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Business & Politics

Celebrating Aboriginal Participation in a Revitalized Forest Sector

By JP Gladu, President and CEO, Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business
FPAC Blog
November 19, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

I’m proud to say that I have always had a deep connection to the forest. Growing up in northwestern Ontario I always wanted to be a conservation officer. Both my father and my grandfather were loggers. My passion was playing hockey, hunting and fishing and just being in the bush. These fond memories remind me of the need to encourage our young people to embrace their passion early in life on the road to finding rewarding careers.  As President and CEO of the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB) I understand the importance of the forestry industry and the valuable jobs and fulfilling lives they continue to create for our people. 

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Lamphier: While energy slumps, forest products sector booms

Edmonton Journal
November 19, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

EDMONTON – The dead tree biz is far from dead, even if it seldom enjoys the spotlight in a province dominated by Big Oil. Consider Exhibit A: The latest quarterly numbers from the Alberta Forest Products Association (AFPA), which show robust demand for lumber, pulp and paper. Overall, second-quarter sales for the sector jumped 10 per cent compared to the second quarter of 2013, to $728 million. Lumber sales rose nearly 10 per cent to $318.2 million, while pulp and paper sales surged almost 15 per cent to $318.6 million. Panelboard was the only soft spot, as sales slid about two per cent to $91.2 million.

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EDC: Forestry Is Powering BC Exports With a Third Year of Double Digit Growth

EDC Press Release
Market Wired
November 20, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER – British Columbia’s forestry industry is booming, boasting 11 per cent export growth this year. A new forecast by Export Development Canada (EDC) sees the revival of the US economy extending that trend with 12 per cent growth in 2015. EDC’s new forecast predicts BC overall export growth to be 10 per cent in 2014 and 8 per cent in 2015, making it one of Canada’s top performers. “The days of America’s housing surplus are over,” says Peter Hall, Chief Economist, EDC. “We’re seeing a growing housing deficit in the US right now. That, coupled with a lower Canadian dollar, will further boost demand for BC lumber in 2015.” “The mountain pine beetle infestation continues to be a challenge for forestry in BC,” says Hall. “That being said, there is enough demand for Canadian quality pine that higher prices should offset the lower volume production.”

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Lake Babine Nation benefits from biomass jobs partnership

Government of BC
November 20, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

BURNS LAKE – Eight local people are getting work experience in forestry practices and the Lake Babine Nation is taking another step toward energy self-sufficiency, thanks to a partnership with the Government of B.C. worth more than $110,000 in funding. Over the course of a 47-week Job Creation partnership, workers are getting experience in building two timber bridges and 66 firewood storage units for band members, so they can heat their homes in Tachet and Fort Babine. Workers are also learning about safety practices and how to operate heavy equipment used in forestry. This is in preparation for the eventual construction of a biomass plant that will allow people to heat their homes with wood chips.

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Tembec forest plant workers in Quebec reject last company offer

The Province
November 20, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

TEMISCAMING, Que. – Unionized workers at the Tembec forest products facility in Temiscaming, Quebec have rejected the employer’s last offer. Unifor says the vote by members of Local 233 was 94 per cent against and that the result also serves as a strike mandate for the union. Unifor says its wants a solution at the bargaining table, but warns the vote shows the commitment of members to act if the employer remains “intransigent.”

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Tembec reports financial results for its fourth quarter ended September 27, 2014

iStock Analyst
November 20, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

MONTREAL – Consolidated sales for the three-month period ended September 27, 2014, were $371 million, as compared to $352 million in the same quarter a year ago. The Company generated net earnings of $5 million or $0.05 per share in the September 2014 quarter compared to net earnings of $14 million or $0.14 per share in the September 2013 quarter. Operating earnings before depreciation, amortization and other items (adjusted EBITDA) was $29 million for the three-month period ended September 27, 2014, as compared to adjusted EBITDA of $24 million a year ago and adjusted EBITDA of $30 million in the prior quarter.

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US hardwood lumber exports to Middle East and North Africa hit $56m

Trade Arabia
November 20, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

The total exports of US hardwood lumber to the Middle East and North Africa (Mena) region reached a value of $56.3 million and a volume of 71,761 cu m during the first three quarters of the year, according to recent figures. The statistics which were complied by the American Hardwood Export Council (Ahec), a leading international trade association for the American hardwood industry, from the latest data released from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), revealed an increase in value of 19.5 per cent over the same period last year and an increase in volume of 6.4 per cent.

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Limited benefits for wood products in Korean FTA

New Zealand Scoop
November 20, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

At its meeting today the Wood Council of NZ (Woodco) said tariffs will continue to restrict trade in processed wood products despite the signing of a FTA with South Korea.Limited benefits for wood products in Korean FTA. At its meeting today the Wood Council of NZ (Woodco) said tariffs will continue to restrict trade in processed wood products despite the signing of a FTA with South Korea. …New Zealand exported NZ$503 million of forestry products to Korea in the year ending June 2014. Under the FTA more than 99 percent of New Zealand’s current export wood product lines will be duty-free within 10 years.

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German beech lumber exports to India in danger

IHB The Timber Network
November 20, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

A change in hardwood import regulations in India is considered a de facto export ban by the German Sawmill and Wood Industry Association (DeSH). The main reason seems to be the Indian import regulations, which make a difference between American and European beech. DeSH says that the German hardwood industry now faces massive losses.  “For more than ten years German sawmills exported beech to India without any incident,” says Steffen Rathke, President of DeSH. Starting from November 2014, it is however no longer possible to receive the phytosanitary certification necessary for beech lumber. “With it actually an export prohibition was issued,“ explains Rathke.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Edmonton firm’s wood products give buildings strength and beauty

Edmonton Journal
November 19, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

EDMONTON – In your travels around Edmonton, you’ve likely seen glue-laminated trusses, beams, columns and arches made by Western Archrib. They’re visible, by design. Some of the Edmonton company’s recent high-profile projects include the Lois Hole Library and the southwest division police station. On Nov. 27, when the city’s new Meadows community recreation centre opens, visitors will enjoy the warm esthetic provided by thick, sturdy trusses and exposed roof decking. The company’s structural wood products have also been used in the MacEwan University and Kingsway/Royal Alexandra Hospital stations on the Metro LRT line, opening next year.

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Banff bridge wins engineering award

Rocky Mountain Outlook
November 20, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Bow River Pedestrian Bridge in Banff has won a prestigious, international award for structural engineering. The Institute of Structural Engineering announced Banff took first place in the pedestrian bridge category at a ceremony in London, England. In selecting Banff, the judges called the bridge dramatic, responding “elegantly and efficiently to its context … a beautiful natural setting.” …With its 113-metre length, including the 80-metre central span, the Banff pedestrian bridge is among the longest timber bridges in the world. The 130-foot glulam (laminated timber) beams are among the largest installed in North America. 

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Winners of the Ontario Wood WORKS! 2014 Wood Design Awards announced

Canadian Architect
November 19, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

A select group of Ontario’s leading architects, engineers, and project teams recently received Wood Design Awards at the 14th annual Wood WORKS! celebration. 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. “Over the last 14 years, we’ve seen all kinds of wood buildings nominated for awards and this year is no exception.”

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BuzzBuzzHome: How Mid-Rise Wood Buildings Could Make Toronto Housing Market More Affordable

Huffington Post
November 20, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

Vince Molinaro just got back from a trip to British Columbia, where he and about 40 other builders and developers from Ontario went with a mission: to find out how the province built and marketed its mid-rise wood sector. The height limit for residential wood construction in Ontario’s building code was recently upped from four to six-storeys, a change that comes into effect January 1 of next year, but has been part of the code in provinces including BC and Quebec for years… With Toronto’s red-hot real estate market not expected to cool any time soon, many Torontonians are left wondering if they’ll ever be able to afford a condo, let alone a single-detached home, in the future. Enter six-storey wood buildings.

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Stanford Engineers Build, Test Earthquake-Resistant House

Cutting Edge Design Stories
November 19, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

Stanford engineers have built and tested an earthquake-resistant house that stayed staunchly upright even as it shook at three times the intensity of the destructive 1989 Loma Prieta temblor 25 years ago. The engineers outfitted their scaled-down, boxy two-story house with sliding “isolators” so it skated along the trembling ground instead of collapsing. They also including extra-strength walls, to create a home that might replace the need for residential earthquake insurance, said project leader Gregory Deierlein, Stanford’s John A. Blume Professor in the School of Engineering.

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Kebony wins Architectural Product Innovation Award

British Builder and Developer
November 20, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Kebony, the provider of sustainable wood has won the Architectural Products award for product innovation. The awards honour innovation in the development and refinement of buildings-related products that range from cladding systems to interior finishes. Kebony won in the woods, plastics and composites category, recognised by the judges for the extraordinary innovation in the development of the Kebony technology. …Kebony is created using furfuryl alcohol, a by-product of farming of sugar cane, to transform sustainable soft woods into durable woods with the performance and aesthetics of the best tropical hardwoods.

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It looks like the world’s largest ice cube but what is it really?

News.com.au
November 20, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

IS it the world’s largest ice cube? or maybe it’s a new version of the Rubik’s cube.
Wrong on both counts — it’s actually a mountain ski hut. The building, known as the Kezmarska Hut was designed by architecture group ATELIER 8000 from the Czech Republic as part of a design competition. …Three sides of the facade are visible from any viewing point and the exterior is designed so that the glass surfaces of windows and photovoltaic panels along with metal plating make the building glimmer, much like the ice covered surface of a mountain lake.The exterior is made from aluminium but the inside is made from laminated timber beams made from larch wood.

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Forestry

Federal safety board to investigate causes of alarming number of fatal air-taxi crashes in Canada

Vancouver Sun
November 19, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Federal safety board to investigate causes of alarming number of fatal air-taxi crashes in Canada. …Bill Yearwood, the safety board’s regional manager in Richmond, said in an interview Wednesday there are numerous inherent risks in the air-taxi business, which often operates in remote areas without access to the same services, including weather information and air-traffic controllers, as larger passenger airplanes….Federal safety board to investigate causes of alarming number of fatal air-taxi crashes in Canada

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Logging in Skidegate Channel damaged viewscape

Haida Gwaii Observer
November 16, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A Council of the Haida Nation complaint about the visual impacts of logging on Haida Gwaii was upheld in a Forest Practices Board report released earlier this month. The logging in question took place in 2009 on the north side of Skidegate Channel, west of Queen Charlotte, in a significant travel corridor for tourists, fishermen and residents of Haida Gwaii. “In the board’s opinion, a failure to meet government objectives for visual quality arose due to the licensee’s reliance on unsound professional assessments and refusal to engage in dialogue with government officials and forest professionals who expressed concerns on several occasions,'” said board chair Tim Ryan.

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Canada’s grandest old-growth rainforest at risk from logging, survey tape discovered

November 20, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

One of Canada’s most iconic and grandest old-growth temperate rainforests is under threat as signs of potential logging have been discovered in the heart of the Upper Walbran Valley on Vancouver Island. Ancient Forest Alliance (AFA) activists TJ Watt and Jackie Korn recently documented survey tape marked “Falling Boundary” and “Road Location” in the Central Walbran Ancient Forest, one of the last, largely-intact sections of the unprotected portion of the valley. The Surrey-based logging company, the Teal Jones Group, has the logging rights to the area. 

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Watching the forest breathe: Movie inspired environmental monitoring innovation

News 1130
November 19, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

EDMONTON – Watching an old disaster movie gave a University of Alberta scientist an idea that could revolutionize environmental and climate change tracking. In the 1996 storm-chaser flick “Twister” one of the characters tosses a handful of sensors into the sky to be swept up by a menacing whirlwind… What “Twister” led to is a network of about 1,000 small sensors in six different countries that can monitor up to 64 different environmental parameters and transmit data to a central location where it can be studied in real time. Researchers can tell exactly what the temperature is, how moist the soil is, the content of the local airshed and myriad other factors. They can watch as a forest sucks in carbon dioxide during the day as it turns sunlight into sugar, then releases oxygen at night as the plants rest.

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Timber industry in Tongass no longer relevant, environmentalists say

Alaska Dispatch News
November 19, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

JUNEAU – Environmental groups that have stopped most logging on the Tongass National Forest with decades of opposition and lawsuits are now saying most of what remains could easily be done away with as well. They’re urging the U.S. Forest Service to stop spending its money on timber sales, and instead devote its limited budget to promoting tourism, fishing and other growth industries. “These resources could be put to better use by investing in programs and projects that support larger and more vibrant industries,” said Ben Alexander of Headwaters Economics at a Tuesday press conference hosted by Trout Unlimited.

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Oregon environment roundup: Compromise spares Vista Ridge from logging, feds devote $1 million to Willamette Valley wetlands

OregonLive.com
November 20, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The U.S. Forest Service is set to announce a compromise that would allow for a timber sale at Mount Hood while protecting the area around the popular Vista Ridge trail from logging. The agency spent years negotiating with activists and residents who argued the original plan to thin 48 sites in the Mount Hood National Forest would deface wilderness around Vista Ridge’s stunning wildflower fields. Rep. Ann Lininger, D-Lake Oswego, helped broker a compromise by which the trailhead will be spared in exchange for logging in a less-popular area. In a release Monday, Lininger said the compromise “shows that Oregonians can work together to solve tough forestry issues.”

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Lolo Forest seeks public’s advice on road inventory

The Missoulian
November 20, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Lolo National Forest wants to know what roads people like or would like to lose in the forests around Missoula. Forest planners have started a travel analysis to identify the minimum number of roads needed for safe and efficient travel. But the study only gathers information – plans for keeping or closing roads will have a separate public process several years down the road. “Whenever you start talking about the road system, people think you’re going to start making decisions on roads,” Lolo planning staff officer Greg Gustina said Wednesday. “This is really just to see what we have.”

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Diverse ways to use forests in future

radionz.co.nz
November 19, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Farmer representatives meeting in Wellington this week have heard a plea for the trees as a demand for more food by 2050 might require 400 to 600 percent more wood, a research institute says. The chief executive of forest research institute Scion told Federated Farmers’ national council that forestry would be one of the game-changers. Warren Parker said there is a fixation with feeding a hungry world, with an estimated 70 percent more food required by 2050. But Dr Parker says there was also an estimate that the world would require 400 to 600 percent more wood. Unfortunately, New Zealand’s supply would start to decline in a decade. 

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Biomass industry triumphs in EPA’s biogenic emissions framework

Biomass Magazine
November 20, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

The U.S. EPA has never before made such a clear and emphatic endorsement of biomass, commented Biomass Power Association President Bob Cleaves on release of the agency’s updated biogenic emissions framework. At least not for the 15 years that BPA has been in existence, according to Cleaves. The framework comes nearly four years after EPA’s initial assessment of biogenic emissions in the Tailoring Rule, which, back in 2010, set forth to regulate carbon emissions and did not exclude biomass. A result of a three-year study and convening a science advisory board to further study the issue, Cleaves said the framework appears to be far more exhaustive and more complex than original framework that EPA put out.

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EPA reconsidering biomass – May have minimal impact on climate change as energy source, agency says

The Bend Bulletin
November 20, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

The Environmental Protection Agency signaled Wednesday that it may be more open to considering timber byproducts and other biomass as an energy source that fits within the Obama administration’s efforts to reduce carbon emissions. In a memo to all of the agency’s regional air directors, Janet G. McCabe, acting assistant administrator for the Office of Air and Radiation, wrote that the agency is developing a framework to evaluate the carbon dioxide emissions from biomass, with the expectation there will be climate policy benefits to using biomass to generate energy.

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Georgia’s Forests’ Leftovers Becoming A Major Source Of Renewable Energy

Wabe.org
November 19, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

After a timber company makes its plywood or paper, there’s leftover sawdust and wood shavings. These leftovers are called woody biomass and in Georgia, they’re becoming a big source of renewable energy. A Pew study ranked Georgia third in the country for converting this “woody biomass” into electricity. Trees are a big deal here. “We lead the nation in the production of telephone polls. We have the largest hardwood sawmill in the United States. We have the largest recycled paper mill in North America. We have the largest wood pellet plant in the world,” says Risher Willard with the Georgia Forestry Commission.

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EPA Proposes Final Guidance for Counting Carbon Emissions from Wood-burning Power Plants: Admits They Degrade Climate, Then Ignores Science

Statement on EPA’s carbon accounting framework by Mary Booth, Director, PFPI
Partnership for Policy Integrity
November 20, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Today EPA released a revised draft framework for counting greenhouse gas emissions from biomass energy. While power plants that burn wood and other biological materials instead of fossil fuels actually emit more CO2 than coal-fired plants on a day-to-day basis, treatment of biomass energy as renewable energy has been based on the idea that these CO2 emissions can be ignored as not contributing to climate change. No more. EPA’s proposed framework clearly acknowledges biomass energy emits greenhouse gases, and that accounting for bioenergy emissions requires assessing all the impacts that biomass harvesting can have on ecosystems, including the length of time it takes to grow back trees that have been harvested for fuel. 

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General

Canada’s grandest old-growth rainforest at risk from logging, survey tape discovered

November 20, 2014
Category: Uncategorised

One of Canada’s most iconic and grandest old-growth temperate rainforests is under threat as signs of potential logging have been discovered in the heart of the Upper Walbran Valley on Vancouver Island. Ancient Forest Alliance (AFA) activists TJ Watt and Jackie Korn recently documented survey tape marked “Falling Boundary” and “Road Location” in the Central Walbran Ancient Forest, one of the last, largely-intact sections of the unprotected portion of the valley. The Surrey-based logging company, the Teal Jones Group, has the logging rights to the area. 

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