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Daily Archives: January 15, 2015

Froggy Foibles

This forest sings and sighs with sound

Treehugger
January 14, 2015
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: International

Trees have a language of their own. They rustle and whistle, they creak and moan. But the trees in the forest on the Dutch island of Vlieland go beyond that and actually create music, thanks to an interactive soundscape installation created by Studio Toer for the Into The Great Wide Open festival. …The Boom Boom project (which means “tree tree” in Dutch) bestows the trees with music and vibrations which come to life when approached, touched, stroked, hugged. In essence, they become musical instruments. When attendees amble from one stage to another through the forest at the performance and arts festival, the trees together create a chorus that winds its way through the trunks and boughs.

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Business & Politics

LNG venture seeks environmental assessment to build on old pulp mill site

Globe and Mail
January 15, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

A liquefied natural gas venture near Squamish has applied to obtain an environmental assessment certificate, saying the project is slated for property that is already zoned for industrial use… The export property is located on the site of the former Woodfibre pulp mill, closed by Western Forest Products Inc. nine years ago. “The project area has undergone more than a century of industrial use,” Woodfibre LNG said in its report filed on Tuesday. “There has also been extensive logging in and adjacent to the project area.”

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Conifex Timber Upgraded to Outperform at Raymond James

InterCooler
January 14, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Raymond James upgraded shares of Conifex Timber to an outperform rating in a research report sent to investors on Wednesday morning. Raymond James has also modified their ratings on a number of other stocks in the few days. The firm upgraded shares of Goldcorp Inc. from an outperform rating to a strong-buy rating. Also, Raymond James upgraded shares of Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers from a market perform rating to an outperform rating. 

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Wood supply tops list

Fort Frances Times
January 14, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

A more inclusive model of forest management, which allows all municipalities and First Nations in this area to share in the direct economic benefits of the Crossroute Forest, will be at the top of the town’s list when it makes a presentation during the 2015 Ontario pre-budget consultation here next Tuesday (Jan. 20). Fort Frances CAO Mark McCaig will make the presentation at 10:30 a.m. at La Place Rendez-Vous. “We’re talking about our situation in Fort Frances, with the mill and the breakdown of the talks with Expera, what we need from the government right now to entice the buyer that we so desire for the mill—that being a conditional wood supply allocated by the government,” noted McCaig.

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Ruble devaluation hurting North America

Wood Business
January 15, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

The devaluation of the Russian Ruble is having a negative impact on lumber exports bound for the Chinese market. According to the latest report from Wood Markets International, the Russian ruble has devalued from approximately 30 rubles per US dollar at the start of 2014, to over 55 in mid-December, and additionally to over 60 in early January this year.
This huge devaluing of the ruble has had an enormous impact on log and lumber prices in China wholesale markets; especially for the softwood species, making it a tough year in 2014 with 2015 starting even more off balanced.

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Hardwood Checkoff Proposal Moves Forward, with Controversy

Woodworking Network
January 15, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

WASHINGTON, DC – Despite an opposition group’s claim to the contrary, a “green light” has been given to the proposed Hardwood Checkoff program for further review by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, says the committee sponsoring the initiative. The Hardwood Checkoff Committee said news of USDA’s decision to move forward on the proposal came via a request to the group to commit to funding the agency’s work on the program for another year… Hardwood Checkoff Committee Co-chairman Jim Howard, CEO of Atlanta Hardwood, said in a Jan. 8 statement that the group anticipates a revised proposal will be published shortly. “It is hard to imagine an idea which has been given as much deliberation, discussion and analysis in the hardwood industry,” added Jamey French, CEO of Northland Forest Products.

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Lawmakers want federal action on mill subsidies

A day after Madison Paper announced a temporary closing, members of Maine’s congressional delegation asked Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker for help in battling subsidies paid to Canadian competitors.
Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel
January 14, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Members of Maine’s congressional delegation have asked U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker to fight unfair paper industry trade practices by the Canadian government. The letter follows an announcement Tuesday by Madison Paper Industries that its mill will shut down temporarily and lay off employees because of rising energy costs and competition from Port Hawkesbury Paper in Nova Scotia, which was reopened in 2012 with assistance from the Canadian government. In their letter, U.S. Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King and U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin wrote that … subsidies to the Port Hawkesbury mill are putting U.S. jobs at risk.

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Billion dollar mill deal sealed

SunLive
January 15, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Graeme Hart’s pulp and paper mill in the Eastern Bay of Plenty is now in the hands of a Japanese company. Oji Holding purchased the Hart-owned Carter Holt Harvey in April 2014 for $1.037 billion. The purchase also included 2570 hectares of land at the Kinleith Mill, near Tokoroa, 460 hectares of forestry in the Bay of Plenty and 350 hectares of land at the Tasman Mill in Kawerau. The mill is one of three in the town – the other two being Kinleith pulp and paper mill and Penrose paper mill. The sale of the mill is being welcomed by New Zealand’s biggest private sector union.

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VPK Packaging on the brink of opening new Polish plants

The company built a new corruagated packaging as well as a corruagted sheet plant. 
EUWID Pulp and Paper
January 15, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Belgium’s VPK Packaging Group is on the brink of completing its two expansion projects in Poland as planned. The company will open its third Polish corrugated sheet plant as well as its first corrugated packaging plant in the country. The investment sum totalled around €40m, according to the company. The first production line at the new packaging plant VPK Packaging Sp. z o.o in Radomsko had started operating in late 2014, a company spokeswoman told EUWID. 

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Industry Voices: Many changes ahead for wood sector

Change is the only constant.
Journal of Commerce
January 15, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

The rising expectations for building performance on the design and construction sectors, along with code changes, construction impacts on neighbourhoods and tight timelines have initiated both incremental and revolutionary change in the construction sector… One of these areas is off-site construction and, more than ever, those building in wood are experiencing significant change and tremendous opportunities… Most of the members of that association have built successful businesses selling structural components for small and medium sized buildings. This includes structural wall panels, roof and floor systems and interior walls. However, changing their business model and moving to the next step – whole building design and assembly – is either too complex, too big or too difficult for their business to make the change.

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New AF&PA Video and Webpage Promote Improved Paper Recycling

Georgia Forestry Association
January 13, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

The American Forest & Paper Association’s (AF&PA) new What is Recyclable? webpage and Improving Paper Recycling video promote increased quantity and quality of paper and paper-based packaging recovered for recycling. These new resources are part of AF&PA’s ongoing effort to increase paper recovery. See the webpage and video here “When using recovered fiber to make new paper products, the quality of materials used is especially important,” said AF&PA Executive Director for Recovered Fiber Brian Hawkinson. “Following the advice in our video and on our webpage improves paper recycling, which in turn helps maximize the amount of paper that can be used to make new products.”

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AIA, Hanley Wood, and Informa Exhibitions Extend Strategic Partnership

PR Web
January 14, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

The American Institute of Architects (AIA), Hanley Wood, and Informa Exhibitions extended their strategic partnership through 2020. In renewing the original five-year agreement, the AIA and Hanley Wood will expand their relationship to leverage Hanley Wood data, digital, and marketing services. Members of AIA will continue to receive ARCHITECT, the Official Journal of AIA. Informa Exhibitions U.S. – formerly Hanley Wood Exhibitions – will continue to manage the AIA Convention.

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Cypress Stars in New Ty Pennington TV Series

WoodWorking Network
January 13, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

The beauty and performance of cypress will be in the spotlight on the “First to the Future Home” series, hosted by Ty Pennington for NextGenHomeTV. The series showcases the building of an energy-efficient and smart home in Palm Coast, Florida. Highlighted are new products and technologies, as well as traditional building materials. “There’s something special about the look and feel of wood that makes it appeal to homeowners probably more so than any other material,” said Paul Barnett …“When we began installing the cypress, …we were blown away by the natural beauty and color of the wood. We liked it so much that we decided to carry it into the interior of the home for some of the ceilings,” he added. 

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Forestry

COLUMN: City targets Green Timbers trees

Peace Arch News
January 14, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A side effect of plans by TransLink and the City of Surrey to expand transit in this area could be destruction of a portion of the Green Timbers urban forest. …If the road is widened to four lanes, and an LRT line (which is at-grade) is constructed there, hundreds of mature trees will be cut down. …Some history is in order here. The original Green Timbers forest was the last large block of old-growth forest left in the Lower Mainland, and there was a passionate campaign to preserve it in the 1920s. However, it was eventually logged off, with not a single old growth tree left. The final trees came down in 1930.

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B.C. government reviews environmental oversight of resource development

By Gordon Hoekstra
Vancouver Sun
January 15, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The B.C. Liberal government has launched an internal review of how its laws and oversight of resource development affects wildlife habitat. The review… is a response, in part, to concerns raised by a trio of wildlife user groups late last year. The 43,000-member B.C. Wildlife Federation, B.C. Trappers Association and the Guide Outfitters Association of B.C. called on the provincial government to retake control of resource extraction practices, planning and oversight. …B.C. Wildlife officials have said the government may need to hire more inspectors to monitor resource company practices, and they have called for an expanded role for the B.C. Forest Practices Board to include the mining and oil-and-gas sectors.

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World-class views face logger’s axe

Letter by: BREANNE QUESNEL, Owner and operator, Spirit of the West Adventures, Ltd.
Vancouver Sun
January 14, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Re: Logging threatens tourism, kayaking company charges, Jan. 3 and Forestry sets example for the future, Editorial, Jan. 3: If the tourism sector is valued by government, concessions need to be made for the survival of the ecotourism industry. This does not mean stopping all logging. It does however mean protecting the viewscape in a few prime tourism corridors including Boat Bay on West Cracroft Island and in the Discovery Islands. …TimberWest has the right to harvest in Boat Bay as part of the Tree Farm Licence (TFL) they were issued in 1985, but times have changed. …This is about small concessions and sharing Crown resources so both industries survive.

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Environmental groups challenge Ontario endangered species rules in court

The Brandon Sun
January 14, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

TORONTO – Changes to Ontario’s Endangered Species Act threaten the animals and plants the law is meant to protect, environmental groups argued Wednesday in court. The Liberal government changed the endangered species regulation in 2013 to exempt some industries such as forestry, oil and gas, and mining from a prohibition against harming at-risk species or destroying their habitats. The exemptions remove the law’s core protections for almost all of Ontario’s 155 endangered and threatened species, Ontario Nature and Wildlands League argued in Divisional Court. “In aim and effect, the regulation is contrary to the ESA’s purposes — to protect and recover Ontario’s most imperilled species,” they say in written arguments.

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Study to examine elk, pine beetle relationship

Billings Gazette
January 14, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The impact of mountain pine beetle infestation on elk habitat and herd movement in the Elkhorn Mountains will be the focus of a four year collaborative study.  The project entails collaring 30 cow and 15 bull elk allowing researchers to closely monitor herd movements.  The work is a collaboration between the Elkhorn Working Group, Helena National Forest, Bureau of Land Management, Montana State University, Montana Department of Military Affairs and Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks. Researchers will be looking to see how the extensive beetle infestation and death of ponderosa, lodgepole, and whitebark pine are affecting elk movements, hunter access, elk security, hiding cover and forage availability.

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Annual Forest Closures To Protect Wildlife

My Central Oregon.com
January 15, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Prineville, Ore. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Prineville District has started implementing a series of annual wildlife closures to protect several species of birds of prey during sensitive nesting periods. Harassment by humans – unintentional or deliberate – is a leading cause of nest failure or abandonment. People walking or riding near a nest—or even being within view of an eagle on a nest—can cause an adult bird to abandon the nest. This means eggs can get cold, young don’t get fed, and the nest is open to predation. All public uses will be prohibited in the closure areas including hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, and OHV riding/driving.

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Forest Service developing new alternative for Tenmile-South Helena Project

Helena Independent Record
January 14, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Helena National Forest is developing at least one new alternative for the Tenmile-South Helena project after taking public comment during initial scoping, officials told a collaborative committee Wednesday. The Forest Service received approximately 120 comments on the project, which proposes commercial and noncommercial logging and prescribed burning within the upper Ten Mile drainage. The 60,000-acre project area includes around 24,000 acres of Forest Service lands and 1,000 acres of BLM lands, of which about 8,500 acres would go into a timber sale.

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Kelso man injured in logging accident on private property

The Daily News
January 14, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A 71-year-old Kelso man was hospitalized with non life-threatening injuries after a logging accident Wednesday afternoon Jerry Farnsworth was falling trees on his 5-acre property in the 1400 block of Carroll Road when a log about 8 feet long and 18 inches in diameter fell on his leg, said Cowlitz 2 Operations Chief Greg Kelly. Farnsworth was taken to St. John Medical Center by ambulance. Farnsworth’s wife, Dorothy, said her husband does some logging on their land every winter, but this was the first time’s he’s been injured in their 35-year residency there.

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Elk on their way to Black River State Forest

La Crosse Tribune
January 15, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

It’s official: Elk soon will arrive in Jackson County. The agreement to bring a new herd to the Black River State Forest and bolster another in northern Wisconsin received got the formal go-ahead last week. Trapping efforts now are set to begin in Kentucky with hopes of elk arriving in Jackson County in mid-March. “It feels really good. This is what we’ve been waiting quite a while for,” said Scott Roepke, a Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources wildlife biologist who works in Jackson County. “We’re excited to move forward with everything.”

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$10 Million Forest Restoration Project Will Benefit Imperiled Golden-Winged Warbler, Dozens Of Wildlife Species In Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan

The Chattanoogan
January 14, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

A large forest management and habitat conservation effort was announced on Wednesday by U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack that will target improvements on approximately 64,000 acres of key habitat in the Great Lakes states of Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin with one of the key anticipated outcomes being the avoidance of an Endangered Species Act listing for the imperiled Golden-winged Warbler. This tri-state project is part of a new Regional Conservation Partnership Program announced Wednesday that includes 100 high-impact projects involving all 50 states.

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New York grants $930k for 40 urban forestry projects

San Francisco Gate
January 15, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — State environmental officials say they have awarded $930,000 to 40 urban forestry projects across New York. The money is being granted to programs designed to help the environment in urban communities from Long Island to western New York. The projects often increase the number of trees in areas that have limited space.
Several projects receiving money are dedicated to reforesting areas affected by Superstorm Sandy. The grants are provided through the state’s Environmental Protection Fund. END of story.

Mamaroneck earns $50K in DEC grants from the The Journal News | LoHud.com

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Tasmanian World Heritage Area to be opened up to more tourism, logging under State Government plan

ABC News, Australia
January 15, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A raft of new tourism ventures could be allowed in previously untouched areas of Tasmania’s World Heritage Area (WHA) under a draft management plan. The State Government has confirmed the draft plan would scrap the dominant wilderness zone and replace it with a remote recreation zone. The change would allow low-scale tourism ventures, such as basic accommodation, as well as the logging of specialty timber The moves comes as Premier Will Hodgman opened a luxury hotel at Pumphouse Point at Lake St Clair, inside the WHA.

Greens say Tasmanian World Heritage wilderness under threat (radio) from ABC News, Australia

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Country Canopy Index: taking stock of forest loss around the world

Forest loss is still a persistent problem in the 21st century. Where is the impact most visible?
Newswire.ca
January 15, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

TORONTO – If the world’s forests could talk, what would they say about their health in the 21st century? They might point to Corporate Knights’ first Country Canopy Index, which assesses forest loss and gain around the world and identifies the most impacted countries. The spirit of Dr. Seuss’s much-loved Lorax lives on in this report, which was made possible by Global Forest Watch, an online tool launched last year by the World Resources Institute and partners including Google and the University of Maryland.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Work to get underway on Tolko pellet plant

Kelowna Daily Courier
January 14, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

Construction of a pellet plant at Tolko’s Lavington mill will begin later this month, Tolko Industries Ltd. and Pinnacle Renewable Energy announced. The decision follows a significant consultation and review process, and permit approval from the Ministry of Environment (MoE) and the District of Coldstream. The plant will employ technology which significantly advances the manner in which pellets are produced in Canada. Well known in Europe, the drying technology has a low-operating temperature which translates into both a lower emission concentration and minimized fire risk.

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New CEO at bio-economy organization

Northern Ontario Business
January 14, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada East, Canada

There’s a change at the top of a Thunder Bay-based forestry innovation institute. Scott Wiebe is the new CEO of the Centre for Research and Innovation in the Bio-economy (CRIBE). He replaces Lorne Morrow who departs after a five-year term. Wiebe, who was previously CRIBE’s program manager, served a two-year stint as business analyst for AV Terrace Bay, a pulp mill operation in Terrace Bay owned by the Aditya Birla Group of India. Wiebe said he brings back a greater appreciation for the “on-the-ground, real-world issues” surrounding wood supply, logistics and fibre costs in Ontario

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Russia’s forests overlooked in climate change fight

Reuters
January 15, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

ST PETERSBURG – Russia’s forests may lose their power to help curb global warming without stronger domestic protection and a place in a new global climate change deal, scientists have warned. Russia has 19 percent of world forest reserves by surface area. But experts say the U.N. process drafting the climate change pact, due to be agreed at the end of 2015, has concentrated mainly on tropical forests. “Boreal forests are getting far too little attention in the U.N. climate talks,” said Yury Safonov, a senior climate policy researcher with Moscow’s Higher School of Economics.

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Pope on climate change: Man has ‘slapped nature in the face’

Washington Post
January 15, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Pope Francis said Thursday he is convinced that global warming is “mostly” man-made and that he hopes his upcoming encyclical on the environment will encourage negotiators at a climate change meeting in Paris to make “courageous” decisions to protect God’s creation. ,,,“I don’t know if it (human activity) is the only cause, but mostly, in great part, it is man who has slapped nature in the face,” he said. “We have in a sense taken over nature.” …“I think we have exploited nature too much,” Francis said, citing deforestation and monoculture. “Thanks be to God that today there are voices, so many people who are speaking out about it.”

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Incredible Images Of The Giant Tower Being Built In The Middle Of The Amazon

Business Insider.com
January 15, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

When it’s finished, it’ll be the tallest skyscraper in South America. But despite its mammoth size, few people will work or live inside it. Instead, the Amazon Tall Tower Observatory, which is nearing completion in the middle of the Amazon rain forest, will gather data on gases like carbon dioxide, methane, and other components of pollution to help scientists better understand what is happening to our climate. It could also help us answer a key question about the rain forest’s relationship to CO2.

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