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Daily Archives: June 26, 2014

Froggy Foibles

A man, a plan, a log, a chainsaw: bear sculptures

Washington Post
June 26, 2014
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: US East, United States

SALISBURY, N.Y. — Rembrandt worked in oils. Michelangelo carved marble. Mark Tyoe chainsaws big tree trunks. At his home just south of New York’s Adirondack Mountains, Tyoe carves soaring eagles, grizzled mountain men and wolves from white pine. But he mostly carves bears, his specialty. Tyoe earns a living as a chainsaw artist, turning big logs into improbably fluid sculptures with nothing more than a tool that some use to cut firewood. …Chainsaw art has been growing in popularity and Tyoe is among more than 100 artists nationwide who make it a full-time occupation, said Milton Lowden, who runs the chainsawsculptors.com website from Iron River, Michigan.

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Business & Politics

Forest products industry poised to develop more cutting edge innovations

Digital Journal
June 26, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

CALGARY – The Forest Products Association of Canada says Canada’s forest companies are well positioned to develop new innovative technologies by taking advantage of the renewed Investments in Forest Industry Innovation program. At a news conference in Calgary today, the Minister of Natural Resources, Greg Rickford, invited forest companies to start applying for funding from the $90 million program for projects aimed at innovative commercial-scale technologies. He also announced that West Fraser will be receiving IFIT funds for its pulp operation in Hinton, Alberta to build Canada’s first plant to recover lignin from its pulp production stream. The lignin initiative is possible because of years of research work undertaken by FPInnovations, among the world’s largest private non-profit centres working in forest research.

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Jemi Fibre buys 50,000 hectares in the Kootenays

Western Investor
June 25, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Montreal-based forest manufacturer Tembec has closed the sale of approximately 17,700 hectares of forestland in the East Kootenays to Vancouver and Nanaimo-based Jemi Fibre Corp. The sale, originally announced April 24, totaled $15 million and is the first of a planned two-phase sale. The second phase, which is expected to close in September 2014, will sell Jemi approximately 31,800 hectares for a price of $20 million.

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E.S. Fox awarded $2-million contract for Irving modernization

Pulp and Paper Canada
June 25, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

As part of the Irving Pulp & Paper modernization announced in March of this year, E.S. Fox Ltd. of Saint John, N.B., has been awarded a contract of more than $2 million. The company is undertaking the design, fabrication, delivery, site installation, and testing of modular utility racks. The racks are comprised of a structural steel frame with long pipe sections and will connect the existing facilities with the new continuous cooking plant at the Irving Pulp & Paper mill in Saint John. …“As a New Brunswick company, we are committed to using qualified local suppliers in the $450-million pulp mill modernization underway in Saint John,” said Mark Mosher, vice-president of Pulp & Paper at J.D. Irving, Limited. 

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Domestic demand strengthens US hardwood sector

China Daily
June 26, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, International

More shipments likely this year as some countries impose tougher curbs on exports. Hardwood exports from the United States to China will surge this year on the back of renewed domestic demand and dwindling timber shipments from Brazil, Myanmar, Ghana and Gabon, industry sources said on Wednesday. Mike Snow, executive director of the American Hardwood Export Council, said hardwood exports from the US will see a steady uptick this year despite the lackluster performance of the real estate industry in China. “China has entered the second phase of urbanization, which will trigger fresh demand for hardwood and timber products, especially in second-and third-tier cities,” Snow said.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Nanomaterials Up Close: Forest of carbon nanotubes

University of Cambridge
June 26, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

This image shows a ‘forest’ of carbon nanotubes – thousands upon thousands of tiny rolls of carbon atoms, grown on a scrap of copper foil. James Dolan explains how easy it is to run across beautiful scenery such as this when attempting to fabricate new electronic devices for the first time.

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Forestry

Alberta forest loss worst in foothills, not oilsands area: satellite imagery

Forest loss worst in foothills, not oilsands area
Kelowna Daily Courier
June 25, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

EDMONTON – A report based on new satellite imagery says forests on the slopes of Alberta’s Rocky Mountains are disappearing more quickly than anywhere else in the province — including the oilsands area. The Global Forest Watch data, to be released Thursday, suggests industrial development is cutting through forests on the eastern slopes at twice the Canadian average and faster than countries that include the United States, Russia and Brazil.
“By any measure or comparison, this is a large amount of forest loss,” said Global Forest Watch spokesman Peter Lee, who reached that conclusion using a database of hundreds of thousands of satellite pictures. 

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N.S. urged to review forestry

Crown lands planning may leave key biodiversity areas at risk, scientists say
The Chronicle Herald NS
June 25, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Members of a government-assembled science team are concerned key biodiversity areas are at risk in the Natural Resources Department’s western Crown lands planning process. The conclusion was revealed in a freedom of information request that the Ecology Action Centre made public Wednesday. The biodiversity science advisory team, consisting of staff from Natural Resources’ wildlife division and from the Environment Department, expressed concern that biodiversity is being sacrificed for harvesting.

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As ash tree damage peaks, Barrington officials unveil removal, replanting plan

Barrington Courier Review
June 25, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The toll of the Emerald Ash Borer on ash trees in Barrington has been far greater in 2014 than in any year since, according to Public Works Director Mark Werksman. So far this year the village has removed 550 ash trees in public parkways and subdivisions, including Fox Point and Wyngate, Werksman told the Village Board and audience members Monday. Last year 128 ash trees were removed in the village, and in 2012 the total of trees removed was just 39.

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Molloy gives feds until 2018 to complete lynx recovery plan

Associated Press
June 25, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

BILLINGS – A federal judge on Wednesday set a 2018 deadline for the government to complete a long-delayed recovery plan for imperiled Canada lynx in the Lower 48 states. Wildlife advocates had asked U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy to push the government into faster action on the snow-loving big cats, which were added to the list of threatened species in 2000. But after federal officials said budget issues and competing priorities were slowing their work, Molloy indicated Wednesday in an order that he was reluctant to second-guess them. 

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California drought helps state save oak trees from deadly pathogen

As farmers abandon crops amid dust bowl conditions, scientists find ways to fighting contagious spores of ‘sudden oak death’
The Guardian
June 25, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

California’s drought is worsening and turning farms to dust, but it is also helping to save oak trees from a deadly fungus and keep beaches clean from bacteria-saturated water. The lack of rain has impeded a disease which kills the state’s signature tree and reduced the amount of bacteria-laden water which contaminates the coast, according to reports this week. The good news did not dispel alarm over the wider crisis. Almost 33% of California is now suffering “exceptional” drought, the highest category, according to the US Drought Monitor. 

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Scientists call on Obama to order national policy to conserve old growth forest

Associated Press
June 25, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – More than 75 U.S. and Canadian scientists have sent a letter to President Barack Obama asking for a policy to preserve what remains of America’s old-growth forest. The scientists include two former chiefs of the U.S. Forest Service, Jack Ward Thomas and Mike Dombeck. They say less than 10 per cent of the old-growth forest before European settlement is still intact. Only fragments remain in the eastern United States and the largest trees in the Pacific Northwest were targeted more than a century ago. 

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Timber Bill must support local business and community

Press Release – New Zealand Labour Party
June 26, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

It is disappointing but not surprising the Government is refusing to amend urgent legislation to ensure West Coast people and businesses benefit from windfall timber, Labours MP for West Coast-Tasman MP Damien OConnor says. Conservation Minister …Timber Bill must support local business and community. It is disappointing but not surprising the Government is refusing to amend urgent legislation to ensure West Coast people and businesses benefit from windfall timber, Labour’s MP for West Coast-Tasman MP Damien O’Connor says.

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SDGs should feature two forest-specific targets – CPF chair

CIFOR
June 25, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

(CIFOR) — Crafting a lasting global development framework that supports sustainable forest management is a challenge for policymakers juggling the competing interests of a range of resource sectors. Measurable international development targets due to replace the current anti-poverty Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) when they expire in 2015 have been under discussion since 2012. After two years of debate, a proposed list of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will be presented to the U.N. General Assembly in September and finalized next year.

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Fears tree bill will benefit loggers

Radio NZ
June 26, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Conservation Minister Nick Smith says legislation being rushed through Parliament will only allow storm-damaged trees to be harvested on conservation land. Parliament has gone into urgency to debate changes to the Conservation Act to allow the harvesting of some of the tens of thousands of native trees felled by a storm in April on the West Coast. Environmental group Forest and Bird says the urgency is a smokescreen to allow loggers access to rimu forest on the West Coast.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Obama says his plan to combat climate change is making a difference, but more to be done

US News Associated Press
June 26, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

WASHINGTON (AP) — Appealing for patience and perseverance from environmental activists, President Barack Obama claimed progress Wednesday in his second-term drive to combat climate change but said more must be done to address a generational problem. One year after unveiling an aggressive plan, Obama said new emissions limits on power plants, renewable energy projects and new incentives for green technology have cleared the way for further action in the U.S. and abroad, despite steadfast opposition from much of Congress. “When you take those first steps, even if they’re hard, and even if there are politics sometimes, you start building momentum and you start mobilizing larger and larger communities,” Obama said. “Every step makes a difference.”

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Groups seek protection of iconic Alaska tree, saying climate change threatens yellow cedar

Associated Press
June 25, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Four conservation groups have petitioned the Interior Department to list an iconic Alaska tree as threatened or endangered because of climate change. Yellow cedar for centuries has been carved by Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian people for canoe paddles and totem poles. They could remove a lengthwise strip of bark from a living tree to use for weaving baskets and hats, and as backing in blankets because the trees can compartmentalize the damage and heal themselves. Yellow cedar can resist insects and rot and live more than 1,000 years but their shallow roots are vulnerable to freezing. Climate warming over the last century has been deadly.

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RWE pellet plant in Georgia is up for sale

EUWID Wood Products and Panels
June 26, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

RWE Innogy initiated a sales process for the Georgia Biomass pellet plant in Waycross,Texas about four weeks ago. Information as to the recent status quo of the sales efforts has not been supplied. The planned divestiture is, by the company’s own account, associated with the altered strategy of RWE Innogy, whereupon the business with biomass plants is not part of the core business anymore. Georgia Biomass was put into operation in mid-May 2011. With a capacity of around 750,000 t/year, it is still today’s largest operating pellet plant in the US.

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Biomass scheme sparks huge demand for top timber firm’s wood pellets

North Wales Extra
June 25, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

A TOP North Wales timber company is reporting red hot demand for its speciality line of wood pellets sparked by government cash incentives for people to install the environment friendly biomass heating systems they burn. Award-winning Clifford Jones Timber, based in Ruthin, annually churn out 30,000 tons of the pellets – which it describes as the “fuel of the future” – at a purpose-built 20,000 square foot factory at its Brickfield Lane home.

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