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Daily Archives: June 6, 2014

Froggy Foibles

Amorous Tree Frogs Use Storm Drains to Amplify Mating Calls

Design & Trend
June 5, 2014
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: International

Tree frogs in the urban areas of Taiwan have been using their city’s storms drains in order to amplify their mating calls. The storm drains, which are usually positioned on the side of roads, extend the tree frogs’ mating calls, allowing them to extend their reach and improve their chances of finding a mate. a

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Business & Politics

New Jersey Lumber Association Merging with NRLA

Building Products
June 5, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Effective July 1, New Jersey Building Material Dealers Association will become an affiliate of the Northeastern Retail Lumber Association. NJBMDA will reduce its administrative expenses, while gaining consistent industry-specific expertise to support the needs of the membership and board, an expanded suite of programs and services, and personal retail yard visits made by regional director. NJMBDA will join 12 state and local associations affiliated with NRLA, adding 60 new retail members and 17 associates to NRLA.

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NZ lumber exports down

Friday Offcuts
June 5, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

NZ lumber exports for the first quarter were below the first quarter of 2013 by 2%. Though there have been drops of 4% and 3% respectively in exports to China and Australia, exports to South-East Asia have increased 11% year-on-year for the first quarter. There’s been a 1% increase to the average unit price exported to South-East Asia, but the response in volume has been much higher, due mostly to a 13% drop in average returns for lumber exported to China. 

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Governments invest in Atlantic WoodWORKS!

Atlantic Farm Focus
June 5, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Maritime Lumber Bureau program aims to increase the use of locally produced solid wood materials in the non-residential building sector in the region. Through Atlantic WoodWORKS! the MLB provides education, training and technical expertise to building and design professionals involved in commercial, institutional and industrial construction projects in the four provinces. …Since the governments’ initial investments in Atlantic WoodWORKS! in 2011, a number of successful activities have been carried out, including industry design tours, lunch and learn activities, participation in trade shows and fairs, and wood design seminars that were attended by nearly 670 industry representatives.

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US Demand for Wood-Plastic Composite & Plastic Lumber Market Expected to grow 10% annually

Befpre its News
June 5, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

US demand for wood-plastic composite and plastic lumber is expected to increase more than 10 percent annually to $8.4 billion in 2018, creating a market for nearly four billion pounds of plastic. A rebound in new housing completions from the low 2013 level and gains in residential improvement and repair expenditures will generate increases in demand. Demand gains will also be boosted by increased market penetration in decking applications, the predominant use for composite and plastic lumber.

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Vancouver recognized for “Best Green Building Policy” in Canada

Vancouver Sun
June 5, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, US West, Canada West

VANCOUVER – The City of Vancouver was recognized for having the “Best Green Building Policy” in the country by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities. The awards were announced this week in Niagara Falls, Ont. at the federation’s annual conference and trade show. Vancouver hopes to become the greenest city in the world by 2020 through its Greenest City 2020 Action Plan. Plans include a building retrofit strategy, a demolition and construction waste diversion plan enhanced recycling and organic diversion programs.

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Examining US Green Building Council And The Leadership In Energy And Environmental Design (LEED) Certification Standards

Guest Contributor: Oregon State Senator Doug Whitsett
The News Doctors
June 5, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

The US Green Building Council is a non-profit, non-government tax exempt organization that claims to promote sustainability in how buildings are designed, built and operated. 
All across the nation, LEED standards are coming under long-overdue critical evaluation. People are beginning to understand that the regulations that mandate LEED standards in public construction projects represent little more than social engineering. There are a number of problems with LEED standards. Not least, green building marketers, along with complicit bureaucrats, are being allowed to override the knowledge and interests of those who actually know how to mange forestland. Most objectionable is the Council’s rejection of most of Oregon’s forest resources for points in LEED’s scoring driven system.

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Shoalhaven’s paper mill to close without federal government support

South Coast Register Australia
June 6, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

SHOALHAVEN Paper Mill faces closure putting Australia’s passport security at risk as the nation’s only watermark and security grade paper facility. The Australian Paper mill in Bomaderry is the only Australian producer of national security grade paper used to make Australian passports and birth certificates, among other papers used by the Australian Federal Police, DFAT, State Police, and forensic document examiners. The mill is under threat of closure due to a lack of orders. 

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Forestry

SFI to Bring Together Global Forestry and Brand Leaders to Push Forward Health of Future Forests

Consumer Electronics Net
June 5, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

In celebration of Canadian Environment Week, the Sustainable Forestry Initiative Inc. (SFI), today announced it will bring together stakeholders across a broad spectrum from landowners to brand owners to discuss and determine actions related to our most important issue globally our forests. The SFI Annual Conference will be held September 16-18, 2014 in Montreal, Canada and will address green building, advancements in forestry research and other emerging forest issues that help shape North America’s future forests.

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Chemainus mill worker seriously injured Thursday

Cowichan News Leader Pictorial
June 5, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Details about the condition, identity, and injuries of a Centurion Lumber Manufacturing worker, hurt late Thursday morning in a planer mill near Chemainus, were unknown at press time. Cpl. Jon Stuart of the North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP confirmed on scene man in his mid- to late-50s was seriously injured at 11:33 a.m. in the firm’s mill, then airlifted to hospital. Richmond-based WorkSafeBC is now investigating the accident.

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Prescribed burn at Pukaskwa National Park levels 225 hectares

CBC News
June 5, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Parks Canada is reporting that it has successfully completed a prescribed fire in Pukaskwa National Park’s backcountry. According to a statement issued Thursday, Pukaskwa’s fire management staff ignited the fire on May 30, near Willow Lake, in a 425-hectare mixed-wood area located in the north central part of the park. The objective is to re-introduce fire to 50 per cent of the area to improve the health and structure of Pukaskwa National Park’s boreal forest ecosystem. …Fire kick-starts regeneration by providing ideal growing conditions. In cool temperate areas such as Pukaskwa National Park, decay is slow and logs, leaves and needles pile up on the forest floor. Fire reduces this material to mineral-rich ash, releasing and recycling nutrients. 

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Logging in Siberia: Kalispell man to be featured on Discovery Channel

Billings Gazette
June 5, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

MISSOULA — A Kalispell man will be featured on an upcoming reality show series about the trials and tribulations of logging under brutal conditions deep in the Siberian wilds. Sean Vann, 48, is a third-generation logger. …He plays a starring role in the upcoming show “Siberian Cut,” which premiered this week on the Discovery Channel and continues on Tuesdays at 8 p.m. Mountain Time. The show will feature Vann managing a crew of American loggers as they adjust to life in a remote Siberian village and fulfill a three-month contract to cut wood alongside a Russian crew. …The film crew traveled with Vann as he dealt with machinery breakdowns, roads that couldn’t be cleared and of course, subzero cold.

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Truth About Trees Educational Program Receives Telly Award

Hardwood Floors Magazine
June 5, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Memphis, Tenn.-based Hardwood Forest Foundation’s education video program “Truth About Trees” was named a Bronze winner in the 35th annual Telly Awards. The program, which explains the benefits of properly harvested forests to young children, was one of 12,000 entries submitted to the nationwide contest. It was entered in the “Non-Broadcast Productions – Education” category.  “The overwhelming positive response we’ve received from educational outlets in the world of academia, the forest products industry and now the broadcasting industry has been incredible,” said Truth About Trees host and Foundation celebrity spokesperson Tommy MacDonald in a statement. 

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Termites, Fungi and Climate Change

University of Central Florida
June 5, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Climate change models could have a thing or two to learn from termites and fungi, according to a new study released this week. For a long time scientists have believed that temperature is the dominant factor in determining the rate of wood decomposition worldwide. Decomposition matters because the speed at which woody material are broken down strongly influences the retention of carbon in forest ecosystems and can help to offset the loss of carbon to the atmosphere from other sources. But scientists from Yale, the University of Central Florida and SUNY Buffalo State found that fungi and termites, which help break down wood, may play a more significant role in the rate of decomposition than temperature alone

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Forest service presents logging alternatives

June 5, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Representatives from the US Forest Service presented publicly for the first time potential large-scale logging alternatives for Wrangell Island. The five alternatives presented at the borough’s economic development committee meeting Thursday evening deal with the minority of old-growth timber on Wrangell Island not included with existing federally mandated old-growth reserves, or impacted by the so-called “inventoried roadless rule” land of 2001, which critically altered the economic feasibility of the Southeast logging industry. Existing managed stands of old-growth also aren’t included in the possible alternatives. The alternatives will be included in an environmental impact statement about the sale. Officials expect that statement to be available by the end of the summer.

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Minister welcomes forestry safety review consultation document

The Daily Blog
June 6, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Labour Minister Simon Bridges today welcomed the release of the Independent Forestry Safety Review Panel’s public consultation document. “We know that there is an unacceptable level of death and serious injury in the forestry sector, with 67 fatalities since 2000 and the highest rate of serious harm on a per worker basis,” says Mr Bridges. “It’s important that the forestry industry has taken ownership of the issue as enduring safety solutions cannot be made by Government alone.  “Their independent review is far-ranging and I encourage stakeholders and the public to have their say on the consultation document.

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Forestry panel attacks UK government

Lack of legislation in Queen’s speech to protect public forests ‘highly regrettable’, says Independent Panel on Forestry letter
The Guardian
June 6, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The independent panel set up to assess the future of England’s woodlands after the “sell-off” fiasco has criticised the government’s failure to protect the public forest estate. The Independent Panel on Forestry was set up in the wake of the outcry over the proposals to dispose of publicly-owned woodlands to businesses, communities and charities, as the government was forced into an embarrassing U-turn on the plans. But two years after the panel, made up of industry and countryside groups, produced its report on the future of England’s forests, its members said it was “highly regrettable” the government had failed to bring forward legislation to protect the public estate. 

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UN urges action to protect forests’ genetic diversity

BBC News
June 5, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Forest species are coming under increasing pressure from human activities and climate change, and face the risk of extinction, the UN warns. The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has published a global action plan to improve management of the world’s forest genetic resources. It describes forest ecosystems as “essential refuges for biodiversity”. The call for action comes ahead of a key UN forestry meeting, which is being held in Rome at the end of June. …The action plan describes forest genetic resources (FGR) as the “heritable materials maintained within and among tree and other woody plant species that are of actual or potential economic, environmental, scientific or societal value”.

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Brazil Leads World in Reducing Carbon Emissions by Slashing Deforestation

Success comes as soy and beef production increased, though threats remain
National Geographic
June 5, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Brazil’s success in slowing rain forest destruction has resulted in enormous reductions in carbon emissions and shows that it’s possible to zealously promote sustainability while still growing the economy, suggests a new study out Thursday. A second study out this week also underscores Brazil’s success and shows that deforestation has also slowed in several other tropical countries. Since 2004, farmers and ranchers in Brazil have saved over 33,000 square miles (86,000 square kilometers) of rain forest from clear-cutting, the rough equivalent of 14.3 million soccer fields, a team of scientists and economists from the U.S. and South America report in Science.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

No quick-fix solution for climate change, study says

Globe and Mail
June 5, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada

There is no scientific silver bullet that will save the world from the effects of climate change, a new study says. Over the past two years, a team of Canadian and American researchers has evaluated the potential for so-called geoengineering to address global warming. They looked at approaches already widely in place such as forest and soil management, as well as more controversial ideas such as ocean fertilization and solar radiation management.What they found is that none of these – or even all of them together – compare to the impact of reductions in human-generated greenhouse gas emissions.

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