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Daily Archives: November 4, 2014

Business & Politics

Fort Nelson pushing to reopen northeast sawmills

Business in Vancouver
November 4, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

In 2008 …Canfor Corp. closed its Tackama plywood and PolarBoard oriented strand board mills. The closures came on the heels of the closure of the Tackama sawmill in 2005, which brought Fort Nelson’s forestry industry to a virtual standstill. …It wasn’t the mountain pine beetle that closed the mills … but a downturn in the U.S. housing market. But now that the market south of the border is in recovery, the Northern Rockies Regional Municipality says there is a business case for restarting sawmill operations in Fort Nelson. …Unlike the B.C. Interior, which is facing a shrinking wood basket, the Fort Nelson Forest District has an abundance of timber, Gilbert said.

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Ministry offers update on Kenora Forest Products

Kenora Online
November 3, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

After signing a six-year deal with Kenora Forest Products in August, union representatives are looking forward to getting back to work. They’re hoping for a restart in the New Year, but the missing piece is the wood allocation. The Ministry of Natural Resources has encouraged the company and the union to work with First Nation partners, as they try to resolve the issue of wood supply for the sawmill. At the same time, there have been legal and political battles surrounding the province’s ability to issue permits for traditional lands, including parts of the Whiskey Jack Forest, which could be a key source of wood for local mills.

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U.S. Housing Recovery to Help New Brunswick Forestry Sector to Double-Digit Export Growth

Market Wired Press Release
November 4, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

MONCTON, NB – A strong performance from the forestry sector will help propel New Brunswick’s export shipments to a healthy 7 per cent growth rate next year, following a modest 3 per cent increase in 2014, predicts Export Development Canada (EDC) in the latest global forecast. Forestry is expected to record the biggest improvement in both 2014 and 2015 among the province’s leading export sectors, with growth rates of 13 and 10 per cent respectively. Peter Hall, EDC’s Chief Economist, said the building momentum of residential construction in the U.S., after several years of contraction and stagnation, will help lumber exports throughout Canada, including New Brunswick.

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U.S.: Lumber and panel market report

Global Wood
November 4, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Framing lumber trading was subdued as October drew to a close. Many buyers said they were limiting purchases and adhering to the adage to be lean by Halloween. Some were determined to avoid any late-year missteps that would undermine what has been a profitable year… Structural panel prices showed mild shifts amid lackluster trading. Following modest upticks the past couple weeks, prices of OSB flattened at the end of October. Most buyers reported that they had covered their near-term needs and returned to the sidelines. 

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Green Circle BioEnergy set to change hands

Jackson Country Floridan
November 4, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Swedish-owned Green Circle BioEnergy in Cottondale will changes hands soon, pending approval of the deal in a mandatory test for conformity with anti-trust laws. Green Circle CEO Morten Neraas confirmed the planned sale Monday, and said the change is not expected to affect employees or product suppliers negatively. American-owned Enviva Partners is expected to acquire the Cottondale-based wood pellet plant in December of this year or January of 2015.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Window makers say Vancouver’s green building bylaw is clouding their future

Business in Vancouver
November 4, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Small local businesses that manufacture windows could be forced out of business by a new Vancouver building code for houses considered the most stringent in North America. The new bylaw is also expected to increase construction prices in a city already ranked as having the world’s second least affordable housing. …Under climate zones outlined by Natural Resources Canada’s Energy Star program for windows, Vancouver falls under the most temperate Zone A. However, the new City of Vancouver building bylaw requires that windows meet the standards of Zone C, the same level as in northern B.C. towns such as Dawson Creek.

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Firefighters Say Homes Burning Faster Than Ever

WIFR News Rockford, IL
November 3, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

…We spoke with several area fire departments who say part of the problem is our homes burn faster than ever before. Cherry Valley firefighter Lt. Rich Trapp trains his men to prepare for the worst. They often see it and where they find it may be closer to us than we think because the newer our furniture the more likely it could go up in flames. …Newer homes have smaller wood and what’s called osb board. Essentially it’s pieces of wood glued together. It’s cheaper, very strong and burns quicker. “Chips glued together obviously under a fire-load it’s going to fail faster than a true dimensional piece of lumber would fail,” says Trapp.

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Plant eyes toxic purge

Albany Times Union
November 3, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

The planned expansion of a Greene County lumber treatment plant will include a toxic waste cleanup under the state Brownfield Cleanup Program. Northeast Treaters Inc., located in Athens on Route 28 near Route 9W, will be removing areas tainted by chromated copper arsenate (CCA), a chemical compound used in pressure treating of lumber, according to plant manager Greg Christy. The 16-acre facility has been pressure treating lumber since 1979. …Amid health concerns, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency banned the use of CCA-treated wood for residential purposes beginning in 2003; that same year, the Athens plant ceased using the chemicals and switched to a non-hazardous alternative.

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Seihoku Corporation and Japan Kenzai plan to export softwood plywood to Taiwan

Lesprom Network
November 3, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Seihoku Corporation (Tokyo) and Japan Kenzai Co., Ltd (Tokyo) jointly plan to export 100% domestic softwood plywood to Taiwan P.o.C. They plan to expand the export market to other Asian countries in future. The first container sailed to Taiwan P.o.C from Yokohama. This is trial shipment of about 1,200 sheets of 12 mm thick 3×6, ITTO reports. They plan to continue the shipment regularly every month to develop market of items like floor base. Japan Kenzai’s subsidiary in Taiwan P.o.C will market in Taiwan P.o.C.

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The 7th China Yiwu International Forest Products Fair Successfully Held

Market Watch
November 3, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

The 7th China Yiwu International Forest Products Fair (“Forest Fair”) was held at the Yiwu International Expo Centre on November 1-4. The fair, themed “harmonious coexistence and sustainable development,” was expected to attract 1,322 exhibitors from nearly 30 countries and regions who showcased their products at 3,240 booths across the70,000-square-meter exhibition space.

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Key Benefits of Cross Laminated Timber Construction

Specification OnLine UK
November 4, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

According to a survey by the Structural Timber Association, a staggering 74% of the UK’s contractors, developers, architects and registered providers revealed that they plan to increase specifications of structural timber due to benefits such as thermal, acoustic and sustainability performance, together with speed of build.  The key is in the strength to weight ratio of the engineered timber – factory manufactured to exacting standards – CLT is an extremely stable solution which has little shrinkage or movement post construction. It has proven multi-storey capability, up to nine floors in the UK and a structural capacity beyond this. 

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The Health and Safety Executive turns up heat on timber frame industry

Scottish Construction Now
November 4, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

The Health and Safety Executive has fired a warning shot to the timber frame industry spelling out its responsibility for reducing fire risks in urban areas. An open letter to the industry has warned that designers will be held responsible for ensuring timber frame designs fully take into account the close proximity of neighbouring buildings. The HSE has acted in the wake of serious incidents where fires involving timber frame structures under construction have affected neighbouring buildings. Already fire chiefs have warned that fires can rapidly overcome timber frame structures while under construction generating intense heat. The main priority is then to ensure the fire does not spread to nearby buildings.

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Forestry

Natural Resources Minister Rickford Announces Visit to Japan

Canada Newswire press release
November 4, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

The Honourable Greg Rickford, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, today announced his first official visit to Japan during November 5–7, where he will reinforce the economic and natural resources relationships between our countries. This week’s visit follows Minister Rickford’s participation in the APEC Energy Ministers Summit in Asia last September. Minister Rickford will highlight the strategic energy partnership between Canada and Japan aimed at enhancing Canadian jobs and economic prosperity while addressing Japan’s growing energy demands. 

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Saskatchewan adopts new environmental code

Opposition says ‘most important’ issues not included
CBC News
November 3, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The government of Saskatchewan has put in place a new code to to regulate the environment, which it says puts the emphasis where it should be — on the outcome the province wants. It says the new approach still requires the same result — for instance, a forestry company will still be required to plant enough trees to achieve a certain density of reforestation. But, environment officials say under the new results-based system, companies will not be asked to measure tree growth every six months with measuring tape, but rather could use satellite imagery or even drones to check the progress of the trees.

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Students learn forestry skills at McLean Mill

Alberni Valley Times
November 3, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Students of the Nuu-Chah-Nulth Employment Training Program had the opportunity to learn and test out their skills in two disciplines on site at McLean Mill last week. Along with other forestry related courses, co-ordinator Rob Oldale secured instructors for a chainsaw course and one in forest firefighting. The three day courses provide both theory and hands-on practice, with the intention of giving the students the skills they need to find work in the field. Working in partnership with Western Forest Products, all agree the mill has been an ideal location for the training.

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Opinion: It’s time to fully deliver Great Bear Rainforest agreements

Vancouver Sun
November 3, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

People around the world care deeply about British Columbia’s Great Bear Rainforest because of its spectacular natural beauty, rich First Nations cultures and their hope that thriving communities and intact rainforest are about to become reality in this region. The public’s optimism that this is possible is built on the Great Bear Rainforest Agreements announced in February 2006 by the provincial government, First Nations, a group of logging companies and environmental groups, which marked a breakthrough after years of land use conflicts, and were celebrated around the world.

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Climate Change Brings Destructive Pine Beetles North: New York and New Jersey Forests in the Cross-Hairs

Huffington Post
November 3, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

Residents of the American West are no stranger to the mountain pine beetle — a native insect that has been around for thousands of years but, thanks to climate change, has devastated many forests in the West in the past twenty years. Anybody who has driven through Colorado in the last few years, only to be confronted by vast expanses of bright red and gray dying trees, can attest to the havoc that an outbreak of pine beetles can wreak. With climate change, these beetle infestations are occurring over a larger range and moving higher up the mountains because the harsh winters and cold snaps needed to kill back the beetles are not occurring as regularly. 

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Dangerous dead trees targeted for removal

Great Falls Tribune
November 3, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Bill Avey, supervisor of Lewis and Clark National Forest, has signed a decision to remove dead trees lining 203 miles of road in three counties within the Little Belt Mountains, primarily the southwest portion. The trees were killed by mountain pine beetle. The trees are considered hazardous because they could fall down, said Dave Cunningham, a spokesman for the forest. “The whole purpose of this is to remove trees that pose a very real threat to public safety on open roads,” Cunningham said. …Native Ecosystems Council and the Alliance for the Wild Rockies filed a lawsuit in federal court, arguing for more environmental review because of potential impacts on streams and watersheds.

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Invasive Bug Prompts Quarantine In Pennsylvania Townships

NPR
November 3, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

The spotted lanternfly has officially arrived in the U.S., and leaders in Pennsylvania are hoping it won’t be staying long. The invasive pest poses a threat to fruit orchards and grape vines, along with forests and the timber industry. It was detected in Berks County, northwest of Philadelphia. “Berks County is the front line in the war against Spotted Lanternfly,” Agriculture Secretary George Greig said in a news release. “We are taking every measure possible to learn more, educate the public and ourselves and eliminate this threat to agriculture.”

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New Research Points to Vast Deforestation in Peru

Peruvian Times
November 4, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

New research by the Lima-based Instituto del Bien Comun, a non-governmental organization that promotes indigenous rights and environmental stewardship, has found that 1.42 million hectares (3.5 million acres) have been deforested in the Peruvian Amazon. The Peruvian Amazon Map 2014 said that about 25% of the land that has been cut down was on indigenous territory and protected natural areas, daily Gestion reported. According to the report, the pressure of logging and farming is being made on forests that are fundamental to mitigating the effects of climate change.

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Indonesian government’s concession policy prioritizes companies over forest communities

Mongabay.com
November 4, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

… A report by the Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) analyzes 100 of these conflicts around the world in the mining, oil and gas, logging and agricultural sectors and examines how and why they come about. The report focuses on several emerging economies, including Brazil, Colombia, Liberia, Peru, and Indonesia. In Indonesia, the report says, 30 percent of the country has been handed over by the government to some type of extractive industry. Often permits are granted without the knowledge or approval of local communities, raising “grave” human rights concerns. 

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Green Coke company half-way home

Green Coke company half-way home in equity crowd-funding bid
Scoop.co.nz
November 4, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

CarbonScape’s equity crowd-funding offer has raised more than half its $400,000 target capital – after only 12 days… CarbonScape holds an international patent on a revolutionary method for the production of products such as carbon-neutral Green Coke. Produced from waste wood, Green Coke can replace the climate-destroying coking coal used in the steelmaking process. The microwave technology has been proven in the company’s Blenheim laboratory, and the new investment will be used to build a pilot plant to supply the New Zealand Steel mill, south of Auckland.

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