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Daily Archives: November 24, 2014

Business & Politics

A Clear Vision For The Future of BC’s Coastal Forest Industry

By Rick Jeffery, President and CEO
Coast Forest Products Association
November 21, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Coast Forest Products Association has introduced a clear, new vision for the coast forest industry. This image is not only competitive, sustainable and innovative but also adaptable and conducive to British Columbians thriving within their communities. Like any vision that has a chance for success, it comes complete with a blueprint outlining where we are today and the steps and parties required to make it a reality. The future we’re building towards is a sustainable one – environmentally, economically and socially. …Our vision and accompanying blueprint provides industry and government with the tools to build to even greater heights.

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Demand for Lumber Sparks Strong 3Qfor Western Forest Products

Woodworking Network
November 21, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER, BC — Demand for lumber for the recovering North American housing market bolstered the third quarter for Western Forest Products Inc., with a $22.7 million growth in revenue. The company reported revenue of $262.1 million in the third quarter of 2014, as compared to $239.4 million for the third quarter of 2013. The company’s log revenue increased 22 percent to $66 million during the quarter and lumber revenue increased 5 percent to $180 million, based on strong demand for the housing repair and renovation sectors, which led to increased volumes and pricing for Western Red Cedar and the company’s molding and millwork lumber products.

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Interior Logging Association offers free operator program

Vernon Morning Star
November 23, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Interior Logging Association is offering a free forest harvesting heavy equipment operator training program. This program has been developed by the industry to meet the needs of employers in the forest-harvesting sector. Students will receive two weeks of classroom training at Thompson Rivers University followed by six weeks of practical-based training with a strong emphasis on in-seat operation and safety. Students will have the opportunity to train on an active logging block with expert operators to ensure all skills and competencies of heavy equipment operations are achieved.

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Forestry Federation of NS Woodland Owners raise mill concerns

Atlantic Farm Focus
November 21, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

[Stewiacke, NS] – The Federation of Nova Scotia Woodland Owners is expressing its concern around the current situation at Northern Pulp. In a (Nov. 19) news release, the federation noted that while they acknowledge the mill’s negative environmental effects and emissions on Pictou County residents and the local tourism industry, they’re also concerned about the negative effects a potential mill closure would have on the more than 30,000 Nova Scotians who own family woodlots.

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New CEO on horizon

Chronicle-Journal
November 23, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Thunder Bay’s Centre for Research and Innovation in the Bio-Economy will have a new CEO starting next month, the agency announced last week. Forest industry veteran Scott Wiebe is to replace Lorne Morrow, who is vacating the position after five years on the job, the agency said in a news release. Wiebe’s appointment takes effect Dec. 1. Also, former provincial bureaucrat Mike Willick replaces Frank Dottori as board chairman. Tembec-founder Dottori recently restarted White River’s lumber mill.

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Pellet plant among company’s Northwestern darlings

Chronicle Journal
November 23, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Resolute Forest Products will celebrate another milestone in wood-products diversification this week in Thunder Bay. On Tuesday, the company is hosting the official inauguration of its wood pellet plant on Darrel Avenue. The session will include a tour for officials and media representatives of the pellet plant and an official opening ceremony. The pellet plant is one of a number of significant investments Resolute is making in Northwestern Ontario this year. 

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Union gives Tembec one last chance

Nugget.ca
November 23, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Whether Tembec workers will hit the picket line will be decided Monday. The union and company are scheduled to meet with the Quebec Ministry of Labour and a conciliator in Gatineau tomorrow between 8 and 9 a.m. The last few days have been tense at the Temiscaming, Que. plant. Roger Gauthier, president of Unifor Local 233 representing 650 workers at the plant, said employees can’t deal with the environment anymore. “We’ll leave the table if the company plays any stupid games,” he said. “But if they’re serious about negotiating we’ll stay.

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Hancock Lumber focuses on details to keep an edge

Portland Press Herald
November 23, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Hancock Lumber makes everything from clapboard siding to finished lumber. It produces 83 million board-feet of lumber per year at three sawmills and 10 retail locations. Heading into the recession, the Casco-based company employed more than 600 people. …In 2010, the company opened its Home Again design showroom in South Portland, and acquired a lumber yard in North Conway, New Hampshire. But in the wake of the recession, about 200 positions were eliminated across its sawmill and retail divisions. Hancock radically changed the way it did business and how it used resources. …And because of the changes it made during the recession, the company is much better poised to grow going forward.

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Forest and mill shutdowns

Mount Desert Islander, Memphis, TN
November 21, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

When Verso Paper Co. announced the impending closure of its faltering Bucksport paper mill and the loss of 500 jobs, workers were stunned, and a collective groan of dismay rippled through Maine’s forest products industry. The closure of a big market for wood in a state with fewer and fewer of them is a big deal. It’s even bigger when it’s part of a long-term trend: Verso Bucksport is one of three such announcements this year alone, and mill closures have been occurring with dismaying regularity for years. Changes like these will undoubtedly influence what the forests of the future look like, especially the forests in southern Maine.

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Softwood lumber exports from Russia grew 8% in Jan-Sep 2014

Whatwood.ru
November 23, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Deliveries of Russian softwood lumber to the export markets for the first nine months of 2014 increased by 8% to 16.3 million m3, according to analysts of WhatWood agency. The highest growth was shown by Egypt (+23% to 1.2 million m3). China increased deliveries by 11% to 6.2 million m3, Europe – by 9% to 1.6 million m3. A significant decrease occurred in the Japanese market – shipments fell by 12% to 629 thousand m3.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Turning Whole Trees into High-Value Building Materials

Engineered wood products such as cross-laminated timber have been getting a lot of attention lately
Sourceable.net
November 23, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada

Architect Michael Green’s Wood Innovation Design Centre in Prince George, British Columbia, is a six-storey building made entirely of engineered wood. Green has proposed wooden buildings up to 30 storeys. In contrast to Green, architect Roald Gundersen takes a different approach to building with wood. Rather than chipping trees and re-forming the pieces with adhesive, Gundersen’s company, Whole Trees Architecture and Structures, has developed methods for using whole peeled logs for columns and trusses. Using government grants and private investment, Gundersen’s team has performed research at the US Forest Products Laboratory to test Y-branched trees under axial loads and to test the parallel-chord trusses that join with the Y-branched trees.

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Alberta history preserved by salvaging antique wood for home renos

Edmonton Journal
November 21, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

When Michael Gerrand walks into an old, leaning, wind-beaten barn from the 1920s or ’30s, he often heads to the horse stalls first. Most people see only manure. Gerrand has an eye for the floor beneath… Gerrand and his wife, Michelle Spencer, launched Salvage Solutions in 2012, a business that reclaims and salvages antique woods from dilapidated barns and buildings in rural Alberta. …“When we’re reclaiming a building, we feel we’re also reclaiming the history of the building and the story of that building,” Gerrand said. “What I’m reclaiming is antique wood that will never ever lose its value.”

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WIDC the ‘perfect showcase’

Prince George Citizen
November 23, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

At 29.5 metres, the Wood Innovation and Design Centre in Prince George isn’t that tall in conventional building terms – officially six floors, but topping out at a height of about eight storeys. As a wooden structure, however, the centre is anything but conventional. It is a towering example of all-wood construction, which, for better or worse, now stands as the province’s poster building and ambassador for promoting the use of innovative techniques and products for constructing tall structures made out of B.C. wood. “It’s kind of a perfect showcase,” said Guido Wimmers, the newly hired University of Northern B.C. professor who heads a unique wood design program that will be taught out of the building. 

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Add a signature style to your home

Hutch News Kansas
November 23, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

To satisfy homeowners seeking to add a signature style to their indoor living spaces, more and more design professionals and builders are going back to basics and rediscovering the versatility, durability and good looks of cypress. “There’s really nothing quite like it,” says Hal Mitchell of the Southern Cypress Manufacturers Association, www.CypressInfo.org. “It’s an exceptional wood that offers variety and lasting performance to any home, anywhere. And for interior applications, as paneling, millwork, cabinetry, or flooring, cypress delivers a unique look that complements practically every architectural style. So whether in the woods or ocean front, rustic to contemporary, with cypress, the possibilities are endless.”

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Greenbuild 2014 Delivers Strong Event in New Orleans

PRWEB
November 21, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

Hanley Wood and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) have announced the results of the 2014 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo, held October 22-24 at the Morial Convention Center in New Orleans. Attendance at the event totaled 17,507, with 552 exhibiting companies participating in 142,000 square feet of exhibit and display space on the trade show floor. Greenbuild featured over 240 sessions, tours, summits and workshops in the robust education program and throughout the week, with many sold out sessions.

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Forestry

Alberta wolf cull stabilizes caribou numbers, but just buys time: study

Edmonton Journal
November 23, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

EDMONTON – New research shows that killing hundreds of wolves has barely managed to stabilize the numbers of a threatened Alberta caribou herd in a region increasingly impacted by industry. The study… suggests that Albertans face a stark choice as their government prepares legally required plans to restore the herds…The study examines the effect of a seven-year wolf cull in the northwestern Alberta range of the Little Smoky caribou herd — roughly 70 animals scratching out a living on land 95 per cent disturbed by forestry and energy development. Seismic lines and cutblocks from that development allow wolves deep into the undisturbed portions of the forest, adding further pressure.

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Gambier woodlot logging put on hold

Ministry must consult with Squamish Nation
North Shore News
November 23, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Ministry of Forests has delayed awarding logging rights to two controversial Gambier Island woodlots over the issue of First Nations consultation. Logging on the lots won’t go ahead until the ministry at least consults with the Squamish Nation. …The side-by-side sites includes hiking trails, a community watershed, and patches of old growth forest. Six bids were received on each of the woodlots, ranging from a low of $100,000 to a high of $488,000. The ministry’s move to delay awarding the contract follows a recent Supreme Court of Canada decision granting the Tsilhqot’in First Nation title to a 1,750-square-kilometre swath of land in south central B.C.

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Federation of NS Woodland Owners raise mill concerns

Atlantic Farm Focus
November 21, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

In a (Nov. 19) news release, the federation noted that while they acknowledge the mill’s negative environmental effects and emissions on Pictou County residents and the local tourism industry, they’re also concerned about the negative effects a potential mill closure would have on the more than 30,000 Nova Scotians who own family woodlots. John MacDougall, the federation’s executive director, noted the board of directors wanted to give a glimpse into how a potential mill closure would affect woodlot owners. …The release argues that those job losses won’t only affect Pictou County but will likely be spread across rural communities, where sawmills and forestry provide significant employment.

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CIF Responds to the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario

Canadian Institute of Forestry
November 23, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Canadian Institute of Forestry would like to respond to the report released by the Office of the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario (ECO) on October 7th, 2014, entitled Managing New Challenges: Annual Report 2013-2014. In particular, the CIF/IFC would like to address specific claims made in Section 3.4, Cutting into Ecological Integrity: Commercial Logging in Algonquin Park. First, the CIF/IFC would like to address the ECO’s claim that logging compromises the ecological integrity of Algonquin Park. 

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Dutton Honored at World Forestry Center

Northwest Georgian News
November 23, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The World Forestry Center inducted Daniel M. Dutton into its prestigious Forestry Leadership Hall. Dutton was recognized at a celebration attended by over 60 family, friends, and co-workers… After his time at L.P., Dutton served as president of Duke City Lumber Company in Albuquerque, New Mexico, then president of Kent Products in Bellevue, Kentucky. He was later named president of Dura Steel in Whittier, California. In 1989 Dutton moved to Portland to become executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Stimson Lumber and then became Chief Executive Officer in 1991.

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Forester eases seedling transactions

Capital Press.com
November 23, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Bob McNitt is a forester who has launched the Forest Seedling Network, which helps connect growers and sellers of seedlings for reforestation. Over the course of his career, forester Bob McNitt has witnessed a complete transformation in reforestation methods. Now, he’s trying to head off disruptions for rural landowners as the forest seedling industry continues to change. “I think we really have a looming problem for small woodlands,” McNitt said. Owners of smaller tracts of forest often aren’t as actively engaged in the timber industry as large companies that derive their main income from logs, he said.

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Seeing the forest through the trees

Aspen Daily News
November 23, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

For residents of the Roaring Fork Valley whose relationship to our local forests is merely a casual one… the thought that those forests are in crisis might seem strange. Indeed, looking around the valley on a beautiful summer day, our forests would appear to be the picture of health and vigor. But to those who look more closely, a different kind picture is painted — one of old growth, overgrown forests stressed by drought and disease. The fact is our forests are changing, and sometimes those changes manifest themselves in an “in your face” way such as pine beetle mortality, forest fires and the subsequent flooding… And as you may have guessed; many of those changes are caused by climate change.

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Time To Get Political To Save Forest

Payson Roundup
November 21, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

We’ve got to get political if we’re going to save our homes and livelihoods. So hopefully voters, local officials and anyone who represents rural Arizona in the Legislature or Congress will pay close attention to the results of a study on the impact of forest thinning projects on water runoff. The Northern Arizona University researchers concluded that thinning projects like those at the heart of the crucial Four Forest Restoration Initiative could increase runoff into the Salt and Verde river watersheds by 20 percent. Why does that matter? …We need to make sure that the people in the Valley understand that their water supply depends on the health of our forests.

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Congress needs convincing to pass Oregon resource bill

Herald and News
November 23, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

In the next few weeks, Congress has a bipartisan opportunity to make Oregon a national model for ending age-old disputes over natural resources. This is a rare, almost unprecedented, opportunity to gain long-term economic and environmental certainty for the Klamath Basin and much of Western Oregon. Oregon’s congressional delegation must work together to ensure the legislation passes. If the current Congress approves the legislation:.. Timber harvests could more than double on the so-called O&C lands in Western Oregon, 87,000 acres of new wilderness and 252 miles of new wild and scenic rivers would be protected, and additional stands of trees over 85 years old would be preserved.

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4FRI close to clearing major environmental hurdle

Arizona Daily Sun
November 23, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

After almost four years of work, the U.S. Forest Service has released its final plan for restoration work on almost 600,000 acres of northern Arizona forests. It is believed to be the largest single restoration project in the nation. The Forest Service’s plan states that each year 45,000 acres of forest within the project area will be mechanically treated each year while 40,000 to 60,000 acres will see prescribed fire each year. Over a period of 10 years, about 75 percent of the 600,000 acres will be mechanically thinned and treated with prescribed fire while the other 25 percent will see only prescribed fire. 

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Neptune’s firefighting jets await word on future Forest Service contracts

The Missoulian
November 23, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Neptune Aviation’s big firefighting jets are all back in Missoula for the winter, while their owners watch the mailbox for news of their flying future. “The Forest Service is coming out with seven of what we’re calling the Next-Gen 2.0 contracts,” Neptune Chief Executive Officer Ron Hooper said. “We expected to see the notice on the first of November. We’re anxious to see the RFP so we can see how many aircraft we’ve got working next year.” Neptune still has three years remaining on its “legacy” contract with the Forest Service that covers six of its aging P2V propeller-driven retardant bombers and one of its new BAe-146 jet bombers. But its one-season contracts for three more BAe-146s have expired.

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Minnesota research aims at mountain pine beetles

Research aims at stopping mountain pine beetles from wreaking havoc on Minnesota forests
Yahoo News
November 23, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The mountain pine beetle has devastated huge swaths of forest in the Rockies, and scientists fear the insects could threaten the majestic pines of Minnesota and states farther east someday. Initial results from a three-year, $250,000 research project by the University of Minnesota and the Minnesota Department of Agriculture back up some fears about the risk. There’s no evidence that the insects have gained a beachhead in the state yet, but the researchers caution that they can’t be sure that some pests aren’t already hiding someplace, waiting until conditions are ripe to launch an attack. They’re already established in the Black Hills of South Dakota.

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Victory for Defenders of Spotted Owl

Courthouse News
November 21, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

SACRAMENTO (CN) – The U.S. Forest Service must face claims that it will disrupt the northern spotted owl’s habitat if it allows logging in a burned portion of the Shasta-Trinity Forest, a federal judge ruled. More than 46,000 acres of private and public land in Northern California were burned by the Bagley Fire in August 2012. The fire began on the Shasta Lake Ranger District and spread into the McCloud Ranger District of the Shasta-Trinity National Forest. On July 18, 2013, the Forest Service Chief granted an Emergency Situation Determination allowing immediate implementation of the Bagley Hazard Tree Abatement Project in the Shasta Lake and McCloud Ranger Districts.

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Tree Farmers of the Year

Jackson County Floridan
November 22, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Winners: Darrell and Elizabeth Barron (Award accepted by Elizabeth Barron, and in memory of late husband). …Throughout the years, Darrell and Elizabeth worked as partners to maintain a pine forest that they could be proud of. They always strived to realize their overarching objective, which was to be good Forest Stewards of their land and to practice the best silviculture management practices. …Darrell valiantly fought Alzheimer’s disease for many years, and recently passed away. As a result, Elizabeth has become the sole manager of farms in both Jackson and Washington Counties. 

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DCNR Unveils Conservation Plan for Pennsylvania’s Threatened State Tree

PR Newswire
November 23, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

HARRISBURG, Pa. — In an effort to protect the eastern hemlock across Pennsylvania, the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has developed a conservation plan for the species that addresses insect and other threats, and calls upon private landowners for focus-area suggestions where the plan might best be applied. “Pennsylvania’s state tree is under deadly attack by the Hemlock woolly adelgid,” said DCNR Secretary Ellen Ferretti, “and our Bureau of Forestry has mounted a comprehensive and science-based battle plan that addresses both the non-native, invasive insect and the invaluable forest species it is killing.”

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Forestry Tasmania is under pressure not to clearfell a 60 year-old regrowth coupe in the state’s north-west

ABC News, Australia
November 24, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The campaign by Lapoinya residents is poorly timed for the state-owned company, which is trying to secure environmental certification from the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). The community will lobby the FSC but Forestry Tasmania says risks to threatened species are being addressed. Lapoinya resident, Anne Duncan said for decades locals have used the 60-hectare forestry coupe as a recreation area… Craig Butt from Forestry Tasmania said the area is scheduled for logging next year.

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Log haulers report halving of tonnage sent by Forestry Tasmania for chipping in the north

ABC News Australia
November 24, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Haulage contractors are concerned Forestry Tasmania is scaling back the number of woodchip logs it trucks to the north for processing. Since the closure of the Triabunna woodchip mill, Forestry Tasmania has been receiving about $5 million a year to haul logs from southern Tasmania to the port at Bell Bay. But the subsidy stopped in June, leaving the state-owned operation to absorb the cost. Opposition leader Bryan Green said work for haulage contractors had now decreased. Mr Green said it was a worrying downturn ahead of Christmas.

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VicForests given control of commercial logging before state election campaign

Sydney Morning Herald
November 24, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Industrial-scale logging feared as VicForestsThe Napthine government quietly handed control of Victoria’s western forests to state’s commercial logging business in one of its final acts before the election campaign. Just days before the caretaker period begins on November 4, Agriculture Minister Peter Walsh transferred all commercial timber harvesting west of the Hume Highway to VicForests. That means it will no longer be managed by the Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI). .

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Finding common ground on climate change

By Monty Solberg
Ottawa Sun
November 23, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada East, Canada

Writing recently in the Globe and Mail, Preston Manning once again endorsed the idea of carbon pricing as a way to battle climate change while also providing a plan to better communicate it…. Canadians are conflicted about the issue of climate change…. For instance, if we can’t agree on the certainty, size and causes of climate change, let’s at least agree that we should be concerned about preserving nature. No matter where you are on the political spectrum, almost everyone believes in conserving wetlands, responsible forest management and being good stewards of the land. And yet these common sense ideas are not necessarily common practice. 

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How Will 2014 Elections Impact Biomass?

By Bob Cleaves
Biomass Magazine
November 23, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

We expect that renewable energy, which had been gaining momentum as a key issue among Democratic leadership, will not be as high a priority for this Congress. Rather than focusing on the environmental benefits of biomass, there will likely be a renewed interest in biomass as an energy source that employs tens of thousands of Americans in rural areas. With a Democratic president and a fully Republican Congress, many anticipate a continuation of the gridlock that has defined Washington the past few years. However, that hasn’t always been the case. 

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Fort Drum powered by wood in renewable energy push

WHEC Rochester
November 23, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

FORT DRUM, N.Y. (AP) — …The 60-megawatt biomass power plant is providing 100 percent of the electricity for the sprawling northern New York base starting this month. It’s the first green energy project to come online since the Pentagon’s 2012 commitment to developing 3 gigawatts of renewable energy… The advantages of biomass are that it’s locally grown, renewable, and costs typically one-third less than fossil fuels. ReEnergy is certified by the Sustainable Forestry Initiative, an independent non-profit organization that verifies that the wood-chip fuel used at its nine plants in six states is procured from loggers who follow responsible land management practices. “It was a significant investment on their part, to ensure all their harvests are done in a sustainable manner,” said Eric Carlson of the Empire State Forest Products Association.

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Planting trees to reduce global warming could actually do the opposite

clickgreen.org
November 21, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

The planting of trees to mitigate climate change could cause warming rather than cooling globally due to non-carbon effects of land use change, according to new research from the University of Bristol. Global land use change and its interaction with the climate system is recognised as an important component of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)’s future climate scenarios. New research led by T Davies-Barnard of Bristol’s Cabot Institute investigated the full effects of carbon and non-carbon impacts of land use change in the representative concentration pathways (RCPs), a range of socioeconomic scenarios for future climate. 

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Wood chips fuel pushed

Otago Daily Times
November 22, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

A $1.5m government programme is aimed at convert more than 200 commercial boilers in Southland from coal to woodchip waste from the region’s logging industry. Wood Energy South was launched by Venture Southland and the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA) in Invercargill last month. Wood Energy South encourages industry to use a cleaner, renewable source rather than coal, Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority project manager Chris McArthur said. ”You’re basically helping sawmills to use all of the tree,” he said.

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Saving forests not enough to stop carbon imbalance

Climate News Network
November 21, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Foresters may be guardians of the planet, but they may need to think about more than just the forests to reduce the threats from climate change. New research suggests that a policy that protects the planet’s forests from fire and the chainsaw must also deliver new ways of stopping the spread of agriculture into other habitats. The trick ? according to a report by Alexander Popp, a senior researcher at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Germany, and colleagues ? is to be sure to reduce carbon emissions, rather than just displace them.

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General

Saratoga sawmill ships byproducts to help produce power, fire boiler

Turning Woodchips into Electricity
Casper Star Tribune
November 23, 2014
Category: Uncategorised

SARATOGA —… The practice of burning timber leftovers ended in the 1970s, when stringent air quality regulations were enacted, so the timber industry began turning its waste into forest products, such as particleboard and mulch. Fast-forward to the dawn of the 21st century. Sawmills still have to manage mountains of wood chips, but now they have an innovative way of turning a profit: by turning their byproducts into bioenergy. Clint Georg, one of the partner-owners of the sawmill in Saratoga, said burning wood to produce steam, in turn spinning turbines to create electricity, is currently being done on a somewhat limited scale.

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