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Monthly Archives: February 2014

Forestry

I want to be a forester. What will my salary be?

The Globe and Mail
February 26, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

Job: Forester Salary: For people just starting out, expect an annual salary of about $40,000 to $50,000. That can grow to about $80,000 or $90,000 for someone with 10 to 15 years of experience. Foresters who move into other roles, such as the senior executive of a company, can earn a six-figure salary. Education: There are both college and university courses available for people who want to become foresters. A handful of universities across Canada offer a bachelor of science degree in forestry or related subjects such as environmental science.

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Campbell River’s managed forest land policy should be fair

Campbell River Mirror
February 27, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

When Catalyst was fighting for survival of its Elk Falls Pulp mill in 2008/2009, it explained to the Campbell River’s city council that “the industrial tax burden in our community is not viable. A fair and equitable solution must be reached.” To many of the very same councillors of Campbell River’s municipality, TimberWest’s presentation on Jan. 29 must have seemed like déjà vu. The city council was not listening in 2008/09 but, of course, we were going to be a community for retirees and tourists. Now residents bear about 98 per cent of the city’s total tax burden.

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Woodlot near Chemainus passes audit

BC Forest Practices Board
February 27, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – An audit of Halalt First Nation’s forest planning and practices on forest licence W1632, near Chemainus, on Vancouver Island, found compliance with B.C.’s forestry legislation, according to a report released today. “We are pleased to see that most planning and practices complied with requirements of the Forest and Range Practices Act and the Wildfire Act,” said Tim Ryan, board chair.

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Paradise lost concluded

Terrace Standard
February 26, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

When Pat Roy bought his property at the end of what later became Pat Roy Road, a branch of it ran between his house and his shop. This was the route the loggers used to get at the trees that lined the river from Llewellyn’s Crossing to Grieve’s Pool, four kilometers upstream. The planning in the forest industry in those days was driven by the desire to get to the largest trees in the valley bottoms expeditiously. The road that split Pat’s place in two was typical. It ran straight down a bank then straight across a swamp where a creek drained the dark brown water from a sprawling swamp that extends about two kilometers north. 

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Forester named volunteer of the year by BC Forest Professionals

Campbell River Courier-Islander
February 26, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Association of BC Forest Professionals (ABCFP) presented awards to three prominent forest professionals at a special ceremony recently in Kelowna. The winners of the volunteer award are Jacque Corstanje, RPF, and Annette van Neijenhuis, RPF. van Neijenhuis, RPF, works for Western Forest Products in Campbell River where she is a forester specializing in forest genetics and incremental silviculture.

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Logging company’s practices questioned

City council agrees to forward concerns from an environmental group to province for consideration
Alberni Valley Times
February 26, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Despite two provincial audits showing the company complies with forestry regulations and environmental guidelines, one Port Alberni councillor doubts they could be logging responsibly. Coun. Wendy Kerr says she finds it “really hard to believe” that one of the biggest forest companies on Vancouver Island is “following regulations.” Kerr made the comments last week, after council unanimously agreed to forward concerns from an environmental group to the province, questioning if Island Timberlands is conducting irresponsible logging in areas near Port Alberni.

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Letter to Premier Wynne: Don’t help radicals destroy our towns

February 28, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Dear Premier Wynne:  Our collective objective in writing this letter is to express in the strongest possible terms our opposition to the proposed Bill 83, also known as “anti-SLAPP legislation.”  …As mayors of boreal towns in Ontario, we can tell you that our communities, and by extension our families, have faced considerable hardship over the last decade. In particular, we have seen increasing opposition to forestry activities and a related reduction of available fibre under the guise of environmental protection, with little consideration of the economic and social needs of our communities.

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Canada – fighting the legal clamp-down on dissent

The Ecologist
February 25, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Richard Brooks spoke out against the destruction of Canada’s publicly owned boreal forests and loss of caribou habitat. His reward – a $7 million lawsuit from the country’s biggest logger, Resolute. We are facing an assault on knowledge, and in an age where knowledge is power, this is putting people at a disadvantage. Government scientists, environmental groups and concerned citizens are falling victim to an imposed cone of silence.

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Art Meets Conservation at Couple’s Grey County Farm

CNW
February 27, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Jim H. Louie and Judy Lowry’s 135-acre Grey County property is a quick study when it comes to revealing the couple’s two passions: art and trees. Their farm, located just south of Owen Sound, is surrounded by an assortment of young and old native tree species, some of which border picturesque trails. Also on display are colourful, beautifully-crafted sculptures and pottery – on and around their approximately 600-square foot art studio, situated just behind the couple’s home. Art aside, Dave Taylor, an associate registered professional forester and friend, confirms: “they’re tree huggers!”

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Letter to Premier Wynne: Don’t help radicals destroy our towns

February 28, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Dear Premier Wynne:  Our collective objective in writing this letter is to express in the strongest possible terms our opposition to the proposed Bill 83, also known as “anti-SLAPP legislation.”  …As mayors of boreal towns in Ontario, we can tell you that our communities, and by extension our families, have faced considerable hardship over the last decade. In particular, we have seen increasing opposition to forestry activities and a related reduction of available fibre under the guise of environmental protection, with little consideration of the economic and social needs of our communities.

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Overbrook residents say ash tree clearing happened too fast

Some 600 trees removed this winter along North River Road
CBC News
February 27, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Residents in the Overbrook neighbourhood are upset hundreds of ash trees being removed along the Rideau River will not be replaced quickly enough to prevent considerable soil erosion in the area. The National Capital Commission confirmed some 600 trees along North River Road are being removed by city crews as part of efforts to contain the infestation of the emerald ash borer, an invasive beetle that has spread across many parts of the city.

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US government research team rejects claim that Yellowstone grizzly bear population in decline

Associated Press
February 27, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

BILLINGS, Mont. – A government-sponsored research team has concluded there are no signs of decline among Yellowstone’s grizzly bears as officials consider lifting the animals’ federal protections — despite warnings from outside scientists that such a move would be premature. Members of the Interagency Grizzly Bear Study team say in a new study that data collected on the threatened bruins over the past several decades contradict claims that the animals could be in serious trouble. 

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Suit is filed to block project

Alliance says lynx not included in survey
Great Falls Tribune
February 26, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Alliance for the Wild Rockies filed a lawsuit Wednesday to block a forest logging/prescribed fire project in the Little Belt Mountains, alleging the U.S. Forest Service failed to properly survey the area for the presence of elusive lynx, listed as threatened, and other old-growth species. “Lynx are hard to find,” said Mike Garrity, executive director of the Alliance for the Wild Rockies. “They are secretive animals.” In the Blankenship Vegetation Treatment Project, about 1,100 acres would be treated with fire or logged east of Monarch in Lewis and Clark National Forest.

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Measure calls for Tongass timber takeover

KTOO.org
February 25, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Legislation urging the state to take over some Tongass National Forest lands is bringing questions and opposition. Sitka Republican Sen. Bert Stedman’s resolution calls for the governor to seek transfer of Tongass timberlands. …The committee heard from fishermen and environmentalists opposed to the resolution. …One was Joseph Sebastian of Kupreanof, near Petersburg.  “It’s a feel-good piece of nonsense that is likely to go nowhere. But
I really think all our time would be better served finding more real
problems to deal with,” he said.

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The Tongass needs your voice

Juneau Empire
February 25, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The U.S. Forest Service would like to hear from individuals who have a strong interest in collaborating on a timber management plan for the Tongass National Forest. As a United States Department of Agriculture agency, we continue to invest in diversifying economic opportunities for communities in Southeast Alaska, including shifting to a largely young-growth based timber program.

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Old locomotives sit abandoned in the middle of Maine

BDN Maine
February 26, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Nestled deep in the Maine Woods near the northwest end of Chamberlain Lake sit the rusting hulks of two large steam powered locomotives. The trains are remnants of the industrial revolution in an area so remote that it was more practical to park the engines when operations ended than it was to bring them out of the woods. The lakes and rivers of this great state were once the highways that delivered logs and pulpwood to the mills. These mills, in turn, produced the lumber and paper that fueled development of a prosperous nation. The railroad was the solution to a watershed problem. Thousands of cords of pulpwood were required to keep the Great Northern Paper Co. mills in Millinocket and East Millinocket running.

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Researchers in Talladega forest help track golden eagle population

The Anniston Star
February 26, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Two weeks ago, a golden eagle captured in the Talladega National Forest was banded with a solar-powered tracking device, and released into the wild for biologists to study. The eagle, a female in her fifth winter named Pinhoti, was one of two captured Jan. 31 by volunteers and Forest Service staff hoping to help protect the population of the birds. The eagles were captured as part of a project sponsored by the state lands division of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, the U.S. Forest Service, the University of West Virginia and Mountain Longleaf National Wildlife Refuge, said Jonathan Stober, district biologist at the Talladega National Forest.

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Forestry Reported For Misleading Marketing

Press Release: Forest Stewardship Council
February 28, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

What does Lidl’s paper bags, Libresse’s sanitary towels and Arla’s milk cartons have in common? According to forest companies and the forest certification FSC, the pulp used in these products originate from responsibly and sustainably managed forests. Misleading marketing, says the organization Protect the Forest which now files a complaint to the Swedish Consumer Agency against FSC Sweden, SCA, Sveaskog, Stora Enso, Arla and Lidl. “FSC forestry respects people and the environment” says FSC Sweden in its brochure.

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Tasmanian Liberals pledge to release forest policy detail

ABC News
February 28, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Tasmanian Liberals have promised to release more detail about how they intend to scrap the forest peace deal, but will not say when. Forestry policy is one of the main points of difference between the two major parties, heading into next month’s election. The agreement to halve the state’s forest industry includes federal funding to manage new forest reserves. Liberal spokesman Peter Gutwein says a Liberal Government would return productive native forests to the industry.

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Smell of forest pine can limit climate change – researchers

BBC News
February 26, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

New research suggests a strong link between the powerful smell of pine trees and climate change. Scientists say they’ve found a mechanism by which these scented vapours turn into aerosols above boreal forests. These particles promote cooling by reflecting sunlight back into space and helping clouds to form. The research, published in the journal Nature, fills in a major gap in our understanding, researchers say. 

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Is China really on track for a forested future?

Reuters
February 27, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

China is on track to meet its 2020 target for expanding the nation’s forests to cover 23 per cent of its landmass to combat climate change and soil erosion, the State Forestry Administration said on Tuesday.  But some observers are critical of the massive reforestation, saying China is focusing on plantation forestry and ignoring the restoration of natural forests, which are still being lost. …But some experts question the sustainability of China’s forestry program, arguing it focuses almost exclusively on plantation forestry and ignores restoration of natural forests.  

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Company & Business News

China imported logs and lumber for a record nine billion dollars in 2013, with North America, Russia and New Zealand being the major suppliers

Wood Resources International LLC
Fort Mill Times
February 28, 2014
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada, United States, International

Importation of logs and lumber to China reached a new record in 2013 with lumber imports being up 19% and log imports increasing 23% from 2012, as reported in the Wood Resource Quarterly. North America, Russia and New Zealand were the major supplying countries but Sweden, Finland, Ukraine, Chile and Australia saw the biggest increases in market share China’s importation of softwood lumber was 19 percent higher in 2013 than in 2012 reaching a new record high. 

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Forestry firm uses heads to show anti-bullying support

Prince George Citizen
February 27, 2014
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada, Canada West

A northern B.C. industrial company turned the colour pink on its head Wednesday. On the day commemorating anti-bullying, Conifex Timber Inc. made sure their employees were expressing their pink support no matter what their workplace setting happened to be. “Altogether we purchased 550 pink hardhats – one for everyone in the company,” said Conifex executive vice-president Pat Bell, who learned to wear his pink pride openly while an MLA for Prince George. 

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Connecting NWT Communities to Opportunities in the Forestry Sector

Government of Canada
February 26, 2014
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada, Canada West

YELLOWKNIFE – Office of the Minister of the Environment, Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor), and Minister for the Arctic Council Minister Aglukkaq today announced funding for a broad federal/territorial/local partnership that will work to develop a targeted approach to skills development, capacity building and employment to maximize emerging opportunities in the forestry sector. The first step in this initiative will be to create a steering committee, which will complete a labour market assessment report to guide this initiative as it moves forward.

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Shutting down A-line leads to emissions reduction at Domtar pulp mill

Kamloops This Week
February 26, 2014
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada, Canada West

The latest drop in particulate emissions at the Domtar pulp mill is due mainly to the company shutting down the mill’s A-line. In its annual particulate-reduction update to Kamloops city council, Domtar environmental manager Kristin Dangelmaier reports the mill has reduced particular emissions by 43 per cent, compared to discharge levels present when the company took over the operation in 2007. Company spokeswoman Bonny Skene said the majority of the latest five per cent reduction was largely due to the shutdown of one of the mill’s two pulp lines. The shutdown last spring led to 125 layoffs.

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Expanding Log Exports, Rogue Distillery and Wifi: But not necessarily in that order!

News Lincoln County
February 26, 2014
Category: Company & Business News
Region: United States, US West

Newport Port Commissioners are now able to predict even more log exporting even before operations begin later this year. Alcan Forest Products is also aiming to start stacking their logs at the International Terminal later this year by moving ahead with establishing a log yard and de-barking operation on Siletz Tribal land just south of Toledo. Newport Port Manager Kevin Greenwood reported to the port commission that both Alcan and Teevin Brothers intend to start log exports later this year – Teevin building a very large log yard just off the main terminal area. 

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International Paper Ranks No. 1 in Forest and Paper Products Sector on FORTUNE’s List of the World’s Most Admired Companies

The Wall Street Journal
February 27, 2014
Category: Company & Business News
Region: US East, United States

International Paper today announced that it has once again been named as the No. 1 company in the Forest and Paper Products sector in FORTUNE(R) magazine’s annual ranking of “The World’s Most Admired Companies(R) 2014.” This is International Paper’s 11th time in the last 12 years to top the FORTUNE(R) list in this sector. …”This recognition reflects the exceptional talent and commitment of International Paper’s leaders and our 70,000 employees around the globe,” said John Faraci, chairman and chief executive officer. “They continue to deliver quality and innovation for our customers and solid financial results for our shareholders. Congratulations to all our employees.”

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Conservation committees tour Hancock Lumber

Fosters.com
February 27, 2014
Category: Company & Business News
Region: US East, United States

Members of the Shapleigh Conservation Committee toured Hancock Lumber in Casco Maine this past week. The committee was able to see the process by which logs that were cut in Shapleigh were transformed into floor-room products. Most of the mill work is now computerized, with few employees needed to oversee the technology. On behalf of everyone on the committee, a big thank-you goes out to Hancock Lumber and Nate Gallant for organizing this trip. END

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German sawn softwood exports lowest since 2004

TTJ Online
February 28, 2014
Category: Company & Business News
Region: International

Exports of German sawn softwood in 2013 fell to their lowest levels since 2004, according to new figures. The German Sawmill and Wood Industry Association’s (DeSH) preliminary estimates for 2013 show that exports fell to 6.3 million m3, the lowest since 5.5 million m3 was recorded in 2004 and well below the pre-recession peak of 9.3 million m3 in 2007.
German domestic sawn softwood consumption rose 328,000m3 to 18 million m3 and domestic sawmill production was up about 1% to 20.2 million m3. 

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Primary sector exports continue to boom

Sunlive.co.nz
February 27, 2014
Category: Company & Business News
Region: International

Last week, Minister for Primary Industries Nathan Guy announced the latest primary sector figures show primary sector exports this year look set to rise by nearly $5 billion more than originally forecast. Log prices have increased by 30 per cent in the second half of 2013 and forestry firms are expected to take advantage of higher international prices by increasing harvest volumes. This will lead to an additional growth in returns of $800 million in 2013/2014.
This is good news for Tauranga, as the Port of Tauranga handles most of the log exports from the Bay of Plenty and Waikato.

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Forest Stewardship Council Pulls Ikea Certification for Violations

Triple Pundit
February 28, 2014
Category: Company & Business News
Region: International

The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) has withdrawn its certification of Swedwood, a forestry subsidiary of furniture giant Ikea (which also goes under the names Swedwood Karelia and Ikea Industry). According to the FSC, a recent trip to the Karelia Forest in Russia revealed that the company has been harvesting old-growth trees in the protected regions of the Russian forest, which is located near the Russia-Finland border. The subsidiary has leases to log 700,000 acres, as long as it does not cut down old-growth trees and trees in specified areas. According to FSC’s report there were “major deviations” from regulations that included the suspected harvesting of 600-year-old trees.

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Pulp mill opponents consider lobbying potential buyers

ABC News, Australia
February 27, 2014
Category: Company & Business News
Region: International

Potential buyers of the Gunns’ pulp mill project in Northern Tasmania may be targetted, as opponents try to spread their message around the world. About 250 pulp mill opponents have gathered in Launceston for the second forum since Gunns’ receiver, Korda Mentha, revealed it was selling the project’s permits and there were potential buyers. The head of the lobby group Markets for Change, Peg Putt, called on the meeting to endorse a statement saying there is no support for a mill.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Climate grants support transition from coal to biomass

MySteinbach.ca
February 27, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

…“Manitoba’s plan to increase biomass energy is creating good, green jobs in rural Manitoba and adding value for Manitoba farmers,” said Minister Kostyshyn. “We are reducing our carbon footprint while supporting the growth and long-term sustainability of many rural businesses.” …Tri J Industries, a sawmill near the town of Riding Mountain, received more than $32,000 to purchase processing equipment that will support its expansion into woodchip biomass.

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Drought, fires impact ability of Amazon to hold carbon dioxide

Phys.org
February 25, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Fires in the Amazon could jeopardize the forest’s ability to soak up carbon dioxide emissions even as deforestation there slows down, according to a Penn State geographer. In an invited commentary in the Feb. 6 edition of Nature, Jennifer Balch, assistant professor of geography, noted that dry weather conditions, coupled with fires, may mean that over time the Amazon forest will lose its ability to take in more carbon dioxide than it releases—going from being a carbon sink to a source.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Trim adds decorative new dimensions throughout home interiors

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
February 28, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

…the right trim products can add arrestingly elegant and bold decorative elements throughout home interiors. High-quality cellular PVC trim from Kleer Lumber, a division of The Tapco Group, is an innovative, versatile solution that can do exactly that. …Kleer trimboard, moldings and sheets offer the rich authentic style you desire. Apply these products anywhere you would traditionally use wood throughout the interior – without concerns about moisture or insect damage because Kleer’s cellular PVC material is impervious.

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Making the Best of Beetle Kill—with New Gear

February 27, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

For more than a decade, drought conditions have set the stage for a mountain pine beetle epidemic throughout millions of acres of forest in the Rocky Mountain West. Standing dead lodgepole pines pose a safety risk when left by roadsides or in campgrounds, and state agencies have struggled to clear out the hazardous wood. But it hasn’t all ended up in the chipper. Seeing opportunity in the timber, various designers in Colorado and Montana have manipulated the wood into everything from cabinets to coffins. 

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‘This is not your grandfather’s paper mill’: Innovation offers hope to Maine’s paper and pulp industry

Bangor Daily News
February 28, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East

…two speakers [at a forum sponsored by E2Tech], countered negative headlines with positive stories of innovation and economic vitality at their mills — one pulp, the other paper. “Today you’re going to be wowed by a 150-year-old mill that has come back and is really very, very strong,” Donna Cassese, manager of Sappi Fine Paper’s mill in Westbrook, told the audience. Interestingly, it’s Maine’s oldest operating paper mill that is leading the way on the innovation front. As a reflection of how far innovation has taken the mill, Cassese likes to say her mill doesn’t even make paper anymore. “We do not sell paper, we sell texture,” she said. The mill now produces 40 percent of the world’s supply of release paper, which is used by Sappi’s customers to provide the texture on products like soccer balls, shoes and high-end clothing. 

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Stora Enso continues investments in pulp mill project in China

IHB The Timber Network
February 28, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Stora Enso is strengthening its partnership with International Finance Corporation (IFC) as part of developing its state-of-the-art plantation, board and pulp mill project in Guangxi, China, the company announced in a press release. IFC has agreed to invest in an equity stake of RMB 356 million (EUR 43 million) in the project, representing a 5% shareholding in the project. Stora Enso will continue to own 83% of the project, with the remainder owned by Guangxi Forestry Group Co. Ltd and Beihai Forestry Investment & Development Company Ltd.

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Innovative wood treatment gets building code approval

Press Release: Zelam Limited
February 27, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

An engineered wood product that has the potential to transform building construction has been included in the New Zealand Building Code. Laminated beams made from glued veneers of radiata pine are well known for their strength, stability and uniform sizing. Now improved durability can be added to the list. Laminated veneer lumber (LVL) treated with Azotek, a novel product developed by New Plymouth-based Zelam Limited, has been included in the NZ Building Code as an acceptable solution for internal framing. 

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General

Making the Best of Beetle Kill—with New Gear

February 27, 2014
Category: Uncategorised

For more than a decade, drought conditions have set the stage for a mountain pine beetle epidemic throughout millions of acres of forest in the Rocky Mountain West. Standing dead lodgepole pines pose a safety risk when left by roadsides or in campgrounds, and state agencies have struggled to clear out the hazardous wood. But it hasn’t all ended up in the chipper. Seeing opportunity in the timber, various designers in Colorado and Montana have manipulated the wood into everything from cabinets to coffins. 

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