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Daily Archives: November 21, 2014

Opinion / Editorial

An Interview with FPInnovations’ new Executive VP

The Tree Frog News caught up with Dr. Trevor Stuthridge at his new office in Vancouver. 
Tree Frog News
November 21, 2014
Category: Opinion / Editorial
Region: Canada

Tree Frog Daily Forestry News (Tree Frog): You’ve been on the job now for several months; what do you see at the key challenges facing the forest sector?

Dr. Trevor Stuthridge: I wouldn’t presume to know them all yet but the key challenge I see is also an opportunity. Typically, what happens after an economic downturn is that we panic and don’t spend any money, and when markets return we become complacent. In this regard, the major challenge for our sector is to avoid complacency and instead focus on how we can integrate our capabilities and take advantage of and embrace new, more innovative outcomes.

Tree Frog: What do you mean by “innovative outcomes”?

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Froggy Foibles

‘Solar tree’ to replace real tree in Bristol city centre

BBC News
November 21, 2014
Category: Froggy Foibles

The steel tree, covered in 36 solar panel “leaves”, will replace a real tree due to be removed due to old age in Millennium Square. Embedded with solar-powered phone charging points, the “wind blown” sculpture will also offer free wi-fi.

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Business & Politics

Supply may not meet demand for B.C. lumber exports

Pine beetle-ravaged forests may have trouble supplying growth in U.S. home construction
Vancouver Sun
November 20, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

British Columbia’s forest sector is going to lead growth in the province’s exports next year to feed burgeoning new-home construction in the U.S., but lumber makers will also start running up against constraints in timber supplies, according to Export Development Canada. The value of B.C.’s export trade in lumber and wood products, worth $11.6 billion in 2013, will increase 11 per cent this year and another 12 per cent next year as American homebuilders continue increasing the number of units they build as part of the U.S. economic recovery, said Peter Hall, EDC’s chief economist.

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Tembec says strong lumber prices helped offset soft pulp, flat paper earnings

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

MONTREAL – Tembec Inc. ended its 2014 financial year with a lower fourth-quarter net profit, but higher sales and adjusted earnings compared with the same time last year. The Quebec-based pulp, paper and lumber producer said Thursday it earned a net profit of $5 million or five cents per share in the quarter ended Sept. 27, down from $14 million or 14 cents per share a year earlier. However, the company said its operating earnings rose to $29 million from $24 million a year earlier. Revenue increased to $371 million from $352 million in the fourth quarter of its 2013 financial year.

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Tembec on brink of a strike

BayToday.ca
November 21, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

About 600 employees of Tembec in Temiscaming are poised for strike action. A vote Wednesday saw 94% reject the latest company offer. Unifor has taken that as a strike mandate. The company manufactures lumber lumber products like, pulp, paper and specialty cellulose. Local 23 President Roger Gauthier told BayToday that there are four main issues for his members… discipline, grievance procedures, clawing back previous concessions and following agreement patterns established by other companies. More talks are scheduled for this weekend.

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Tembec workers in Quebec reject final offer in Canadian Manufacturing

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Burgeoning local forest products market wants people to ask, ‘Where does my wood come from?’

Oregon Live
November 21, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

More and more people are asking, “Where does my food come from?” But OSU Extension Agent Glenn Ahrens hopes consumers also wonder, “Where does my wood come from?” He’s trying to determine if there’s a market among contractors, artists or home-owners who would pay a little more for wood products from local forest owners and small-scale mills. …There are about 15,000 local forest owners in the region and hundreds of small saw mills throughout Oregon, Ahrens said. The commodity forestry market tends to focus on 40- to 50-year-old Douglas fir. But many small producers are looking for places to sell older-aged, specialty wood in more limited quantities.

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Reduction in US imports of lumber from Europe

EUWID Wood Products and Panels
November 21, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Although US softwood lumber imports from Europe in the third quarter of 2014 were only slightly lower (-0.3%) than a year earlier at 54,521 m³, the volumes obtained from Europe in all three quarters of this year were lower than the respective figures for last year. The main supplier in Europe was Sweden, which, contrary to the general trend, managed to increase its deliveries by almost 56% to 32,710 m³. Considerably more lumber was imported from Austria as well at a total of 3,767 m³, though from a very low level. 

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Canada–United States softwood lumber dispute

Tasmanian Blackwood Growers Cooperative
November 21, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Isn’t it amazing. Here’s a forest industry story that has strong echoes here in Tasmania. It seems the forest industry has the same problems around the world. So what’s the issue? Well the Canadian lumber industry is unfairly subsidized by federal and provincial governments (just like here in Tassie), as most timber in Canada is owned by the provincial governments (just like here in Tassie). The prices charged to harvest the timber (stumpage fee) are set administratively (just like here in Tassie), rather than through the competitive marketplace, the norm in the United States. …And the National and Provincial Governments in Canada refuse to reform their forest industry and open it up to competitive pricing, just like the Tasmanian Government.

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Latvian forest industry’s export increased by 11.3% in 9 months

The Baltic Course
November 21, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

During the first nine months of 2014, Latvian forest industry’s export increased by 11.3%, reaching EUR 1.53 billion, compared to EUR 1.38 billion in the same period in 2013, reports LETA, referring to data provided by the Forest Department of the Ministry of Agriculture. The value of wood and wood articles exported in the first eight months of 2014 was EUR 1.32 billion, which is 11.2% more than in 2013. The largest export markets were Great Britain, Sweden and Germany.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Cross Laminated Timber Ideal For Urban Buildings

Green Building Elements
November 21, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada

Architect Michael Green of Vancouver is a strong advocate for using engineered wood products like cross laminated timber (CLT) to construct medium to high rise buildings. His mantra is “The Earth grows our food. The earth can grow our homes. It’s an ethical change that we have to go through.” He says wood sequesters carbon dioxide from the atmosphere – about 1 ton of CO2 per cubic meter – and holds it captive during its entire lifetime, even when used as a building material.

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Local craftsman builds acoustic guitar for Slash

Comox Valley Echo
November 21, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

After seven years of making longboards Comox resident Reuben Forsland, 41, decided to try his hand at making guitars. Earlier this year when he scored the opportunity to build a guitar for Slash, who made his name as the talented axe grinder from Guns N’ Roses with long black hair and a top hat, he knew he was on the right track. …While Forsland might sell a skateboard deck for around $100, his guitars can cost anywhere from $5,000 – $9,000. …This certified 2,850-year-old ancient Sitka was unearthed from Alaska, and it’s what set his bid for the project out ahead of the rest of the pack.

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Ontario breaks the timber ceiling

Northern Ontario Business
November 20, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

A silent cheer went up in John Stephenson’s office with the news in late September that six-storey wood-framed buildings will be permitted in Ontario starting in January. “We’ve been waiting for this with baited breath for quite a while,” said Stephenson, a partner with the award-winning FORM Architecture Engineering of Thunder Bay. “As a designer of wood buildings, I’m itching to roll up my sleeves.” Many architects, engineers and wood industry types were celebrating changes to the Ontario Building Code that go into effect Jan. 1.

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World demand for decorative laminates to reach 10.7 billion square meters

European Coatings
November 21, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Global demand for decorative laminates is expected to rise 5.6 percent per year to 10.7 billion square meters in 2018, valued at EUR 32.49 billion. Furniture and cabinets were the largest markets for decorative laminates in 2013, accounting for nearly 70 percent of total demand. Demand will benefit from expected increases in the manufacture of products such as cabinets, ready-to-assemble (RTA) furniture, and flooring, which are often made from engineered wood and laminated. Gains will also be driven by increased market penetration at the expense of other surfacing materials (wood veneer and paint) due to cost and performance benefits.

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Australian Construction Code (NCC) could allow timber buildings up to 25 metres tall by 2016

Architecture and Design
November 21, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Australian developers and architects may soon be able to build with taller timber at lower costs than before if a proposal being developed by Forest and Wood Products Australia (FWPA) is approved by the Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB). The proposal, developed by FWPA in conjunction with fire engineers and in consultation with various industry groups, aims to include a deemed-to-satisfy requirement in the National Construction Code (NCC) for the use of wood up to 25 metres. Current codes do not specifically restrict the use of wood in high buildings, but makes it difficult and costly to do so. One of the reasons is the need for extensive fire engineering.

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Hugh Withycombe and the art of making violins in Australia

The Sydney Morning Herald
November 21, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Customers are often surprised when Hugh Withycombe answers the door to his workshop. It’s clear there are stereotypes associated with those engaged with violin-making as a profession. In fact, he is a very youthful 43, his Gorman House studio smells of wood shavings and freshly roasted coffee, and he is well aware of the anachronistic nature of his work… Australians, for example, are very patriotic about their timbers, and while violins are traditionally made from maple and spruce, he tries to source local wood wherever he can. It’s here that Withycombe sees an opportunity to stand out in a tough, high-low market.

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Forestry

Tongass Advisory Committee meets in Sitka

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

Representatives from across Southeast and the country will meet in Sitka this week to hash out timber issues on the Tongass. It’s the fourth meeting of the Tongass Advisory Committee, which is working with the U.S. Forest Service as it tries to switch its focus from old-growth logging to harvesting smaller, younger trees. In 2010, the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced the “transition” on the Tongass, to phase out old-growth timber sales in the nation’s largest national forest. The goal is to build a timber industry focused on second-growth trees, and provide an economic boost for the region.

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Biologist: Land access fee bad for hunting, wildlife

Lower Columbia Daily News
November 20, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

For some sportsmen, the trend in America of paying a fee for access to good hunting spots is no big deal. …Weyerhaeuser’s debut in 2014 of a $150 permit to hunt on 325,000 acres of its land in Southwest Washington marks a watershed event locally. Eric Holman, district wildlife biologist for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, says the change — charging fees and limiting access to vast areas of traditional hunting grounds — is ultimately bad for hunting and therefore bad for wildlife.“This change attacks the very premise of wildlife management in North America — that the wildlife belongs to everybody,’’ he said.

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Va. growers prepping trees for holiday season

The Washington Post
November 21, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Virginia growers are preparing an abundance of fresh Christmas trees for the holiday season. The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services says the state has more than 500 Christmas tree farms located throughout the state. And to encourage the purchase a tree from the state, Gov. Terry McAuliffe has proclaimed December as “Virginia Christmas Tree Month.” Officials say that choosing a Virginia-grown tree means purchasing a renewable, recyclable product that supports local economies and the state’s largest industry — agriculture.

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Forestry serious about certifying contractors

Otago Daily Times
November 21, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The recommendations in the Independent Forestry Safety Review, including contractor certification, were topics of conversation during the Forestry Industry Contractors Association (Fica) conference in Napier earlier this month. Fica secretary John Stulen said they were still trying to come to terms with what the report meant for the wider industry and they would be meeting organisations such as WorkSafe New Zealand (WSNZ) and the industry training organisation Competenz to put together a contractor certification scheme.

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Slide Show – Deforestation vs. daily life: The logging industry in Nigeria is fueling both

Washington Post
November 21, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Mass land clearings and logging — both legal and illegal — in Nigeria have contributed to the significant deforestation of rainforests and woodlands across the country and the African continent as a whole. And yet wood logging remains one of the most important tools for providing fuel and power to the over 120 million Nigerians who rely on its practice for firewood and cooking… Reuters photographer Akintunde Akinleye beautifully documents several of the laborers who rely on logging as a source of income as well as a means for heating homes, cooking meals and carrying out everyday tasks.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

U of A’s ‘game-changing’ sensors revolutionize methods of monitoring climate science data

Edmonton Journal
November 20, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

EDMONTON – About 300 cellphone-sized sensors installed in the forest north of Peace River are the front lines of a revolution in climate science set in motion by University of Alberta scientists. From his office on U of A campus, professor Arturo Sanchez can tell whether the forest soil is getting drier, whether spring is early or late, or whether lightning caused a forest fire — all from data streaming dozens of times a minute from the sensors. “It’s so cool,” says the upbeat professor in the department of earth and atmospheric science and project leader working with a team of Canadian and international scientists. 

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Proposals Sought For Wood Heat Program In Windham County

Vermont’s NPR
November 21, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

The Vermont Clean Energy Development Fund has allocated $1.6 million to develop a wood-pellet heating industry in Windham County… “We’re looking at wood heat as a focus statewide as we stop our incentives for solar, because the market for solar doesn’t need the same kind of state support from the Clean Energy Development Fund.” – Andrew Perchlik, Vermont Clean Energy Development Fund… Perchlik says a locally sourced, low emission wood heat program would benefit the environment and the region’s economy.

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Stobart in £110m Widnes biomass plant scheme

Renewable energy site will be one of the biggest in the UK
Liverpool Echo
November 21, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Transport and energy group Stobart has announced a £110m deal to build one of the biggest biomass plants in the UK at its Widnes multi-modal site. The combined heat and power plant is set to come onstream by December 2016… Stobart Energy will supply the scheme with 146,000 tonnes of waste wood each year, worth £108m over a 16-year contract. It will also use heat from the plant to use in a neighbouring wood drying facility which will dry 140,000 tonnes of virgin wood material a year for sale into the wood chip and pellet market.

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Mexican Indigenous Community Road Tests Forest Carbon Offset Project, With Help From Disney

Ecosystem Marketplace
November 21, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

When Climate Action Reserve (CAR) President Gary Gero started thinking about the perfect corporation to partner with the Chatina indigenous community of San Juan Lachao in Oaxaca, Mexico for the first forest carbon offset project under CAR’s Mexico protocol, he knew exactly who to call… The community of San Juan Lachao has launched the first pilot project under CAR’s Mexico forest protocol – approved in October 2013 – with the assistance of Mexican environmental nonprofit Pronatura and financial support from Disney to get the project off the ground. The project is currently estimated to generate 20,000 tonnes of offsets per year.

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