaments are long, thin filaments made from wood fibre. They have high reinforcement potential for use in pulp and paper products, plastics, fabrics and coatings. The plant will operate on a simple and efficient chemical-free process developed by FPInnovations that uses only mechanical/refining energy and wood fibres.

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2013 forest products values improve, gain momentum

MSU Ag Communications
December 19, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

MISSISSIPPI STATE – Mississippi’s forest products bounced back into the No. 2 spot in the state’s list of agricultural commodities based on annual production values. James Henderson, associate Extension professor in the Mississippi State University College of Forest Resources, estimated the state’s forest products 2013 harvest value to be $1.17 billion, compared to the 2012 value of $1.02 billion. That is a 14.6 percent increase over the 2012 harvest. Final figures will be available in February. Notably, the 2013 harvest value is 34.9 percent higher than the 2009 harvest value of $864.9 million, which was the lowest valued harvest year since the recession of 2007 to 2009.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Massive Kingston Student Housing Building Fire Stresses Wood Construction Safety Risks

CNW
December 18, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Cement Association of Canada (CAC) is relieved that no one was seriously injured in Kingston’s massive fire yesterday. The fire, which razed a student housing building under construction and threatened the safety of nearby residents, was still smoldering this morning. In light of this most recent fire, the CAC reiterates its call for greater fire safety provisions in the National Building Code of Canada (NBCC). “This fire is yet another example of the risks inherent to wood construction, especially during the construction phase,” said Michael McSweeney, the CAC’s President and CEO.

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LEED vs. Green Globes: The Battle for Sustainable Building Supremacy

Modspace.com
December 20, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

There’s a new kid on the green construction standard block. The Green Globes rating system is being touted as a less-expensive method of rating the sustainability of construction projects. Until recently, LEED was the leading certification program that offered ratings for green architectural design and development, construction and maintenance. Now, LEED is facing competition from Portland, Oregon-based Green Globes, causing controversy and competition throughout the green building industry.

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Collaborators Create Tree-Based, Renewable Alternative to Fiberglass for Automotive Parts

Azom.com
December 19, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

A three-year collaboration between The Lincoln Motor Company, sustainable solutions pioneer Weyerhaeuser and auto parts supplier Johnson Controls has culminated in the creation of a tree-based, renewable alternative to fiberglass for use in auto parts. Using tree-harvested natural fibers in place of traditional glass-based fibers, Weyerhaeuser created Cellulose Reinforced Polypropylene. The use of Cellulose Reinforced Polypropylene – lighter and more eco-friendly than fiberglass – in a production vehicle is slated for introduction on 2014 model year Lincoln MKX vehicles built early next year… Pieces made from CRP are roughly 6 percent lighter, and decrease the reliance on less-environmentally friendly fiberglass parts.

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Forestry

Reports of the demise of the planet grossly exaggerated

By Elizabeth Nickson for Troy Media
Edmonton Beacon
December 18, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

.. The green movement’s latest unseemly manipulation of kids casts Downtown Abbey’s butler as Santa Claus in a dripping ice bunker, saying he has had to cancel Christmas because the North Pole is melting – please send money. The culprit, this time, is Greenpeace, an outfit in Canada which had its charitable status yanked in 1998, because its actions “served no public purpose”… According to the internationally respected Environmental Performance Index, Canada is a world leader in terms of water quality. Our forest cover is not in decline, our soil is not eroding, nor desertifying, an 80 per cent improvement from decades ago.

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Cheakamus Community Forest proposes old-growth areas for protection

Concerns remain over forest’s reliance on old growth for Whistler Naturalists’ founder
Pique
December 19, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Several areas of the Cheakamus Community Forest’s (CCF) old growth may be saved from logging if a proposed management plan is accepted by the province. In accordance with the province’s Old Growth Management Area (OGMA) program, the CCF launched its Old Forest Protection Plan to identify and register old-growth areas for protection. The process is still underway, said CCF chairman Peter Ackhurst, and is expected to be finalized in February. “The idea was to identify where some of these areas were and to save them,” Ackhurst said.

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Lake Nipigon Forest Management achieves SFI certification for almost 1 million hectares of forestland

Lesprom Network
December 20, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Almost 1 million hectares of forestland at Lake Nipigon Forest have been successfully third party certified to the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®) Standard. The forestlands are managed by Lake Nipigon Forest Management, who is responsible for planning, reporting and implementing all forest operations, as Sustainable Forestry Initiative… The addition of Lake Nipigon’s lands brings the total amount of land held or managed by First Nations groups certified to the SFI Standard to 2.75 million hectares (6.8 million acres) involving more than 30 First Nations bands in Canada and the Yakama Tribe in Washington State . 

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Montana Sen. Tester’s forest bill passes committee

Montana Sen. Tester’s bill to expand wilderness passes Senate committee despite GOP opposition
Yahoo Finance
December 19, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

HELENA, Mont. — A bill by U.S. Sen. Jon Tester to expand wilderness and mandate more logging on federal lands in Montana passed its first test Thursday in a Senate committee despite opposition by Republicans who called the measure unbalanced. The Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources voted to move the bill out of committee and to the full Senate. It was the first vote on the bill since Tester introduced it in 2009 as a compromise between environmentalists and loggers to break through the gridlock of forest management.

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Oregon could lose millions for coastal streams as feds target logging pollution

The Oregonian
December 19, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Federal regulators are proposing to overturn the state of Oregon’s program for reducing coastal pollution runoff, saying while they see progress, the state is inadequately protecting streams that provide coho salmon habitat and drinking water… Federal law requires coastal states like Oregon to adopt plans to cut water pollution from indirect sources such as logging and agriculture. While the federal Clean Water Act has reduced pollution from specific sources, including factories and sewage plants, indirect sources remain a significant problem.

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Boosting jobs and growth through sustainable and intelligent forestry

Cordis
December 19, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The creation of a pan-European information system will help unlock substantial forest resources in more a sustainable manner. This is the aim of the EU-funded SIMWOOD (Sustainable Innovative Mobilisation of Wood) project, which is developing the MOBILISER, a new online knowledge base that will spread integrated, transferable solutions and viable policies across Europe. Europe has more than 117 million hectares of forest. However, sustainable utilisation – especially in privately owned woods – falls some way short of its potential.

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Chernobyl: effects of forest fires in areas with radioactive contamination

Green Cross
December 19, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A new report issued by Green Cross Switzerland has found that Russia’s devastating 2010 forest fires had the potential of spreading radionuclides released by the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster in neighbouring Ukraine across vast areas. In the northern hemisphere summer of 2010, devastating forest fires raged in many areas of Russia, including areas that were seriously affected by radioactive contamination in the Chernobyl catastrophe.

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Telecoupling science shows China’s forest sustainability packs global impact

Science Codex
December 19, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

As China increases its forests, a Michigan State University (MSU) sustainability scholar proposes a new way to answer the question: if a tree doesn’t fall in China, can you hear it elsewhere in the world? In this week’s journal Asia and the Pacific Policy Studies, MSU’s University Distinguished Professor Jianguo “Jack” Liu dissects the global impact of China’s struggle to preserve and expand its forests even as its cities and population balloon. Because China’s supersized global role makes each domestic decision a world event, Liu shows how China’s efforts to sustain forests influence other countries, and in turn how those changes may rebound to China.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

New West considers alternative energy plans for heating Royal Columbian Hospital

Vancouver Sun
December 19, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

The City of New Westminster is considering two options for a district energy system to supply renewable-source heat to Royal Columbian Hospital and a 35-acre commercial and residential development at Sapperton Green that could reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 84 per cent. A feasibility study is underway that will compare the two energy sources: heat recovery from sewage, or boilers fuelled by waste wood chips.

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Calls for clarity on using diseased timber as a renewable fuel

H&V News
December 19, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

A producer of renewable wood chip fuel for use in biomass heating systems has called for greater clarity on any restrictions that may be in place for use of infected timber. As areas of infected woodland are identified and quarantine measures taken by the Forestry Commission such as issuing woodland owners with statutory Plant Health Notices that require infected trees to be felled, an increasing amount of timber is becoming available for potential commercial use. 

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Tropical forest carbon absorption may hinge on an odd couple

YottaFire
December 19, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

A unique housing arrangement between a specific group of tree species and a carbo-loading bacteria may determine how well tropical forests can absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, according to a Princeton University-based study. The findings suggest that the role of tropical forests in offsetting the atmospheric buildup of carbon from fossil fuels depends on tree diversity, particularly in forests recovering from exploitation. Tropical forests thrive on natural nitrogen fertilizer pumped into the soil by trees in the legume family, a diverse group that includes beans and peas, the researchers report in the journal Nature.

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