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Daily Archives: November 26, 2014

Froggy Foibles

Mike Holmes: My materials wish list

National Post
November 26, 2014
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: Canada

Here’s a test, what does Mike Holmes prefer? Real hardwood or engineered? Engineered. I love hardwood, but is it low maintenance? Absolutely not. Yes, engineered wood can off-gas (mainly the stain and top coat), but some manufacturers do a really good job making sure their engineered hardwood products don’t. …Cedar or composite? I love cedar, but my deck is composite wood — again, for durability. …Real or Fake Christmas tree? Real. You might think a real tree isn’t eco-friendly, but it is. Not to mention, fake Christmas trees have VOCs and can be highly flammable.

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Business & Politics

Serious injury in log chipper accident

Prince George Citizen
November 26, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

A Brink Forest Products Ltd. employee was seriously injured by a log chipper machine early Tuesday morning, according to WorkSafe B.C. Spokesman Scott McCloy said the incident occurred at 4:50 a.m. and the employee was taken to hospital. McCloy declined to elaborate on the employee’s injuries other than to say he is in serious condition… “The building in which the chipper is located is presently shut down,” McCloy said. “As part of its investigation protocol, WorkSafe will be commencing interviews with workers and may have already done.”

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Resolute clarifies ‘misinformation’ about Fort Frances mill sale

Resolute Forest Products to host public forum in Thunder Bay tonight, Atikokan on Wednesday
CBC News
November 25, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

In advance of a “community discussion” to be held tonight in Thunder Bay, Resolute Forest Products says it wants to clear up some “misinformation” they say has been published in the media. In a statement emailed to CBC news, Resolute’s vice-president of corporate communications, sustainability and government affairs, offered points of explanation. “There has been a lot of coverage regarding Resolute Forest Products’ facility in Fort Frances, much of it based on … lack of information,” Seth Kursman said.

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Resolute CEO says forest industry needs public to get involved

Resolute Forest Products hosts public forum in Thunder Bay last night, and in Atikokan tonight
CBC News
November 26, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The CEO of Resolute Forest Products says the public and communities across northwestern Ontario need to get involved in decisions made about forestry. Richard Garneau spoke at a forum, organized by the company, at Lakehead University Tuesday night. Bryan Collins, a chemical engineering student at Lakehead said he, and many of his classmates, have found work in forestry. “We’ve grown up here and we would like to continue to work here.” Garneau noted the forums are meant to generate interest in forestry, and lobby the province to allow communities to have a voice on forestry-related decisions.

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Union at Temiscaming rejects Tembec’s final offer

Pulp and Paper Canada
November 26, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Members of Unifor local 233 voted Nov. 19 to reject what was termed a final offer from Tembec concerning the collective agreement for workers at the company’s Temiscaming, Que., complex. The union says this vote puts them in a position to strike, but both parties were directed to meet with Quebec’s Ministry of Labour several days later… In a news release on Nov. 19, Unifor stated that it would not comment further on negotitations, but Tembec has been open with details of the contract talks. 

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Germany: Rising oak log exports in the first three quarters

IHB/Destatis/RS
November 25, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

In the first three quarters of 2014, the volume of German oak logs exports ranged more +3% above the previous year. A more significant increase was registered in export value, where the increase was of +24%, backed by a +20% increase in the average export price. Main reason for the sharp increase was the boom in shipments to China. From January to September, the statistics show 145% more logs on the way to China, while the export value increase is even higher (+194%). However, for the upcoming period, demand in China is forecast to slow, due to already high log stocks and a decreasing trend in construction activity.

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High demand from forest investors keeps trading busy during 2014

Source-Wire.com
November 26, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Scotland – This year’s Forest Market Report, released by UPM Tilhill today, reveals that 2014 was the second busiest year for the last 17 years. Jason Sinden, Head of Investment and Property for UPM Tilhill, explains: “2014 was another busy year for forestry property sales. However, compared to 2013, there was a shortage of prime quality forests and it appears that sellers used the strength of the market to profitably dispose of lower quality properties. “Scotland dominates the commercial forestry market and the independence referendum caused a brief pause in activity… Also good news for investors is the continuation of timber price increases and a confident and robust timber processing industry.

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WOOD Markets Monthly releases International Report

WOOD Markets
November 26, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

WOOD Markets produces a complimentary 2-page condensed version of their Monthly International Report. It provided market analysis and strategic assessments of major industry trends in the timber, lumber and panel markets. This issue includes:

  • ISC 2014 Berlin Conference – European & Russian Exporters Get Ready!
  • US Housing Market Update – The Return to Rentals
  • Global MDF Capacity Expanding – China Dominates, but Growth Slowing
  • Brazil’s Emerging Fit in Export Markets – Highlights from the Brazil Conference

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Bridge collapse that killed one has ties to Okanagan

Penticton Western News
November 26, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

The collapse of two pedestrian bridges under construction at a North Carolina college has links to the Okanagan. The bridge, part of an expansion project at Wake Tech Community College, near Raleigh, NC, used gluelam stringers made by Structurlam Wood Products as part of the design of the 76-metre bridge. Four men were injured and one killed, falling a dozen metres into the wetland the pedestrian bridge was supposed to cross, on Nov. 13 when the central span collapsed. No one was injured when a second bridge of identical design collapsed later. “It’s going to be an investigation that goes on for a while,” said Structurlam president Bill Downing, adding that it is a struggle for the company to work through this.

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Timber Buildings Could Rise to 25 Metres

Sourceable
November 25, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Architecture and Design has reported that Forest and Wood Products Australia is working with industry groups and fire engineers to include a deemed-to-satisfy requirement for the use of wood up to 25 metres, subject to the use of sprinklers for projects above three stories as well as fire resistant plasterboards on all exposed wood. FWPA managing director Ric Sinclair says the idea is not just to increase the height up to which lightweight timber construction is allowed but also to introduce engineered timbers into the building code. 

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Forestry

Cherryvlle logging

Letter by Debbee Werner
Vernon Morning Star
November 26, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Cherryville residents are not against logging, but we are against bad logging practices. In our current situation with B.C. Timber Sales, one must ask the question, why are a provincial agency and its civil servants so adamant that their studies are correct and not willing to listen, when a community (including logging and land management specialists) is pointing out that important information has been omitted or ignored, and that a high risk of landslides will exist if this project goes ahead? It’s a project where a road is costing $480,000 to access a potential $600,000 worth of wood.  

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Oregon rejects Wyden forest plan

AFRC American Forest Resources Council
November 26, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Groups representing Western Oregon’s timber industry have sent a letter to the Chairwoman and Ranking Member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee outlining their opposition to the latest version of Senator Wyden’s flawed O&C legislation (S. 1784), which was approved by the Committee yesterday. The letter outlines how the latest version of the Wyden O&C proposal fails to restore sustainable harvest levels and corresponding timber revenues to county governments, or provide a solution to the environmental litigation that has crippled Western Oregon’s rural, forested communities. In fact, Wyden’s legislation would tip the scales further in the opposite direction, making the situation worse.

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Make your voice heard on the future of the Teanaway Community Forest

Northwest Conservation
November 26, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Washington state has a new and unique public forest. Last fall, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources and the Department of Fish and Wildlife announced the purchase of 50,272 acres in the headwaters of the Yakima River basin, designated the Teanaway Community Forest near Cle Elum… the purchase of the Teanaway Community Forest was a key component in implementing the Yakima Basin Integrated Plan; safeguarding the basin’s water supply, restoring fisheries, conserving habitat, and preserving working lands. Despite its high recreation and wildlife values, the landscape has been degraded by decades of industrial forestry, user created motorized trails, and a massive and crumbling road network.

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Looking beyond lumber

Arizona Daily Sun
November 26, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Good Earth Power AZ, the holder of the largest contract in the Four Forest Restoration Initiative, has released its latest update that projects the company will have more than $30 million in assets and will directly employ more than 130 people in the Heber area by June 2015. The company also announced a partnership with the wood products company Forestal La Reforma and new ventures into compost and soil distribution as an additional outlet for the biomass it is pulling from northern Arizona’s forests. …As with many elements of the 4FRI project, Good Earth Power AZ has its cheerleaders and its critics, and each had different reactions to the company’s latest update.

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National parks argument lost in a forest of trees

Single-interest groups trying to hijack managed forests, say industry experts
The Age.com Australia
November 26, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

It’s election time and voters are being served up an anti-logging campaign dressed up in a “national parks will solve everything” costume. The “Great Forest National Park” proposal lumps the state forest in a region roughly bounded by Kinglake to the west, Walhalla in the east, Eildon in the north and Noojee in the south, in with several existing national parks and other conservation reserves to form one massive park of over 5000 square kilometres. It is being sold to the politicians and the public by (strangely enough) the Wilderness Society as a “playground for Melbourne”.

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APP boosting timber productivity to support zero deforestation policy

Mongabay.com
November 26, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) appears to have enough plantation fiber to operate existing mills as well as supply a new mill under construction in South Sumatra without having to pulp natural forests, argues a new report that also finds the forestry giant is successfully improving yields to support its zero deforestation commitment. The report, published by long-time APP adversary Greenomics-Indonesia, is based on yield analysis of APP’s wood-pulp plantations and projected demand for fiber from its three large mills in Sumatra. However the report indicates that APP will not have enough fiber to operate all the mills at full capacity by 2020.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

‘Beyond Carbon’ Benefits The Talk Of The Forest Carbon Markets

By: Gloria Gonzalez Ecosystem Marketplace
VCS Verified Carbon Standard
November 26, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

Much of the discussion during next month’s international climate negotiations in Lima, Peru will revolve around halting tropical forest loss to reduce global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. But Ecosystem Marketplace’s latest report on the voluntary and compliance markets shows forest carbon projects already having an impact – an impact that could multiply if the right policy signals are sent. The global markets for offsets from agriculture, forestry, and other land-use projects transacted 32.7 million tonnes (MtCO2e) in 2013, a 17% increase from 2012.

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Biomass can tap our forests’ resources, but some splinters accompany the harvest

Colorado Springs Independent
November 26, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

Let’s face it: We’ll probably never be as badass as Sweden, the planet’s top energy-recovery country.  …Here across the pond, we aren’t entirely devoid of waste-based energy ideas, even if we often lack the political will to execute them. One that’s gained traction locally is using plant remains, namely scrap wood, as renewable “biomass” fuel. As outlined by Colorado Springs Utilities, which received a $250,000 federal grant in 2009 for a woody biomass pilot program, the benefits include fewer emissions; carbon neutrality (since as wood decomposes, it releases CO2 anyway); and less ash to landfills. CSU also notes that it’s a “dispatchable” renewable energy strategy (not reliant on the sun or wind), that it aids in thinning forests for fire mitigation, and that wood’s a local resource, requiring less transport cost and energy.

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UK Green Investment Bank Investing In Waste Wood Facility

Clean Technica
November 25, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

The UK Green Investment Bank announced last week that it had teamed with Foresight Group to invest in the construction of a new waste wood Combined Heat and Power (CHP) facility in Widnes, Merseyside, in the North West of England. The 20.2 MWe and 7.8 MWth facility will be powered by 146,000 tonnes of Grade B-C recovered wood each year, and will be the largest such facility in the North West, providing power to the grid enough to power the equivalent of 35,000 homes each year.

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Sawdust – Fuel of the Future?

New Delhi TV
November 26, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Your car may soon run on sawdust! Researchers have successfully converted sawdust into building blocks for petrol. Scientists at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KU Leuven) in Belgium used a new chemical process to convert the cellulose in sawdust into hydrocarbon chains. These hydrocarbons can be used as an additive in gasoline, or as a component in plastics, researchers said. Cellulose is the main substance in plant matter and is present in all non-edible plant parts of wood, straw, grass, cotton and old paper. “At the molecular level, cellulose contains strong carbon chains. We sought to conserve these chains, but drop the oxygen bonded to them, which is undesirable in high-grade gasoline,” said Professor Bert Sels.

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