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Daily Archives: November 13, 2014

Froggy Foibles

Lumber Sexuals

Q108 WCVQ
November 13, 2014
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: United States

Ryan and Gretchen talk about the new trend of men dressing like Lumber Jacks. (Radio Sound Bite)

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Business & Politics

Mill faces cost escalations

Company and unions work toward profitability
PR Peak
November 12, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Catalyst Paper Corporation millworkers in Powell River have a three-year window to profitability, a union leader said. Eldon Haggarty, president of Local 1, Communications Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada, was speaking after a visit from Joe Nemeth, president and CEO of Catalyst, to Powell River last week during a tour of the BC paper mills. Nemeth provided an address that included a statement about the status of the mill in this community. 

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Timber company, county still at odds on land value

The Oconee Enterprise
November 12, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

The Board of Tax Assessors is not budging on its valuation of timberland owned by Plum Creek. Plum Creek has lost two appeals before the Board of Equalization for the last two tax years. It is expected that they will appeal both rulings to Superior Court, but so far a court date has not been set. Attorney Michael Pruitt of Hall, Booth, Smith in Athens suggested to Chief Appraiser Allen Skinner that the county had three options in its current impasse with Plum Creek: start taking depositions of corporate representatives and expert witnesses, make a settlement offer or do nothing.

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Old Town mill purchaser experienced in diversifying, industry experts say

Bangor Daily News
November 12, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

OLD TOWN, Maine — The Wisconsin company looking to purchase Old Town Fuel & Fiber is a solid paper business with a focus on specialty products that bodes well for Maine, several forest products industry observers said Wednesday. The company, Expera Specialty Solutions, announced Tuesday it entered into an agreement to buy the shuttered and bankrupt Old Town pulp mill from Patriarch Partners. The mill still could go to another buyer if higher bids are solicited through the bankruptcy process that is ongoing. Expera is held entirely by the New York-based private equity firm KPS Capital Partners and Expera’s managers. 

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Forest, Paper & Packaging Deals Insights Quarterly — Q3, 2014

PWC
November 13, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada

PwC is pleased to share with you our quarterly analysis of mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity in the global forest, paper and packaging (FPP) industry for the third quarter (Q3) of 2014. Global M&A activity in the FPP sector in Q3 2014 saw a decrease in deal volume and total deal value relative to the second quarter (Q2) of 2014. A total of 26 M&A deals were announced during Q3 2014 with a total value of US$0.5 billion and an average (mean) deal size of approximately US$20 million. This compares to 38 deals in Q2 with a total value of US$3.2 billion and an average deal size of approximately US$85 million.

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Ontario Wood WORKS! 2014 Wood Design Award Winners Announced

CNW
November 12, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

A select group of Ontario’s leading architects, engineers, and project teams received Wood Design Awards at the 14th annual Wood WORKS! celebration in Toronto tonight. The awards program recognizes people and organizations that, through design excellence, advocacy, and innovation, are advancing the use of wood in all types of construction. “The role of wood in commercial and institutional construction is growing,” says Marianne Berube, executive director of the Ontario Wood WORKS! program.  

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DC “Green” Codes Serve to Raise the Bar

Digital Journal
November 13, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

The implementation of the District of Columbia’s latest “green” codes is set to raise the bar even higher for sustainability in the city. These codes – part of the new 2013 DC Building Code adopted earlier this year – include the 2013 DC Green Construction Code (GCC) and the new and improved DC Energy Conservation Code (ECC), both of which complement and enhance the efforts of the 2006 Green Building Act (GBA). “The code was necessary … said Lida Lewis, OTJ’s Director of Sustainability, who provided comments during the development the latest codes. “It’s no longer a niche interest — sustainability is now a universal concern, which makes compliance with basic green tenets elevate to a matter of public policy.”

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Mid Term Election Results Superb For Green Building

Green Building Law Update
November 13, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

Election Day 2014 in which Republicans made big gains in Congress and statehouses across the country portends huge business opportunities for green building. As more conservative legislative bodies look to enact environmental and energy policies while driving up growth without enacting new mandates or imposing new taxes, enabling voluntary green building is positioned to be part of the new legislative agendas. …most of today’s newly elected conservatives believe that a voluntary, non-mandatory approach to environmental protection is the best hope for stewardship of our planet. And that is the same belief that has led to the broad brand and wide market share acceptance of LEED.

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Green Building Initiative practices phony consensus

By Jason Grant, executive director of Greenwash Action, a joint initiative of the Sierra Club and Greenpeace
Portland Tribune
November 13, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

The GBI recently announced the formation of a new consensus body for the revision of its associated American National Standards Institute or ANSI standard GBI 01-2010, its Green Building Assessment Protocol for Commercial Buildings. The question of Green Globes’ status as an ANSI standard is neither trivial nor academic. … I figured that my interest in Green Globes is more material than most and applied to join the ANSI/GBI 01-2010 consensus body. …After receiving notification [that I was not selected], I reached out to GBI Secretariat Vicki Worden, noting that no representatives of environmental groups were chosen, even while companies and trade associations are amply represented.

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UPM to slash publication paper capacity by 800,000 t

EUWID Pulp and Paper
November 13, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

UPM plans to take 800,000 t of publication paper capacity from the European market. The company will close down one machine each at the mills Chapelle Darblay in France, Shotton in the UK and Jämsänkoski and Kaukas in Finland. UPM will considerably reduce its publication paper capacity in Europe. The company announced it would take 345,000 t of newsprint as well as 235,000 t of SC paper and 225,000 t of coated mechanical paper capacity from the European market. The affected machines are to be permanently closed by the end of the first quarter of 2015.

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Forestry

Saskatchewan judge uses fines to chop illegal tree harvesters down to size

Prince George Citizen
November 12, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Two men have been fined a total of $5,500 after admitting in a Saskatchewan courtroom to harvesting trees without a permit on public lands. Patrick and Reagan Racette of Lloydminster recently pleaded guilty to one count each under Saskatchewan’s Forest Resources Management Regulations. Patrick Racette received a $5,000 fine, while Reagan Racette was ordered to pay $500. Court heard that conservation officers investigated a call to the Turn-In-Poachers line this past June.

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Forester produces new, pocket-sized ‘tracks and scat’ guide

Times Argus
November 13, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

Levine, a forester and educator, has recently published a new redesigned and updated version of her 2008 tracking guide. The 2014 version, “Mammal Tracks and Scat” is small enough to fit in your pocket while you’re out in the woods. It’s designed to help people who like to solve natural mysteries. With Levine’s hand-sized guide, you can learn the difference between the footprints of a dog and a coyote, a mountain lion and a bobcat, a weasel and a mink, or even a red or gray fox. The tracks are still life-sized despite the pocket size of the book, and the guide also includes illustrations of animal scat, which can provide another source of good clues to an animal’s identity.

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Forests for the future: First glimmers of forest plan draw polarized reactions

Smoky Mountain News
November 12, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

When Brent Martin emerged from the Forest Management Plan meeting in Franklin, the first glimpse into the direction that management in the Pisgah and Nantahala national forests might take over the next few decades, he was upset. Shocked. Disbelieving, even. “I would say the emphasis in the plan right now is logging,” said the regional director for The Wilderness Society. “I think everyone was pretty surprised. It kind of looks like a plan that would have been more appropriate for Western North Carolina in the 50s or 60s.” 

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Wash. Forest Practices Board Adopts New Logging Guidelines

KUOW
November 12, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Washington state essentially prohibits logging on unstable slopes — since removing trees can worsen erosion and landslides. But it’s not always obvious which slopes are unstable. State officials Wednesday adopted a more cautious approach around slopes like the one that collapsed onto the town of Oso in March. That deep-seated landslide killed 43 people. New guidelines adopted by the state’s Forest Practices Board call for more thorough geological studies before logging near deep-seated landslide zones. 

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WorkSafe NZ Focuses in on Forestry Safety

Workers Compensation
November 13, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

WorkSafe NZ says the recent Independent Forestry Safety Review has clearly identified the problems facing an industry in which 10 workers were killed last year. “The Review’s analysis matches our own view and leaves no doubt about the need for comprehensive, integrated action by all participants in the sector, including the regulator,” WorkSafe Chief Executive Gordon MacDonald said. “The next step must lead to action to fix the industry’s ills, and WorkSafe will assist the establishment of the Forestry Leadership Action Group (FLAG) and work with it. The FLAG is the mechanism to develop practical solutions to the industry’s issues and the Review’s recommendations.

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China’s old-growth forests vanishing despite government policies, Dartmouth research shows

Eurekalert
November 12, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

HANOVER, N.H. – China’s anti-logging, conservation and ecotourism policies are accelerating the loss of old-growth forests in one of the world’s most ecologically fragile places, according to studies led by a Dartmouth College scientist. The findings shed new light on the complex interactions between China’s development and conservation policies and their impact on the most diverse temperate forests in the world, in “Shangri-La” in northwest Yunnan Province. Shangri-La, until recently an isolated Himalayan hinterland, is now the epicenter of China’s struggle to wed sustainable economic development with environmental protection. 

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Canada under pressure after U.S., China agree to curb greenhouse gases

CBC News
November 13, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada

Pressure is mounting on the Canadian government to take a more aggressive approach to curbing its greenhouse gas emissions, following a surprise announcement today of a climate change agreement between the world’s two largest polluters. …But Harper has also said that Canada is “more frank” than other countries about the economic impact of mitigating climate change. “No matter what they say, no country is going to take actions that are going to deliberately destroy jobs and growth in their country…” Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau said he hoped an agreement between the world’s largest economies would see Harper “wake up” and tackle climate change.

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Americans to European leaders: SOS! Save Our Southern Forests

Natural Resources Defense Council Blog
November 13, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

Today, thousands of concerned citizens across the U.S. are delivering an SOS message to leaders in the European Union: Save Our Southern Forests! “SOS” is famously the international Morse code distress signal. It’s being used to call attention to the alarming growth of the wood pellet industry in the Southern U.S., which now threatens some of our most ecologically valuable and carbon rich forests. Millions of tons of trees in the region are being harvested, processed into wood chips, loaded onto cargo ships and shipped across the ocean to be burned in European power plants. 

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90 Percent of CO2 Emissions Go Towards Fuelling Rapid Forest Growth Rate

Breitbart
November 12, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

A new examination of the distribution of CO2 has found that some areas of the earth experience huge seasonal variation by as much as 16 parts per million (ppm), whilst in other areas, notably at the Antarctic and equator, levels remain relatively stable. The analysis suggests that vast majority of CO2 emissions are captured in boreal forests, which have consequently been enjoying a ‘greening’ over the past few decades. Writing on the blog of Joanne Nova, the Australian science writer who uncovered the vast amount of money driving the climate change industry in 2009, fellow scientist Tom Quirk explains his findings. 

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With rural electrification at less than 7%, means more than 93% of Ugandans rely on biomass energy

Red Pepper
November 13, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Wood fuel is the predominant source of energy for cooking in rural areas and heat in the industrial sector, which consumes more than 30% of commercial fuel wood. Charcoal production and consumption is a crucial part of the economy supplying most of the people in urban areas with cooking fuel. Research shows that charcoal production consumes more than 20% of the wood supply. Uganda currently consumes 42 million tonnes of wood and more than 95% of the wood supply is for energy consumption.

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Swedish Forestry Waste to Energy Plant Keeps Costs Down with Organic Rankine Cycle

Waste Management World
November 13, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

The Marjarp 2 biowaste to energy facility in Falköping, Sweden – the first power plant in Scandinavia to use hot oil Organic Rankine Cycle – has completed its first year of service. According to Saxlund International which supplied much of the technology at the plant, others could learn from the Swedish experience. …small-scale biowaste energy solutions in the 2 to 5 MW energy range … plays a considerable role in delivering secure, affordable, green energy. Marjarp 2 supplies district heating and electricity, producing 2.4 MW of electricity and 10 MW of district heating, from locally sourced forestry wastes such as bark and other residues as well as virgin timber.

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