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Daily Archives: January 14, 2015

Froggy Foibles

New tree frog species found in Central Highlands

Vietnam.net
January 14, 2015
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: International

Scientists have discovered a new tree frog species in Kon Tum and Gia Lai provinces in the Central Highlands of Vietnam… This is the second species of Kurixalus tree frog discovered in the Central Highlands in 2014, bringing the total number of species of tree frog in Vietnam to 73, accounting for 20% of all species of tree frogs of the world.

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Business & Politics

Catalyst Paper – HR Recruitment

You Tube Trapeze Communications
January 13, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

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Catalyst adds two mills, begins a new chapter

Pulp and Paper Canada
January 14, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

B.C.-based Catalyst Paper Corp. has added significant paper capacity and extended its operations across North America with the purchase on Jan. 7 of two U.S. mills from NewPage: the Biron paper mill located in Wisconsin and the Rumford pulp and paper mill located in Maine. “This acquisition represents a new chapter in the history of Catalyst Paper,” says Joe Nemeth, president and CEO.

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EASTERN PASSAGES: How long do we go?

Opinion Editorial
Hants Journal.ca
January 14, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Knoydart is wide open to the sea, flat farm fields bounded by trees, and you can see the smoke from the Pictou mill for miles.The Abercrombie Point pulp mill near Pictou might be on Nova Scotia’s Sunshine Coast road, but the pall from the mill is hanging over the town in a stinking, sulphurous cloud. You can see it, smell it, and it burns your eyes, your throat. In the fog, it’s choking. The sign outside the mill’s wood delivery entrance is far more positive: “Welcome to our mill. ‘Our future is not a Gift, it’s an Achievement.’”

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U.S. softwood lumber production up 4.7%

IHB The Timber Network
January 14, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

U.S. sawmills produced 26.578 billion board ft. (bbf) (62,7 million cubic meters) of softwood lumber in the first 10 months of 2014, an increase of 4.7% from 25.388 bbf (59,9 million m3) a year earlier, according to the latest Lumber Track report by the Western Wood Products Assn. (WWPA) of Portland, Oregon. Western U.S. sawmills contributed 11.965 bbf (28,2 million m3) to the 10-month total, up 4.5% from the 11.453 bbf (27 million m3) produced a year earlier, while output from southern sawmills was 13.378 bbf (31,5 million m3) – a gain of 4.9% from 12.755 bbf (30 million m3 a year earlier.

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Green building demand leads to an expansion for growing Portland lumber firm

Portland Business Journal
January 13, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

A Portland company formed to support small mills in rural communities will move to bigger quarters in February, spurred in part by soaring demand for its unique lineup of forest products. Sustainable Northwest Wood moves to its new 17,000-square-foot climate-controlled warehouse at 2701 S.E. 14th Ave. in February. Ryan Temple, president, said its new home offers better storage conditions for the Northwest hardwoods that are gaining attention as specialty items — juniper, myrtle, madrone and others.

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Madison Paper’s temporary production halt to idle workers

Russ Drechsel, president of the company that owns the mill, blamed the production cutback on increased costs and government-subsidized competition from Canada.
Central Maine
January 13, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

MADISON — Madison Paper Industries will lay off an undetermined number of employees for at least two weeks starting later this month during a short-term halt in paper production. The news was disclosed Tuesday in a letter from the company’s president to Maine’s congressional delegation, citing competition from Canada’s Port Hawkesbury Paper and rising energy costs as challenges at the Madison mill. It follows a steep drop in the mill’s property tax valuation and growing concerns around Maine about the state’s paper industry.

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Wood-to-Biodiesel Refinery Opens in Finland

Woodworking Network
January 14, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

LAPPEENRANTA, FINLAND — UPM Biofuels, manufacturer of wood-based biofuels, opened the world’s first wood-to-biodiesel factory in Finland, producing 120 million litres (approximately 32 million gallons) of UPM BioVerno renewable biodiesel — annually. “Sustainable wood-based raw materials are turned into a unique fuel that truly decreases emissions and is suitable for all diesel cars, buses and trucks,” said Petri Kukkonen, head of UPM Biofuels.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Oregon State wants to build a $60M mecca for forestry

Portland Business Journal
January 13, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

Looking to advance its forestry education programs and wood products research, Oregon State University has launched a $60 million initiative to build a new forestry complex on its Corvallis campus. The Oregon Forest Science Complex will include new construction as well as renovation of existing OSU facilities. The project includes a $30 million fundraising goal. Once philanthropic commitments are secured, OSU will seek matching bonds from the state. Bonding for the project was included in the governor’s capital budget for consideration in the upcoming legislative session.

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Oregon Zoo’s elephants pioneer new timber technology

Portland Business Journal
January 13, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

A 2,000-square-foot visitor center in the Oregon Zoo’s new elephant habitat became the first building in Oregon to use a promising new wood technology Tuesday. Lease Crutcher Lewis, the general contractor on the zoo’s $57 million Elephant Lands habitat project, lifted a series of cross-laminated timber panels, or CLTs, onto the building to form a roof for the small building. And it won’t be the last. CLTs, pioneered in Europe and Canada, are gaining traction in the U.S. as a timber-based alternative to steel-framed construction.

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Law school addition certified platinum by green building group

News.Cornell.edu
January 13, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

The newly constructed addition to the Cornell Law School’s Myron Taylor Hall exceeded its sustainable burden of proof, leaving no reasonable doubt that it’s now certified LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum – the highest level accreditation possible – by the U.S. Green Building Council… During construction, contractors recycled and reused waste materials, and diverted more than 90 percent of the waste material from landfill, Kozlowski said. All paints, adhesives, sealants, flooring and wood products, and furnishings meet strict volatile organic compound limits to reduce indoor air pollution and promote a healthy environment, he said.

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Video: Residents At Odds With NYC Over Restoration Of Coney Island Boardwalk

Alliance Not Happy With Wooden Planks Being Replaced By Concrete-Plastic Mix
CBC News New York
January 13, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

NEW YORK – There’s a boardwalk battle underway on Coney Island. People are planning a rally in an attempt to stop the city from replacing the wooden boardwalk they love with one made of concrete and recycled plastic lumber, CBS2’s Elise Finch reported Tuesday. The Coney Island Boardwalk is changing — one plank at a time. The wood the workers are removing at the site on Brighton 15th Street and Coney Island Avenue will soon be replaced with concrete support beams topped by recycled plastic lumber boards. It’s a plan some residents want to stop before it’s too late. “This is a place people come to be comfortable. Nobody wants to leave a hard street and come and walk on more hard street,” resident Arlene Brenner said.

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Forestry

Sustainable Forestry Initiative launches new standards

Construction Canada.net
January 13, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

To stay up-to-date with scientific data regarding the world’s forest population, the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) has launched three new standards for 2015 to 2019. The Forest Management Standard includes measures to protect water quality, biodiversity, wildlife habitat, species at risk, and forests with high conservation value. It promotes sustainable forestry practices based on SFI’s specific SFI principles, objectives, performance measures, and indicators.

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Western Forest Products says it has no plans for downtown mill property

Nanaimo Daily News
January 13, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Nanaimo Port Authority is still considering its options about the fate of the site of the Western Forest Products sawmill on its property in downtown Nanaimo. The mill permanently ceased operations last month. NPA executive director Bernie Dumas said the forest company still has a contract to lease the site for another two years. The authority hopes to begin discussions within weeks with WFP to discuss potential plans for the site. Dumas said if WFP’s intention is to completely decommission the mill, which has been in operation since the 1970s, there will likely be other issues, including contamination, that the company would have to address before it would be handed back to the NPA.

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Helicopter and Snowcat Skiing in Mountain Caribou Habitat

Forest Practices Board Report
January 13, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

In 2011, the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations (FLNR), the Ministry of Environment and 12 heli ski/cat ski operators signed two memoranda of understanding (MOUs) regarding the management of helicopter and snowcat skiing in mountain caribou habitats. The MOUs, being consistent with government’s mountain caribou recovery objectives, include provisions for adapting to caribou encounters, among other things, and reporting this information to FLNR by May 31 each year.

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Audit shows heli-skiing rules working

Kootenay News Advertiser
January 13, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A Forest Practices Board report released today confirms that the Province’s memorandum of understanding with heli-ski and cat-ski operators is helping protect endangered mountain caribou. In April 2014, the Province commissioned the Forest Practices Board to audit the ministry’s agreement with all 12 heli-ski and cat-ski operators that work in and around mountain caribou habitat. The memorandum of understanding has been in place since 2011 and is designed to minimize impacts on mountain caribou by the heli-ski industry. The memorandum establishes best practices for avoiding mountain caribou, as well as documenting encounters when they do occur.

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Economic uncertainty clouds Premier’s Natural Resources Forum

Coal, copper prices have stalled, but forestry is rebounding and LNG potential remains
Vancouver Sun
January 14, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The provincial government’s 12th annual Premier’s Natural Resources Forum will convene next week in Prince George with a cloud shading some of the sunny optimism that has shone on British Columbia’s resource industries in recent years. “The big story is the overall global setting and global backdrop, and for commodities, that’s relatively weak,” said Ken Peacock, vice-president and chief economist for the Business Council of B.C. Peacock added that it is not all gloom though. …forestry is experiencing more of a rebound due to recovery of the American economy.

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Beaconsfield announces 2015 plan to fight ash borer beetle

Montreal Gazette
January 14, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Beaconsfield has adopted its 2015 plan to fight the invasive emerald ash borer, which was first detected in the region last spring. The $445,000 action plan addresses the 11,450 ash trees growing on both public and private property. To protect ash trees growing on public property the plan includes the maintenance of borer traps; de-barking branches to check for the presence of the insect; the removal and replacement of 508 small ash trees and dying trees over the next five years; the treatment of roadside and park trees with organic insecticide every second year; the planting of at least 200 new trees every year and research into possible ways to reuse felled ash trunks.

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BLM takes ownership of Blackfoot Valley timberlands once owned by Plum Creek

by Rob Chaney
The Missoulian
January 13, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Two big chunks of land near Clearwater Junction have moved into Bureau of Land Management ownership as part of the Blackfoot Community Project. The Nature Conservancy sold 1,280 acres along Chamberlin Creek and 3,032 acres of Morrison Mountain to the BLM for $3.5 million on Dec. 29. Both parcels are within the Blackfoot River Special Recreation Management Area, and the Chamberlin Creek area borders a BLM wilderness study area. Plum Creek Timber Co. was the previous owner of the property, and sold it to the Nature Conservancy in 2000 as part of an 89,000-acre transfer to public ownership.

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Bet-hedging dry forest resilience to climate-change threats

Phys Org
January 14, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

New research shows that the most significant current threat to western dry forests is from insect outbreaks and droughts, not wildfires; and historically abundant small trees offer the greatest hope for forest survival and recovery after these events. Dry forests are low-elevation western forests with tall pines. The study used government records of insect and wildfire damage to compare current threats to dry forests and used records from land surveys conducted in the late-1800s to understand how dry forests persisted for thousands of years in spite of insect outbreaks, droughts, and fires. These forests persisted, this study suggests, by having both young and old trees that together provided bet-hedging.

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Reading Murkowski’s tea leaves

As chair of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, the senator from Alaska holds much sway over Western issues
High Country News
January 13, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski last week opened her first legislative meeting as chair of the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, using talks on the Keystone XL pipeline to hint at a broader agenda. …Whether or not she was pointing toward a policy is less clear than with her energy statements, but that she mentioned the public lands at all is pretty interesting, because Murkowski, now in a position of power over Western issues, has shown at least some support for the movement to have federal lands transferred to the states.

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Group fills in details as Ridgewood shade tree policy takes root

North Jersey
January 13, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

While cultivating its new policy, the Shade Tree Commission is also sprouting an informative webpage on the village website for residents interested in planting shade trees in their grassy medians in fall 2015. According to Councilman Michael Sedon, the commission will have a better sense of the specifics of its now-bare policy after its next meeting, scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 13 at 7:30 p.m. (appropriately) in Village Hall’s Garden Room. Sedon serves as the council’s liaison to the commission. Following years of discussion, the new-but-sparse policy was unanimously passed in a resolution in late fall, to the council’s relief.

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Maine Ag Department Seeks to Reorganize

MPBN News
January 13, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

AUGUSTA, Maine – Maine’s Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry is proposing a significant reorganization of bureaus and divisions. The plan includes the creation of a new unit to deal with natural resources law enforcement that would replace some traditional ranger positions. Commissioner Walt Whitcomb says about two dozen positions are affected and, under the union contract, some early notices of the potential change have gone out.  “The governor has, really, a vision for changing the mindset within the forest industry from strictly fire protection to addressing a lot of other concerns,” Whitcomb says. “So we have created number of positions in the budget to look at other forest threats, not just fire.”

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After lumber, timber barons said to ‘export’ Sarawak’s corruption model

The MaylayMail Online
January 13, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

KUALA LUMPUR — Sarawak’s fast-disappearing forests are prompting its timber barons to replicate the framework of corruption allegedly used in the state’s logging industry in other countries, an environmental activist has claimed. Lukas Straumann, director of Swiss environmental group Bruno Manser Fund, told National Geographic that businessmen have bribed Sarawakian politicians since the 1960s for timber concessions, which in turn allowed the latter to stay in power. “This model, which linked corruption, destruction of the environment, and disrespect for indigenous rights, was so successful that Malaysia’s timber barons sought to export it,” Straumann was quoted saying in a National Geographic report published Sunday.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Biomass boiler saving district big bucks

Cowichan Valley Citizen
January 14, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Cowichan Valley School District showcased its new $490,000 biomass boiler heating system, now up and operating at the sprawling Lake Cowichan School complex, which houses students from Grades 4-12. …According to Bearss, many wood-based businesses and even community forest projects might find a use for their waste wood by supplying such systems and TimberWest is also apparently talking of pelletizing their wood waste on the Island. …Going to biomass was about the same cost as an air source heat pump but the utility cost savings could get up to $55,000 per year if the district can find a reliable nearby fuel source, he said, adding “even now we can save $37,500 per year.” 

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Italian pellet production broke the 200 000 mark in 2014

Ukrainian Biofuel Portal
January 13, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

The Italian domestic pellet market is one of the largest and rapidly growing in Europe. Over the past 3 years in Italy has seen steady 15% increase in demand for pellets. It ranks third (0.77 million tons) among European pellet producers.  As the demand for pellets prevailed over production in Italy, the country has to import large volumes of pellets from abroad. …The growth in domestic production of Italian pellets is unlikely to happen in the coming years, not only because of the high cost of production and raw materials, but also the complexity to find good suppliers in the market, as well as the impossibility of producers to meet the growing demand.

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