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Monthly Archives: August 2014

Forestry

Area-based tenures report released

Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
BC Government
August 28, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minster Steve Thomson has issued the following statement today: “I would like to thank Jim Snetsinger for his comprehensive and professional report on government’s proposal to enable conversions of some volume-based forest licences to new or expanded tree farm licences. “His report contains 35 recommendations covering the full spectrum of economic, social, environmental, First Nations and administrative issues surrounding the proposed conversion of volume-based forest licences to area-based tree farm licences.

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Battle against fires starting to turn

Prince George Citizen
August 29, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Crews appear to have gotten a handle on central B.C. wildfires heading into the Labour Day long weekend. Rain to the east of Prince George and the Fraser River has reduced the fire danger rating in that area to low to very low, information officers Jillian Kelsh and Sandra Wagner said Thursday. To the west, the rating remains high to extreme going towards Vanderhoof, although Kelsh, who speaks for the Prince George Fire Centre, expected that to change over the next 24 to 48 hours with rain passing through. The Northwest Fire Centre just lifted its campfire ban, Kelsh noted, while there is no such ban in this area.

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The fire next time

Kelowna Daily Courier
August 28, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The summer of 2014 has seen its fair share of wildfires in the Okanagan. Fires broke out on Mount Boucherie and in Smith Creek in West Kelowna, forcing hundreds to evacuate their homes. Over the past decade or so, a series of major wildfires, including the Okanagan Mountain Park fire, Rose Valley fire, Trepanier fire and the Glenrosa fire, have resulted in thousands of hectares of dead trees across the landscape. In some cases, these burned areas have been salvaged – the dead trees removed and disposed of through lumber milling or chipping. 

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Trees feeling stress of the summer sun

Lower than average rainfall impacting trees
The Pique News Magazine
August 28, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Some Whistler trees are stressed out. It has been drier than usual this summer and that is causing drought and making some area trees vulnerable, according to Whistler arborist Paul Duncan. It also makes the surrounding forest more vulnerable to wildfire. According to Environment Canada, it is too soon to say if this will be one of the driest summers on record in the municipality, but June and August (so far) were quite a bit drier than normal. …But trees are feeling the pain already.

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Wildfire season will rank among B.C.’s worst

BC Local News
August 28, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

This summer’s wildfire season will go down as one of the most destructive on record in B.C. As of Thursday, fires had burned up more than 330,000 hectares across the province and are expected to soon surpass the 337,000 hectares destroyed in the 2010 fire season. This year is still far short of 1958, when 856,000 hectares burned, but 2014 could move into fifth place if it surpasses 1950?s 343,339 hectares, or even third if it tops the 351,000 lost in 1971.

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The devastating spread of the mountain pine beetle

phys.org
August 27, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

When the mountain pine beetle began blazing a path across forests in British Columbia and Alberta, nobody could have imagined the extent of the damage to come. But as the insect devastated pine forests and disrupted communities, forest industries, recreational use, watersheds, and plant and wildlife habitats, the problem became disturbingly clear. Now, as the beetle creeps into the boreal forests of the Northwest Territories and Saskatchewan, with a real concern it may reach as far east as the Maritime provinces, researchers at the University of Alberta have responded to calls from government, industry, non-profit organizations and the general public to help conserve and protect an invaluable national resource at the heart of Canadian identity.

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Water bomber that crashed on lake during forest fire was overloaded, TSB report

The Canadian Press
August 28, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Halifax — A water bomber owned by the Newfoundland and Labrador government that crashed on Moosehead Lake last year took on too much water, which was a central cause in the plane failing to get airborne, the Transportation Safety Board of Canada said Thursday. The aircraft owned by the government’s air service division came to rest upright on the lake and partially submerged, the board said in releasing its investigation report into the accident.

Waterbomber crew took on too much water: TSB crash report from The CBC

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Eye on Boise: Politics hinder wildfire funding bill

The Spokesman-Review
August 25, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A year ago, Idaho GOP Sens. Mike Crapo and Jim Risch, along with Oregon Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden, gathered at the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise to push the federal government to tap disaster funds when firefighting costs balloon above allocated amounts. Their goal is to stop cutting into fire-prevention and forest management programs that could prevent future fires. Their bipartisan legislation had been picking up support in both houses – Idaho GOP Rep. Mike Simpson is among the House sponsors, along with Rep. Kurt Schrader, D-Oregon – but paradoxically suffered a setback earlier this year after President Barack Obama not only endorsed it but included it in his budget.

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NM forest health study now available

Headlight Deming News
August 28, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The public, forest managers, and scientists now have the most comprehensive inventory of forest health trends in New Mexico’s history. Through a successful partnership between the U.S. Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station and the New Mexico State Forestry Division the results of a multi-year forest study are now available. Given that 44 percent of New Mexico’s forests are tied to private and tribal lands, it was critical for the U.S. Forest Service and the State to work together on the inventory. “

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Oregon Spotted Frog Listed Under Endangered Species Act

Oregon Public Broadcasting
August 28, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Oregon spotted frog, once abundant in the Northwest, now lives in a few scattered wetlands across the region. Over the years, it’s lost up to 90 percent of its habitat. Now, the frog will receive protection under the Endangered Species Act as a threatened species. …The Oregon spotted frog has been a candidate for the Endangered Species Act for more than 20 years. …Klamath County commissioners in southern Oregon are worried the decision will hurt the local ranching and logging industries.  “It’s just another encroachment on the citizens’ private property rights and rights to use public lands,” said Commissioner Tom Mallams.

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Coalitions sue Forest Service to block Alaska old-growth timber sale

LA Times
August 27, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Two coalitions of environmental groups have filed three separate suits against the U.S. Forest Service, hoping to stop what the organizations say is the largest sale of old-growth timber in nearly a generation in America’s largest national forest. Last week the Forest Service gave the final go-ahead for the so-called Big Thorne timber sale in Alaska’s Tongass National Forest, a scenic expanse the size of Delaware studded with 1,000-year-old trees. Under the terms of the multiyear sale, about 6,000 acres of old-growth trees would be harvested.

Coalition files lawsuit challenging the largest timber sale in decades from The Sit Now

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Sapphire Mountains timber sale awarded to Seeley Lake mill

The Missoulian
August 28, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

STEVENSVILLE – Ambrose Road and the Eastside Highway into Florence can expect to see a bit more truck traffic this winter following the sale of a timber stewardship project in the Sapphire Mountains. The final contracts were signed this week on the 6.7 million-board-foot Three Saddles Stewardship Project. Pyramid Lumber of Seeley Lake placed the highest bid on the sale that will treat 1,116 acres with commercial logging and non-commercial thinning. Like most of the timber projects the Bitterroot Forest has recently offered, the agency received several bids and it sold for more than the advertised rate.

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Don’t bankrupt forest restoration with firefighting

AZ Daily Sun
August 26, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Flagstaff Watershed Protection Project is a model for municipalities across the West. The larger question is how to restore the forest so that there is little need for short-term, limited-scale hazard-reduction projects like the FWPP. This region, almost alone in the entire nation, has come up with an answer in the Four Forests Restoration Initiative, an ambitious treatment plan for 2 million acres that is focused on ecosystem sustainability, not just the wildland fire threat to homes, reservoirs and other property. But the project has been delayed as it struggles to build sufficient private financial backing for a wood products mill — the Forest Service does not have the budget to pay for the thinning.

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Feds allow logging after huge California wildfire

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

FRESNO, Calif.— U.S. Forest Service officials say they tried to balance competing interests in a plan released Wednesday that allows loggers to remove trees killed in a massive central California wildfire last year, but environmentalists called it a travesty and threaten to sue. The highly awaited decision will allow logging on 52 square miles of forests blackened in the Rim Fire, which burned 400 square miles of the Stanislaus National Forest, Yosemite National Park’s backcountry and private timber land.

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To save the owls, save the forests

Letter from Edward Hamblin
AZ Daily Sun
August 27, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Has the Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) come up with the number of Mexican spotted owls that have perished or lost their habitat from the Rodeo-Chedeski, Wallow, Schultz Pass as well as numerous other fires in the past 15 years? Are we going to have to endure another devastating fire on Mormon Mountain to make people aware of the true agendas of the CBD and the Sierra Club? The neglect of the U.S. Forest Service to responsibly manage our forests and the conservationists who continue to produce unsubstantiated reasons to halt the progression back to a healthy forest, results in a horrible price to pay.

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Federal land purchase secures recreation and wildlife habitat in Montana’s Crown of the Continent

USDA Forest Service
August 27, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

MISSOULA, Mont. – U.S. Forest Service Regional Forester for the Northern Region, Faye L. Krueger, announced the acquisition of 26,700 acres in western Montana that will integrate private holdings into the surrounding national forests to better conserve wildlife and support public access. The Nature Conservancy was instrumental with the acquisitions. “Landscape-scale conservation enhances water and air quality, improves forest health, increases resilience to infestations and wildfires, and supports local economies through tourism and recreation,” said Krueger.

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Contractor logging worries some users of 9-mile northeastern Michigan hiking trail

Associated Press
August 29, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

OSSINEKE TOWNSHIP, Michigan — Trail users in Michigan’s northeastern Lower Peninsula are raising concerns that upcoming logging operations could damage a 9-mile pathway. State Department of Natural Resources forestry manager Cody Stevens tells the Alpena News state contractors are preparing to cut some oak and aspen trees near Chippewa Hills Pathway. He says the DNR approved the sale a few years ago and the cutting should improve wildlife habitat and hunting conditions.  The Thunder Bay Trails Association vice president says loggers could
damage the pathway used by hikers, bikers, horseback riders and
cross-country skiers. Volunteers help maintain the trail.

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Douglas fir needle midge damage showing up in Christmas tree plantations

Douglas fir needle midge larvae cause galls to form on current-year needles. Infested needles drop from the tree in the fall, usually just before harvest. Severe infestations can cause needle loss, a serious problem for Christmas trees.
Michigan State University
August 28, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Over the past few years, we have seen an increase of damage to Douglas fir in Christmas tree plantations caused by the Douglas fir needle midge, Contarinia pseudotsuga Condr (Cecidomyiidae). Severe infestations can cause unacceptable needle loss, an especially serious problem for Christmas trees (Photo 1). Even moderate needle loss can reduce the value of Christmas trees and heavily damaged trees may be unsalable. Douglas fir needle midge over-winters as larvae in the soil under infested trees.

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End of Tasmania’s forest peace deal heralds more uncertainty

The Conversation
August 28, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Tasmania’s parliament yesterday passed new forestry laws to undo the state’s forest “peace” deal. The laws are the most significant step so far in delivering the Liberal government’s pledge to “tear up” the Tasmanian Forest Agreement, formed in 2013 between the forest industry, government and environmental groups. The law undoes around 400,000 hectares of reserves created in the agreement. These will be shifted into a new land category — Future Potential Production Forest Land. 

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No logging in the Pilliga and Goonoo – Nature Conservation Council

ABC News, Australia
August 29, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Conservationists are dismissive of the ‘ecological thinning’ the Natural Resources Commission has recommended take place in the conservation areas of the Goonoo and Pilliga State Forests in New South Wales . Campaigners from the Nature Conservation Council say that allowing any commercial logging into Nature Conservation Areas is taking an unacceptable risk with endangered species which live there. Activist Karl Beckert is currently touring the Brigalow and Nandewar Community Conservation Area at the request of locally-based conservationists such as the Dubbo Field Naturalists.

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Logging of virgin rainforest on PNG island causing a stir

ABC News, Australia
August 27, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Papua New Guinea’s National Forest Board will consider tomorrow whether a Malaysian company can continue to log virgin rainforest to plant trees for palm oil. The clear-felling around Pomio on the island of East New Britain has hit strong opposition from some locals, as well as international groups like Greenpeace and Global Witness. The company RH says it’s bringing jobs, infrastructure and long term investment to the area, and says it has the support of the local people. To complicate matters further, a Commission of Inquiry into these kinds of agricultural projects in PNG has recommended almost all leases should be revoked.

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Forest peace deal repeal passes Tasmanian Upper House

ABC News, Australia
August 28, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Tasmanian Government’s bill to dismantle the forest peace deal has passed through the Parliament’s Upper House. The Legislative Council held its third reading of the bill this morning before voting nine to five in favour. Independent MLC Tony Mulder spoke to the third reading of the bill, thanking public servants who have been involved with the legislation for four years. “Although I guess I’m slightly out of order, I just thought from the floor of the house, I thought it was most important that those people be acknowledged for the work they’ve done,” he said.

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Company & Business News

Guest Column: Labour is what makes British Columbia work

by Mark Gordienko, President of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Canada.
The Province
August 27, 2014
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada, Canada West

British Columbia has a rich legacy of labour. It’s in our life blood. From the fur trade and coal mines of the late 19th century, to the lumber mills and mines of the 20th century and the construction boom of today, labour has and continues to serve as the backbone of the B.C. economy. …According to B.C. Stats, the forest industry, including logging, wood product and paper manufacturers, has employed an average of 83,500 workers since 1987. …According to B.C. Stats, the forest industry, including logging, wood product and paper manufacturers, has employed an average of 83,500 workers since 1987.

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Dry weather forces shutdown at Somass Mill in Port Alberni

Alberni Valley News
August 27, 2014
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada, Canada West

Western Forest Products’ Somass Mill will shut down temporarily beginning Tuesday, Sept. 2, due to a lack of fibre. The company is blaming severe fire danger and dry conditions in the woods. “We’ve had to curtail our timberlands due to the risk of fire,” Western Forest Products’ director of communitcations and government relations Amy Spencer said. “That has meant a lack of Western red cedar logs to process at the mill.” The mill employs approximately 60 people, but Spencer didn’t know how many would be directly affected by the shutdown. 

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Fortress Paper sells its bank note security division for $17.5m

Business in Vancouver
August 27, 2014
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada, Canada West

Vancouver’s Fortress Paper (TSX:FTP) is selling all shares in its bank note security subsidiary, Fortress Optical Features, to Nanotech Security Corp. (TSX-V:NTS) for $17.5 million. …Fortress had difficulties earlier this year when the Chinese government announced in April that it would impose a 13% duty on cellulose pulp coming from Canada, the United States and Brazil. At the time, Wasilenkoff said this move was to give preferential treatment to Chinese-owned mills.

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Coulson ready to sell Hawaii bomber for $3M

Alberni Valley Times
August 28, 2014
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada, Canada West

The director of a campaign eight years ago to acquire a Martin Mars plane for a museum in the Alberni Valley is now making another effort to keep one of the bombers here. But it won’t be for free; the CEO of the parent company that owns the Martin Mars twins said he’s prepared to sell the Hawaii bomber for $3 million. Stacey Gaiga worked with the British Columbia Aviation Council in 2006 to acquire one of the Martin Mars planes from Timber-West, the forestry company that owned the bombers at the time. Gaiga will give a presentation for Port Alberni city council Sept. 8 outlining a new strategy for a museum in the region.

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NS: Woodlot association meeting turns into forum for ecosystem, sustainable forestry talk

The New Glasgow News
August 28, 2014
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada East, Canada

The meeting was called after the board of directors saw the need to act as discussions around Northern Pulp Nova Scotia Corp. heat up. The loudest voice in the crowd is the one that tends to be heard the most. That wasn’t quite the case Wednesday night during the Nova Scotia Woodlot Owners and Operators Association public meeting at the Wellness Centre. The meeting was called after the board of directors saw the need to act as discussions around Northern Pulp Nova Scotia Corp. heat up.

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Firewood shortages hitting parts of Nova Scotia

Many customers are being turned away from Michael Nowe’s lot in Danesville, near Liverpool
CBC News
August 27, 2014
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada East, Canada

Parts of Nova Scotia could be facing significant firewood shortages this winter with suppliers already turning away customers.  Michael Nowe is a firewood supplier in Danesville, near Liverpool. His lot is about half as full as it should be for this time of the year….Nowe and others on Nova Scotia’s south shore used to get some of their hardwood from contractors that worked for Bowater Mersey. Since the mill shut down and the province bought the land, the source has dried up. …”Get someone in there who knows what the real world is all about,” he says. “That’s one good way to fix it. They bought a piece of land that they know absolutely nothing about.”

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Consensus shows ‘strong desire’ to fix Northern Pulp mill situation

Pictou County residents leave meeting with feeling of hope
Chronicle Herald
August 27, 2014
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada East, Canada

NEW GLASGOW — More than 120 people gathered Wednesday night at the Pictou County Wellness Centre in New Glasgow to talk about the future of their county. They gabbed, they listened, they moved among tables and had a coffee or a cold drink. And they considered the county’s fragile economy, its dependence on the Northern Pulp mill and its environmental challenges. “I thought it was a really interesting experience,” Bobbi Morrison, a marketing professor at St. Francis Xavier University who hails from Pictou, said at the end of the two-hour meeting.

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Northern Pulp pollution a conundrum for woodlot owners

‘A mill of this size plays a huge role in this province,’ says woodlot association president
CBC News
August 28, 2014
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada East, Canada

Nova Scotia woodlot owners weighed in Wednesday on the issues surrounding the Northern Pulp mill, torn between their livelihoods and health concerns for the people who live in the area. Complaints about the stinking smog generated by the mill have been growing. Wednesday evening, woodlot owners had a chance to voice their opinions about the mill to executives with the Nova Scotia Woodlot Owners and Operators Association. 

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Stoltze announces cutback at lumber mill

Hungry Horse News
August 28, 2014
Category: Company & Business News
Region: United States, US West

Blaming a recent court case that closed some state forest lands to logging, F.H. Stoltze Land & Lumber Co. announced Aug. 27 that it plans to partially curtail production at its lumber mill in Columbia Falls. Stoltze announced that effective Sept. 29, sawmill production hours will be cut back from 80 hours per week to 60. Nine to 10 workers would be laid off as a result. The company says an Aug. 21 ruling by U.S. District Court Judge Donald Molloy that blocked plans to build new logging roads in the Stillwater State Forest north of Whitefish affected two logging contracts held by Stoltze.

Columbia Falls sawmill announces layoffs, cites timber blocked by litigation from The Missoulian

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West coast log exports up, lumber exports down in second quarter of 2014

Pacific Northwest Research Station
USDA Forest Service
August 27, 2014
Category: Company & Business News
Region: United States, US West

PORTLAND, Ore., —Log exports from Washington, Oregon, northern California, and Alaska totaled 515 million board feet in volume in the second quarter of 2014, an increase of more than 10 percent compared to the first quarter of 2014, the U.S. Forest Service’s Pacific Northwest Research Station reported today. During this same period, West coast lumber exports decreased by 4 percent to 247 million board feet.

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California Redwood Company to leave redwood lumber business: Up to 80 jobs affected by transition to Douglas Fir

The Times-Standard
August 28, 2014
Category: Company & Business News
Region: United States, US West

Green Diamond Resource Company officials announced on Wednesday that its subsidiary is getting out of the redwood lumber business, transitioning to Douglas fir lumber by year’s end. The shift will affect up to 80 workers. The California Redwood Company, according to a Green Diamond press release, will continue to process its remaining redwood log inventory and supply customers from existing redwood lumber inventories over the next few months while exiting the business. “Despite our best efforts, CRC has not been able to achieve positive results for redwood lumber manufacturing and sales over the last several years,” President Douglas Reed said in the release.

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Crossett Residents Address Air Quality Concerns with Georgia-Pacific Plant

Arkansas Matters
August 27, 2014
Category: Company & Business News
Region: US East, United States

CROSSETT, AR – The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) hosted an open house Tuesday night.It’s part of a continuing effort to address questions from the public on operations at Georgia-Pacific LLC’s local plant. Along with Georgia-Pacific, were other public operation representatives, such as the Crossett Water Company. One of the groups that spoke with us at the open house, the Concerned Citizens for Crossett, tells us community members are having issues with their health. They tell us these health issues are coming from pollutants that Georgia-Pacific is releasing. They feel these pollutants have caused residents in the town to get sick.

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German softwood lumber exports up 13% in Quarter 2

EUWID
August 28, 2014
Category: Company & Business News
Region: International

German exports of rough sawn lumber in the second quarter were 13% higher than in the same quarter of last year at almost 1.5m m³. Data from Destatis, the federal statistics office, shows that deliveries within Europe increased at a slight slower rate than total exports at +10% to 1.025m m³; their share of Germany’s total exports fell accordingly to 68%. Increasing exports to countries such as the Netherlands (+32%) and Belgium (+14%) coincided with stagnating exports to Austria and Italy and decreasing deliveries to France (-10%).

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Raging Forest Fires Demand Breakthrough Solutions: Consortium to Seek Advanced Wood-to-Energy Solutions for Enhanced Forest Health and Job Growth in Rural America

US Endowment for Forestry & Communities
August 27, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

The U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities (Endowment), the USDA Forest Service Forest Products Laboratory, Madison, WI (FPL) and the Georgia Southern University Herty Advanced Materials Development Center, Savannah, GA (Herty) meeting today in Atlanta with nearly three-dozen industry and university experts announced the launch of the Consortium for Advanced Wood-to-Energy Solutions (CAWES). The consortium’s goal is to spearhead development of commercially-viable, advanced wood-to-energy products that can be produced from low-value trees and forest residues that all-too-often compromise forest health and increase the frequency of wildfires.

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The Dirty Secret Behind Europe’s Renewable Energy Industry

The EU has decided that burning US wood to make biofuel will solve global warming. What?
Mother Jones
August 27, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

This story was originally published by Grist and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. If you’re driving through the South and you see a denuded field filled with stubby new plantings where lush forest once stood, the blame might lie with an unlikely culprit: the European Union and its well-intentioned clean energy rules. In March 2007, the E.U. adopted climate and energy goals for 2010 to 2020. The 27 member countries set a goal of reducing carbon emissions 20 percent by 2020 and increasing renewables to 20 percent of their energy portfolio. 

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Building with Wood Makes Sense

Net News Ledger
August 27, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

THUNDER BAY – Building with wood makes sense. It’s a fact; wood-frame construction has been the preferential construction option for millions of homeowners throughout North America for decades. From the historical days when settlers relied on the bounty of the land for their shelter and food, to modern-day advances that have seen the wood products industry grow in sophistication, wood has and always will be a safe and affordable option for construction.

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WholeTrees Turns Unmillable Trees Into Building Components

Woodworking Network
August 28, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

MADISON, WI – WholeTrees Architecture & Structures has developed a proprietary manufacturing process to cost effectively manufacture structural wood components from the small, unwanted portion of trees removed from routine forest thinning, such as diseased or invasive trees. Currently there is no market for the small diameter round timber, as it is known, due to low market values for small trees. The development of the process, used to make interior, exterior and structural beams, is based on research conducted with the USDA Forest Products Laboratory and funded in part by the USDA Small Business Innovation and Research grant program. WholeTrees was also awarded a grant by the State of Wisconsin.

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General

Western Forest Products to temporarily close sawmill in British Columbia

IHB
August 28, 2014
Category: Uncategorised

Western Forest Products will temporarily shut down the company’s Somass sawmill located in Port Alberni, British Columbia as of September 2. The decision comes after severe danger and dry conditions in the woods, says albernivalleynews.com.  Port Alberni “We’ve had to curtail our timberlands due to the risk of fire,” Western Forest Products’ director of communications and government relations Amy Spencer said. “That has meant a lack of Western red cedar logs to process at the mill,” she added.

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