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Daily Archives: August 22, 2014

Opinion / Editorial

Building Tall with Wood – A Renaissance

By Erol Karacabeyli and Conroy Lum
FPInnovations
August 21, 2014
Category: Opinion / Editorial
Region: Canada

With the resurgence of modern mass timber products and systems, a renaissance in construction of tall wood buildings is becoming a reality. The desire for construction using sustainable materials triggered an initiative to support demonstration projects showcasing tall wood buildings both in Canada and the US. As part of this initiative, FPInnovations released the first edition of the Technical Guide for the Design and Construction of Tall Wood Buildings in Canada. This Guide is intended to be used by design and construction teams, providing them with the concepts and background to respond to questions that would arise when designing beyond the height and area limits prescribed by the acceptable solutions in the National Building Code of Canada.

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Froggy Foibles

U.S. Forest Service Kills Off Smokey Bear To Get People Serious About Fire Safety

Hoping to reinforce their fire safety message, the U.S. Forest Service debuted a brand new ad campaign featuring the horrific, preventable death of their beloved mascot Smokey.
Yahoo News
August 21, 2014
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: United States, US West

Tree Frog confesses to getting tricked into believing this was a real story! It isn’t, but it sure was well done!

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Business & Politics

Terrace, B.C. company celebrates 10 years

Terrace Standard
August 21, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

A celebratory barbecue was held August 15 to highlight the 10 year mark and other accomplishments by local company Kalum Ventures, a First-Nations owned and operated logging company that works out of Kitsumkalum village immediately west of Terrace. On hand at the event were those who operations manager Lyle Bolton said were instrumental in the first years including members of the Terrace Community Forest, Main Logging and other local companies who have done business with Kalum Ventures over the years. 

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Celgar loses tax appeal

Castlegar News
August 20, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Zellstoff Celgar has lost another round in court in a long-running dispute with the provincial government over the amount it owes in property transfer taxes. The BC Court of Appeal has ruled the owners of the Castlegar pulp mill must pay the Ministry of Small Business and Revenue more than $4.5 million, while the company argued it should only be on the hook for about $286,000. At issue was whether the machinery and equipment in the mill should be included in calculating the total.

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Okanagan Mill Operations Back Up and Running

Global News
August 20, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

COLDSTREAM – A North Okanagan Mill is back up and running after a damaging fire hampered operations for more than a week. Coldstream Lumber is now fully operational after a fire last Tuesday destroyed part of the re-manufacturing mill. BC Hydro replaced a broken transformer at around ten last night and the plant was fully operational by midnight. The damaged electrical transformers needed at Coldstream Lumber are an older model, and BC Hydro says it took some time to search the province in order to find replacements.

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Enderby mill expansion a step closer

Vernon Morning Star
August 22, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Sean Poggemoeller wants to be able to sleep at night. The vice-president of North Enderby Timber (NET) doesn’t want to have to tell his 135 employees that their jobs are gone because the company can’t expand its mill operation which, he said, it needs and wants to do to sustain long-term, secure, full-time jobs in Enderby. …NET wants to change the land use designation of a 4.9 hectare portion of its 39.2 hectare property on Highway 97A from agricultural to industrial, and change the zoning of the same portion of the property from large holdings to general industrial. …Now that third reading has passed, all that’s left before final adoption is ministry of transportation approval.

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Resolute Forest Products : Greenpeace says defamation lawsuit an attempt to muzzle

By Canadian Press
Canadian Press
August 21, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

THUNDER BAY, Ont. – An environmental group says a forestry company’s lawsuit against it is an attempt to muzzle criticism. Greenpeace has filed a statement of defence that says a defamation lawsuit by Resolute Forest Products is intended to silence the group’s critique of company practices. Resolute brought the case in 2013 after Greenpeace accused it of building roads and cutting trees in places it promised it wouldn’t, as well as of mishandling workers’ pensions.

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Northern Pulp mill’s approval could be suspended under new order

Canada.online
August 21, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Nova Scotia government has issued a legally binding order giving the problem-plagued Northern Pulp mill in Abercrombie until next spring to clean up its act. Environment Minister Randy Delorey issued a ministerial order on Thursday “to ensure that Northern Pulp takes measures to reduce air quality emissions that exceed approved limits under the Environment Act.” Delorey said the mill has until May 30, 2015 to take the necessary measures to bring the mill up to acceptable standards. The order says if the mill’s air emissions aren’t in compliance by then, the minister will “cancel or suspend the approval.” END

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Nova Scotia government sets May deadline for pulp mill to fix emissions problems

Metro News
August 21, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

HALIFAX – A paper mill in Nova Scotia that has been spewing emissions above legal limits has nine months to meet those environmental standards or it will be forced to close, Premier Stephen McNeil said Thursday. The provincial government issued a compliance order giving Northern Pulp a deadline of May 30 to get its air quality emissions in line. The legally binding order says the mill in Abercrombie Point in Pictou County is in violation of its terms of approval by exceeding air quality stack emissions from a recovery boiler. The order says the mill must install a new electrostatic precipitator by the deadline or that approval will be suspended or cancelled.

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Indonesia’s Forest Concessionaires Association calls for lifting ban on log exports, reports ITTO

Wood & Panel Europe
August 20, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The Indonesian Forest Concessionaires Association (APHI) is appealing to the new government to allow the export of logs. The chairman of APHI, Nana Suparna, said that because of the log export ban log prices have fallen and that the current price of logs from the natural forest is only about half the price of tropical logs in international markets. In comparison, Nana Suparna said the selling price of meranti logs in Indonesia?s domestic market is between US$120-130 per cubic metre while in the Japanese market
such logs are almost three times that price. 

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

WOOD – NT’YA LIKE A PLAYHOUSE?

Canfor’s Playhouse Challenge
August 22, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Canfor’s Playhouse Challenge invites BC architects to design innovative and creative children’s playhouses that can be built using wood. In 2013, proceeds from the Playhouse Challenge benefitted the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation’s Child Health BC program. Last year’s ‘favourite’ playhouse, as voted by PNE visitors, was the Sam + Pam Playhouse. This playhouse was designed by the office of mcfarlane biggar architects + designers, and built by Kindred Construction with donated supplies from Canfor.

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Canfor’s Playhouse Challenge 2014: Inside the Tube House

You Tube
August 22, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

The designers at DA Architects + Planners prepared this rendered video of the inside of their design: The Tube House. Explore the various surfaces and spaces of this innovative playhouse.

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New study confirms that switching to wood construction from concrete or steel reduces CO2 emissions

Treehugger
August 18, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States


A new study published in the Journal of Sustainable Forestry. Carbon, Fossil Fuel, and Biodiversity Mitigation With Wood and Forests, confirms that building with wood really does reduce carbon dioxide emissions. A lot. And while we talk about how wood sequesters carbon for the life of the building, that is really the smallest part of it. The real savings come from “avoided emissions”- a square meter of wood construction replaces a significant amount of concrete that would have been made to do the same job. For the first time that I know of, instead of just comparing the CO2 per cubic meter of building materials, it actually looks at the real world usage.

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Forestry

Much-debated Stoney Hill road given green light

Cowichan News Leader
August 21, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Rare ecological and Native archaeological sites will be dodged as fall work starts on new gravel-graded roads across Maple Bay Peninsula. North Cowichan councillors unanimously passed several project bylaws Wednesday. Their nod paved the way for the controversial $2.5-million network along — and branching from — Stoney Hill Road winding through municipal forests, and Bird’s Eye Cove Farm. Councillors accepted results in environmental and archaeological studies identifying sensitive sites to be avoided.

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Rising Firefighting Costs Impacts Forest Service Budget

KULR News 8
August 22, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

A new report released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture reveals the cost, as well as the budget, for fighting wildfires has increased over the last two decades. Within their overall budget, the U.S. Forest Service’s firefighting appropriation has jumped about 25% since 1995. As a result, the U.S. Forest Service must borrow from funding reserved for the very programs that help prevent and mitigate forest fire. Climate change and drought have fueled the intensity of wildfires over the decades, but Robert Bonnie, USDA Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment says its not only weather that is responsible for extreme wildfire behavior.

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Forest Service upholds Big Thorne decision

Ketchikan FM KRBD
August 21, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The U.S. Forest Service issued its Final Supplemental Information Report for the Big Thorne Timber Sale this week, upholding its Record of Decision. The Supplemental Information Report, or SIR, from Tongass National Forest Supervisor Forrest Cole was prompted by appeals to last year’s Record of Decision, and a letter from a retired biologist who brought up concerns over wolf populations in the harvest area. “There was some information that was provided that wasn’t available when we signed the ROD, or did the EIS,” he said. 

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Chessman Reservoir project starts despite request for injunction

Billings Gazette
August 21, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Two conservation groups have filed a lawsuit in an attempt to stop the Red Mountain Flume Chessman Reservoir timber project that officials say is necessary to protect Helena’s water supply. With all parties still awaiting a federal court’s decision…, ground operations officially got underway Thursday. Montana Ecosystems Defense Council and the Native Ecosystems Council filed a lawsuit in June challenging the project, and asked for an injunction Aug. 1 to halt the project until federal Judge Dana Christensen hears the case. The councils cite concerns over water quality, a low chance of wildfire and wildlife impacts in their lawsuit.

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New Forest Service Data: Spotted Owls Living in Rim Fire Area

Press Release
Center for Biological Diversity
August 21, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

SAN FRANCISCO— New data from California’s Rim fire area shows there are at least 37 occupied owl territories in burned forest that the U.S. Forest Service wants to substantially cut as part of a post-fire logging project. Government surveys conducted this spring and summer in the Stanislaus National Forest, where last year’s Rim fire burned, found 33 owl pairs as well as six single owls. The majority are in the area where the agency has proposed to cut more than 600 million board feet of timber. In a letter today the Wild Nature Institute, the Center for Biological Diversity and the John Muir Project told the Forest Service that the owl detection rates in the Rim fire area indicate that spotted owls are using burned forest at rates that are significantly greater than their use of unburned forests in the Sierras.

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Tasmania prepares to tear up forestry peace deal

Environmentalists say the move by the state government would open up 1.5m hectares of largely pristine forest to logging
The Guardian
August 22, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Tasmanian government is on course to pass legislation that would tear up the state’s forestry peace deal, with environmentalists claiming the move will open up 1.5m hectares of largely pristine forest to logging. The state government’s forestry bill has already passed the lower house, which it controls, and is in the process of negotiating the legislative council, the upper house of parliament. Key independent Robert Armstrong has indicated support for the bill, meaning it is likely to pass. The bill will remove 400,000ha of native forest from reserves set up by the Tasmanian Forest Agreement.

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Forestry Co-op great idea, but not if foreign controlled

Press Release – Green Party
August 22, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The proposal to set up a forestry co-operative to market New Zealand forest products is welcome, but not if it is foreign controlled and its prime concern is to simply export more unprocessed logs, the Green Party said today. The proposal to set up a forestry co-operative to market New Zealand forest products is welcome, but not if it is foreign controlled and its prime concern is to simply export more unprocessed logs, the Green Party said today. “The bulk of forests are already foreign owned, and this initiative is intent on wrapping up the rats and mice of New Zealand’s remaining 14,000 small forests,” Green Party forestry spokesperson Steffan Browning said today.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Building smarter, greener cities

Montreal Gazette
August 21, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada

From Copenhagen to Vancouver, we are surrounded by great examples of what smart green cities look like. …So far, though, successful responses to climate change have been confined to a relatively small group of celebrity cities. …But we may have reached a turning point. And Canadian cities are leading the way. …When you look at cities in Canada, you see that they have evolved dramatically from laggards to leaders when it comes to integrating climate-change planning across different municipal agencies. Vancouver is a great example. The city’s Greenest City Action Plan links together climate-smart goals for everything from spatial planning, transportation, job creation, green buildings, food security and health.

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Leonardo DiCaprio visits Fort McMurray

Vancouver Observer
August 22, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

Leonardo DiCaprio is in Fort McMurray, the heart of Alberta’s oil sands industry, to research and gather material for an upcoming documentary about climate change.  Shortly before his arrival in the oil sands boomtown, DiCaprio narrated a short video, Carbon, as part of the Green World Rising project. “Fossil fuels…have created modern society as we know it. This ancient sunlight unleashed global industrial power never before witnessed in the history of the planet. When burnt into the atmosphere, carbon causes climate change,” DiCaprio narrates. “We need to keep this carbon in the ground.” 

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Land managers to gain tools to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions

Phys.Org
August 21, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

… Being able to measure forestry and agricultural intake and emissions of CO2 is critical to developing a strategy for addressing climate change by reducing greenhouse gases. A team of 38 scientists, including a Virginia Tech researcher, has developed science-based methods for measuring fluxes in greenhouse gases, the U.S…. The standardized methods can be used to quantify changes in greenhouse gas emissions and carbon storage following a change in land or forest management, such as adoption of a new practice or technology. Stephen Prisley, associate professor … in Virginia Tech’s College of Natural Resources and Environment … wrote the section of the USDA report about management to increase carbon storage.

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Energy wood poses a challenge for European forests

PhysOrg
August 22, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

The newly published report “Energy wood: A challenge for European forests” addresses from a critical perspective the controversy and complexity of the production and use of energy wood from forests in three realms: science, forest management and policy making. The report shows that not only benefits are associated with this energy source, but also drawbacks. For example, forest energy wood is an opportunity for diversifying rural economy because it represents a further product that forest owners can commercialize, but its intensive production risks to hinder forests´ likability by tourists potentially reducing chances for rural development.

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