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Daily Archives: December 23, 2014

Business & Politics

RISI VIEWPOINT: North American softwood lumber net export demand will moderate from recent highs as domestic demand improves

RISI
December 22, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

Net offshore exports helped to mitigate some of the damage from the collapse in US softwood lumber consumption in the last recession. While US domestic consumption cratered in 2009-2011, offshore exports surged and imports from offshore suppliers dried up, and as a result net export demand rose dramatically from 2.0 BBF in 2008 to 6.0 BBF in 2011. As the US economy started to climb out of the basement in 2012, growth in offshore net exports slowed, and it now looks like this source of demand for lumber produced in the USA and Canada will move down in 2014. Recent developments in offshore markets and strength in the US market are expected to lead to lower net export demand through the remainder of this cycle.

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Interfor buys four mills, raising bet on U.S. lumber production to hedge against B.C. supply constraints

By Derrick Penner
Vancouver Sun
December 22, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Vancouver-based lumber producer Interfor is buying four U.S. sawmills for US$95 million, increasing the company’s hedge against looming constraints on the B.C. lumber sector. The deal involves the purchase of two mills in the Pacific Northwest and two in the U.S. southeast from Tacoma-based Simpson Lumber. The transaction turns Interfor into North America’s fourth-biggest lumber producer, with more than two-thirds of production coming from American facilities. Interfor and peers such as Canfor Corp. and West Fraser Timber have all made substantial investments in the U.S., particularly the south where timber supplies are rising at the same time companies are facing timber shortages in B.C.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Wood fiber is expected to replace the carbon fiber used in the production of aircraft

Netease Technology
December 23, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

According to Taiwan ” in the Canton News ” 22 reported that currently used in the production of aircraft and vehicles primarily of carbon fiber material flurry , but may replace carbon fiber materials development operations are carried out quietly , promising successor is ” wood fiber .” (CNF). Reportedly, the ” Nippon Paper ” is developing this ” wood fiber” , responsible for the study , said Masayuki Kawasaki , “CNF is the raw material of wood , but harder than iron and lighter. It looks like just an ordinary liquid , but it is hard to believe that it would be harder than iron . “

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Forestry

North Vancouver park tree-cutting suit settled

North Shore News
December 22, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

NORTH VANCOUVER — Two North Vancouver property owners who had a swath of trees cut in a public park behind their homes have paid a significant price for their actions but won’t be left with a criminal record, a North Vancouver judge has ruled. The two owners, Hooman Bozorgnia, 42, and Roger Mulloy, 56, have agreed to pay $80,000 to Metro Vancouver as settlement of a civil court case launched after the pair were charged for illegally cutting 35 trees in Capilano River Regional Park. But in the criminal case, Judge Steven Merrick ruled Thursday the pair has already been punished enough in the court of public opinion.

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Local forestry companies holding logging open house

Revelstoke Times Review
December 22, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Local forest licensees will be hosting a forestry open house in the New Year. The open house is set for Tuesday, Jan. 13, from 6–9 p.m. at the community centre. The purpose is to provide information the local forest industry, upcoming logging operations, as well as seek feedback from the public. The open house is being held at the request of the Revelstoke Cycling Association and the Revelstoke Nordic Ski Club in response to proposed harvesting in several recreation areas around Revelstoke, including Mount Macpherson, Boulder Mountain and Frisby Ridge.

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Overheated Kentucky town gets serious about trees and urban forestry

Treehugger
December 22, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

… So it’s good news indeed that Louisville, in decidedly red-state Kentucky, is getting serious about tackling its urban heat island effect through increased urban forestry, as well as efforts to promote reflective surfaces and green roofs. Reported on as part of its What Works series on urban innovation, Politico Magazine has an inspiring profile of Louisville’s re-greening efforts. Among the measures taken, the city has established a tree commission, it has spent $115,000 on a tree assessment, it has hired a sustainability director and an urban forester and, perhaps most importantly, the city has worked with individuals, companies and community groups to plant more than 12,000 trees in and around Louisville’s urban core.

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Greenpeace: zero deforestation pioneer makes progress, but still has work to do

Mongabay.com
December 22, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Half a decade ago, Golden-Agri Resources (GAR) was losing customers right and left in the midst of a Greenpeace campaign that blamed the Singapore-based palm oil giant for destroying forests in Indonesia. Then in February 2011, GAR surprised the world when it announced it would no longer clear rainforests or peatlands for new plantations. The company also committed to resolving social conflicts and respecting the right of local communities to reject plantation development on their traditional lands. Observers thought it could be mark the beginning a transformation in how palm oil was produced.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Study predicts West Coast’s Chinook salmon could be extinct by 2100

Chronicle Herald
December 23, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER — New climate-change research involving a University of British Columbia scientist predicts that one of the West Coast’s most prized salmon stocks could be wiped out over the next 85 years. A study has concluded that there is a five per cent chance of a catastrophic loss of the chinook salmon by 2075, and a 98 per cent chance the population will suffer catestrophic losses by 2100, if climate change warms the water. An international research team looked at the ability by the chinook to adapt to warming water temperatures caused by climate change.

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90 Seconds to Understand “Carbon Neutrality”: Paper, Wood Products Manufacturers Create New Web Video

American Forest & Paper Association
December 22, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

WASHINGTON – “What does ‘carbon neutral’ mean?” It’s a great question, and today the American Forest & Paper Association and American Wood Council (AWC) have launched a new web video explaining the concept – from a biomass energy users’ perspective – in only 90 seconds.

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