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Daily Archives: June 13, 2014

Business & Politics

Paper mill sweet on new plant

Herald Business
June 12, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Port Hawkesbury Paper is moving forward with a demonstration sugar extraction plant that would sweeten its potential for business growth. If everything goes as planned, the mill could have the plant up and running within in year. Tom Browne, research manager for FPInnovations, said the project began in a lab in Montreal about six years ago. After securing a technology patent, officials with the non-profit research and technology institute felt it was time to start looking for a bigger test space.

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Northern Pulp ordered to contain, clean up effluent spill

Pictou Landing effluent leak pooling in wetland, leaking into nearby estuary
CBC News
June 12, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Crews have begun cleaning up the untreated pulp mill waste that leaked Tuesday from the Northern Pulp effluent pipe at Pictou Landing. Environment Canada has ordered the company to contain and clean up the mess, CBC News has learned. “A direction was issued on June 10 to Northern Pulp under the Fisheries Act in relation to the spill,” said Kelly Cowper, an Environment Canada spokesperson in an email to the CBC. “The company has been directed to take all reasonable measures to remove untreated effluent pooled by the pipeline break and to develop and implement an action plan to remediate the site.”

Northern Pulp effluent pipe exposed at leak location in Pictou Landing from New Glasgow News

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Further decay in US softwood lumber prices

EUWID
June 13, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

At the beginning of June, the price for the benchmark grade of KD Western S-P-F #2&Btr 2×4 R/L in the USA fell to $314/1,000 bdft; the figure has thus fallen roughly $33/1,000 bdft or around 10% during the course of the last three weeks, bringing it to the lowest level since July 2013. The Framing Lumber Composite Price (FLCP) established by the information service Random Lengths fell by $6 to $375/1,000 bdft. As such, however, the FLCP is still roughly 10% higher than the reference figure for last year.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Stronger-Than-Steel Fiber Spun from Wood

Product Design & Development
June 10, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Researchers at KTH have developed a way to make biodegradable cellulose fibers that are stronger than steel or aluminum when weight is taken into account. The technique draws on the cellulose fibers that make up a tree. Each single fiber is composed of as many as 40 million smaller fibers, or “fibrils”. While these fibrils have been separated from each other before, the KTH researchers and their collaborators in Germany succeeded in doing what no one else has. Fredrik Lundell, one of the researchers, says the team bound these fibrils together into filaments as strong as the original fiber in the tree. The filaments offer a wide range of uses, from manufacturing to clothing.

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Genome could unlock eucalyptus potential for paper, fuel and fiber

Phys.org
June 11, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

From antiseptic oils to the construction of didgeridoos, the traditional Australian Aboriginal wind instrument, the eucalyptus tree serves myriad purposes, accounting for its status as one of the world’s most widely planted hardwood trees. Its prodigious growth habit has caught the eyes of researchers seeking to harness and improve upon Eucalyptus’ potential for enhancing sustainable biofuels and biomaterials production, and provide a stable year-round source of biomass that doesn’t compete with food crops.

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Jewson To Stop Selling Illegally Logged Decking

Green Building Press
June 13, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Builder’s merchant and DIY giant Jewson and International Timber have announced that they will stop selling garden decking from the Brazilian Amazon, and are to launch an independent review of their supply chain in Brazil. This announcement followed a Greenpeace investigation which revealed massive amounts of illegal logging in the Brazilian Amazon, and the widespread use of fraudulent documents to disguise illegal timber. Jewson, the well-known high-street builders’ merchants, had been selling garden decking made from ipe, an Amazonian hardwood originating in areas where illegal logging and timber laundering are rife, and Greenpeace used this as an example of the legal risk in importing Amazonian timber. 

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Forestry

Harvesting Upslope of Cabins Along East Shuswap Lake – Report

BC Forest Practices Board
June 12, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

On November 5, 2013, the Forest Practices Board received a complaint about proposed harvesting and road construction, planned by Canoe Forest Products’ Ltd., a subsidiary of Gorman Bros. Lumber Ltd., in an area upslope of seasonal cabins on the east side of Shuswap Lake. This complaint investigation highlights the responsibility licensees have to ensure stakeholder involvement and communications are consistent, timely, responsive, transparent and collaborative. It also demonstrates the responsibility of the public to get involved, share in building a working relationship with the licensee, and become an active part of the forest management process.

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Board membership change announced

BC Forest Practices Board
June 12, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – Tim Ryan, chair of the Forest Practices Board, has issued the following statement upon the announcement of the Cabinet appointment of new board member Norma Wilson by Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister Steve Thomson today: “The board is pleased to welcome Norma Wilson to our organization. She brings a welcome new voice to the table and we all look forward to working with her.” A professional geologist currently working on a PhD in recreation planning at the University of British Columbia, Wilson brings, among other things, a public-interest perspective to the board.

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Two Bulls wildfire: Reward rises to $31,500 for arsonist conviction on fire burning west of Bend

The Oregonian
June 12, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Firefighters continue mop-up operations on the Two Bulls fire burning west of Bend, and will begin de-mobilizing in the coming days, officials said Thursday. A reward of $31,500 for information leading to a successful conviction of the person or persons responsible for setting the 6,908 acre blaze Saturday is now available. Anyone with information that could help identify suspects in the fire is asked to contact the Crime Stoppers Tip Line at 1-877-876-8477 (TIPS). No structures or homes were lost in the fire, which cost $4.3 million to contain; it is 55 percent contained.

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First multi-acre wildfire of season sparks up in Bitterroot Valley

The Missoulian
June 12, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

HAMILTON – The first official multi-acre forest wildfire of the season in the Bitterroot Valley is now in the books. It came much earlier than people expected. On Wednesday, the Bitterroot Hot Shots and other firefighters were called to fight a 6.6 acre fire on state land southeast of Lone Rock. They remained on the scene Thursday. The cause of the Slocum Creek Fire is still under investigation, but DNRC Hamilton Unit Resource Manager Paul Moore said it may have started from the friction of a twisted logging cable. 

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‘Burl poaching’ damaging Oregon’s last redwood groves

Statesman Journal
June 12, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Damage to old-growth redwoods through a practice known as “burl poaching” is apparently impacting groves of the world’s tallest trees in southwest Oregon. Burl poaching, which involves cutting off knotty growths key to the tree’s ability to reproduce and protect itself from disease, has become a serious problem in northern California’s Redwood National and State Park system. But according to the environmental group Oregon Wild, the practice has moved north and is impacting one of the last remaining old-growth redwood groves on Oregon soil, southeast of Brookings in the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest. 

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Elliott State Forest sale closes amid controversy

Statesman Journal
June 12, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Oregon Department of State Lands has completed the controversial sale of three parcels of Elliott State Forest totaling 1,453 acres to Seneca Jones Timber and Scott Timber Co. The Wednesday sale fetched $4.2 million despite the promise from environmental groups to file a lawsuit to halt logging over the alleged existence of federally protected marbled murrelets in the parcels. The East Hakki Ridge parcel was purchased by Seneca Jones Timber for $1.89 million, while Adams Ridge 1 was purchased by Scott Timber for $1.87 million. Benson Ridge was purchased for $787,000.

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Forestry contractors question safety review

New Zealand News
June 12, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Serious concerns about forestry contractors’ derision of the industry’s safety review. Today the Forest Industry Contractors Association wrote off the review’s consultation document, saying it lacks scientific evidence and depth. But CTU president Helen Kelly says it’s more bad attitude. She says they’ve tried to work with the association before, suggesting they jointly invite workers to bring forward concerns. “They refused to do that, said they wouldn’t do that and now we see they’ve launched this other attack so we are very concerned.”

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Tasmanian timber industry group backs native forest protection

ABC News, Australia
June 13, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A leading Tasmanian timber industry group is lobbying against the Federal Government’s bid to remove some native forests from the World Heritage Area. The wilderness area was extended by 170,000 hectares last year as part of a deal brokered under the former Labor Government. The Federal Government wants a UNESCO committee to rescind the listing of 74,000 hectares, saying it is degraded. The committee is meeting in Doha in the Middle East this weekend to start its deliberations.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Burning wood for energy ignites debate over carbon emissions

The Columbia MIssourian
June 12, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

COLUMBIA — On an average weekday, 16 tractor-trailers drive to MU’s combined heat and power plant and two or three to Columbia’s Municipal Power Plant, each delivering 25 tons of wood chips. To reduce reliance on coal, the MU Power Plant started burning wood chips in 2006, and the city followed suit in 2008, burning wood chips in the summer and winter when demand for electricity is highest. MU also built a biomass boiler last year that burns only wood chips.

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