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Daily Archives: October 16, 2014

Business & Politics

Forest Industry Calls on Government to Defend Against Chinese Action

Forest Products Association of Canada
October 15, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

FPAC calls on the federal government to respond to the trade action China has taken on Canada’s forest products industry. China imposed preliminary duties on imports of dissolving pulp from Canada of 13 % in November of 2013 and in April of 2014 they became permanent… “This trade action has had a negative impact on several forest communities.” said David Lindsay, President and CEO of FPAC. “Not only has this action had a negative impact on several forest communities across Canada, and hurt Canadian exports, but future jobs have also been impacted with the cancellation of previously- announced investments in dissolving pulp opportunities in Saskatchewan, Quebec, and Terrace Bay, Ontario.”

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Canada files WTO complaint against Chinese dissolving pulp duties

The Canadian Press
October 15, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

MONTREAL – Canada has filed a complaint to the World Trade Organization over China’s imposition of dumping duties against Canadian exports of a kind of wood pulp used to make rayon for clothes and other products. The duties, starting at 13 per cent, have been imposed against a number of companies, including Fortress Paper and Tembec, which exported $317 million in dissolving pulp to China last year. Nearly half of the 750,000 tonnes of the pulp produced in Canada was shipped to the Asian country. 

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New Zealand export log prices lift in October, underpinned by lower kiwi

New Zealand Scoop
October 16, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

New Zealand export log prices lifted for the third month, as a weaker kiwi boosted local currency returns. The average wharf gate price for New Zealand A-grade logs rose to $95.7 a tonne, from $87.6 a tonne in September, according to Agrifax’s monthly survey of exporters, forest owners and sawmills. The Agrifax Log Price Indicator, which measures average log prices weighted by grade, advanced to 91.5 from 87.9 in September. New Zealand returns are being bolstered by a drop in the value of the New Zealand dollar, which has fallen almost 10 percent from its peak of 88.35 US cents in July. 

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Sequana in preliminary sale talks for Wizernes and Charavines mills, no comment on Appleton Coated

EUWID Pulp and Paper
October 16, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Last April, paper manufacturer Arjowiggins, part of the holding firm Sequana, had started a restructuring process for its Arjowiggins Graphic and Arjowiggins Creative divisions in Europe. Consequently, the company put two of its paper mills in France up for sale. Arjowiggins has not been able to sell these mills yet. However, the sale process is continuing and talks are reportedly under way with potential investors.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

To print or not to print? How to decide when digital is better than paper

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The Guardian
October 15, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada

Much has been said about print versus digital media and their related impacts on the environment. The truth is, each is a viable communication option and both have an environmental footprint. While the mediums can be complimentary, users sometimes struggle with which one to choose. Pixel and Print Logic is a handy infographic that helps users avoid the dilemma of when and whether to print. Based on a Natural Logic white paper (pdf) that studied dozens of life cycle assessments (LCAs) of both print and electronic communications.

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Building envelope key to protecting wood frame mid-rises

Primex Fits
October 15, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

As Ontario builders prepare for the opportunity to create wood-frame six-storey mid-rises, building envelopes should be carefully considered and protected.Starting next year, the province will join B.C. by allowing taller wood structures in its building code. Wood has proven to be a safe and reliable material in these applications, but protecting that wood framing will prove vital for any construction professional. One of the main enemies of wood frame construction is water. If it enters a wall and cannot escape, it can trigger rot and mold issues. Health problems for occupants and significant structural damage can be the result.  

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Construction Materials Prices Down Slightly in September 2014

For Construction Pros
October 15, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

Construction materials prices inched down 0.1 in September, but rose 1.6 percent compared to the same time last year, according to the U.S. Department of Labor’s October 15 Producer Price Index. Prices for inputs to construction industries have remained unchanged from June to August—the longest such period since the price index for construction inputs began in 1986. Inputs to nonresidential construction fell 0.2 percent for the month but were 1 percent higher than in September 2013. “In fact, a number of materials prices actually rose during the month, including iron and steel (0.5 percent) and softwood lumber (2.7 percent).”

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Erecting 40-story highrises out of wood?

Portland Tribune
October 16, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

t’s rare to see Oregon environmentalists and the timber industry on the same page. But both camps are high on cross-laminated timber, an engineered wood product that visionaries say can be used to erect highrises up to 40 stories…..“We really have an opportunity in Oregon that we can lose if we don’t choose to take it,” says Thomas Maness, dean of the College of Forestry at Oregon State University. …Wood already is a popular choice for homes and small commercial buildings. CLT makes wood much stronger, so it can substitute for concrete and steel in bigger, taller structures. …Many environmentalists and timber industry leaders concur that thinning some forests can improve forest health and minimize fire dangers near cities. CLT promoters say it could be a perfect use for smaller trees cut in those efforts. Often that wood is only marketable as firewood, but the price of firewood doesn’t pay for the harvesting work.

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Forestry

Protecting Canada’s Forests Using Next Generation Biosurveillance

Genone BC Press Release
October 15, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A new $2.43 million research project, funded in part by Genome BC, has been approved to develop state of the art DNA biosurveillance detection tools for operational deployment. Preventing the introduction and establishment of Invasive Alien Species (IAS) such as the Asian gypsy moth and other forest pests, will protect forests and trees and also maintain Canada’s pest-free status to ensure market access for Canadian forest exports. Canada’s forests and urban trees cover more than 400 million hectares and provide a huge variety of economic, social and environmental benefits. IAS are an increasing threat that can cause irreversible damage to the environment impacting agriculture, forestry, urban and natural environments and are thereby responsible for losses of hundreds of millions of dollars to the Canadian economy. 

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Lawmakers vent to feds, assert forest fire inaction

Deseret News
October 15, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

SALT LAKE CITY — Dozens of Utah communities and thousands of state residents are a “spark away” from the danger of catastrophic wildfires, restrained in reducing their risk by federal agencies that aren’t managing forests. That charge — repeated multiple times in a legislative committee discussion Wednesday — underscored the plea made by lawmakers that the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service step up oversight of the land the entities control in Utah. “If you are going to be the landowner, the landlord, we look to you to for the responsibility in taking the lead,” said Rep. Roger Barrus, R-Centerville.

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My Turn: Let’s not cook the goose that lays the golden eggs

Juneau Empire
October 16, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

According to Southeast Conference, Southeast Alaska’s economy is increasingly stable, diverse and strong. …SEACC has consistently supported a dozen locally-owned small sawmills with brochures, videos and advertising. We’ve also collaborated on innovative community forestry projects that keep timber dollars in the region. …Southeast Conference reports that timber brought in just $17 million to the region in 2013, less than 1 percent of fishing and tourism’s combined $2 billion, and below even our region’s arts sector in economic value. Meanwhile, American taxpayers are subsidizing the export-oriented Tongass timber program at $20 million per year — $130,000 per Tongass timber job — as the New York Times recently reported. …Community forestry has a vital, if supplemental, economic role to play in Southeast Alaska. 

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Swan River State Forest active in timber harvest, forest management

Bigfork Eagle
October 15, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

When you see a log truck roll through town, consider the impact that truck has on local schools. Say, for instance, that truck is loaded with logs from state lands. Carrying about 4,500 board feet of wood, that single truck load is worth about $7,000 to Montana elementary and high schools. Revenue from state lands — through mining, livestock leases, real estate leasing and timber harvests — provides 10 percent of the Montana school budget. [Jason] Parke [project leader for the Swan River State Forest] is working on one timber harvest that will bring in a substantial portion of the state land harvest over the next three years. The Cilly Cliffs sale encompasses about 2, 131 acres on the east side of the Swan Valley, about 35 miles south of Bigfork.

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Montana’s Forest Products Week

Flathead News
October 15, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Oct. 17 through 24 marks the fourth annual Montana Forest Products Week. In 2011, the state legislature set aside a week, every October, to recognize the importance of Montana’s forest products industry, their contribution to the management of our forest lands, to Montana’s economy, and to the stability of our timber-dependent communities.
Montana’s appreciation week coincides with the National Forest Products Week, established by a joint resolution of Congress, in 1960.

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Researchers create global map of world’s forests circa 1990

mongabay.com
October 15, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Researchers have created a global map of the world’s forests in the year 1990, enabling accurate comparisons between past and current deforestation rates. The GIS data underpinning the map is available at LandCover.org. The research, published by University of Maryland scientists in the journal Remote Sensing of Environment, is based on 30-meter resolution NASA satellite data, providing the highest-resolution map of 1990 forest cover ever developed. The data is consistent with a recent study that developed maps for year 2000 and year 2005 forest cover, allowing researchers to measure 1990s forest cover change.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Is carbon capture and storage a reality, or just a dream?

Renew Economy
October 15, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada

To have any chance of avoiding dangerous climate change we’ll have to reduce the carbon emissions from our energy sectors — currently the largest human source of greenhouse gas emissions globally… Renewable energy is one solution. But given ongoing debate about supplying enough energy for a growing population, and replacing old fossil fuel energy generators, options such as carbon capture and storage have been hailed as another. Recently the largest carbon capture and storage program yet began operation at SaskPower’s Boundary Dam project in Saskatchewan, Canada… The Canadian project demonstrates that the technology can be used, but we now know it comes at considerable cost, and may not even reduce overall carbon emissions.

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Will National Forests Be Sacrificed to the Biomass Industry?

The US Forest Service wants to sell our forests for fuel in the name of wildfire reduction
Earth Island
October 15, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

If we’re to believe the biomass energy industry, the US Forest Service, and a chorus of politicians from both sides of the aisle, we can solve the energy crisis, cure climate change, and eradicate wildfire by logging and chipping our national forests and burning them up in biomass power facilities. The plotline of their story goes something like this: Years of taxpayer-funded logging and fire suppression in federal forests (at the behest of the timber industry) has resulted in “overgrown” forests crawling with icky bugs, ticking time bombs ready to burst into flames.  

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Keeping Score on climate change

The massive Mendenhall Glacier in Alaska’s Tongass National Forest is rapidly retreating
USDA US Forest Service
October 15, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

The U.S. Forest Service has developed something it calls the Climate Change Performance Scorecard. The scorecard was created as a way for the Forest Service to measure how well it was responding to climate change and to keep track of experiences and best practices so others could learn from them. “Given our role in managing our country’s natural resources, we have a particularly unique opportunity to respond,” said Dave Cleaves, U.S. Forest Service Climate Change Advisor. “The Scorecard is helping more forest land managers develop an understanding of how climate change will impact rivers, tree health, wildfire activity, and more … and what to do about it.”

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Coal is cleaner option and gives us ‘energy independence’

Yorkshire Post
October 15, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

BRITAIN has severely reduced the number of her coal-fired power stations and has spent around £1bn converting the coal-fired Drax power station to burn wood pellets, described as renewable biomass material. This has been done to achieve so-called cleaner energy and reduce harmful emissions and help combat climate change. But, there are very serious and conflicting views on the claims made for wood pellets and the importation and use of these has been described by some as “lunacy”. So, shouldn’t we all forget pre-conceived opinions about the benefits of using wood pellets instead of coal and fully debate the position?

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