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Daily Archives: November 6, 2014

Froggy Foibles

350-year-old horticulture book donated to Australian National University

ABC News Australia
November 6, 2014
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: International

A 350-year-old book showcasing tree-planting techniques in 17th century England has been donated to the Australian National University in Canberra. The donation marked the 350th anniversary of the publication of Sylva, or a Discourse on Forest Trees. The book belonged to John Dargavel who bought the book while he was studying at university in England more than 50 years ago. “It was once owned by General Sir Charles Pasley or his eldest son,” Mr Dargavel said. …He said for tree experts, arborists and enthusiasts, the book was a fascinating insight into techniques used in the 1600s – some of which could still be used today.

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Business & Politics

Conifex Timber PT Lowered to C$9.00 at Raymond James

WKRB News & Analysis
November 6, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Research analysts at Raymond James dropped their price target on shares of Conifex Timber from C$11.00 to C$9.00 in a report released on Wednesday. The firm currently has a “strong-buy” rating on the stock. Raymond James’ price objective would indicate a potential upside of 46.58% from the company’s current price. Shares of Conifex Timber opened at 6.25 on Wednesday. Conifex Timber has a 52-week low of $6.01 and a 52-week high of $9.75. The stock has a 50-day moving average of $7.56 and a 200-day moving average of $7.8. The company has a market cap of $130.6 million and a price-to-earnings ratio of 29.71.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

2014 Wood Industry Market Leaders Revealed

WoodWorking Network
November 6, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, United States

Wood Industry Market Leaders are those that meet the economic and global challenges facing the North American woodworking industry — and finesse them to their advantage. Through a variety of ways, they not only improve and grow their own businesses, but help better the industry as a whole. On the links below, you’ll read the stories behind this year’s leading executives: not only their strategies for success, but also their influences, achievements and insights. With their business acumen, incorporation of new technologies, and ability to look at the big picture, not only did these executives help lead their companies to greater prominence — but an entire industry as well.

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Vancouver Greens look south to Portland for affordable housing ideas

straight.com
November 5, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

TINY HOUSES AND wood-frame construction are some of the housing ideas that the Green Party of Vancouver wants to see the city looking at. Those are two of the proposals that are outlined in the party’s municipal-election platform. As part of a list of almost 20 policies related to housing, the Greens are vowing to “encourage other affordability measures such as wood-frame multi-unit housing construction”. In a phone interview with the Straight, Green council candidate Pete Fry cited the environmental performance, architectural form, and lower costs of the model as advantages. He noted that the B.C. building code allows up to six-storey wood-frame complexes.

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Calgary approves tall wood buildings to address growth

Journal of Commerce
November 6, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

The City of Calgary is now allowing building applications for six-storey wood buildings. Marco Civitarese, chief city building official and manager of building regulations, said that the city has not received any applications yet, because getting the required permits and zoning takes time, but the change has generated a lot of interest. Civitarese said there are about 2600 possible sites in the city that could be zoned for a six-storey wood building. Currently there are about 246, four-storey wood buildings, the highest the old building code allowed. Civitarese said that adding the change could help address the city’s explosive growth and help them reach density and intensification goals.

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In the ‘heritage heart’ of the neighbourhood

Vancouver Sun
November 3, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

When complete, VyaLiving will be a six-storey, 43-unit condo project located in what developer PortLiving is calling the “heritage heart” of Vancouver’s Mount Pleasant neighbourhood. The project, to rise just south of Kingsgate Mall, comprises five floors of wood-frame construction that will sit on top of a one-level retail concrete podium, overtop two levels of underground parking.

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Next in the North Loop, a building that says timber

Hines, owner of parcels by Target Field, will use engineered wood to give a new office building a warehouse feel with modern touches.
Star Tribune
November 5, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

Hines Interests aims to rebalance the lopsided residential growth in Minneapolis’ North Loop with an office and retail building designed to capture the historic essence of the neighborhood but with a modern edge. The seven-story, 210,000-square-foot building, unveiled Wednesday, is called T3 for its emphasis on timber, transit and technology. The speculative building, meaning it has no tenants lined up, will occupy one of several adjacent parcels that the Houston-based firm purchased next to Target Field in 2012. 

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HSE warns timber industry on fire risks (UK)

Builders Merchants Journal
November 5, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

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 letter has been produced in cooperation with the Structural Timber Association (STA), which represents the industry’s manufacturers and suppliers. STA and HSE are working together to promote a better understanding of fire risk management throughout all parts of the supply chain, including those outside STA’s membership.  The action is in the wake of serious incidents where fires involving timber frame structures under construction have affected neighbouring buildings. 

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Forestry

Jasper’s pine beetle management under scrutiny

The Fitz Hugh
November 5, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Jasper National Park has recently come under fire for what some are calling a failure to properly control the spread of mountain pine beetle. Concerns about the beetle—which kill trees by burrowing under their bark, stopping the flow of nutrients—have escalated in recent years, as it slowly makes its way from British Columbia across Alberta. Greg Pasychny is the mayor of Edson. He pointed out that there’s a large population of mountain pine beetle in Jasper, which he said “Parks Canada doesn’t want to do anything about.”

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Grand Council Treaty #3 supports Grassy Narrows

Kenora Online
November 5, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Chiefs of Treaty #3 First Nations voted unanimously to support Grassy Narrows First Nation in their demands for mercury justice and an end to clear cut logging on their homeland. The council is calling on the government of Ontario to cancel the part of the Whiskey Jack Forest Management Plan which would affect the territory of Grassy Narrows. A second resolution supports Grassy Narrows in their negotiations with Ontario towards greater control over culture, economy, and environment on their homeland. “We stand together with Grassy Narrows in defending our Treaty rights and our nationhood on our indigenous homeland against the genocide of a people,” said Treaty #3 Grand Chief Warren White. 

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Ontario revives efforts to combat invasive species like dangerous Asian carp

November 6, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Ontario is targeting the Asian carp and ash borer beetle by reintroducing its Invasive Species Act first proposed last February but killed off by the spring election. The legislation is the first of its kind in Canada and would give the province powers to intervene earlier with a wide range of potentially dangerous fish, plants and animals. Measures include “rapid response” actions like preventing the movement of contaminated firewood, bans on possessing and transporting certain invasive species, and modernized inspection systems. 

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Josephine County sheriff turned out after struggling to keep jail open and patrols on road

Tribtown.com
November 6, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

GRANTS PASS, Oregon — The sheriff of Josephine County has been turned out by voters after struggling to keep the jail open and rural patrols on the road while federal timber revenues that once sustained them dwindled… Gilbertson did not support tax increases dedicated to his department, saying he wanted to see the logging increases on federal lands that would bring increased revenues to the country. With a population of 83,000, Josephine County is in the heart of Oregon timber country. 

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As Wildfires Worsen, Calls for Change in Tactics

Climate change has sparked ever-larger and costlier wildlands fires, but how we attempt to prevent them is ‘simply wrong,’ a California researcher says.
US News
November 5, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Smokey Bear may not know the half of it. As one of the longest and costliest wildfire seasons in U.S. history comes to a close, a new study asserts the way we’ve been attempting to prevent forest fires is “simply wrong.” “We don’t fight hurricanes, we don’t fight earthquakes, but we do fire. It has other ways of being dealt with, and we’ve lost sight of that,” says Max Moritz, fire research scientist at the University of California, Berkeley, and the study’s lead author. Wildfires killed 34 firefighters last year and scorched more than 4.1 million acres of private, state and federal land, according the U.S. Forest Service and the National Interagency Fire Center. 

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Blight-resistant American chestnut trees take root at SUNY-ESF

Phys Org
November 6, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Scientists at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) are growing the first American chestnut trees that can withstand the blight that virtually eliminated the once-dominant tree from the eastern United States. …their biotechnology work with a gene originating in wheat makes the American chestnut tree at least as blight resistant as the Chinese chestnut tree that can co-exist with blight with minimal ill effects. …The next step in its return is for the researchers to select one of the 14 lines of transgenic trees with blight resistance and submit a detailed application to the federal agencies that will conduct a rigorous review process. 

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Rockefeller Christmas tree makes journey from Pennsylvania

CTV News
November 5, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

BLOOMSBURG, Pa. — A 25-metre Norway spruce that belonged to a Pennsylvania family of “Christmas elves” will serve as Rockefeller Center’s Christmas tree this year. Workers cut down the 12-metric ton tree and a crane hoisted it onto a trailer Wednesday morning for the 250-kilometre journey to midtown Manhattan. It’ll be illuminated for the first time on Dec. 3 in a ceremony that’s been held since 1933. The tree was donated by Dan Sigafoos, 38, and Rachel Drosdick-Sigafoos, 29, who live in a century-old farmhouse about three hours west of New York City. They begin their holiday season early by starting to play Christmas music in August or September.

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Wet weather douses forest fires

Great Lakes Echo
November 5, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

LANSING – Michigan has had an unusually small number of wildfires this year. Credit an unusually large amount of rain. The largest fire that the Department of Natural Resources responded to was about 150 acres near the Indiana border. Scott Heather, the assistant chief of DNR’s Forest Resources Division, said the past season “with all the rain” resulted in the fewest wildfires he’d seen in his 37-year career. “Typically in a more normal fire season, our agency will suppress at least one that’s 1,000 acres or more,” Heather said.

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Handling land demand

Missoula Independent
November 6, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Within days of The Nature Conservancy announcing its plan to purchase some 183 square miles of land north of Missoula from Plum Creek Timber Company, Nature Conservancy land protection specialist Chris Bryant started getting phone calls about specific pieces of the property. …‘Hey, is there any possibility that I could purchase this section?’ …Unlike the nonprofit’s other significant purchases in western Montana, the $85 million for this swath of prime wildlife habitat, hunting ground and recreation land was raised privately. That means there are no loans or interest to be paid and, thus, less of a rush to get the land off the group’s books. …Bryant says The Nature Conservancy’s overarching goal is to balance the land’s social, economic and conservation values.

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Seeing the forest’s ecosystem beyond the trees

FSC certification helps paper companies ensure that the forests that support animals, livelihoods and clean air are managed holistically
The Guardian
November 5, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

When you look at a forest, what do you see? Most people see trees. But trees are only one piece of the larger puzzle, which includes plants, people, animals, water, air and soil. Forests provide a host of unique economic, ecological, social and recreational benefits. To truly protect the health of North America’s forests, paper companies must address all elements of this ecosystem. For more than a decade, Domtar has worked hand-in-hand with leading non-government organizations, promoting Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification as a means of ensuring that the forests supplying its manufacturing base are responsibly – and holistically – managed. 

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Forest camera traps monitor world’s endangered species

SciDev.net
November 6, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Hidden in some of the world’s most impenetrable forests, a network of cameras with inbuilt motion sensors are snapping animals in their tropical habitats… With the help of local inhabitants, scientists from the TEAM (Tropical Ecology Assessment & Monitoring) Network have deployed ‘camera traps’ in 17 tropical forests. Although these are the richest biological habitats on the planet, they are also the least understood because they are so difficult to access. The images help build a picture of the long-term effects of climate change on biodiversity, natural resources and, ultimately, on human wellbeing in threatened environments. 

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Towards genetically-improved conifers

Genomics is going to improve our understanding of the genetic make-up of pines
youris.com
November 5, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Pines are long-lived; between 100 and 1,000 years. And they are a tree species, of high commercial importance. Indeed, they are valued for their timber and wood pulp. Now, a European Research project, called ProCoGen, is planning to unravel the pine genome by 2016. The trouble is that pines have a complex genome — seven times larger than the human genome — with an estimated size of 3.2 billion base pairs. The project’s goal is to identify genes and gene networks controlling important traits of ecological and economic relevance. These include traits able to control tree productivity, growth, drought and cold stress, in trees subjected to climate change.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Plans for controversial Avonmouth biomass plant thrown out by councillors

Bristol Post
November 6, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

COUNCILLORS have refused plans for a controversial biomass power plant in Avonmouth, which campaigners claimed could cause health problems for residents. Dressed in gas masks and armed with placards, protesters swamped the council’s College Green building last night (Wednesday) to campaign against the proposed wood burning plant. Under the proposals, up to 60,000 tonnes of dry waste wood per year would have been burnt to produce enough electricity to power 15,000 homes per year. It was planned that the majority of the wood would come from recycling firm Boomeco, which currently exports a large proportion of its waste.

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General

Cloudy Bay Sustainable Forestry company launches $68m lawsuit over PNG newspaper’s terrorism allegations

ABC Radio Australia
November 6, 2014
Category: Uncategorised

The Australian directors of a timber business in Papua New Guinea are suing the News Corp newspaper Post Courier for $60 million over allegations of links to terrorism. In September the PNG daily Post Courier newspaper published a front page story accusing an unnamed company of links to international terrorism. The next day it published a story quoting the PNG prime minister, who identified the company as Cloudy Bay Sustainable Forestry and announced an investigation into the alleged links. The two directors of the company who are taking the action have family links to convicted or wanted terrorists but have publically denounced terrorist actions and called for religious tolerance.

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Ontario revives efforts to combat invasive species like dangerous Asian carp

November 6, 2014
Category: Uncategorised

Ontario is targeting the Asian carp and ash borer beetle by reintroducing its Invasive Species Act first proposed last February but killed off by the spring election. The legislation is the first of its kind in Canada and would give the province powers to intervene earlier with a wide range of potentially dangerous fish, plants and animals. Measures include “rapid response” actions like preventing the movement of contaminated firewood, bans on possessing and transporting certain invasive species, and modernized inspection systems. 

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