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Daily Archives: October 27, 2014

Froggy Foibles

Logging cell calls

Manteca Bulletin
October 26, 2014
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: United States, US West

The tallest “pine tree” in Manteca is going to be “planted” along Button Avenue. Verizon is seeking permission to erect an 88-foot cell tower disguised as a pine tree in the 100 block of Button Avenue within a small industrial park. …The cell tower will be screened by branches of the fake pine tree fashioned from a monopole. A pine tree design was chose to blend in with existing pine trees on nearby properties.

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Business & Politics

Forestry industry making more than lumber

Prince George Citizen
October 25, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The measuring stick for northern B.C. is still made out of wood, but northern B.C. wood is making a lot more than sticks these days. The contributions of mining, liquefied natural gas, agriculture and tourism have diversified the economic profile of the Central and Northern Interior, but forestry has never been supplanted as the bread-and-butter industry for jobs and career opportunities. It is active in every community from the peaks of the Rockies to the waves of the Pacific, from the Cariboo to the Yukon. As a commodity, it took a temporary pounding during the global economic crisis but as an industry, the players have reinvented and modernized themselves.

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Partnerships coming from forestry innovations

Prince George Citizen
October 25, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Nechako/L&M Lumber industrial site in Vanderhoof has been the site of multiple innovations. The cluster of companies on the one site now totals four with the planer mill, the sawmill, the pellet plant and the energy system, but there are also have several sub-ventures on the site, such as making the custom bags for the pellets and manufacturing the specialized shipping pallets needed for bulk shipping. The partnerships radiate next door to the farm supplies company across the road. Glen Dale Agra converts bulk fertilizer bags into the one-tonne pellet packages sold by Premium Pellet. The four companies also combine to hire an army of workers for a full spectrum of jobs, from manual labourers to those requiring doctoral-level degrees.

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Forestry innovation keeps saws humming

By Frank Peebles
Prince George Citizen
October 24, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANDERHOOF, B.C. — The future of the B.C. forest sector — the bread-and-butter business of many northern towns despite the rise of LNG and mining — rests with companies like Vanderhoof’s Nechako Lumber. It has made the small town of Vanderhoof a trendsetter of the forestry industry that is rising from the pounding of the global economic crisis — one that uses high-tech innovations, while being keenly aware of environmental sensitivity, international energy demands, and good old-fashioned penny pinching. Lloyd Larsen and Mike Manojlovic founded Nechako Lumber in 1969.

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The Smell of Money (radio)

Jobs versus the environment, wealth versus health
CBC Atlantic Voice
October 24, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Jobs versus the environment…wealth versus health. For generations that’s the choice many rural communities across the region have had to make. This week guest host Harry Forestell looks at the tricky issue of balancing economic growth with protecting the environment.  We also hear a report from Pictou, Nova Scotia, where this past summer residents decided they could no longer put up with emissions from the local pulp mill.

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Mill closures remind us of Maine paper’s power

Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel
October 26, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

It can be ripped in half or crumpled beyond repair by only the slightest slip of the hand, yet paper is likely the most powerful product to come out of Maine. Its economic clout has been mighty, building entire towns in the midst of vast Maine forests and helping to lift countless Maine families into the middle class. Paper is one of the few man-made commodities that generations have cherished their whole lives, from the colored construction paper on which they first wrote “I love you mom” to their favorite books kept beside the bed in old age. Despite the explosion of information on computer screens, evocative phrases like “looks good on paper” or “turn the page” are strong reminders of how deeply paper is ingrained in our culture. Right now, Maine’s ties to paper are coming undone. 

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NewPage announces Q3 financial results

Pulp and Paper News
October 27, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

NewPage Holdings recently announced its results of operations for the third quarter of 2014. Net sales in the third quarter of 2014 were $796 million compared to $780 million in the third quarter of 2013. Net sales improved due to higher sales volume of paper partially offset by lower paper prices. Paper pricing is impacted by lower industry demand. Paper sales volume totaled 876,000 tons and 843,000 tons for the third quarter of 2014 and 2013. Average paper prices were $884 per ton and $892 per ton in the third quarter of 2014 and 2013.

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Timber industry shows its impact with National Forest Products Week

Washington Forest Protection Association Blog
October 24, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

…National Forest Products Week, always the third week of October, is a tribute to the country’s forest products industry and the 900,000 American workers who make the industry such a critical piece of the U.S. economy.  This years’s event, Oct. 19-25, includes timber tours, industry fairs, student training sessions, lectures and charity home builds, from Kentucky and Florida to Montana, Idaho and Oregon. Jim Hannan, CEO and President of Georgia-Pacific, a pulp and paper company based in Atlanta, put it well this week: It’s National Forest Products Week, a nationally designated time to recognize the contributions of forest products manufacturers to the lives of all American citizens. In my opinion, the U.S. forest products industry is one of our country’s greatest success stories.

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Debate Rages Over Forest Log Supply

Flathead Beacon
October 25, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Recent litigation and court orders have cast a pall of gloom over the industry, cracking open old divisions as sawmills reduce production. Last week’s Timber Tour, an annual event hosted by the valley’s chambers of commerce and the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation, was intended to showcase the industry and its role in managing forests, but the event concluded in a dim tone. “We are having a serious issue with log supply and it’s become a big challenge,” said Paul McKenzie, lands and resource manager for F.H. Stoltze Land and Lumber.

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Georgia-Pacific Leads List of Largest Forest Products Companies in Arkansas

Arkansas Business
October 27, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

This year’s list of largest forest products companies is little changed from last year. One company, however, ITW Shippers of Fordyce with 143 employees in 2013, fell off the list. It has been sold, according to a company employee, but the company failed to respond to repeated requests for information. In addition, West Fraser Inc. of Germantown, Tennessee, a subsidiary of Canadian company West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd., moved up the list to the No. 5 spot from No. 11 last year.

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Ilim Group receives annual National Forestry Award for efficient forest management

Lesprom Network
October 24, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Based on 2013 performance, Ilim Group won the 11th All-Russian National Forestry Award for Best Forest Management, as the company said in the press release received by Lesprom Network. Ilim Group performs reforestation activities throughout the entire harvesting area with reforestation costs amounting to RUB 129 million ($3 million) in 2013.

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Higher deliveries and prices of German beech logs to China

IHB
October 27, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

German beech log exports to China rose sharply in the first even months of 2014, compared to the reference period last year. Log hunger in China is still at high levels, and explains the high demand for German logs. From January to July, Germany shipped 40% more beech logs to the People’s Republic. Backed by an 8% increase in export price, the surge in value is even higher (+52%). As China accounts for more than 55% of all German beech log exports, the surge in Chinese demand supported the overall 20% increase in deliveries. While exports to Austria were stable, those to Denmark and India have increased by 29% and 70% respectively.

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Falling Ruble might help Russian wood industry

IHB
October 27, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Wood industry in Russia might benefit from the country’s status as a financial pariah, with domestic wood manufacture improving and exports to some markets growing as the Ruble falls in value against world currencies, according to a Woodworking Network report. At the moment, Russia supplies about 40 percent of softwood lumber to the Chinese market. Exports to China rose no more than 32 percent in the second quarter of this year, while the overall Chinese imports of logs and lumber increased by 19 percent in the same period.

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Lumber Imports to China Slowed in Early 2014, But Picked Up Steam

Wood Resources International LLC
October 26, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

SEATTLE — A slowdown in the Chinese economy impacted the construction sector in early 2014 resulting in a decline in lumber import volumes by 16% in the 1Q/14 as compared to the previous quarter. The biggest drop was in Canadian lumber shipments, which fell to their lowest levels in two years, according to the Wood Resource Quarterly. The reduced activities in the building sector during the winter months also impacted log import volumes to China, but it was more of a break in the upward trend rather than a decline, with the 1Q/14 imports being about the same as in the 4Q/13.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

17 gorgeous tree houses that are nicer than your real house

Buzz Buzz Homes
October 26, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada

You don’t have to be a child to appreciate the wooded beauty of these forested homes.

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Bitterroot Valley log home builders on rebound

The Missoulian
October 26, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

VICTOR – Business has been good this year at Bitterroot Valley Log and Timber just south of Victor. And from the looks of it, next year is going to be even better, said the company’s office manager, Art Turner. “Next year is looking wonderful,” Turner said. “The forecast is generally trending well upward. We’re expecting to see a 60 to 75 percent increase in the upcoming year. That’s a breath of fresh for the industry as a whole.” It’s also good news for the loggers in the woods, the craftsmen working in the log yard and people who supply the industry with everything down to nuts and bolts.

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CLT takes off in U.S. as new projects arise

IHB
October 27, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

Oregon BEST last week announced a new round of commercialization funding that will team southern Oregon-based DR Johnson Lumber Co. with Oregon State University researchers to determine how a new engineered building material made from lumber might catapult Oregon wood products to the forefront of construction innovation and technology. Production of cross laminated timber, or CLT, has taken off in Europe in the recent years, but only two plants produce structural grade CLT in North America, both located in Canada.

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Wood Solutions Fair: Oregon BEST looks to create a new timber industry

Portland Business Journal
October 24, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

Oregon BEST and Oregon State University are teaming with a Southern Oregon timber business in a bid to turn the state into a center for Cross-Laminated Timber Manufacturing. Oregon BEST is investing $150,000 into research to support development of the United States’ first CLT plant — at DR Johnson, a Riddle, Oregon timber mill and laminating business. Ken Vaughn, director of business development at Oregon BEST, announced the latest investment Thursday during the annual Wood Solutions Fair, held at the Oregon Convention Center. The program emphasized the sustainable and seismic value of wood for architects and engineers.

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Forestry

GNWT to spend $27M on new tankers to battle forest fires

CBC News
October 26, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Government of the Northwest Territories is already planning for future fire seasons, as it looks to invest in new equipment and resources.  The Department of Environment and Natural Resources is reviewing how it handled this summer’s wildfire season, which was considered the worst in a generation. The department is also planning to invest in new equipment for future seasons, which includes new air tankers. Eight Air Tractor Fire Boss aircraft will replace the current fleet of four CL-215s.  Each new tanker carries about 2,300 litres of water or fire retardant, about half the capacity of the CL-215s.

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The promise of LNG has B.C.’s northwest buzzing

By Gordon Hoekstra
Victoria Times Colonist
October 26, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

In Kitimat, the streets are busy — the town full of activity, heady with anticipation. Also a little apprehension. …This small community — which has seen its permanent population plummet nearly 30 per cent since the mid-’90s — is in the midst of an economic boom, one fuelled in part by the prospect of two liquefied natural gas export plants that would tap into growing Asian demand for energy. …There is this reality: If the LNG plants go ahead, and once construction is complete, there will still be fewer jobs than during Kitimat’s industrial height. That’s true for all of northwestern B.C., which has seen its forest products industry collapse in the past two decades. …The remaining vestige of the once-thriving forest sector — seen in the loaded logging trucks on the region’s highways — are raw log exports, which provide fewer jobs than manufacturing. 

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Not just a walk in the park

Whitecourt Star
October 25, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Bats living in the vicinity of the Blue Ridge recreation area can now move into some swanky new digs, thanks to Whitecourt’s Junior Forest Wardens. …The Junior Forest Warden program stretches back to B.C., where it began in the early 1920s. Since then it has spread to become a firmly established program, nation-wide. In Whitecourt, the program has had an on-again, off-again existence for a number of years. John MacAulay, the coordinator for the Whitecourt Wardens said he thinks it’s because of the nature of the town and the number of people who move here and then leave because of work and industry.

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Mayor Denis Coderre promises to protect more forests by 2017

Montreal Gazette
October 26, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Mayor Denis Coderre took a hike Saturday through the hardwood forest of the Bois de Liesse Nature Park, a breathtakingly beautiful woods that would have been mowed down in the late 1980s if not for the hard work of some of his tour guides. As the island-wide council, which Coderre chairs, prepares to vote on a draft Land Use and Development Plan on Nov. 20, the Green Coalition invited Coderre to the woods to remind him how important it is to work fast to protect the last few natural green spaces that remain on Montreal Island. …[Coderre] reiterated his promise to protect 8 per cent of the island’s land mass from development, up from the 6-per-cent goal of previous administrations. 

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COUNTERPOINT: Clearcutting’s toll is clear

Letter from Dale Prest, BSc (E. Sci.), MSc (Soil Science), woodlot owner and ecosystem service specialist with Community Forests International
Chronicle Herald
October 27, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

In his Oct. 18 Counterpoint, Ed Bailey makes incredible assertions about how good clearcutting is for Nova Scotia and rural employment. I’d like to focus on just one: that science supports clearcutting as best for forests and forest employment, based on 40 years of research. The science that Mr. Bailey is referring to is an outdated mathematical view of how trees grow. …rees sprout and grow vigorously, ignoring the importance of soil health on tree growth. Research carried out here in Nova Scotia and across northeastern North America is showing that clearcutting causes a major loss of the nutrients most important to tree growth: primarily nitrogen and organic matter.

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Retiring ranger wonders who will keep the ‘wild’ in wilderness

The Missoulian
October 27, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

CONDON – Kari Gunderson was sitting in her office when it started to rain golden larch needles. Workplace phenomena like that are common when you’re a wilderness ranger. And Gunderson has spent 35 years reporting for duty in the Mission Mountains Wilderness. This fall, she’ll stop calling the Missions her office, but she’ll still call it home. “This is very bittersweet for me,” Gunderson said, sitting on a boulder at the edge of Glacier Slough. “But it’s time to hand it on to others. I think there are a lot of Millennials who have the interest and skill-set to do this. I hope to pass it on to people with local knowledge and credibility — who know the land.”

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Salvage logging begins at Oregon Gulch Fire site, but opponents say ecosystem will suffer

The Oregonian
October 26, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Spiky clumps of Oregon grape are just beginning to emerge in a sea of brown needles, charred bark and blackened rock blanketing southwestern Klamath County. “It burned hot,” said Andy Geissler, pointing to naked trees and gnarled shrubs that were scorched in the 35,000-acre Oregon Gulch Fire in August. …”I haven’t seen a green needle in a while. On Wednesday, Geissler, a Western Oregon field forester for the American Forest Resource Council, and a representative from Boise-Cascade toured a portion of the 17,000 acres blackened in Klamath County; about 5,000 of those acres are public land managed by the Bureau of Land Management.

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GMOs, genetically engineered crops: Oregon State University scientist Steve Strauss explains how they work — science Q&A (links, video)

The Oregonian
October 26, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Oregon voters are now filling out ballots to decide, among other issues, whether to mandate labeling of genetically engineered foods sold in the state. …Steve Strauss is a professor with Oregon State University’s College of Forestry, where he is part of the Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society and conducts research on genetically engineered trees for uses in forestry, bioenergy and horticulture. Strauss has collaborated with Portland State University biologist Todd Rosentiel on research involving poplar trees used as biofuel and solving issues of air pollution the trees can generate when farmed en masse. He answered 10 questions on the topic of GMOs and GE crops via email.

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Tour highlights importance of timber industry in Northwest MT

KPAX
October 24, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

KALISPELL – Some of the leaders in Northwest Montana’s timber industry explored what the future of lumber production could look like on Thursday, and why it remains an important industry for Northwest Montana. Lumber production has seen a steady incline in Montana since 2008, with both the number of mill production workers and their wages increasing in 2013 – and this year, economists are forecasting even more growth in the state’s Forest Products industry. “It’s almost half of the manufacturing economy that we have here in the Flathead. It’s just a critical piece of our overall economy and very important to keep it viable and healthy,” observed Kalispell Chamber of Commerce CEO Joe Unterreiner.

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Forest manager Forico starts a reinvestment strategy for former Gunns Tasmanian timber plantations

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

The company managing the former Gunns Tasmanian timber plantations is embarking on a new investment phase, with plans to spend around $20 million on woodchip mills and plantation establishment. The New Forests owned forest management company Forico will this year re-plant 1,000 hectares, but next year intends to spend between $10 and $15 million replanting up to 5,000 hectares of eucalypt plantations in the state. Forico CEO Bryan Hayes says the industry is at the bottom of the economic cycle and they are positioning their company for the recovery. In doing so, he’s ruled out building a pulp mill.

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England’s top 10 trees shortlisted for ‘tree of the year’

October 27, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A yew where Magna Carta is thought to have been signed, the apple tree that inspired Newton’s theory of gravity and an 800-year oak believed to have sheltered Robin Hood are among the candidates for England’s first ‘tree of the year’. Experts at the Woodland Trust and other nature groups have drawn up a shortlist of 10 trees that is open to a public vote to declare a winner based on their cultural and ecological value – and perhaps simply which one is the most-loved. On the list is the Kett’s Oak in Norfolk, where farmer Robert Kett’s men met over five hundred years ago to lead the Norfolk Rebellion of peasants against robber barons, which was quashed and saw him executed at Norwich castle.

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Illegal foragers are stripping UK forests of fungi

October 27, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

… “This is a penny bun – also called a cep – and it’s really edible,” he says. “It is the one the pickers love. They are really expensive and really lovely to eat.” Epping Forest, an ancient woodland straddling the border of greater London and Essex, is one of the best fungi sites in the country, with over 1,600 different species. But, like other fungi-rich sites such as the New Forest, it is being stripped out by illegal picking by gangs believed to sell the wild mushrooms to restaurants and markets.

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Indonesia to merge forestry, environment ministries

Asia One News
October 26, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Indonesia is set to merge its Forestry and Environment Ministries into one entity, in a move aimed at better managing deforestation and the haze. President Joko Widodo gave notice of this change and a reorganisation of several other ministries in a letter to Parliament obtained by the media. Dr Kuntoro Mangkusubroto, former head of the presidential delivery unit, told The Straits Times yesterday that the revamp was welcome and would help improve efficiency and law enforcement. The new Ministry for the Environment and Forestry would be better able to handle forest fires and look at how forests can help tackle climate change, he said. 

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Government ‘confident’ of passing watered down anti-protest laws

ABC News, Australia
October 23, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Tasmanian Government has moved to water down its controversial anti-protest laws. The move was met with a mixed response as unions were worried industrial action could be caught up in the laws, while industry threw its support behind the changes. The laws would still see on-the-spot fines, and mandatory jail sentences for people who trespass on workplaces. But the changes would see the laws confined to five areas: forestry, mining, agriculture, construction and manufacturing. The Government has also added a safeguard that would give protesters a “fair opportunity” to stop their actions meaning police would need to give a warning before making arrests.

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Illegal foragers are stripping UK forests of fungi

October 27, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

… “This is a penny bun – also called a cep – and it’s really edible,” he says. “It is the one the pickers love. They are really expensive and really lovely to eat.” Epping Forest, an ancient woodland straddling the border of greater London and Essex, is one of the best fungi sites in the country, with over 1,600 different species. But, like other fungi-rich sites such as the New Forest, it is being stripped out by illegal picking by gangs believed to sell the wild mushrooms to restaurants and markets.

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England’s top 10 trees shortlisted for ‘tree of the year’

October 27, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A yew where Magna Carta is thought to have been signed, the apple tree that inspired Newton’s theory of gravity and an 800-year oak believed to have sheltered Robin Hood are among the candidates for England’s first ‘tree of the year’. Experts at the Woodland Trust and other nature groups have drawn up a shortlist of 10 trees that is open to a public vote to declare a winner based on their cultural and ecological value – and perhaps simply which one is the most-loved. On the list is the Kett’s Oak in Norfolk, where farmer Robert Kett’s men met over five hundred years ago to lead the Norfolk Rebellion of peasants against robber barons, which was quashed and saw him executed at Norwich castle.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Bioenergy Push Spurs 2 New Wood Pellet Plants in Pine Bluff, Monticello

Arkansas Business
October 27, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

Europe’s increasing emphasis on renewable energy lies behind the announcements this summer that two companies plan to build wood pellet plants in Arkansas, one in Pine Bluff and one in Monticello. Demand for the pellets, which energy-producing companies in Europe use to generate electricity, led to a doubling of U.S. exports of the pellets last year, from 1.6 million tons in 2012 to 3.2 million tons in 2013. In July, Zilkha Biomass Energy LLC of Houston announced it would build a $90 million facility, creating 52 jobs in Monticello. In August, Highland Pellets LLC announced that it would build a $130 million plant in Pine Bluff, creating 35 jobs.

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Wood Fuel – The Key To Sustainable Woodland Management?

Green Building Press
October 26, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

‘Wood fuel is the key to sustainable woodland management’ was the message delegates at a recent conference received, as key players in the UK’s wood industry met in a Surrey woodland. Organised by Surrey Hills Enterprises, Friday’s National Wood Fuel Conference was attended by over 200 delegates who came together at Denbies Vineyard in Surrey for a previously ‘sold out’ event chaired by Grown in Britain’s Chief Executive, Dougal Driver. …the event saw industry experts, including DECC, CIBSE and the Forestry Commission, presenting the solid case for wood fuel as the key to sustainable woodland management.

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Finnish forest industry launched New tree project

Lesprom
October 27, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Finnish forest industry has launched a joint project called New tree (Uusi puu in Finnish) to increase awareness of the wood-based bioeconomy and promote today’s wood fibre based bio solutions – of products and solutions already available, their impact on society and economy and the growth potential of the sector, as Metsä Group said in the press release received by Lesprom Network. New tree is targeted primarily at opinion leaders in Finland. The participants represent an extensive range of Finnish forestry sector players, from forest owners to small and large companies, educational institutions, interest groups and users of wood-based products.

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