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Daily Archives: September 10, 2014

Business & Politics

Domtar marks sale of its 5 millionth tonne of FSC-certified uncoated fine paper

Lesprom
September 9, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Domtar Corporation has sold its five millionth ton of Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) certified uncoated fine paper, a first for the North American market, as the company said in the press release received by Lesprom Network. Domtar revolutionized the industry when it became the first company in North America to offer FSC certified copy paper in 2005. By breaking from the norm and embracing sustainable goals, Domtar helped create a new model of collaboration – one that has led to long-standing partnerships with some of the world’s leading environmental organizations, including the Rainforest Alliance and World Wildlife Fund (WWF).

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Don Cayo: Small wood products companies make the case for a better deal

Big companies squeeze out smaller operations in B.C.
Vancouver Sun
September 9, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER — Short- and long-term prospects for B.C.’s biggest forest-product companies may be improving modestly, as noted in one of my columns last week, but this is small comfort for a lot of little guys who, collectively, used to be big players in the industry. Half the province’s small wood-harvesting and processing companies — 54 of 107 — have folded in the last dozen years, according to Russ Cameron, president of the Independent Wood Producers Association. The other half are struggling. 

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Northern Pulp pollution highlighted at Pictou concert

17 musicians donating time and talents for Tuesday’s show
CBC News
September 9, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Pictou County hosted thousands of spectators on Tuesday night at a large-scale concert to raise awareness about emissions from the Northern Pulp mill. The concert — dubbed Clear the Air — is featuring 17 artists at a free concert on the Pictou waterfront. The stage is adorned with a sign that reads: “Clean the mill. Safe air is a human right.” Troy Greencorn, the artistic director of the Stan Rogers Folk Festival in Canso, gathered musicians from across the province to send a message to government. “I think our banner captures it,” he said. “You can complicate the issue as much as you want, but at the end of the day everybody has the human right to safe, fresh air.”

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Woodlot owners upset by Irving shipping Crown wood to Nova Scotia

Provincial cabinet authorized J.D. Irving Ltd. to export of more than 500 truckloads of softwood
CBC News
September 10, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

A group of private woodlot owners says J.D. Irving Ltd. shipped more than 500 truckloads of Crown wood to Nova Scotia for processing this year, costing them business. The woodlot owners in the South Eastern New Brunswick Forest Products Marketing Board are located close to the Nova Scotia border, making it feasible to truck pulp logs to a mill in that province. “We found a few markets in Nova Scotia. They were taking some of our wood,” said Marcel Maillet, the marketing board’s manager. But in the spring, a large number of trucks leaving the J.D. Irving mill in Sussex also started heading for Nova Scotia.

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Gilman Building Products Opens Giant Wood Waste to Millwork Plant

Woodworking Network
September 8, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

ST. MARY, GA – Gilman Building Products is set to debut a new, fully automated fingerjoint lumber factory that uses tree remnants and other recovered waste fiber and converts it into value added products. Following eight years of research, testing and installation, Gilman Building Products says it is now ready to go live at its one-of-a-kind mill, house in a 300,000 square foot plant. The operation relies on saw dust and other wood manufacturing waste, as well as Southern yellow Pine remnants such as immature trees and brush, too small to be milled conventionally. A propritary kiln system was developed to bring the moisture content of the material to commercial standards.

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Wood consumption expected to grow as China implements green construction action plan

IHB
September 9, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Recently China began to implement a „green construction action plan? which requires, by 2015, 20% of new town construction to meet the requirements of green building standard. It is estimated that China’s urbanisation rate will increase from 54% in 2013 to 60% by 2020 . The „green construction action plan? is one element of the government’s “China National New Type Urbanization Plan” prepared to meet the challenges of urbanization. To meet the demand for urban housing China plans to build 100 „green? ecological urban demonstration zones. Low income housing built by municipalities will take the lead in the implementation of green building standard.

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Nordic countries plan massive investments in pulp, bio energy and bio materials

Wood Resource Quarterly
September 10, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Forest companies in Northern Europe have announced plans to investment three billion dollars in 2014 in attempt to move beyond mostly producing newsprint and commodity packaging grades. The idea is to diversify their product lines to include new bio-products from wood fiber and to generate bioenergy to reduce the region’s dependence on fossil fuels, reports the Wood Resource Quarterly. The pulp and paper industry in the Nordic countries has started to see a new dawn with a growing demand for pulp and paper products made from long wood fiber from the vast conifer forests in Northern Europe.

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Norske Skog signs a Euro 25 million credit facility

Lesprom
September 8, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Norske Skog has signed a Euro 25 million loan agreement (securitisation facility) with Eurofactor AG (a bank in the Crédit Agricole Group), based on accounts receivables derived from the Austrian mill, Norske Skog Bruck GmbH, as the company said in the press release received by Lesprom Network. “We have now strengthened our long-term financing of the company through this agreement with Eurofactor,” says Sven Ombudstvedt, President and CEO of Norske Skog.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Deadline Approaching: WoodWorks Accepting Nominations for 2015 U.S. Wood Design Awards until September 30, 2014

Businesswire
September 10, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

WASHINGTON—-WoodWorks, an educational initiative providing free project assistance and resources related to the design and construction of non-residential and multi-family wood buildings, will accept nominations for the 2015 U.S. Wood Design Awards until midnight on September 30, 2014. The awards celebrate excellence in wood design, engineering and construction, as well as innovative buildings that showcase attributes of wood such as strength, beauty, versatility, cost effectiveness and sustainability.

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Steam and Vacuum Wood Treatment Offered for Infested Logs

Woodworking Network
September 9, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

BLACKSBURG, VA – The rising cost of energy for heat has resulted in a dramatic increase in demand for firewood to fuel fireplace inserts, wood-burning stoves, and outdoor boilers, according to the National Firewood Association. The increased demand, however, raises concerns about transporting firewood unknowingly infested with invasive insects. Two Virginia Tech researchers have developed a new method for treating wood that addresses these concerns while saving time, energy, and resources.

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Forestry

VIU Forestry Department Goes Paperless

Vancouver Island University
September 10, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Goodbye textbooks, hello iPads. First-year Forestry students at Vancouver Island University (VIU) in Nanaimo, BC are using iPads instead of textbooks as the department goes paperless. “We’re embarking on an exciting new approach to learning,” says Doug Corrin, instructor in Forest Resources Technology program, who launched the initiative with colleague Bill Beese. “We’re going digital with all of our course content and forestry textbooks.”

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B.C.’s budget surplus up despite millions spent on forest fires and floods

The Canadian Press
September 9, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – Finance Minister Mike de Jong says the high cost of fighting forest fires and floods this year has cut into B.C.’s budget, but the province is still posting a surplus. First quarterly results show the budget for 2014-2015 is forecast to have a $266 million surplus, up $82 million from what was predicted in the budget last February. De Jong says revenues were up by $515 million, but that was partly offset by $433 million in expenses, mostly spent on fighting wildfires and for flood-related emergency programs. The cost of fighting wildfires this year is expected to hit $350 million.

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Cherryville rallies against logging road

Vernon Morning Star
September 10, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Cherryville residents are taking a stand against government plans for a sensitive area. About 110 people attended a rally Sunday to oppose B.C. Timber Sales’ proposal for a road and logging on Cherry Ridge. “There’s full support from the community,” said Eugene Foisy, Cherryville director. There are steep slopes on the ridge and there’s a concern that clearcut logging could lead to slides jeopardizing Hanson Park, the school and the hall, as well as homes. “We’re afraid of what may happen down here,” said Foisy.

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Global warming leading to increased fire danger

Independent Record
September 9, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

As former Montana smokejumpers, we are increasingly alarmed by the severity, size and expense of wildfires. The weather this year in Montana might give false hope to those who think weather and climate are the same. But climate is about trends and scientists say that those trends are proving what our guts have told us for a long time — climate change is an increasing problem for firefighters who are facing increasing risks as a result. Scientists say that climate change has implications for wildfire danger. 

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South central Oregon forests still in extreme danger from wildfire; restrictions remain in place

The Oregonian
September 9, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The danger from wildfires remains extreme in parts of the state, fire officials say, especially in south Central Oregon. “We are seeing atypical fuels conditions for this time of year,” said Clint Albertson, Interagency Fire Planner for the Bureau of Land Management’s Lakeview district and Fremont-Winema National Forest. “Fuel moisture and fire danger indices are still reaching well above normal and certainly providing a baseline level for significant fires to occur with windy, dry, or unstable conditions.”

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FWS awards $2M for easement on grizzly, lynx habitat near Whitefish

The Missoulian
September 9, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

WHITEFISH – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has awarded the state of Montana $2 million to aid in the acquisition of a conservation easement on Haskill Basin near Whitefish. The 3,000-acre-plus property, located next to Whitefish Mountain Resort, is the source of 75 percent of Whitefish’s municipal water supply and vital habitat for grizzly bears and Canada lynx. F.H. Stoltze Land and Lumber Co. owns the property.

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Gazette opinion: Americans’ inheritance cannot be given away

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


The public lands of the United States belong to every citizen, a fact that has never deterred efforts to convert the public domain to private profit. The latest iteration of this recurring desire to privatize public land has sprouted under the guise of states’ rights. The Montana Republic Party has joined the campaign to “transfer” federal land to the state. Over the past year, Montana’s Environmental Quality Council studied federal land issues at the direction of the Montana Legislature. Earlier this week,

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Rim Fire plan for salvage logging a milestone

San Francisco Gate
September 7, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Salvage logging evokes instant and emphatic reactions. For loggers and locals, harvesting scorched but usable trees after a forest fire means money and jobs. But environmentalists and wildlife experts worry that chain-sawing stumps and snags only worsens natural recovery.  Just such a standoff happened last year when the 400-square-mile Rim Fire was finally quenched. An immediate call for widespread salvage operations went nowhere while the U.S. Forest Service, which oversees nearly two-thirds of the burned acreage, invited all the players to offer their opinions at a string of meetings and through 5,588 written comments.

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Destructive mountain pine beetle declining (video)

9news.com
September 9, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

KUSA – The scenery can be startling: swaths of once green pine trees, now brown and dead. The culprit is often a small beetle that’s been plaguing those trees for nearly 20 years – part of an epidemic of mountain pine beetles entrenched in parts of Colorado’s pine forests. “The mountain pine beetle is endemic,” said Chris Strebig of the U.S. Forest Service. “It’s part of this region.” …In other words, the beetles have gradually run out of available, stressed pine trees to eat, and their numbers are declining. While that is good news, the damage is done.

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End straw man arguments; nobody is trying to ‘seize’ federal lands

September 10, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Based on what we’re seeing in Montana’s papers and the talking points of some political hopefuls, those of us who think states should have more control over federal lands have moved beyond being laughed at and are now happily joined in a serious fight. Except that judging from the straw man arguments and hyperbole of those who think D.C. bureaucrats know (or even care) what’s best for the rest of us, truth has been the first casualty. While many of us are calling for a real discussion of costs and benefits surrounding federal lands management in the states, others are engaging in pure political marketing, trotting out poll-tested phrases designed to inflame or demonize rather than inform or engage. That’s too bad. This is serious stuff.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Bioenergy shines in Thunder Bay

Biomass Magazine
September 8, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada East, Canada

It’s a big week for bioenergy in Thunder Bay, Ontario. Not only did the community officially open the Ontario Power Generation BioEnergy Learning and Research Centre at Confederation College on Sept. 8, but on Sept. 10 a grand opening will be held for Atikokan Generating Station, previously a coal-burning power station that has been converted to wood pellets, both events occuring simultaneous to the Canadian Bioenergy Conference.

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Planting the seeds of carbon capturing

The Scotsman
September 10, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

WHEN you think of carbon capture and storage (CCS), you probably imagine a long pipe pumping carbon deep under the sea. You probably don’t think much about trees – but maybe you should. CCS as we know it is hugely expensive and largely unproven – and there are also concerns about safety. There are various global attempts to address the challenge of “carbon dioxide utilisation”, turning carbon dioxide from a waste product that causes global warming into something useful. The challenge is attracting the attention of scientists and investors, and has been described as an area to watch for real change in the next five years.

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NASA probe to study world’s forests and carbon cycle

blue & green tomorrow
September 9, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

NASA is developing a new probe that will create a unique 3D map of all the world’s forests, in an attempt to improve understanding of their role in the carbon cycle and the mitigation of climate change. From its celestial vantage point on the International Space Station, the Global Ecosystem Dynamics Investigation (GEDI) lidar will work to answer a long-running question. While forests of all kinds are invaluable because of their biodiversity and importance to global ecosystems, they also provide an essential service, as trees store significant amounts of carbon.

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General

Forest products industry puts $8 billion into Maine’s economy

Mainebiz
September 8, 2014
Category: Uncategorised

At quick glance, the aerial view of Maine’s forest products industry looks pretty much the same now as it did 20 years ago. First and foremost are the 17.6 million acres of forest that comprise 89% of the state’s total acreage, making Maine the most heavily forested state in the country. The U.S. Forest Service’s 2012 tree census reported 24 billion trees of at least an inch diameter growing on all those acres — an increase of 6.3% since 2007 and the equivalent of 18,688 trees for each of the state’s 1.3 million residents. For the past 22 years, Maine has harvested an average of 6.7 million cords each year.

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End straw man arguments; nobody is trying to ‘seize’ federal lands

September 10, 2014
Category: Uncategorised

Based on what we’re seeing in Montana’s papers and the talking points of some political hopefuls, those of us who think states should have more control over federal lands have moved beyond being laughed at and are now happily joined in a serious fight. Except that judging from the straw man arguments and hyperbole of those who think D.C. bureaucrats know (or even care) what’s best for the rest of us, truth has been the first casualty. While many of us are calling for a real discussion of costs and benefits surrounding federal lands management in the states, others are engaging in pure political marketing, trotting out poll-tested phrases designed to inflame or demonize rather than inform or engage. That’s too bad. This is serious stuff.

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