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Daily Archives: February 7, 2014

Business & Politics

Worried About This Market? Knock On Wood! Invest In A Secular Growth Story

Seeking Alpha
February 7, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

The US has seen its housing market slowly come back after the Great Recession. This has included growth in new housing of 28.5% in 2012 and approximately 18.5% in 2013 (+145,000 more units). This last amounts to about 925,000 new housing starts in 2013. Wood Markets feels that new residential housing starts growth of +20% or more should result in a very strong lumber market in the US in 2014. The November 2013 forecast by Wood Markets called for 3.4% growth in lumber demand worldwide in 2014. This should result in favorable, but not spectacular growth. Wood Markets is predicting steady US growth for 2014, but less than +20%.

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BC Timber Sales partnerships made possible

Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
BC Government
February 6, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – The province has changed the way it does business to help First Nations and community forest tenure holders sell their timber at fair market price and add to the data that supports timber pricing, Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Steve Thomson announced today. The new BC Timber Sales Account Regulation gives BC Timber Sales the authority to enter into business agreements with First Nations and communities and sell some timber harvesting rights through competitive auction. 

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Canfor closes book on $228.6-million profit for 2013

Vancouver Sun
February 6, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Canfor Corp. closed out 2013 with its biggest annual profit in seven years, signalling how better times in B.C.’s forest industry are showing up on corporate bottom lines. Canfor, the first major lumber producer to release fourth-quarter 2013 financial results, reported a $28-million net profit attributable to shareholders for the final three months of the year, which raised annual earnings to $228.6 million, compared with a profit of just $26.4 million a year ago. Canfor’s 2013 revenue topped out at $3.2 billion, up from $2.6 billion in 2012.

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Resolute’s operations stung by unprecedented arctic vortex, says CEO

The Canadian Press
February 6, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

MONTREAL – The arctic cold that swept across North America last month froze pipes, caused equipment breakdowns and dramatically raised power use at Resolute Forest Products’ facilities in Canada and the southern U.S. Resolute chief executive Richard Garneau says temperatures plummeted in some locations to -50C, conditions he hasn’t seen during his long career in the forestry sector. “Normally you see it in the boreal forest, but you have to go pretty far north.

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Strong Single-Family Housing Growth Will Fuel Recovery in 2014

Reverse Mortgage Daily
February 5, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Home builders have high hopes for strong single-family growth in 2014 as the sector shows promising sales and building potential. Builders are well aware that a trend is underway for single-family housing development, according to the National Association of Home Builders and Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI). The HMI, which measures builder sentiment in the single-family market, has been above the 50 mark for the past eight months. Any reading above 50 signals that more builder view sales conditions as good than poor. Increasing confidence has also given way to healthy outlooks for single-family housing, with NAHB projecting production in the sector will rise 32% in 2014 to 822,000 units. Additionally, NAHB also expects single-family housing production will surge an additional 41% to 1.16 million units in the following year.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Canadian Wood Council Supports Independent Study Documenting Safety of Wood Frame Construction

Canadian Wood Council
February 6, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada

The Canadian Wood Council supports a third-party independent study led by two of North America’s leading fire safety experts that shows there to be little difference in fire spread, death and injury rates in residential fires across general construction types, provided the buildings are properly equipped with smoke alarms and automatic fire sprinkler systems. The February 2014 report “Fire Outcomes in Residential Fires by General Construction Type,” released by the University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) in British Columbia, challenges the general belief that completed buildings built predominantly with steel or concrete are significantly safer in a fire than those built predominantly with wood.

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Smoke Alarms and Sprinkler Protection Can Make Wood-Frame Buildings as Safe as Concrete Buildings

AzoBuild.com
February 7, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada

The Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) is pleased with the release of a study showing that the type of building construction material used makes little difference with respect to fire spread, injury rates and death providing the buildings have sprinklers and smoke alarms… “We welcome a scientific study that challenges the idea that concrete and steel buildings are safer in a fire than those with wood framing,” says David Lindsay, President and CEO of FPAC. “This research shows that wood-frame buildings are just as safe as long as there are functioning smoke alarms and complete sprinkler protection.”

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Reclaimed, repurposed or reinvented, the natural beauty of wood is popping up in all sorts of places

Ottawa Citizen
February 6, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

OTTAWA — Everything old becomes new again. That includes wood, a traditional building material that of late has been cropping up in fresh, smart ways in kitchens, great rooms, staircases … you name it. New builds or renovations, tract homes or custom builders: it seems everyone’s clambering aboard. It’s also making itself felt, sometimes boldly, on the exterior of homes, especially those with a modern design. We’ve had a look at where all those former trees are winding up.

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Untapped potential

Wood Encouragement Policy Adopted
Latrobe Valley Express
February 7, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

AUSTRALIA — The Latrobe Valley timber industry could attract further investment and innovation after council took the first step to adopt a wood encouragement policy during Monday night’s meeting. Latrobe City Council unanimously voted to request the Federal Government support the establishment of research facilities in the Valley to develop innovative technology for the forestry, wood and paper sector. Councillor Sandy Kam, who put forward the motion to highlight wood’s untapped potential, said this could bring further jobs to the Valley, as well as contribute to the diversification of the economy.

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Building Code Change Means Timber Framing Opportunities

Sourceable
February 6, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Forest and Wood Products Australia (FWPA) says recent amendments to the Building Code of Australia which permit the use of fire and acoustic rated timber construction systems for three-storey Class 3 buildings will help promote more opportunities for traditional wood framing and engineered timbers in commercial and multi-residential developments. Set to take effect in May, the amendment will affect a wide range of accommodation-related buildings including hotels, motels, hostels and residential parts of health-care facilities for staff accommodation. 

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Forestry

Province to probe moose death mystery

Prince George Citizen
February 6, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The provincial government is initiating a study to find out what might be killing thousands of B.C. moose at an unsustainable rate. …The problem was pinpointed a few years ago by the province’s staff of wildlife biologists, with significant input by Prince George-based Doug Heard. According to provincial data, in 1998 and 2005 the moose numbers in the Omineca area were about 20,000 but the numbers have plummeted to about 10,000 now. Major hunting curtailments were implemented at different spots in the province.

Click here to read the press release from the BC government

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Allowable annual cut increased for Tree Farm Licence 30

Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
BC Government
February 6, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – Effective immediately, the allowable annual cut for Canfor’s Tree Farm Licence 30 will increase to 412,500 cubic metres from 330,000 cubic metres, deputy chief forester Jim Sutherland announced today. Tree Farm Licence 30 is located 50 kilometres northeast of Prince George in the western foothills of the Rocky Mountains. It covers an area of 180,347 hectares, with 122,516 hectares available for timber harvesting. The dominant tree species in this tree farm licence are spruce and subalpine fir.

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Route planner aims to help truckers

HQ Prince George
February 6, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A new route planner for truckers has some local support. It’s been launched by DriveBC and aims to help drivers organizer their trips more efficiently. Executive Director of the Central Interior Logging Association MaryAnne Arcand says it will be especially useful for truckers coming from outside BC. “With all the new traffic coming from out of province and out of country to service these mines and mega-projects who tend to get lost, I think it’s a really good thing.” Arcand hopes DriveBC will eventually expand the route planner to include information on resource roads.  END STORY

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Meeting with Grassy Narrows leadership at Queen’s Park was ‘productive’: Orazietti

Kenora Daily Miner and News
February 6, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East

Ontario Natural Resources Minister David Orazietti says he and Aboriginal Affairs Minister David Zimmer had a “productive meeting” with Grassy Narrows Chief Simon Fobister, Treaty 3 Grand Chief Warren White and Regional Chief Stan Beardy when they were at Queen’s Park to protest the finalized version of the province’s 10-year Whiskey Jack Forest Management Plan. “I always welcome and am interested in working together with our First Nation partners in the province. The forest management plan is obviously an area where we have some challenges,” said Orazietti.

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Borer-infested ash trees being chopped down in Etobicoke’s Centennial Park

City contracts to remove nearly 450 trees from woodlot
InsideToronto.com
February 6, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

If a tree falls in the forest does anybody hear? The answer is likely yes, if you live near or regularly visit what has been called Etobicoke’s “crown jewel” Centennial Park. The mostly ash tree woodlot near the park’s ski chalet is the subject of forest management by the city’s urban forestry department. Translation — city officials have hired a contractor to remove 92 fairly large, and approximately 350 moderate-sized ash trees marked with blue paint, decimated and dead or drying from the emerald ash borer. 

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U.S. Forest Service and the Natural Resources Conservation Service Partner to Improve Forest Health

Sierra Sun Times
February 7, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

HELENA, Mont. – Agriculture Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment Robert Bonnie announced today a multi-year partnership between the U.S. Forest Service and the Natural Resources Conservation Service to improve the health and resiliency of forest ecosystems where public and private lands meet across the nation. The Under Secretary made the announcement in Helena, Mont., near the site of the Red Mountain Flume/Chessman Reservoir, one of the first areas to be addressed through the partnership… Today’s announcement is part of the Obama Administration’s Climate Action Plan to responsibly cut carbon pollution, slow the effects of climate change and put America on track to a cleaner environment.

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House backs bill to speed logging of burned trees

Associated Press
February 6, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

WASHINGTON — The House approved a wide-ranging public lands bill Thursday that would speed logging of trees burned in last year’s massive Rim Fire in California. The measure also allows vehicular access to North Carolina’s Cape Hatteras National Seashore, extends livestock grazing permits on federal land in the West and lifts longstanding restrictions on canoes, rafts and other “hand-propelled” watercraft in Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks. 

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Forest Owners Thank Idaho Delegation for Supporting Farm Bill Provision Protecting Rural Jobs

The News Examiner
February 7, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

WASHINGTON, DC – The Associated Logging Contractors and National Alliance of Forest Owners today thanked the Idaho Congressional delegation for securing a provision in the Farm Bill enabling Idaho forests to continue providing environmental and social benefits, including family-waged jobs in rural Idaho. The U.S. Senate today passed The Agricultural Act of 2014 (the Farm Bill) by a vote of 68-32 following passage by the U.S. House of Representatives on January 29 by 251-166. The bill includes a provision preserving the Environmental Protection Agency’s treatment of forest roads and forest management as nonpoint sources subject to state-derived Best Management Practices under the federal Clean Water Act.

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Next big idea in forest conservation? Incentivizing keeping primary forests intact

Mongabay.com
February 7, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Much of Dr. Corey Bradshaw’s work has a singular aim: to keep primary habitats and functioning ecosystems intact. According to Bradshaw, the existing system of carbon trading rules needs to be changed so that primary forests are given a higher value than other forms of land use. “Nothing,” Bradshaw told mongabay.com “can replace primary vegetation, both in terms of biodiversity value and other ecosystem services.” He adds that, “while certainly not ‘innovative’ in terms of concepts, there has yet to be designed a globally effective financial incentive to protect existing forests of sufficient magnitude and quality to preserve biodiversity.” 

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Forest emissions, wildfires explain why ancient Earth was so hot

Yale News
February 5, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

The release of volatile organic compounds from Earth’s forests and smoke from wildfires 3 million years ago had a far greater impact on global warming than ancient atmospheric levels of carbon dioxide, a new Yale study finds. The research provides evidence that dynamic atmospheric chemistry played an important role in past warm climates, underscoring the complexity of climate change and the relevance of natural components, according to the authors. They do not address or dispute the significant role in climate change of human-generated CO2 emissions… “The discovery is important for better understanding climate change throughout Earth’s history, and has enormous implications for the impacts of deforestation and the role of forests in climate protection strategies,” said Unger, an assistant professor of atmospheric chemistry at F&ES.

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Tackling Climate Change Means Curbing Emissions From Smokestacks, but Also Expanding our Forests

NRDC Blog
February 5, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Last week, in his State of the Union address, President Obama reaffirmed his commitment to tackling climate change to the American people… However, integral to this effort is ensuring that all carbon emissions are counted, including those from our forests and other lands. Our lands can be huge carbon “sinks”, absorbing large amounts of carbon dioxide (CO2) out of the atmosphere and storing it safely in forests and soils. But when land use change involves clearing forests to make way for agriculture or development—or when trees are cut and burned to produce energy—they can also become major sources of carbon emissions. 

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